Friday, March 10, 2006

Screenwriter's Noticeboard

Thought it might be useful to start a new thread where, at the end of the week, I’d post up various bits and pieces of news, courses and funding etc that might be of interest. Robin Kelly’s excellent blog already does this to some extent on a daily basis - he keeps track of who and what is out there (competitions, courses etc), so it’d be good to check his out regularly for anything that slips by here. With that in mind, if you think I’ve missed something or indeed you have something that you'd like pointed out, just get in touch.


Arista’s Romantic Comedy Weekend
22-23rd March 2006
@ Soho House, 21 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JJ

"This workshop is one of our most popular and successful. The feedback from participants over the past couple of years has led me to revise it extensively. I particularly wanted to look at the most modern, dry indie manifestation of the Romantic Comedy, which in the past few years has taken what was starting to look like a tired genre and given it a real kick.

I'm sure some people would say that Lost in Translation or Eternal Sunshine.... are not Romantic Comedies. All I would say is come to this workshop and see what you think after two days of diving deep into this fascinating genre."
Stephen Cleary, Director, Arista Development

Price: GBP250 (inc. VAT)
(Arista Development)

Application forms and guidance notes are now available online for Microwave, Film London's micro-budget feature film fund. The exciting new scheme challenges film-makers to shoot a full length film for up to £75,000 with the option of raising additional in-kind support taking the budget to a maximum of £100,000. The scheme will provide an intensive approach to film-making, with an emphasis on tightly focused scripts, short production schedules and commercial potential.. We will be looking for distinctive stories with a strong resonance that will give audiences a fresh perspective on contemporary British film-making. The first deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 30 June 2006.


Channel 4, ITN and BRITDOC have teamed up to create a new documentary competition for emerging film-makers, with winning entries broadcast on Channel 4 and screened at the inaugural Britdoc 2006 documentary festival. ITN is offering free use of its archive, which contains over 700,000 hours of footage dating back from 1896 to the present day. Entrants should prepare a pitch for a 3 minute documentary on the theme The Bicycle, using inspiration from the archives. The four best ideas will be commissioned by Channel 4 and broadcast in its 3 Minute Wonder slot. The film-makers will also be invited as guests to the first BRITDOC festival where the films will be screened. Further information can be found here.


So You Want to Make a Low Budget Movie?
(The do’s and don’ts of micro budget feature filmmaking in the digital age)
Saturday 25th: 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 26th: 11.00 – 16.00 (Remember to put your clock forward!)
NPA Film Centre, 1.07 The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ
£150 – Non Members/ £110 – NPA Members

Louis Melville’s co-producer of the award winning The Last Horror Movie presents his how to make a low budget film course a step by step guide to the making and selling of low budget films including a list of international sales agents who sell lower budget films the course deals with pre-production, production post production, finance and selling of low budget films all the does and don'ts in a one weekend course.


Single Shot Short Film Competition – 11th April 2006
Single Shot: A film in one take or your take on Single Shot
Capture your idea in one single shot, or let the title capture your imagination!

Are you an artist or filmmaker? Is the film in you fighting to get out?
If you have a visual idea that you want to put before the widest possible audience, send it to us, and we can help you to make it. Set it free with Single Shot.

Single Shot provides fresh money for fresh talent to make exciting and innovative works for national distribution, and is being supported by Arts Council England and UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund. Anyone with creative aspirations can submit material inspired by the concept of a Single Shot at any length between 15 seconds and 5 minutes.

Breaking out of cinemas and galleries and hitting the streets, the works will be shown across a range of new media platforms; from outdoor screens to bookshops, from coffee shops to websites, and from projections on buildings to mobile phones!

Whether you shoot from the hip on a digicam, grab it on a mobile phone or catch it via a webcam, we want to see it. Burn it to a disc and get it to us. We’ll then select the best and, with you as the director, post-produce it professionally ready for exhibition alongside other Single Shot works by established artists.

For more info go to Single Shot.


Sat 22nd April - Edinburgh

DATE: Saturday 22nd April. 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
VENUE: St Columba's By The Castle Church Hall, Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh
COST: £65 (inc VAT and refreshments)
E-MAIL: or call 0131 554 4539
WEB SITE: Mead Kerr

Award winning Writer and Director Adrian Mead presents another in his
acclaimed series of classes.

Every day overworked Film and TV execs, Agents and Commissioners receive an avalanche of scripts from new writers. Faced with the impossible task of reading them all, the first thing they reach for is the one page pitch document that should accompany the script.

Of course you do always provide a highly professional and attention
grabbing, one page pitch document. Don't you?

The one page pitch doc is industry standard. Failing to provide one marks you as a poorly organised amateur and your script will hardly get a glance. A badly executed document instantly consigns your months of lovingly crafted work to the reject tray unread.

Presented by award winning writer and director Adrian Mead this class
teaches you how to –

Grab the attention of the overworked reader and inspire them to pick up your script instead of your competitors.

Understand the function and writing of treatments.

Banish forever the terrors of verbal pitching.

If you are serious about getting your work noticed and breaking into the industry this is a class you cannot afford to miss.

As this is a highly focused and practical day numbers will be limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.



James Moran said...

Ooh, I love the idea of doing a short film all in one long take - it would really remove all the "haven't got time to do long shoots or edits" limitations. But is difficult in a whole different way.

Anonymous said...

We did something similar at uni once...a kind of talking head thing, we weren't allowed to move anywhere camera-wise or do anything much. And as a result, there were 14 projects that not only were totally boring, nearly all of the characters committed suicide.

I'd like to think I could do a much better job now, though!! : )