Archive for the 'Filmmaking' Category

Writing with Actors

Monday, July 28th, 2014

I like working with actors when I write. It’s such a powerful experience. Actors love a script because they glean from it nuances that I, the writer, didn’t intuit or even intend. It’s like when you fall in love with someone and they start to notice little things about you that you didn’t even know […]

Balancing Teaching with Practicing your Craft

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Among many teachers I meet, I have noticed a trend that it has taken me a long time to realise applies equally to me. This trend is summed up by the phrase:

"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." 

(* There is also an addition to the phrase, most oft heard at teacher trainer schools:
"… and those who can't teach, teach teachers!!!”)

I have always disliked this ugly phrase since first hearing it as a child - after all how could you have teachers who were skilled at what they taught or skilled people who can pass on their skills? - but I’d also noticed that it was often somehow accurate. Capable people chose to teach what they chose not to do.  Teaching is all well and good - for how would anyone learn without teachers? - but should it be at the expense of doing?

On the Set of “Behind the Book”

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

This last weekend I had the great fortune to be invited onto the set of a short film for my great friend and fellow screenwriter and Bournemouth University alumnus Romana Turina. She is making an important film about how the media narrates history which ties in with her doctoral research on the same subject. I […]

Filmmaking Family

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

I've been struggling to motivate my crew for months. It's been bone-gnashingly hard. Working with teens is difficult on its own but working with family gives it an added grind factor. At times the returns have diminished down to zero. I've even wondered whether they were working for me or the other way round. As […]

Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass … here I come!!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

This weekend is the wonderful Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass 2014 and I am so very excited. Now it's not the first time I've been to the masterclass. It's not even the second. In fact I try to go every year. There is a metric tonne of information about filmmaking to be had and it's true […]

Rant: High Concept Microbudget Feature Writing

Monday, July 8th, 2013

I hear it time and time again: it's all about the concept. And that concept is what everyone is chasing. It seems to me that all anyone wants is high concept. Something new. Yet not too new. In fact, if it could be very, very like a product that already exists, but yet is somehow […]

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