Unheralded Scene: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010) In our “Unheralded Scene” series, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn’t received the admiration it deserves. It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more “showy”
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Producer Richard Holmes is that reassuring thing: a successful UK film producer who, on the evidence of our interview, is apparently an affable, centred human being. Such a disposition probably benefited the on-set atmosphere during production of the bloodcurdling EDEN LAKE (2008), his most recent success. His forthcoming film RESISTANCE
Alexei Boltho began his career in film and television over 10 years ago as a documentary researcher but soon felt the pull of cinema and got his first break in film working as assistant to Paul Trijbits at London based Hungry Eye. He then moved on to work for Judy
David Scinto Interview David Scinto, screenwriter of SEXY BEAST, 44 INCH CHEST and GANGSTER NO. 1, in conversation with Industrial Scripts back in 2010. Going back to the beginning, did you always know you wanted to write? I’ve always written things: poetry, songs, stories. I never really had the idea
Writer-director Stuart Hazeldine was interviewed as part of our Insider Interviews series way back in 2010, and this Q & A was originally published on our old site. Since this interview came out, Stuart has sat in rooms and talked hard story with Steven Spielberg and Michael Mann, seen not
How many times have you heard someone describe a film as “it’s something meets something”? Unoriginal, or the keys to producers’ bank vaults? Industrial Scripts examines how to improve your chances of a spec sale – without selling out your originality with a list of our invaluable screenwriting tips.
With the arrival of GODZILLA at your local multiplex you might be thinking it’s time to get writing some monster movies of your own — how hard can it be, right? But while GODZILLA may have roared onto screens large and small over 200 times since the mid 60s, quantity
What kind of screenwriter are you? Industrial Scripts takes a look at the myriad personalities of screenwriters to feature on the silver screen… 1. SUNSET BOULEVARD – The Broke Screenwriter The top dog of screenwriters on the big screen, Joe Gillis (William Holden) is a B-movie screenwriter whose latest script
The World’s Highest Paid Screenwriters Screenwriting can mean seriously big money for those at the top. After all, screenplays usually account for around 1-3% of a film’s budget, and when a budget soars (as Hollywood tentpoles and Netflix originals often do)…well…get your calculator out. Some screenwriters can start breaking
Beneath the murky waters of the western film industry, the odyssey towards equality is ongoing, and according to ‘Celluloid Ceiling’ – an industry consensus conducted by the Centre for Women in Film and Television – the beast of gender-bias has, once again, reared its ugly head. The report revealed a two
Where is the celebrated female talent? Where is the celebrated female talent in screenwriting & directing? Recent figures cast a gloomy picture; employment of women in film and TV has fallen to 15 year lows; only two female directed films cracked 2013’s Top 100 Box Office, with Kimberley
Why all the Script Consultants? After spending many decades lurking on the fringes of the entertainment industry, script consultants and their services are finally getting some PR (good, bad and ugly) and slowly overturning the ideology of the isolated and revered genius screenwriter which has dominated the amateur imagination. But
A Crazy Script Can Beat The Odds Every screenwriter at one time experiences the look of confusion and ridicule in the face of a friend, producer or agent when they pitch their craziest or most ambitious ideas – but fear not, even some of the greats were once in the
13 Stereotypes of the British Film Industry: True or False? Does the British film industry produce the best talent? Does the land of Shakespeare respect the writer? Is anything happening outside of London? Industrial Scripts assesses perceptions of the UK film industry – where do you stand on the following
10 British Screenwriters Who Broke Into Hollywood Our own screenwriting talent is well known on these shores – Simon Beaufoy, Richard Curtis, David Hare, Abi Morgan, Tom Stoppard, Peter Morgan, William Nicholson… the list is impressive. But what about Brit talent working in Hollywood? Industrial Scripts looks at British Screenwriters
Fertile stories and multi-faceted characters will only take a script so far if the writer cannot repeatedly craft memorable and compelling framing scenes. Industrial Scripts looks at Ewan McGregor starrer BEGINNERS for inspiration in making scenes stand out. Writer-Director Mike Mills (no, not the bass player from R.E.M) is
Mastering the basics is an essential step in any screenwriter’s career progression – and yet many aspiring screenwriters forego very simple script choices which would make their projects stand out from the swirling mass of unfilmable spec scripts.
As our article on Jeffrey Katzenberg highlighted, gathering industry intel is vital for making it in this business. Industrial Scripts looks to the best Twitter Screenwriting resources – from box office numbers, to job opportunities and just plain amusing screenwriters given a voice. Of course, there’s also our own @Indust_Scripts
Burning Bright Becoming a professional screenwriter is one thing, but staying at the top of the Hollywood screenwriters game is quite another. After last week’s look at Screenwriters Who Broke In Late, Industrial Scripts looks at those Hollywood screenwriters who hit the big time, but whose star gradually faded.
Despite the image of the wunderkind screenwriter a-la Orson Welles or Diablo Cody, many screenwriters broke in late to the game, with a wealth of wisdom and life experience to fuel their writing. As an encouragement to those who remember a time before the internet, or to those who are
Jeffrey Katzanberg From bringing STAR TREK to the big screen, reviving Disney’s fortunes in the 80s and 90s, to being the K in Dreamworks SKG, Jeffrey Katzenberg has been a pivotal industry figure for four decades. “I have rhino skin. Rejection is part of the process. If I took it
“You can make the movie or you can make excuses” The path from script to screen is often torturous – but made longer when excuse making and defeatism set in. Industrial Scripts looks at common film industry excuses and defences no writer should be making – and how to overcome
With the box office increasingly dominated by big budget ‘Four Quadrant’ movies, squeezing out mid-budget releases, Industrial Scripts looks at the recipe for quadrant movies’ success in that seemingly impossible goal – appealing to everyone. Firstly, what are four-quadrant movies? Four-quadrant movies are mass-appeal films, very much favoured by
Friday the 13th is upon us – and to celebrate the day that Jason Voorhees Mrs Voorhees first went on her killing spree, here are some date-inspired, holiday movies, and a few suggestions for untapped potential (contact our agent – the pancake day script is a killer). Five Big Hitting
Mid-Budget Movies Fading After Spielberg and Lucas’ dire warnings on the future of the film industry and the growing box office prominence of high budget tentpole releases, many audience members are asking; where are the mid-budget movies classics of yesteryear? Industrial Scripts breaks down the reasons behind the loss of
In America, screenwriters can earn an average annual wage of $77,260. At least, that’s what the Bureau of Labour Statistics tells us. The evidence is there: Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio earned $5m for their spec of DEJA VU, while M. Night Shyamalan took home a healthy pay packet of £2.5m for THE
This is a script consultant tale. The year was 2009. The place was Los Angeles. The complimentary pastries were quite nice actually. Industrial Scripts was attending a masterclass at the now sadly defunct Screenwriter’s Expo. Acclaimed writer James Dalessandro – whose 1906 San Francisco Earthquake epic may or may not
After years of hard labour, you birth your fledgling screenplay Little Miss Sunshine to the world, the film grosses $100m and you take the reins to the Star Wars Empire (the writing side of things, not the keys to a Death Star). Congratulations, you are Michael Arndt. But such debut
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Word has started circulating that MGM is exploring a sequel to Hot tube Time Machine”, an idea I agree with since the original was a perfectly good standalone film with the potential to make more money as a fan of the franchise. MGM, if you’re reading this please feel free to
This is a brilliant page from the Knight Hall Literary Agency – one of the UK’s leading screenplay agent company who are representing screenwriters, directors and authors. It’s essential reading for screenwriters in particular, and while there are some extreme (true life!) examples below, general etiquette and knowing how to deal
One of the questions we’re asked most at Industrial Scripts is, “how do I build a career in script development?” It’s not an exact science by any means, but the key to getting ahead in script development is to pay your dues. The blunt truth is that Ridley Scott is
As in previous years, the UK and Irish film community have compiled a list of their most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays that make up the Brit List Scripts 2011. Out of over 160 screenplays nominated the projects below achieved the 3 votes or more needed in order to appear on
Press Release Launch 30.09.11 Bedlam Productions/Takedown Pictures THE KING’S SPEECH PRODUCERS SECURE RIGHTS TO CLASSIC TALE OF RUGBY RIVALRY Bedlam Productions, producers of the acclaimed feature film “The King’s Speech”, announced today their new project “The Grudge”. A dramatic telling of the infamous 1990 Five Nations Grand Slam rugby
Industrial Scripts Press Release 20.07.11 For immediate release: Industrial Scripts launches first UK writer promotion programme, backed by Curtis Brown Group The ongoing programme assesses projects and champions the best unrepped writing talent using Industrial Scripts’ experience and network. It is the first of its kind in the UK and
Talent Connector launches… This week (11/07) and next Industrial Scripts’ unique Talent Connector launches, for the first time. The scheme, which is only open to unrepresented writers and filmmakers, is the first of its kind in the UK and will address the increasing challenges facing new and disconnected talent in
UK Scriptwriters Podcast Sponsorship We’re delighted to announce our sponsorship of the hugely popular UK Scriptwriters Podcast, led by screenwriters Danny Stack and Tim Clague. In the podcast, Tim and Danny discuss a wide range of screenwriting topics, and offer advice to writers of all levels on different areas of
The Brit List 2010 was officially unveiled today. Compiled by those working in the UK and Irish film community, the Brit List is a selection of the most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays. The idea of assembling such a list originated from the U.S., where their misleadingly named Black List