Richard Holmes – The Insider Interviews

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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 …

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“The Same, but Different” – Screenwriting Tips

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  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 …

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Why The Holy Trinity of Monster Movies are Impossible to Top

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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, …

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The World’s Highest Paid Screenwriters

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The World’s Highest Paid Screenwriters As the title says, this article will explore the world’s highest paid Screenwriters working in the Film and Television industries.   Screenwriting can mean seriously …

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The Top Female Screenwriters

Top Female Screenwriters

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 …

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11 Ways to Spot a Shady Script Consultant

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Why all the Script Consultants? After spending many decades lurking in the shadows of the entertainment industry, script consultants and their services are finally getting some PR (good, bad and …

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10 Underdog Films With a Script That Beat The Odds

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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 …

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13 Stereotypes of the British Film Industry

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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 …

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10 British Screenwriters Who Broke Into Hollywood

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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 who have made the leap across the pond to make a name for themselves in La-La Land…

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Framing Scenes for Maximum Impact – Lessons from BEGINNERS

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  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 …

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Screenwriting Lessons from Midnight Cowboy

Screenwriting Lessons from Midnight Cowboy

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.

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Twitter Screenwriting Accounts Screenwriters Must Follow

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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 account to follow…

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10 Hollywood Screenwriters Who Burned Bright and Then Faded

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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.

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10 Screenwriters Who Broke In Late

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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 …

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Jeffrey Katzenberg – 10 Lessons For Screenwriters

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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 …

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10 Common Film Industry Excuses – and how to Avoid Making Them

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“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 the seeming obstacles.

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10 Great Quadrant Movies Screenwriters Can Learn From

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  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 …

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Writing Holiday Movies – Friday the 13th, Christmas and Halloween

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Writing Holiday Movies – Friday the 13th, Christmas and Halloween Friday the 13th is upon us – and to celebrate the day that Jason Voorhees first went on his killing …

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10 Mid-Budget Movies that Wouldn’t Get Made Today

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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 …

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How Much do UK Screenwriters Earn?

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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 …

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Is it Smarter to make Bad Movies, or No Movies at all?

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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 …

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How Not to Approach a Screenplay Agent

How not to approach a screenplay agent

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 with a screenplay agent and industry people in such a way that they think “wow, I could really work with that person” is incredibly important.

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The Brit List Scripts 2011

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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 the list.

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Launch of Takedown Pictures & Bedlam Productions Project

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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 …

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Industrial Scripts Press Release – 20.07.2011

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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 …

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