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Something For Nothing – Writing Spec Scripts

Something For Nothing – Writing Spec Scripts There’s a terrific viral that periodically does the rounds where a restaurateur advertises on Craigslist for a solo musician to play in his restaurant for five nights a week, with a specific set list, in exchange for free publicity and exposure. It’s a prescriptive little advert that ends …

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In Script Development Nobody Knows Anything

Nobody Knows Anything When I worked in screenplay development, I spent an awful lot of time befuddled because William Goldman had really nailed it when he said: “nobody knows anything”. Nobody does know anything and that’s what makes the world go round and round in blissful experimental ignorance and means we should all stop pretending that …

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Crowdfunding Pitch Movies on Indiegogo

The Top 8 Crowdfunding Pitch Movies on Indiegogo

The crowdfunding pitch film is the campaign’s secret weapon. The pitch film sits at the forefront of your ask for the crowd to fund you. The pitch film literally should be perfect and personal. It should move, involve and inspire. If those three emotions are provoked, someone just might dip their hand in their pocket …

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The Film Producer Salary & A Pocket Full of Dollars

Let’s be blunt about it: the financial outlook isn’t great for Film Producers at the moment. A Film Producer Salary is firmly not what it once was… I remember the days as a Producer in the Noughties, where out of every budget (development and production) the producer received 10% as a fee and 10% for …

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12 Things Screenwriters Can Learn from Musicals

I recently ventured from my comfortable world of screenwriting into a completely new territory. No, I’m not acting– I’m working on a stage musical. The process has involved late nights, rewrites, and brainstorming until I think I’ll explode. Yet despite the artistic suffering, writing a musical has taught me a lot of lessons. Many of them I plan to bring …

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Cutting Out the Middle Man in Film Distribution

The Berlin International Film Festival was distinctly different this year. Sure, there was the typical melee of execs taking pictures around remnants of the Berlin Wall. And yes, as per usual, the films ranged from disappointing to exhilarating. Yet there was something that I can only describe as a digital change in the air. For …

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The Newsroom

9 Observations about Aaron Sorkin’s THE NEWSROOM

THE NEWSROOM This post started as a tweet, developed into a Facebook status and is now finding full expression as a blog post. recently I finished, in a double-bill, The Newsroom Season 3 (and, by extension, The Newsroom). Some observations:   The Observations 1. Humbug to the naysayers.  So it’s not quite The West Wing, …

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My Pain At Being “Replaced” as a Screenwriter

Being “Replaced” A couple of years ago, I became that person: a replaced screenwriter. It was a screenplay I dearly loved and had put my heart and soul into and, on top of the rejection of being booted off whilst I was circus performing on that roll, the whole thing wasn’t handled brilliantly either. Recently, …

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Swerving Development Hell in the New Dawn of Crowdfunding

Welcome and hello to the thousands of you who visit the IS website every week. By way of an introduction, I’m Miranda Fleming, and I’m thrilled to be starting this new monthly column. I’ve worked extensively in development (Channel Four Films aka Film4) and I’ve Produced, Exec Produced and supported funding of award winning indie …

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31 screenwriting books you must own

31 Screenwriting Books You MUST Own

The MUST is for effect. You don’t have to do anything, particularly buying screenwriting books in such volume that the Amazon driver knows you by name . But you’re a writer, you already know that. A more accurate title for this article would be “Books THIS Screenwriter Owns And Which HE Has Found Useful And Which …

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Five Screenwriting Rules You Can Break and Five You Can’t

  Even the notion of screenwriting rules gets some people into a serious tizz, and it’s this controversial topic I want to explore this week. I’ve spent the last three weeks watching my new film Kajaki (out on Friday in the UK at all Vue Cinemas) over and over again, either with the creative team or …

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Why Women Screenwriters should Stop Moaning and Just WIN

All Screenwriters LOVE Moaning Because there’s been quite a lot in the press lately about the plight (or otherwise) of women screenwriters, I’ve been thinking a bit lately about whether I think I’m hard done by because of my sex (sex as in female, not sex as in, I’ve been trying to sleep with people for …

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What I’ve Learnt about Screenwriting: Part I, The Idea

What I’ve Learnt about Screenwriting: Part 1, The Idea So I’ve been doing this for a while now, and for some reason I feel a powerful, hubristic, intimations-of-mortality urge to communicate nuggets of web-friendly wisdom to all you aspiring screenwriters out there, who will no doubt be stealing jobs from me this time next year. Specifically, I …

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Screenwriting & The Fine Art of Procrasturbating

  I’ve always been a big fan of those books that are a collection of interviews with Hollywood screenwriters where they tell you, with grating self-deprecation and lashings and lashings of false-modesty, how they got their big break to their billion dollar Oscar winning career, their learned thoughts on the tricky rewrite process, and the …

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