30 June, 2008

Linkage

My 5th Blogthday Revelations

Just in case you missed reading James Moran's must-read post.

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BBC writersroom roadshow visits Edinburgh

The usual comprehensive and useful account from David Bishop.

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My Visual Pitch - Promoting Your Work

Lucy interviews the MVP Head Honcho.

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People vs Devices

Amanda bemoans characters who don't seem fully fleshed out and makes a good point here about characters who don't know what they want. Unk talks about how to add depth to characters here.

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Indiana Jones and the Digital Danger

By Bill Martell, this is only Indy 4 review you need to read. Although Billy Mernitt's rant is also worth reading.

Alan Lopuszynski has probably the best look at Frank Darabont's version of the script. There was a rumour, ages ago, that Darabont's draft had aliens in it and someone speculated that that must be why Lucas nixed it. No-one realised that the aliens and the other bollocks had to be in the script, whoever wrote it. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear so lay off David Koepp, people.

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A Simple Cure for Writer's Block

This is by Dale Launer who is one of my fave comedy writers. Mark Greig also wrote something on this here.

Although Mike Le's
quality comic strip suggests a more interesting cure I shall be using next time it happens. I'm almost looking forward to being blocked, to be honest. (Also check out Le's new strip)


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Rules of Development aka How to Talk to a Screenwriter

Also by Launer and essential reading for developers. Just casually slip the printed off pages through the letterbox of your script editor/producer/director and run away before they see you. And you might want to add Barbara Schock on Intelligent Screenplay Development which I blogged about ages ago.

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Execution of Bad Ideas

Maryan riffs about readers and "Why can't we spot our own bad ideas?"


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The Logic Nazi

Craig Mazin talks about me behind my back.

I'm sorry but I liked his Superhero Movie. Actually no, I won't apologise. I'm proud I saw it. No, 'proud' is going too far...


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The Problems with Screenwriting Advice

Shep gives an interesting list, although some gurus may think he's barking up the wrong tree and should get down.


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Pitching

I've added Julie Gray's column to what has been called "the Internet's ultimate pitching resource" here. OK, so it was me that called it that but it doesn't mean it's not true.

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How to Cut Pages

My Sharps script was a page or two over and I had to cut it down but, pure laziness on my part, I looked for a way to cheat with page margins instead. I came across an old brief article by John August on the subject recommending not doing it. Cutting unnecessary stuff was actually quite easy in the end and it made the script better. Anyway, August has done a new proper post on the subject.

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Times go by turns

Kristin Thompson has a big article about turning points. Have a rest before attempting to read. (The title of the article comes from the poem by Robert Southwell, as I'm sure you know)


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Tell me a story... or don't

Jim Emerson discusses story - as Hollywood considers it - and gives food for thought.


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How Screenwriters Get Hired: The Unspoken Truth!

Phil Gladwin has a guest blog from a writer who makes some very interesting points. On the same theme check out the guest blogs at Lucy's here by Adrian Mead and the reply here by Dave Dublin.

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On the Future of Batteries

Philip Palmer discusses the use of technology in science fiction.

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Getting Ahead?

Danny Stack answers a question about getting ahead.

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A Novel Way of Suffering

Adrian Reynolds: "Asked by a follower what makes for good spiritual practice, one guru said ‘A hard job, and a lousy marriage’. The same thinking applies where writing is concerned: the only genre in which we enjoy someone else’s fun vicariously is pornography. In any other form of writing, readers are there to see the protagonist suffer in artful ways, and it’s the writer’s job to choreograph their miseries."

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Characters for an Epic Tale


This is a cool postcard from the UK based Cabanon Press who have lots of other goodies for sale.

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