I've been using Highland 2 for the last week or so and have moved both my current projects into it, alongside a studio re-write that I've ported in from Fade In. I’m a recent convert to Fountain. When I first came across the format, I couldn’t see the advantage of having to type things (like … Continue reading Highland 2
This morning I dumped an archive of about 1500 Instapaper articles into DevonTHINK, which caused me to start browsing through them. Some interesting film pieces jumped out at me so I thought I’d post a selection here: ‘The Parallax View’: Pakula’s Unsettling Examination of the Post-Compliant America 22 Rules of Storytelling from Pixar Richard Linklater … Continue reading From the archive…
This is a piece I’m writing because I want to to read it, which is a bummer because the version I really want to read would be written by someone else. I’m increasingly asked, both by new screenwriters and old hands, which software I would recommend and I realised there’s a dearth of useful comparative … Continue reading A working guide to screenwriting software
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
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.