25 June, 2010

Graham Linehan interviews


Update

The IT Crowd – live chat transcript: Graham Linehan
The Guardian
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Graham Linehan: The genius behind The IT Crowd (series 4.0)

The Guardian
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Graham Linehan Interview: The IT Crowd
(series 4.0)
Sky
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Interview With Graham Linehan (series 4.0)
British Comedy Guide
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Interview with Graham Linehan (series 4.0)
Popculturemonster
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Graham Linehan reveals secrets of successful sitcom writing ahead of new IT Crowd series
Such Small Portions
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Graham Linehan interview by Lauren Laverne, BBC6 (audio)
Auntie Nubbins
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TV comedy lacks imagination, claims Father Ted creator
The Stage
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Graham Linehan talks IT Crowd (series 3.0)
Den of Greek (1)
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Graham Linehan talks IT Crowd (series 3.0)
Den of Greek (2)
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Golden Graham (series 3.0)
4 Talent
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Q&A: Graham Linehan, writer and director of The IT Crowd
Silicon.com
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At Home with the Linehans (Series 1.0)
ITCrowd.co.uk
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Graham Linehan on The IT Crowd (Series 1.0)
Memorable TV
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Graham Linehan interview (audio)
The Sound of Young America
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Graham Linehan interview (audio)
A bit of a chat with Ken Plume (1)
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Graham Linehan interview (audio)
A bit of a chat with Ken Plume (2)
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Graham Linehan - Funny Business (RTE doc)
Youtube
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Interview: Graham Linehan (video)

Screenjabber
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The Holy Graham
Tribune
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An exclusive interview with Graham Linehan
Mustard comedy mag
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Graham Linehan Carpool interview

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"You can write backwards from a great ending, forwards from a great start, or both ways from a great middle. It's having that great scene that matters, because it provides the impetus to keep going.

"Best of all is having two or three great scenes, so that you're always writing towards or away from one of them."

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"If you think you've written a brilliant script, put it away for a month and then read it again."

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Graham Linehan's guide to writing a TV sitcom
The Guardian
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'Don't follow actors home'
The Guardian
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The Six Myths of TV Comedy
The Idler
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BBC Comedy Masterclass
Read the transcript from a master class with Graham Linehan, Susan Nickson, Fred Barron and Kenton Allen (2003).
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Graham Linehan interview- my edit of Screenwipe series 5, ep 3



(see the full programme, which includes other writers, here)
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Graham Linehan: Twitter | Blog | Posterous

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Watch Father Ted on Youtube 4oD
Watch The IT Crowd on Youtube 4oD

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24 June, 2010

19 June, 2010

Linkage - 19/06/2010

The Writer in Modern TV - transcript of event
Michelle Lipton
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Guild / BBC TV Drama Event - podcasts

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain
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Part 2 - Notes from a Hollywood "Reader" by Marie Rose
The Script-a-Thon
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What Does It Take To Become A Successful Screenwriter?
Mina Zaher
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Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist
Tyler Weaver
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David Frost's Q&A on how to be a satirist
The Guardian
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Surviving as a Film Producer
All About Indie Filmmaking
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Serious Screenwriting
David Melkevik
Links: Day 1 | Day 2

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Film Director's Check List of Technical Terms
Raindance
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How to piss off a woman reader
Emily Blake
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Why Strong Female Characters Are Bad for Women
Overthinking It
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"With Sequels and Reboots Failing, Hollywood (Finally) Puts Out a Desperate Call for Original Material"
Scott Myers
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The Hidden Tools of Comedy (1) by Steve Kaplan
The Story Department
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Notes from Steve Kaplan's Comedy Workshop
Trevor Mayes

Links: Part 1 | Part 2

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6 Productivity Principles to Live By
Litemind
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6 New Productivity Principles to Live By
Litemind
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Ed Catmull,the Pixar/Disney Animimation President, talk at The Economist
Scott Burkum
"On protecting a vision:

"I do believe you want a vision, so you start off with a person who has a vision for a story. And we do things to try and protect that vision and its not easy to protect it, because they feel these pressures. They also have misconceptions about the creative process sometimes. We do have these people who we give a chance to on the belief they’re right, and can rise to the occasion, and we are wrong sometimes, because we can’t see what goes on in their heads. And our measure, because we can’t see inside people’s heads, is the team. If the team is functioning well, and healthy, it will solve the problem."
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Celtx won over Final Draft
Désirée
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Screenwriting industry panel
Philip Shelley
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Writing for Continuing Drama - BBC Writers Room/Screen Yorkshire
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18 June, 2010

Deadlines Calendar updated


Access it here or via the panel on the top right.

14 June, 2010

New Moviescope out now

"80 Pages of Industry opinion and comment from Michael Gubbins (former editor of Screen International), Julian Friedmann (joint managing director at Blake Friedmann Literary Agents and former editor of Scriptwriter Magazine), Danny Munso (Associate editor of Creative Screenwriting magazine), martin McCabe, Mick Southworth (managing Director of The Works (UK), Dave Morrison (film finance and tax advisor at Nyman Libson Paul) and others.

PLUS, contributions by industry professionals like Dop Philip Bloom, Nick Lawson (Dop and member of The British Guild of Camera Technicians), Tommy Gormley (First AD on Star Trek, 2012 and John Carter of Mars), filmmaker Mason Cardiff, Anwar Brett (Bafta member and contributor to FujiFilm ‘Exposure magazine’) and many more."

Subscribe online here

12 June, 2010

Linkage - 12/06/2010



(Illustration by Palmer Murphy)


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20th Century Fox used 11 screenwriters on The A-Team movie. Pixar used 1 on Toy Story 3. Which one is better?
Scott Myers
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32 Qualities of Better Film
Hammer to Nail
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Producing Radio Drama

Savvy Productions
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Writing for BBC Radio Drama
Mina Zaher
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Inside the writers room: Top scifi TV writers reveal tricks of the trade
io9
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What will that scary script editor ask me?
Pippa Best
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Craft: The Perfect Excuse for Not Writing
Adrian Reynolds
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Screenplay Tips # 2: Reversals
Lucy Hay
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Strip Your Characters #2
Neil Baker
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A guide to Script Reading in the UK. FREE auto-download (PDF), includes how to be a reader, two sample reports etc.
Danny Stack
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Third-act Failures
AV Club
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The new wave of British horror films
The Guardian
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Fight For Your Right To Think
Jason Arnopp
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Frank Deasy's unproduced screenplay, 'Gaza'
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Roy Williams: Confessions of an uncool kid
The Guardian
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Women, Power and Politics: script for a revolution
The Guardian
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Hollywood Myths and Hoaxes: Connections
Filmmaker IQ
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Writing screenplays and novels: why the end should be in the beginning
Jurgen Wolff
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Women in film
John August
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The Most Ridiculous Hollywood Rip-Offs Of All Time (PICTURES):
Huffington Post
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Is UK film saving the economy?
BBC
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Open Access Film E-books List
Film Studies for Free
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The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years
EW.com
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Is perfectionism killing your career?
TechRepublic
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Your Brain on Computers - Attached to Technology and Paying a Price
NYTimes.com
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Ten Things You Should Already Know By Now
How to get a grip
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Test Your Focus
NY Times
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A Procrastination Test to Uncover Procrastination Patterns
Psychology Today
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Free Online Interactive Courses & Certification
Alison
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Why Most Fail At Screenwriting

10 June, 2010

Television Drama - The Writers' Festival 2010

BBC Writersroom:

Starts: Wednesday, 30 June 2010 at 12:00pm
Ends: Thursday, 1 July 2010 at 3:00pm
Location: Leeds College of Music (map)

"Agenda created by Tony Marchant, Jack Thorne, Alice Nutter, Toby Whithouse, and Stephen Butchard.

Be part of the first Television Writers' Festival, covering topics including the politics of notes, the balancing act of running a show, the challenges of making the transition from writer-for-hire to getting original work onscreen, and the place for political drama today.

With seminars headed up by the country's best writing, producing, and commissioning talent, including Kay Mellor, Ben Stephenson, John Yorke, Nicola Shindler, Jed Mercurio, Adam Curtis, Polly Hill, Peter Bowker, Sally Wainwright, Paula Milne, Mark Catley, Philippa Lowthorpe, Tony Jordan, Matthew Graham, William Ivory, Ben Richards, and Peter Flannery, it will be an opportunity to be inspired, challenged, and to have your say."

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This was originally only for those with a TV drama credit or commission but is now open to all. Very generous.

The schedule is impressive:

Television Drama - The Writers' Festival - Schedule


07 June, 2010

Online Movie Week - Free film streaming (UK)


ONLINE MOVIE WEEK
7-13 JUNE 2010

Why is online movie week taking place?

Full Stream Ahead is a week long celebration (7 June to 13 June) of legal online movies. There are some fantastic legal movie streaming services out there, and this week you can try one for free. Legal services provide guaranteed reliability and quality - letting you relax and enjoy your movie.

To educate and encourage people, including those tempted to try illegal file-sharing, to adopt legal methods for quickly and easily accessing movie content online.

FullStreamAhead Coalition

04 June, 2010

Red Planet Prize - deadline: 31 July 2010

For a single or a pilot. Details here:

Red Planet Prize

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Interview with the last winner

Tony Jordan workshop notes

RPP Project - drama workshop

01 June, 2010

Back Up Your Data Day - 01/06/2010

It's the first of the month which means it's Back Up Your Data Day (although it should be done day-to-day!).

We can also use this day to delete stuff we no longer need and de-fragment our hard drive(s) to keep our machine lean and clean - if you know what I mean.

Windows guide to defragmenting
Mac users don't have to defragment, apparently.

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Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

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Computer Virus Effect Remover

Computer Virus Effect Remover is a helpful software program for the Windows operating system after an infection with malicious software like a virus, trojan or worm has occurred. It can be used to remove various effects of those malicious programs.

The Open Source software can aid the user in removing effects from the Windows file system and the Windows Registry. One of the main functions of it is that it can re-enable access to the Windows Taskmanager, Registry Editor, MSconfig and the Process List.

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A reminder about Matt's simple and effective back-up:

"I have never been able to get the hang of proper backup software and procedures. I always end up getting into a complete pickle about the various full backups, interim backups and how the bloody hell I'd back everything up if my hard-drive became shot with the backup software on it. So these days I just have a complete clone of My Documents on a portable drive and use Microsoft's Synctoy to keep the files up to date."

However I would suggest backing up your entire Documents and Settings folder and not just the My Documents part of it as it which would include emails and favourites/bookmarks. This link has more details.

I asked Lee about the Mac equivalent:

"Things like emails, bookmarks, fonts, templates, RSS feeds, Applescripts - anything used by an application, but not created by it when you hit Save - are kept in your Home folder, in the Library. In Mac speak, that's ~/Library. Apple apps such as Mail, Safari, and iTunes may have their own folders. Non-Apple apps like NetNewsWire, Montage, Final Draft, Scrivener etc, will keep all their stuff in ~/Library/Application Support. The truly paranoid might want to back up their preference files as well. I know I do. These are in ~/Library/Prefences.

For safety's sake, back up the entire Library folder, it's probably only a few hundred megs."

Jason Sutton added:

"Backing up Macs is impossibly easy. Buy an external hard drive and use Time Machine. It's built in to OS X. The best back-ups are the ones you don't have to think about. Brilliant application."

Thank you Matt and Lee and Jason!

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Don't delay, do it today. It's Back Up Your Data Day, hooray!