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Screenwriting: Why and When Writers Must Go Dark by Alan Taylor
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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“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...

Turn Your Idea into a Screenplay (Part 2) by L.J. Sedgwick
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In Part 1 of this article, I wrote: ‘. . . it’s not enough to simply keep firing obstacles into the path of your central character. You have to create...

Turn Your Idea into a Screenplay (Part 1) by L.J. Sedgwick
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You have an idea. It’s nibbling away at the side of your brain begging to be written. But it wants to be written for the screen. It’s a feature film,...

The Joy of Collaboration: For Saoirse by Colm Keegan
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I’m headed out to Ballymun today to watch a rehearsal of my play For Saoirse, a play I have on out there as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. For...

TV Treatments – What to Write About (Part 2 of 2) by...
Posted by Caren Kennedy in , .

One from the archives: this second part of Caren Kennedy’s articles on TV Treatments is visited again and again by our readers. When thinking about possible ideas for a television...