Friday, May 19, 2006

Weekend Noticeboard

I’m going to Cannes on Sunday so what I’ll try to do is blog about my Riviera adventure while I’m there. Somewhat pleasingly, my 200th post will hopefully come from somewhere along the Croissette.

I’m told there are free internet connections available but there may also be queues so I don’t how lucky or likely I’ll be to go on-line. I’m sure I’ll get at least one post relayed and if that should be the case, then I’ll have a round-up of events when I get back.

It’s my first time at Cannes so I’m equally nervous and excited. I’ve managed to line up a few meetings, which should be interesting, and my producer for Origin has also got plans to target a few key movers and shakers for their development and co-production dosh. I’m not going with any great expectations though as it’s not really a festival for writers. I just want to see what it’s all about, have a few meetings, make some useful contacts and enjoy myself.

So, have a great weekend everyone. See you next week!


BBC’s Comedy Soup

The BBC has launched a new website offering a platform for new comedy clips. Comedy Soup enables any would-be writer or performer to create short films and post them on the internet, in a similar way to community sites such as Myspace and YouTube.

To coincide with the launch, BBC Three has announced a talent- hunt to find the best contributions. The creators of the funniest material, as judged by a panel of industry experts, will take part in a series of masterclasses with established comedy writers, performers and producers in Manchester, to help hone their skills.

Video clips – including stand-up and sketches - or animation clips must be submitted by July 14 to qualify for the Funny Hunt competition. The BBC has also released photographs, sound and video clips from its archives on to the Comedy Soup, which it will allow people to use to create content for the site.


Intern required at Capitol Films

Capitol Films Production and Capitol Films are running an on-going development internship scheme based in London. The internship will offer successful applicants insight, experience and contacts in feature film development, production, sales and distribution. The intern will receive on-the-job training as they assist CFP's Head of Production and Capitol Films' Head of Development and Acquisitions in their day-to-day business over the course of thirteen weeks. Successful candidates will be contracted to work a 40 hour week, at minimum wage salary. Submissions close on 26 May 2006 for the next placement which will commence on 2 July 2006. For an application form please e-mail


Writer Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a writer at our company based in the North East of England. The position is permanent with a salary ranging from 15 - 18k p/a depending upon experience. Details of the company can be found on our website. Please email CVs to:



A new Sheffield production company is looking to part finance a 16mm 10 Minute film and is searching for submissions from writers.

This could be a fantastic opportunity to develop as an independent with a production company. We are open to any genre and theme providing it is no longer or shorter than 10 minutes. We are hoping to have a period of script development so writers must be prepared to work both with a director and a producer as some changes may be required.

Please submit two copies of the script with contact details clearly shown. The script should be in industry format.


Arista Story Development Workshop

Arista is pleased to let you know that it is now accepting applications for the next residential Story Development Workshop which is set to take place in Platres, Cyprus from 1st - 8th of July. The cut-off deadline will be Monday, 5th of June (only a few weeks away), but keep in mind that as we consider all applications when they arrive, we'd like to encourage you to submit sooner than later. You can apply, and read all about our recognised MEDIA supported course on our website. Additionally, get in touch with us directly to discuss.

If you are planning to apply from the UK, and would like to explore the possibility of financial support, have a look at our free UK Training Bursary Guide, also available from our website.

Please note that applications for the June Story Development Workshop in Sirolo, Italy are now closed. We look forward to your application! Tel: +44 (0) 20 7323 1775 | Fax: +44 (0) 20 7323 1772 Email:


Script Factory’s SCENE Insiders

The Script Factory are gearing up for its third year of SCENE insiders - an unmissable script development training programme offering a line-up of workshops, screenings, masterclasses and a fantastic opportunity to network with some of Europe’s most talented new filmmakers.

SCENE insiders takes 3 groups of European participants to international film festivals at Edinburgh, Warsaw 2006 or Gothenburg 2007. FIRST APPLICATION DEADLINE - FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2006.

Edinburgh:18 – 20 August 2006
Warsaw: 6 – 8 October 2006
Gothenburg: 29 – 31 January 2007

For more information visit Script Factory’s website or email


So You Want to Write TV Drama?

The highly aclaimed "So You Want To Write TV Drama?" class heads North in June and July.

There are hundreds of "How to write" courses. This isn't one of them. Led by award winning writer and director Adrian Mead the course teaches what a writer would normally learn after working 2-3 years in TV, such as -

: Working with Script Editors and producers
: How to get an Agent.
: How to get that first break and sell your work.
: Handling rewrites.

This unique one day class is suitable for both enthusiastic beginners and experienced writers. A FREE 15 PAGE BOOKLET of tips is now available from

Saturday 3rd June @ St Magnus Centre, Orkney
Saturday 1st July @ Kenneth St Hall. Kenneth St, Inverness

COURSE FEE: £40 incl VAT and refreshments. Payable in advance. e-mail or call on 0131 554 4539. Mead Kerr website



Dom Carver said...

Good luck over there, Danny, and I hope it's a successful trip for you.

Optimistic_Reader said...

Best of luck Danny! If you happen to trip over Cillian Murphey while your over there, make sure you let me know!

Lee said...

Bon voyage! Have a great time.

James Moran said...

Good luck!

And remember, if a producer asks you to take off any items of clothing at all, just run. Unless he's, like, totally hot.