Virtual Pub Quiz tonight

Monthly fundraising pub quizzes with Action On The Side



Join me for the first Action On The Side fundraising pub quiz

Raising funds for ActionAid UK and Me Too, the short film I am co-producing with Aude Konan

The questions were written by one of my students as part of their work experience.

We are running a series of monthly pub quizzes. Each one will raise funds for a charity and a specific film.

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More Hiding News

Hiding has received a Special Jury Award in the International Short Film Category from Golden Sparrow International Film Festival, February 2021, India

Golden Sparrow Film Festival Facebook Page

In the Uruvatti Film Festival February 2021, India, Hiding won best International Short Film and Best Producer – Short Film

Best television shows

Recently I’ve been thinking about what would be on my top 5 list of TV shows

If you’re asked objectively “what are the best TV shows of all time?”, then surely you are talking about which shows were seminal and changed the landscape of television for all time…

Let’s see

  • Happy Days
  • Star Trek
  • Doctor Who
  • NYPD Blue
  • Friends
  • The Simpsons
  • The Sopranos
  • Sesame Street
  • 60 Minutes
  • Popstars (which gave rise to the Americas Got Talent style shows and reality TV follow a pop band being out together, two massive phenomenons)
  • Crimewatch, America’s Most Wanted
  • Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones, Lost
  • Coronation Street

What do you think?

But, if I am asked subjectively, “What are your favourite TV shows of all time?”, then that has to be a list of rewatchability, where every episode is gold…

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Supernatural
  • QI
  • Community
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • The Good Place
  • Would I Lie To You
  • Black Books
  • Avatar The Last Airbender

Then that list is somewhat more difficult to get down to only 5

What would be in your Top 5 Television Shows? Subjectively and Objectively

Directing award for HIDING

Congratulations to Nirusha Wijaymohan

WINNER Debut Filmmaker of Short Film

She won Debut Filmmaker of Short Film in the Gona Film Festival (India)

HIDING has also been accepted into the UK Asian Film Festival 2021

Where to download screenplays

When I did the Producing Masterclass in 2012, Stephen Follows told attendees to read 100 produced screenplays then 100 unproduced screenplays, and then good writing will jump off the page.

I, like many other screenwriters and producers, have a Dropbox folder with hundreds of produced screenplays, ready to read. I shared these with my HND students. I also have a tracking spreadsheet of which ones I have read.

I can recommend Stephen’s advice: read screenplays.

Are you a writer? read screenplays

Are you a producer? read screenplays

Are you a director? read screenplays

Are you studying film? read screenplays

Are you a DOP? … you don’t need to read screenplays. Go out and shoot something.

But, where do you find these scripts?

Here are a few links…

BBC Writers Room Script Library
for BBC TV, Radio, and Film scripts

Script Slug

The Script Lab
free account to access

Indie Film Hustle

Simply Scripts

The Internet Movie Script Database

John August

Screenplays for you

Go Into The Story


Awesome Film

The Screenplay Database

Movie Scripts and Screenplays

Horror Lair

When downloading screenplays, make sure you access the .pdf versions, not transcripts.

Transcripts have been written after the film has been released. You want to see what was written before the film was shot.

.pdfs also give you the page number. This helps you to understand structure by page number (especially if referencing some of the scriptwriting gurus with their “this action happens on page number…”)

However, if you just want to read the screenplay online without worrying about page numbers, .htmls will be fine.

Shorts on Letterboxd

If you’re making short films, you need to watch short films.

I haven’t written a blog post on Letterboxd and how much I have taken to using it (yet), but until I do, I thought I would share these useful lists I am using to watch short films.

Letterboxd logo
Letterboxd: Your Life In Film

Got 15 minutes to spare?

Alter: short horror films

Dust: short sci-fi films

Crypt TV: short horror films (1)

Crypt TV: short horror films (2)

Horror Shorts (1-10 minutes)

Letterboxd’s top 250 rated short films of all time

Pixar Sparkshorts

I’m also working my way through a Ranker list of Truly Scary Short Films You Can Creep Out To On YouTube Tonight

These lists help me to focus my short film watching. How do you pick which shorts to watch?

LSWF 2021

I just bought my ticket for the 2021 London Screenwriters Festival (Screenwriters Festival Online)

The event is fully online this year. I think one thing I’ll appreciate this year is that I can write my notes directly into Google Drive, rather than hand-write and have to type later.

The main reason I bought a ticket this year is because Showrunner Eric Kripke is speaking. He, of course, created one of my favourite shows (Supernatural), and also The Boys (starring two of NZ’s own). Plus I want to learn more about Showrunners and TV writing.

London SWF 365

There are a heap of amazing workshops and sessions. The LSWF is always a valuable resource for writers. Tickets are only £60 and it starts this weekend.

Are you taking part?

Sound Editing Workshop

As part of my Professional Career Development, this weekend and next weekend, I am taking part in the Fest Film Lab Sound Editing Workshop with Nina Hartstone and John Warhurst.

Fest Film Lab Banner
Fest Film Lab

I love sound for film, and in a past life, I would have loved to have focused my energies fully into sound recording and sound design. I still sometimes do freelance sound recording on shoots, and I am currently teaching sound design. However, I am rusty. My hope by the end of the workshop is that I am more confident in my sound editing skills so I will feel comfortable doing the sound design on my own projects.

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