September 14, 2018

Some years ago I wrote a review of one of my favourite films: ‘SHADOWLANDS’ Richard Attenborough (1993). 

For me, this film exemplifies the craft of film making, as it does the craft of acting: Anthony Hopkins was at the peak of his powers (except that he just keeps get...

September 13, 2018

Just to shout up a YouTube channel called

Lessons From The Screenplay.

I've watched a number of Michael's videos. I think there is much to learn (and remind yourself of) in his insights and opinions. The videos are well worth watching if you -

- Are passionate abou...

September 13, 2018

I’m unwilling to join the chorus of disapproval of ANNIHILATION (2018, Alex Garland) for the sake of it. Making films is very difficult, and making good films is a lot harder. But the problems with Annihilation are writ large in the screenplay, and the screenplay...

September 6, 2018

A number of years ago my then agent Julian Friedmann commissioned me to review Stuart Voytilla's book 'Myth and the Movies' for what was then ScriptWriter magazine (which went on to become twelvePoint.com). 'Myth and the Movies' explores and re-applies Joseph Campbell'...

September 5, 2018

Here's a refresh on story and character archetype, and structural stuff you can to put good use when writing a screenplay. Even if you learn these basic screenwriting nodes and touch-points by instinct, I find it's still useful to go back to them and reappraise. You sh...

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