March 5, 2020

'Stories don’t have a middle or an end anymore. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.'

- Steven Spielberg

February 12, 2020

Once in a blue moon, a film comes along that redefines the form. I suggest that 1917 (2020 – Sam Mendes) is such a film.

I say this not just because of the technical brilliance of the one-shot appearance of the film. I don’t say it because of Roger Deakins’ stunning ci...

November 7, 2019

A shout out for the brilliant Screen Rant pitch meetings series on YouTube. This one is most of what's wrong with The Dark Knight Rises. Superbly put together and very perceptive. The series functions as trenchant script coverage (in lieu of the honest script coverage...

October 21, 2019

I covered (assessed/wrote a script report) a sci-fi screenplay for a film financier a few years ago. The screenplay was produced and released as REPLICAS (2018), and starred Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve. 


My overview of the script then was:


‘The quality of the screenwrit...

October 14, 2019

You may have noticed. Blind predators are rare, and for good reason. Sight is the dominant sense, and for good reason: it’s the most useful of the senses. There are no effective land predators that are blind. The monsters in ‘A Quiet Place’ are, presumably, blind. At l...

October 11, 2019

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/spotlight/martin-scorsese-is-right-about-marvel-films-–-they-are-formulaic-fairground-rides-not-cinema/ar-AAIzKYi?li=BBoPWjQ

In this I think Martin Scorsese is correct.

The Marvel/DC comic based films and similar CGI heavy franchi...

August 14, 2019

After requests from screenwriting clients, I've extended my screenwriting services to include writing script pitching documents. I've written a lot of pitching documents over the course of my screenwriting career. They have comprised short, sharp one-page pitch documen...

June 13, 2019

Having used Final Draft screenwriting software for years, I just rewrote a film script for a screenwriting client using Fade In (https://www.fadeinpro.com) I like it. I think Fade In offers more than a viable alternative to Final Draft. I think it’s better in some resp...

May 23, 2019

I often get requests from screenwriters early in their career for film script mentoring (aka screenwriting tuition). I've therefore launched a Screenwriting Mentoring service, which you can find our more about here, or by contacting me directly.  

I think some scre...

May 22, 2019

Written in 2005, this article by Jonathan Gems is today truer than ever. My colleague script consultant Phil Parker and I touched on this - the non existence of the British film industry - in a meeting on Monday.

It makes for sad reading; but it is our curren...

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