Screenwriting

A New Way to Talk About Slavery

Misan Sagay | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Misan Sagay

Much has been made of how the two girls in the Zoffany painting inspired my writing of Belle. As important to me was the invisible third person in the painting, the man who put them there in terms of such equality: Lord Chief Justice Lord Mansfield. From the outset I went in search of the historical Lord Mansfield and I found him between two judgements....

#WomenTakeoverOscars

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

Awards Season is a divisive time in the film industry. At a time of celebration and congratulation on the outstanding achievements by leading filmmakers, there will always be discussion of those whose work has been overlooked, controversy over voting strategies, and debates of whether it all means anything at all anyway.

It's Oscar Nominations Trivia Time!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Comedy

It's that time of year again - Oscars time, that is. Comedy films normally get short shrift from the Academy - it's rare for one to be nominated f...

Dru Empowered

James Christie | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

What is so darned difficult about writing a strong female character like Buffy and, incidentally, having her relate to other strong female characters in the show - Willow, Cordelia, Anya, Jenny Calendar, Lilah, Darla etc. There have been characters of such resilience in film and TV before.

Goodbye, Blockbuster

Pat Higgins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Back in the early 90s, I was a person who wanted to make movies. People who wanted to make movies tended to go and work in video stores whilst waiting for that elusive big break to come. Not one to buck the trend, I worked in Blockbuster.

The Inside Scoop on Every Film Project in Hollywood

Daniel Johnson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Daniel Johnson

Everybody in LA is excited about their next project. It's a passion project. Lots of great people are interested in getting involved and some stars are attached, dependent on another draft.

Celebrating the Craft of the Screenwriter

Jeremy Brock | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeremy Brock

When I came up with the idea for the BAFTA/BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series, it was partly an attempt to explain the screenwriter's art and partly an attempt to explore the screenwriter's complex relationship to a completed movie. When their work is done, screenwriters tend to vanish, literally and figuratively.

Childhood Fears of a Horror Writer

Pat Higgins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I've been writing screenplays for horror movies and splashing around in the shallow end of the film industry for a decade now. Horror has become my comfort zone, albeit with a hefty splash of comedy to help the dark stuff go down. It wasn't always that way...

Sharknado vs Strippers vs Werewolves: The Power of Dumb

Pat Higgins | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

One day I'll wake up on a fine summer's morning with a movie title so irresistibly ridiculous that it'll make Sharknado look like Hamlet. And you'll roll your eyes when you see it showing at the cinema and ask yourself "Who writes this sh*t?" And you'll hear me whisper "I do".

Hot Tips From Top Directors On How To Find Your Voice

Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

If there is one defining quality that unites the world’s most iconic filmmakers – those who can boast both critical acclaim and cult status – it...

WATCH: The Best Phone Call Scene In Cinema History

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Is it Colin Farrell in 'Phone Booth'? Rock Hudson and Doris Day in 'Pillow Talk'? No! It's this gem, which has surfaced on YouTube and which a) ha...

Procrastination Is Not a Crime

Daley James Francis | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Daley James Francis

Procrastination is not a crime. Embrace it and enjoy it, because soon you'll be agonising over every word of your novel, short story or screenplay. Procrastination should be enjoyed not endured, if only in small controlled bursts.

Writing an Action Script: Learning From the Masters

Daley James Francis | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Daley James Francis

They don't clean up at the Oscars or make the critics swoon, but action movies make big money at the box office and when executed well, can often become a favourite amongst movie fans.

Creating a Short Film From Scratch

Daley James Francis | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Daley James Francis

Screenwriters and filmmakers do not get an easy ride when making a name for themselves and when they're trying to break through in the industry.

WATCH: This Week's Top 10 Viral Videos

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK Comedy

Ever seen a cat sing the blues? Chances are, you haven't - and fortunately for you, you're on just the webpage to rectify that problem. On top of ...

WATCH: Every Time Anyone In Film Has Said, 'You Just Don't Get It, Do You?'

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 10.05.2012 | UK Comedy

'Bottoms Up Productions' are the guys behind such jaw-dropping pop culture supercuts as 'Glove, Actually' (a montage of slaps in the movies), 'Glove, ...

Kissing the Devil's Rump: The Lie of the Amateur Professional

Ian Armer | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK
Ian Armer

Kissing the devil's rump was a required foreplay at the witches Sabbath, in that one must show respect in order to profit. A similar tradition plays ...

Writing a Sitcom: Odyssey of an Amateur

Marc Paterson | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

Since I've started writing a new sitcom spec for radio I thought it would be rude not to blog about it. Presently it's called, Owen Crumb Lives With His Mum and does what it says on the tin.