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Making the Character Live: Caoimhe Cassidy on NOLA AND THE CLONES
Posted by Caoimhe Cassidy in .

The first time I read Nola’s monologue in preparation to make my self tape, I was completely fascinated by her character. Serious topics up for discussion.. homelessness, social class and...

So You Want To Write A Play? Philip St John Explains How
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Philip St John’s latest play Temptress opens at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray later this week and goes on to The New Theatre. The Daily Mail have made it one...

Robert McKee: Story: Style, Structure, Substance
Posted by Niamh O'Connor in .

When he first moved to LA as a fledgling screenwriter, Robert McKee got work analysing screenplay submissions. “The report I wrote over and over again went like this,” he explains...

How to Make a Feature Film By Ferdia Mac Anna
Posted by Ferdia MacAnna in .

In May of last year, at the age of 58, I directed my first feature film. Not bad for a fossil. A new career beckons or possibly a swan song....

Making Snow Angels: Christine Dwyer Hickey
Posted by Christine Dwyer Hickey in .

A writer puts a word on a page and it becomes something else. The words – snow, blood, hair, for example – once typed, begin to quicken with possibility. Should...

Making the Most of Open Rehearsed Play Readings by Sheena Lambert
Posted by Sheena Lambert in .

It’s amazing what can be right under your nose without you knowing it’s there. I’ll admit that I only became aware of the practice of open rehearsed play readings recently,...

Breaking into Screen Writing with ex-BBC Controller of Drama, John Yorke
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John Yorke is MD of Company Pictures and author of the bestselling book on story structure, Into the Woods. He popped into the Professional Writing Academy chatroom (part of Professional...

How to Get a Hollywood Agent

Okay, you’ve finished that screenplay.  Congratulations are in order.  Go out and pop some bubbly for a job well done.  Now you’d like to find an agent in Los Angeles. ...

From Script to Screen: A Masterclass with Jack Gold
Posted by Elizabeth Rose Murray in .

Ever wondered how you take a short story and turn it into a film? Although I don’t write for screen, I write short stories, and the idea of watching the...

Paul FitzSimons at the Zebbies
Posted by Paul FitzSimons in .

The annual Scriptwriting Awards, the ZeBBies, happened recently at Dublin’s Sugar Club. Named in honour of Western actor O.Z ‘Zebby’ Whitehead, a big supporter of Irish Theatre, the ZeBBies are...