The last year has been, in the words of one of my dear friend, a bitch, which rather clouds things when I look back over how much I've achieved. At the end of the year, I generally like to write some goals for the next year. I think resolutions are fine, but generally, most people… Continue reading Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: writing goals, making resolutions and reviewing life.
I thought I'd write a little bit about something that is so tiny, but can make or break your script pitch. And something that I actually struggle with. The logline of a film is a really short version of what you're story is about. It must not be longer than two lines, and it has… Continue reading What’s The Logline?
Logline: An officer who has never seen combat is forced into a suicide mission against an alien race that has attacked Earth. When he is killed, he finds himself waking up over and over again to live out the same battle. Genre: Science Fiction Director: Doug Liman Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt I love a… Continue reading Film Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
I came across this quote this morning in one of the newsletters about screenwriting that I subscribe to. I sometimes wonder if other writers are like me and have this strong need to write their feelings out in order to really see them. A lot of the time I don't realise what is bothering me,… Continue reading “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” – Flannery O’Connor
Logline: After an apocalypse that leaves the Earth under snow, a train called the Snowpiercer travels across the globe containing the last of Earths survivors. However, the treatment of the people in the lowest class is sparking a revolution that threatens the fabric of the social classes... Genre: Action Director: Joon-Ho Bong Starring: Chris Evans,… Continue reading Film Review: Snowpiercer (2013)
Logline: Joe is a man with a temper who keeps his life working on a delicate balance, which is threatened by being pulled into the life of a troubled youth. Genre: Southern GothicDirector: David Gordon GreenStarring: Nicholas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter.Go see this movie. Even if it's just to see Nic Cage do a performance… Continue reading Film Review: Joe (2013)
You might have noticed that I've been rather quiet in the last month. It was partly because August is Birthday Month, I have to admit, but it was also the month that I started a new job. As the still above from Office Space (1999 dir. Mike Judge) would suggest, I am still in the office… Continue reading Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Writing and the Art of Paying The Rent.
The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn PeakeGenre: Gothic FictionLogline: The sprawling, maze-like castle Gormenghast hulks over the tradition bound lives of it's occupants, as the new heir, Titus Groan, is born, and the ambitious Steerpike plots his way out of working in the kitchens and into everyone's lives. Oh man, these books feel long. I mean, the… Continue reading Review Of Books: August
“I write original screenplays every year besides the movies I get made, and I just put them away. Write what makes you excited, and if it makes you excited, and you’re any good, it will excite somebody else. And if it doesn’t excite them to buy it, it will excite them to let you write… Continue reading A Quote For The Day…