Sunday, 14 December 2014

Hipster Massacre

I am very pleased to announce that I have been commissioned to rewrite Horror-Comedy script HIPSTER MASSACRE for Cloud Burst Productions.

Previously known as The Post-Ironic Hipster Massacre, the original script was written by American screenwriter Sean Fraiser and I will be anglicizing it, adding some of Scullion-esque humour and making it much more… Shoreditch.

HIPSTER MASSACRE is about a group of trendy East London hipsters who head to an exclusive music gig… only to get much more than they bargained for. There will be blood. And scares. And laughs. And moustaches.

Lots of moustaches.

HIPSTER MASSACRE also has two directors onboard – both of which I can vouch for as being awesome and “not too completely insane” – and people who may be familiar to those who frequently read my Blog or love short horror films.

Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton will be directing HIPSTER MASSACRE.

Yes, the gruesome twosome behind the awesome Bloody Cuts series and the Producers / Director of DON’T MOVE – my first ever short film (you know, the one they might be making into a feature… more on this soon) – will be taking the reigns of HIPSTER MASSACRE.

I couldn’t think of anyone better to helm this film (sorry Ridley, maybe next time) and can’t wait to send them the rewrite and watch their brains implode. In a good way.

Or bad. Any kind of response is nice, to be honest…

Cloud Burst Productions have also been a pleasure to work with and have a LOT of passion for the project. I am currently working on the first redraft and looking forward to delivering it to them before Christmas. Possibly covered in tinsel.

FINAL NOTE: re-writing someone else’s work is a tough task. It will happen to all screenwriters at some point – even the best ones – and I genuinely hope I do Sean Fraiser’s work justice. The original script is very good and without it I wouldn’t be onboard this fantastically-promising project. Thank you Sean.

As always, I will keep you all updated on the progress of this.

Bring on the Hipsters…

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Interview with Philip Shelley

Over the past few months script consultant, 4screenwriting course-runner and all round good dude Philip Shelley has been posting a series of interviews with Screenwriters on his blog.

Well, this week he’s interviewed me…

Before we get to that, I urge you to head to onto Philip’s website and check out of some of the other excellent interviews on, alongside information on his rates (he’s a brilliant consultant), the 4screenwriting course and workshops.

Check it all out here - http://www.script-consultant.co.uk/ 

Anyway, interviews…

Among the Blog posts is an interview with Anna Symon, who I had the pleasure of working with on the 4screenwriting courses. I can honestly say that she wrote – for the course – one of the best TV scripts I’ve ever read. Ever. Seriously. It was bloody excellent. A fantastic talent and one to watch out for in the future. Also a really lovely human being, which is nice. I hate talented people who kill dolphins for fun.

  • Check out Philip’s blog HERE
  • Check out Anna Symon’s interview HERE   
  • Check out his interview with some weirdo called Dave Scullion HERE 

For prosperities sake, I have done a rudimentary copy ‘n’ paste job of the interview and whacked it below. I urge you to head to Philip’s website, though, as he’s got a lot of other bloody interesting stuff on there. You’ll miss out if you don’t!

Go there!

You’re missing out!!


Right, for prosperity, here is my interview with Philip Shelley.

WARNING: may contain sarcasm. And lard.


1.) WHERE DO YOU WRITE ?

Anywhere! At my desk, on the London underground, on trains, in pubs, on airplanes, on holiday and generally anywhere I can. Sometimes on the toilet. Once in a cave.

2.) WHEN DO YOU WRITE?

On lunch breaks (in my day job), every evening (if I haven't got meetings) and the weekend from about 7am onwards. So, whenever I can, basically...

3.) WHAT SORT OF STORIES EXCITE YOU?

Ones that are less than 110 pages long... Ones with a great pace, great characters and a great sense of irony.

4.) WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF BUILDING A GREAT CHARACTER?

Ensuring they have a flaw.

5, 6.) 2 WRITERS WHO HAVE INSPIRED YOU AND WHY

Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (they're one person, right?) - their dialogue is utterly superb and their characters are always compelling. They inspire me to write well better dialogue words and all that.

James Moran - an industry professional who is happy to openly talk about the profession, he gives a rare insight into the world of scriptwriting through his Blog and in person. He ran a workshop with Dan Turner a few years ago (called Studio 5) and it gave me the necessary foot-in-the-anus I needed to move my career forward. Without that cheeky boot I doubt I'd be where I am now (in Pentonville Prison psychiatric ward, covered in lard).

7, 8.) 2 TV SHOWS THAT HAVE INSPIRED YOU AND WHY

The X-Files - it kept it fresh for years, had the perfect setup for mixing crime investigation and the supernatural, without feeling contrived. Some episodes are better than most modern Horror films! "Darkness Falls" from Series 1 is probably my favourite episode of any television show, ever.

Eerie, Indiana - a fantastic kids' show from the early 90's, which sparked my love of the supernatural and weird, but also the supernatural and weird with HEART. Five episodes were directed by Joe Dante, whose style I've always adored (from The 'Burbs to Gremlins to Small Soldiers and beyond) - mixing adult themes and dark ideas with an unexpectedly loveable, heart-warming tone. It probably explains my loved of Horror-Comedies...

9, 10.)   2 FILMS THAT HAVE INSPIRED YOU AND WHY

The Thing - one of the first Horror films I saw (and Sci-Fi), it's both utterly brilliant and genuinely disturbing. It also has an example of a superb character introduction, without the need of a massive dialogue heavy scene; R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell) loses to a automated chess computer and pours his whisky into it, destroying it. It tells you everything about him and also sets up the theme & struggle for the entire movie (subtly, of course).

An American Werewolf in London - as with "Eerie, Indiana", this excellent John Landis film inspired me when I was a young'un. It told me a film can be scary, horrifying, inventive, disturbing, sexy, bonkers and hilarious all at the same time. Such a pleasure to watch - even now - it informed my love of films that intrigue, excite and entertain. I really hope they don't remake it... or make a 'prequel' to it.

11.) 1 THEATRE SHOW THAT HAS INSPIRED YOU AND WHY

Ghost Stories - it's nice to discover that "The Woman in Black" isn't the only stage show capable of making you crap yourself with fear. It also shows how mainstream audiences DO like Horror and the supernatural, and that theatre isn't always just about drama and musicals. It explains why "Evil Dead: The Musical" is so popular in Vegas...

12.) DO YOU OUTLINE BEFORE YOU START WRITING?

Yes. Much more than I used to. It makes it SO much quicker and easier to write something. I've experimented with both ways - freestyling and planning - and planning wins hands down.

13.) 1 PIECE OF ADVICE FOR SCREENWRITERS JUST STARTING OUT

Talk to other writers. Seek them out. Get to know them. Share advice and horror stories about the industry and - MOST IMPORTANTLY - share scripts! Ones you're reading and ones you're writing. Get feedback, give feedback. It's the best way to learn, network and develop your craft.

14.) WHAT SHOULD THE FILM \ TV INDUSTRY BE DOING FOR SCREENWRITERS THAT IT ISN'T?

Make more accessible routes into television and film - through courses, workshops, competitions etc...

There are very few screenwriting workshops that focus on the business of screenwriting, which look at the next step once you've (hopefully) mastered your craft (and done all those "INT means Interior" basic screenwriting courses).

The 4Screenwriting course and rare workshops like Studio 5 are the only UK-based courses that really hit that note; a focus on the 'next step'.

15.) WAS THERE A SPECIFIC MOMENT THAT MADE YOU START WRITING AND IF SO WHAT WAS IT?

Writing scripts? Definitely! I was writing really pulpy (and utterly shit) horror novels and sending them to every publisher, agent and half-important intern in the country, expecting to be the next Stephen King or Richard Laymon or Shaun Hutson. I didn't get a million pound deal, just a million rejection letters.

Two rejections, however, came within the same week and were actually personal - a thrilling moment in any rejection-swamped writer's life! - and they both said my pace, characters, dialogue and story was great... but it's all the bits in-between that weren't. The 'description stuff'. They both said I should write scripts for film and TV.

And they were right. I couldn't be bothered to describe the emotional context of the faux-Renaissance architecture in my protagonist's kitchen, I just wrote "there is a massive knife rack and a clock in the shape of a beer bottle", because that stuff actually mattered in the 'scene'.

So that week I jacked in my novel writing and began on a journey to scriptwriting wonderland.

I no longer had to post novels to hundreds of unfortunate bastards. No more envelopes. No more stamps. No more SAE I never saw again.

Yeah, so I effectively bankrupt The Royal Mail single-handedly. Sorry!

16.) WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU'D KNOWN THEN THAT YOU KNOW NOW?

To read a LOT of scripts - one a week at least - professional and 'amateur'. I struggled with formatting for months when I first began writing scripts, but reading scripts is one of the best guides to seeing what's acceptable and what reads best. You can also discuss them with other writers and begin forming your opinion on what makes a script 'sing' and what makes a script 'sink'.

17.) WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT SCREENWRITING?

Finding time to write, especially when you're starting out.

A lot of 'social sacrifices' have to be made, and I don't mean publicly killing a goat for the great lord Cthulhu (all hail). Most 'newbie' writers will have a full time day job, as well as family commitments, so the lack of actual time to write is definitely one of the most difficult things about screenwriting.

18.) WHAT IS THE MOST ENJOYABLE THING ABOUT SCREENWRITING?

Finishing Draft 1 - then printing the entire thing out and looking at it like a new-born child, thinking "I made this" with a tear in your eye.

Then ripping it to pieces.

19.) WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF (AS A WRITER) FIVE YEARS FROM NOW?
                                                      
Older, fatter, wiser, not dead.

Hopefully I will be a 'career writer' and not have to work part time as a rent boy (again). I'd also like to be in a position to help other would-be screenwriters get to the 'next level'.

20.) AND FINALLY - ONE SURPRISING (NON-WRITING RELATED!) FACT ABOUT YOU.

I have never had a hangover... but I certainly deserve one. Or a thousand. Whatever the case, you now hate me.

My work here is done.'

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Agent Update

I am now fully represented by Ed Hughes at Linda Seifert Management Ltd.

Previously Ed has represented specific projects of mine, but now he is my “full time agent” representing me on all matters pertaining to my writing.

Yes, I wrote the word pertaining. Hire me.

Feel free to still contact me directly, but if you’d prefer to talk to my Agent, then his contact details are below:

Phone Number: 0203 214 8293
E-mail: ed[at]lindaseifert.com

That was it.

Blog over.

You can go now.

Or I can go?

Yeah, I’ll go. You can stay.

See you later.




Oh, and don’t mess up the place and ensure you lock up when you leave. And recycle properly. I hate it when those Dominos pizza boxes end up in the plastics recycling bin. What are you, some kind of sociopath? GET OUT!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Power of the Read-Through

On this Blog I have often mentioned doing read-throughs of scripts and why I consider them to be essential to any writer, but I have never fully broken this information down into WHY I consider this to be one of the most important and underused aspects of creating a decent first draft... and beyond.

So this Blog poast is all about the power of the read-through. Feel free to be super-excited about this.

Firstly, what do I constitute as a read-through? Well, it can be as big or as small as you can achieve, organize and need. I’ve neatly categorized these into 4 tasty little sections:
  1. You. Just you. In a room, reading out EVERYTHING – action lines, dialogue etc… like a right old nutter
  2. You and your partner / flatmate / mum / brother / neighbour – two of you, lines split between you, sharing the action-line workload (10 pages and swap, that kind of thing). This is what I do with my partner Jess on EVERY first draft I’ve ever written in the past 5 years. Poor lady.
  3. A group of friends who you trust and can actually do read-throughs (i.e. nobody who is massively shy, clams up when speaking publicly, hates you etc…)
  4. A group of actors (who could also be your friends, of course – I’m blessed with knowing a lot of actors, thankfully).


The larger the group the better, because of the post-read-through discussion (optional) and the more readers you have, the more you can step back and listen. My favourite read-throughs have been the ones where I don’t read at all – or take a few minor roles – so I can see how everyone else interprets my words. More on this shortly.

So what can you get out of a read-through?

The simple answer: A BOLLOCK LOAD OF THINGS
The more complicated answer: SEE BELOW



1.) PACE

When you read your script (in your head), you might find yourself subconsciously skipping over paragraphs or scene descriptions or pieces of expositiony dialogue, but you won’t think much of it at the time – like skipping over words / paragraphs in a novel. It doesn’t spoil the read too much, right? You know what’s coming, so you’re excited to get past some of the setup scenes…

In a read-through you literally cannot hide from it. Every single line is read out loud and can only be read as quickly as you – or someone else – can read it. Unless you’re Alvin, Simon or Theodore, you’ll be reading at a quite ‘normal’ speed. So you can’t just skip over sections. You have to listen to it. ALL of it. Every single word you’ve written.

This should be a joy – this is WHY you’re writing it, right? To have someone perform it – but reading through every single scene and line and piece of dialogue ensures you witness the real pace of your script.

Notice I say “of your script” not the real pace “of the movie”. A read-through doesn’t reveal how the movie-of-your-script will be paced, because you might spend a full page describing a dystopian future full of underground city-scapes and the movie-version flies through it in seconds, making it fast, pacy and thrilling. Vice versa too – you might write “John buries his dog”, which reads swiftly on the page but might be painfully slow on screen.

HOWEVER, a read-through will reveal the pace of your script – how someone coming into it cold may experience it – and also firmly show you the pace of the dialogue scenes. These dialogue-lines will be close to the final movie version (if filmed word-for-word) and help show which scenes last waaaaaaaaaaay to long and which ones zip by. I’ve literally deleted an entire scene of expositiony dialogue based on a read-through and laced the information subtly throughout the rest of the script instead.
  

2.) BOREDOM

No one should ever be bored reading your script. It should be thrilling to read, even if it’s a tranquil period-piece. A read-through can really highlight the boring moments.

Related to pace (see above for glorious details), boredom can come through plotting, character, dialogue etc… and can be seen through either your own surprised boredom or the general lack of attention from the other readers.


If you find yourself wanting to skip ahead to the ‘better bit’ then it’s safe to say the bit you’re currently reading isn’t quite good enough.

This is where it’s beneficial having more readers and not participating in the reading yourself – you can ‘people watch’ but also ask the readers which parts sagged / bored afterwards. Always a fun discussion…


3.) CHARACTERS

One test that works for me is the allocation of characters to actors (well, readers…). Often you will have less ‘actors’ than roles available – in my case it's just me and Jess! - so you have to cunningly divide the roles so they don't clash too much.

This is helpful in two ways -

WAY ONE - You can find out who your characters talk to the most, as you want to give readers characters who don’t talk to each other much (otherwise it could be really confusing, unless they’re super-good at accents…).

This can be especially revealing when you realise your antagonist doesn't speak to your protagonist or your love interest has had more interaction with her boss than her would-be lover.

There are nifty little devices on Final Draft that also show this (they do loads of stuff - you can even do a profanity count!) so it’s worth checking out that too.

WAY TWO - You get to pick ‘who reads who’. This can boil down to ego and - as an occasional actor - I find myself noting and thinking about who the best characters are and who would be excellent at playing them.

This works like being team captain and picking your team for dodgeball, and should have the same principle here – it’s less about who’s the ‘best’ but more about who is left on the bench.

At this stage you might discover your protagonist is actually “Spotty McLazy Kid” and is the LEAST appealing character in your script… and that can be devastating. This actually really helps to make your script more commercial as it’s super-important to think about casting (at any stage in the scripting process).

All your main characters should be appealing to play, even your ‘day players’. Look at Shane Black’s writing – even the bit parts are remotely interesting. Okay, there’s always going to be the occasional Waiter (“Can I take your order sir?”) but for the most part all characters should have something appealing to them.


4.) DIALOGUE

My word, this is the most important of all. How you read something in your mind and how it’s said out loud are vastly different. If a character says “You’re my goddamn nemesis” then it reads okay on page… but saying it out loud sounds f*cking ridiculous.

Often this occurs with lines that are screamed or shouted, which read fine on the page but sound false / out of place when said out loud. Like someone screaming “Die!” or “Noooooooo!” or another bold declaration. Sometimes it works and sometimes you sound like Darth Vader at the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, screaming into a bucket. Noooooooooooooooooooo!


It also helps hearing the suddenly-very-obvious exposition spouted from someone’s mouth and witnessing the unnatural syntax of some characters’ voices. You can also find out what sounds accidentally hilarious or what lines are difficult to say.



5.) IN ONE GO

How often do you read your entire script “in one go”? Probably very rarely. When editing you’d sit through dozens of sessions, smashing through each page with careful precision until you get lost in the trees.

Doing a read-through forces you to read your entire script in one sitting. This is especially useful to reveal all the things mentioned above, but it also shows you TONE and whether you’ve kept it consistent throughout.

It also reveals continuity, character arcs and character consistency. What might seem normal when editing the script page-by-page (over a few days) may appear screamingly out-of-place when all those pages are connected together and read out loud.



6.) FREE PROOF-READING!

Proof reading can be VERY expensive, and unless you’re a massive spelling / grammar pedant your script is probably littered with teeny, tiny mistakes than you’ll naturally skim over because you’ve read that page FOUR GAZILLION TIMES.

When you grab a bunch of people to read-through your work, they’ll stumble on mistakes and – more likely than not – mention the errors. I always make sure to ASK them to do so (interrupt at any time!) because sometimes a reader might feel pedantic or embarrassed to point out your mistakes. Tell them you want it, like a sadomasochistic lover of your own failings.


It really helps identify if dialogue-lines are labelled incorrectly or a last minute ‘find and replace’ job has gone horribly wrong. I remember changing one character’s name from ‘Lance’ to ‘Harry’ at the last minute, using the ‘find and replace’ function in Final Draft… only to forget to specify it has to be the EXACT WORD ONLY. I ended up with words like ‘AmbuHarry’ and ‘GHarryd’ and ‘VigiHarry’ and ‘NonchaHarry’. The read-through was hilarious but also very f*cking embarrassing… but better than me sending it out to some producer who’d take one look at it and throw it in the circle-file under his desk, forever considering me to be either utterly mad or in love with someone called Harry.


SERVICES

If you can’t pull together a group of decent read-throughers or don’t trust your mates to read something out loud without shitting themselves, then there are groups available to help out.

Start with writing groups (you’ll be surprised how good writers can be at doing read-throughs) but there are also professional groups like The Watermark Collective (www.thewatermarkcollective.com/) who will hire actors to perform your script – definitely worth it.


AND FINALLY…

Finally, it can also help sell it. How? If you have a lot of decent actors in it, you could record it and send it out to a Producer or seven. That’d be a unique pitch – “would you like to listen to my script”? You can also invite execs along to a read-through. Both bold moves, but it’s a bold industry so well worth considering.

So – in short – the key reasons why a read-through could benefit your script are:

REVEALING PACE
REVEALING BOREDOM
REVEALING CHARACTERS
REVEALING DIALOGUE
REVEALING TONE, CONTINUITY, CHARACTER ARCS & CONSISTENCY
FREE PROOF-READING!

Basically – DO A READ-THROUGH on every script you write.

And why not?


Saturday, 15 November 2014

November and H.R. Giger and Collaboration


Hello November, you super-quick beast. Out of nowhere half a month has disappeared, in a whirl of activity, writing and Switzerland.

Switzerland?

Yes indeed. I visited the land of clocks, chocs and knifey multi-tools last weekend, to see the lady Jessica’s uber-cool Uncle / Aunt / Cousins / Jack Russell dogs contingent, who live in the hills somewhere in Switzerland. There were a lot of cows too, with actual bells around their necks. And a frog on a passport… but that’s an entirely different story.

I visited the museum of the (great, late) H.R. Giger, whose work was both utterly amazing, hugely disturbing and very very sexual. Not one for the children, that museum.

I also sat and ate in the H.R. Giger café, which was a very bizarre experience. Not only is it overshadowed by the 400 year old Château St. Germain, but it’s also based on Giger’s work.

Check out some of my photos here:







So what has this got to do with writing?

Well, most of you will know H.R. Giger for his design work on Alien – and the museum shows some of his initial designs and ideas on this, and it’s fascinating (and disturbing) – and he created an truly iconic (and lasting) Horror / Sci-Fi creature.

The writer of Alien (Dan O'Bannon) did not create this monster. He created the idea of it – and certainly the motivations and / or brutally brilliant biology of it – alongside Ronald Shusett, Ridley Scott and a few others.

But he did not design the beast.

As a writer you sometimes find yourself resenting the input of others, thinking you’re the only one who fully understands your work and that any outside influence – bar some much needed proofreading – will dilute your work and corrupt your story / theme / character etc…

But collaboration is king. Collaboration creates films like The Thing and Alien and Shaun of the Dead.

Film IS collaboration.

I was talking to someone recently who said the script isn’t signed off until AFTER the edit is locked, and that’s a bold statement to make. But I fully agree with it. Your script will be edited all along the process, with initial rewrites, when budgets are decided, when designers get involved, when SFX artists (especially on horror / sci-fi) add their unique take of things, when actors add their own spin on the characters, when the director runs out of time on one day and has to cut a scene / some dialogue, when the editor has to make some cuts for time etc…

Film is collaboration. It has to be. Alien is a sum of its parts - from script to editing, design to lighting, sound to props – and it is incredibly important that a writer understands and embraces that, even if they’re directing their own work.

Yeah, it can go horribly wrong if ‘visions’ clash or budget restraints crush the spirit from it… but H.R. Giger reminded me how important EVERYONE is to the process of filmmaking. It’s why people call the script a blue-print for a film – it’s nothing without anyone else – and without people like H.R. Giger or Derek Vanlint or John Mollo or Michael Seymour or Ridley Scott a film like Alien wouldn’t be the Alien we know.



Thank you H.R. Giger, for everything you gave us.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

London Screenwriters’ Festival 2014

On Sunday night I returned from my first ever London Screenwriters’ Festival, exhausted and exhilarated.

What an experience.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival has been running since 2010 and has since become one of the world’s biggest screenwriting festivals – possibly THE biggest in the world now – with over 800 delegates and 150 professional speakers, moderators and guests.

So how was it?

It was exciting, exhilarating, exhausting, surprising, funny, fun, ridiculous, eye-opening and absolutely fucking awesome. Eat my adjectives!

So it was quite a positive experience then?

Yes!


There were some frustrations and the occasional nutcase, but overall it was a really great experience.

Why?

A hundred reasons, but – to name a few – the sessions were informative, inspiring, arse-kicking and insightful. Listening to Ted Tally talk about Silence of the Lambs WHILE WATCHING IT was such an awesome experience. The majority of the greatness came from the guests and delegates themselves.

The guests who inspired me included Joel Schumacher, Ted Tally, Pilar Alessandra, Lee Jessop, Holly Pickering, Chris “Fucking Awesome” Jones and a dozen others.

The delegates I met included my old mates Mac McSharry & Neil Rolland and ‘new mates’ Anthony, Dan, Daniel, Darren, Dave, David, George, Giles, Ivan, Jonny, Karen, Marcus, Nicola, Pat, Paul, Philip, Rebecca, Simon, Stephan, Steve, Terry, Vicky and about fifty other awesome people. And one weird guy who said I looked like a dead guy he once saw on Prime Suspect. I can only presume the episode was called “The Handsome Corpse”…

There are a lot of talented people out there.

I even managed to meet up with Hayley “Script Angel” McKenzie and Philip “4Screenwriting” Shelley and ran into actor / filmmaker Ali Zaidi (who was on the 4screenwriting course with me). All great people and really inspiring / encouraging.

Wow, this is reading like a really shit Oscar speech. I’d also like to thank my Mother for giving birth to me a bit…

Yeah. So it was ace.


There were the usual misfires you’d associate with a festival such as this; some technical difficulties, some sessions veered off course, the occasional mad person ‘got all up in your personal space’ and one absolute twatburger asked Joel Schumacher whose decision it was to put nipples on the batsuit in Batman and Robin… after a script-to-screen of The Lost Boys. What an uber-douche. Thankfully Mister Schumacher is a LOVELY bloke and answered the question respectfully, rather than throw a chair at the moron’s face.

Anyway…

I wish I had joined in with the pitching sessions, which seemed like something I’d ‘enjoy’ and a way of getting your work / brand / name into the right hands. Next year, baby!

On a totally separate note, rather distractingly many of the posters read “LONDONSWF”, which (in my mind) read as London "South Woodham Ferrers”, which is my home town! 

The reminder of my roots, however, actually helped to spur me on. Everyone needs a kick up the arse and that constant reminder of my home town – and all its infinite lack of opportunities – was actually surprisingly helpful.


All in all, it was an awesome experience full of awesome people. The London Screenwriters' Festival is an amazing place run by amazing people. I freakin' loved it.

The theme of the festival seemed to be "BE FUCKING AWESOME" and "BE A SUPERHERO". We even had to choose superhero names. Why not?!

My superhero name?

“Mister Fucking Perseverance”.

He’s probably more like a supervillain, mind you…

Now, enough of this silliness. I need to do some writing. Bring it on.

Halloween: Don’t Move

'tis the season to be scary!

Halloween fast-approaches and for many Horror fans it’s a season of mixed feelings; time to slap on our most-loved films, carve pumpkins and don costumes that would normally get us arrested… but it’s also a time where premature Christmas decorations spoil the mood, effort-free “sexy devils” dominate the high streets and the cinema and DVD markets are flooded with rush-released utter dross.

BUT… it’s also a time where short film clubs, independent cinemas and Horror-enthusiasts put on special events full of charm, passion and awesomeness, because they LOVE IT.

I’m proud to say that my short film DON’T MOVE (produced by Ben Franklin and directed / produced by Anthony Melton) has been chosen to be screened at a few events this year.

It’s fantastic this little short keeps finding audiences, and an honour Horror fans and event organisers deem it good enough to screen for Halloween.

Don’t Move is playing in the following locations this Halloween season –

  • Rising Tides Halloween Special (London)
  • Shorts on Tap (London)
  • Roughcut (Cornwall)
  • Leuven Short Film Festival (Belgium)
  • Molins De Rei Horror Festival (Spain)
  • iShorts (Czech Republic & Slovakia)
  • Dirt Poor Filmmakers Festival (USA)

- and undoubtedly it’s playing at other awesome short film events over the Halloween period (if you know of any others, please tell me!).

If you can get yourself to one of these events, that’d be awesome. I know some of the filmmakers behind Bloody Cuts will be attending the Rising Tides Halloween Special TONIGHT – as Don’t Move and Suckablood are both playing – so head along there and join ‘em!

Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled to have Don’t Move play at so many great events during my favourite time of the year. I hope it scares the crap out of everyone!

Now… if you’re unable to attend the event, then why not have your own little ‘event’ at home? Open up Youtube or Vimeo, whack in your headphones, crank up the volume and watch Don’t Move.


Happy Halloween!