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There’s No Such Thing as a Final Draft by Peter Salisbury
Posted by Peter Salisbury in .

Hands down, one of the best parts of being Anam Cara’s director is getting to know the writers- and artists-in-residence and their work. They have taught me and each other much...

Into the Depths: Plotting outwards – the bigger picture (Part 3 of...
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in .

Having opened the story up and shuffled the plot points around until you have an idea of what you really want to include across your various storylines and character arcs,...

Into the Depths: Plotting – the Nuts & Bolts (Part 2 of...
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in .

Having brainstormed the various events or beats that you’d like to include in your story, across your various storylines and character arcs, it’s time to work out the purpose of...

Into the Depths: Plotting the Story (Part 1 of 3) by Lindsay...
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in .

“The King dies and then the Queen dies is story. The King dies and then the Queen dies from grief is plot.” – E.M. Forster You have your characters; you...

Screenwriting: Why and When Writers Must Go Dark by Alan Taylor
Posted by Alan Taylor in , .

Alan Taylor has taught screenwriting in the UK., the EU, and South Africa since graduating from the London (International) Film School. This article summarizes one outstanding hurdle that blocks writers...

Screenwriting: Three Golden Rules for Writing Scenes by Lindsay J Sedgwick
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in .

You have your idea for the scene, you know what you want to write; these rules are simply to steer you towards scenes that are written for the screen, small...

Screenwriting: Writing Powerful Scenes by Lindsay J Sedgwick
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in .

“I love writing, but hate starting. The page is awfully white and it says, ‘You may have fooled some of the people some of the time but those days are...

Submissions Call: Storyland with RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen
Posted by Niamh O'Connor in , .

Submissions deadline: 13th March 2019 The RTÉ and NI Screen talent development competition – Storyland – is open until midnight on March 13, and this year’s theme is revenge. Six...

Character in a Screenplay: Bringing it all Together by Lindsay J Sedgwick
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in , .

What you are looking for when you develop a character are experiences or memories that have shaped her. The process will often reveal traits that wouldn’t have been obvious to...

Character in a Screenplay: Mining the Depths by Lindsay J Sedgwick
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in , .

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink...