I’ve always been a night owl. The most productive part of my day, I thought, was in the late evening when I would fly through script pages, totally focused and without interruptions. I’d heard about all these early risers and I envied those writers who proudly announced in those Life In A Day pieces that … Continue reading Becoming an early riser
Imagine you’re a development person. You have a pile of scripts on your desk and you have to wade through them. They’re all about the right length, they’re all nicely bound and they’re all formatted correctly because, if you expect nothing else from a professional writer, you at least expect them to be able to … Continue reading Breaking the screenplay
I’ve been making some notes on a new draft of the BBC thing I’m writing and I took some time out to set out/remind myself of some basic rules that we all should be observing as screenwriters but which it’s only too easy to forget about when you get into a flow. These are all … Continue reading Talking to myself
Inspired by discovering this list online earlier... …and because I hardly ever do lists, I thought I’d take a run at my Best Movies Of All Time. By “best” I mean favourite and by “all time” I mean today. So, here are my favourite movies today, in no particular order: The Godfather The Godfather … Continue reading A Best Of list…
Alfred Hitchcock, probably in his interviews with Truffaut, talked about a brilliant opening to a suspense movie that he had thought up but never got to use. He wanted to do one uninterrupted shot that would show an automated car production line. The shot would start with the very first part of a car being … Continue reading Beginnings…
It's the Monday after the election. The hysteria has pretty much abated, or so I'm guessing. Either way, it's time for the writers to get back to work and that means it's the perfect time to perv over writing gear, in the guise of “getting in the mood”. I don’t pretend to have any special … Continue reading This Writer’s Toolkit
So I’ve been thinking about henchmen recently. This came about because I was writing one. Or rather, I wasn’t writing one; I was typing the words “30s, well-built” into the pilot script of this strange 6-part crime drama I’m doing for the BBC. This was a guy standing guard over something for the antagonist (sorry, … Continue reading Rolling Up Characters – let the random in.
For the last few days, I’ve been reading Creativity, Inc. The book is about how Pixar works, how they maintain a culture of creativity whilst still fulfilling all their corporate ambitions, and it’s written by Ed Catmull; the guy who started the company and runs it to this day. I highly recommend it (not running … Continue reading The Art Of The Script Meeting – How Not To Let Your Ego Get In The Way Of A Good Idea.