This blog is all about sharing what it’s really like ‘scriptwriting and script reading in the UK’. You hear so many apocryphal stories about development, script editors, mad producers and obsessive directors, and they’re clearly not all true. This blog hopes to cut out all that maligned nonsense and get to the heart of what it’s really like to get on in this business.
Contacts, networks, options, development deals, TV work, rewrites, short films, directing, producing, script editing, script reading, producing, getting an agent, the BBC writers’ room. We want to know how hot it feels at the coal face of these activities; we’re not interested in the stereotypical impression.
By sharing this knowledge, it can only help those who are trying to make their voice heard in this saturated market of wannabe writers. If we’re more professional, dedicated and committed, with a shared wisdom of experience, then the more likely we can apply ourselves as a community of skilled scribes. This in turn will lead the UK film and TV industry into a financially and emotionally rewarding arena for all concerned.
If you haven’t got a blog but do have a voice, then I want to hear from you. If you have a funny, insightful or interesting experience about your latest script, short film, TV piece, scriptwriting course/book, whatever, then I’d like to know and publish it on the blog as a “guest post”.
Anyone out there get on the Writers’ Academy, or get an interview, how did it go? What’s your experience been like on Doctors? EastEnders? Any other show? What happened after you won that pitch event? Did it open any doors? What’s your development process been like? What’s the reality of a film deal: where and when does the money come in and is it as much as everyone thinks it is…? Are you a professional writer of well-known films or TV programmes? Would you like to share some horror or insightful stories?
Each article would get an intro on who you are and what you’re up to (or anonymous if you prefer) before leading into your story or advice. If this is of interest, then please email me with your post, anything between 400-800 words. Let’s spread the word, be professional, gather a supportive networking community and fight the good fight.