Leanne Smith over at Film Flam has a very funny but spot-on account of what the development process can be like. Check it out.
In industry news, BBC1 is to capitalise on the enduring popularity of Holby City with a spin-off series set in a local police station.
The new show, which has the working title Holby Blue, is being co-produced by Life on Mars and Hustle creator Tony Jordan, who is also a veteran EastEnders writer. It is believed the new series will have an initial run of 12 episodes.
I’m up to London Town today for meetings and larks, hurrah. Good to get out of the house. Have a great weekend everybody. Bejimminy, it’s another Bank Holiday so it’s another bumper noticeboard to tide you over till Tuesday. Be good now.
i-blink is a brand new scriptwriting competition open to writers and filmmakers throughout Europe.
We're looking for submissions for shorts that are 10 minutes or less. Prizes include cash, loaning of kit to make the film, training at Pinewood, software and more. There will be TEN WINNERS who will each receive a great range of goodies. Everyone who enters will also receive feedback on their script.
The deadline is 19th June, please look at i-blink for more information.
SCRIPT OPPORTUNITY - New Town Films
New Town Films are an independent production company based in the south east. They financed their first feature 'New Town Original' and distributed the film themselves nationwide in April 2005.
As their company continues to grow they are looking for new Film and TV scripts (particularly those in strong genre fields such as Horror, Thriller, Romantic comedy) to add to their slate of projects.
Please send story outlines or treatments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit our website at New Town Films.
HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL
Learn from a pro:
Novelist & professor Charles Palliser.
Daily workshops & discussions on the art & structure of fiction.
12th - 19th June 2006, near Girona, Spain
599 GBP - exclusive discount of 10% for Shooters - and further discounts for sharing/couples. Flights not inc.
This weeklong course is based in an outstanding location with 2 swimming pools and local cuisine included.
Tel: 0871 734 1165. E: email@example.com; or Web: 7 Day Wonder.
Greenroom, Manchester, UK/ Friday 05 May 16:00
Amnon Buchibinder (Whole New Thing) in conversation with Alan Marcus discloses his tips on how to write a brilliant script!
Find out more @ Commonwealth Film.
Attend Lew Hunter’s screenwriting colony
Lew Hunter’s UK screenwriting colony will be held at the London College of Communications between 14 – 28 July 2006. The colony is an intense program for serious writers of all levels. This is a great opportunity for screenwriters in the UK to work with two well respected screenwriting tutors from the USA. Attendance will cost £1080 – follow the link for more information.
ARE YOU A "GOOD WRITER?"
NEW DATE!!!!!!! Saturday 6TH MAY 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
VENUE: St Columbas By The Castle Church Hall, Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh
COST: £65 (inc VAT and refreshments)
E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 554 4539
Award winning Writer and Director Adrian Mead presents another in his acclaimed series of classes.
FILM FOR YOUTH - Call for Entries
If you are aged 12-25 and want to make short films then Film for Youth is the festival for you. Submit your short film by 23 June 2006 and you could be in with a chance of attending a Film Master class with Guy Ritchie; a residential week-long workshop in film-making, gaining a Youth Achievement Award and even seeing your film screened at a prestigious premiere evening during the Urban Arts Festival at the acclaimed Waterfront Complex in Belfast, N. Ireland in July 2006. Check the website to find out more.
JOB OPPORTUNITE AT AVAILABLE LIGHT
Bristol based Available Light Productions is looking to recruit people to work on its programme of output for the digital TV channel, Teachers' TV. To find out more about what they are looking for and how to apply please click the website . The deadline for applications is 5 May 2006.
THE SKILLSET MASTERCLASS WITH MATT STONE & TREY PARKER
South Park creators Parker and Stone will explore the art of creating political satire, getting inspiration from Bruckheimer to Thunderbirds, the merits of puppet versus cell animation, the idea of absolute creative freedom, never making another movie, and how far is too far. The event takes place at the National Film Theatre, South Bank, London on 15 May 2006. Book your place now by contacting the National Film Theatre 020 7928 3232 or see the NFTS website .