My First Short Film: Change The World

My year got off to a cracking start! I've already talked about my great opportunity with Persona and now I want to shout about my first short film. I met my enthusiastic director Jack Ayers via Shooting People. He put a call out for short scripts and I answered by telling him what I was working on and linking to my script samples page. He replied quickly, telling me that he wanted to tell exciting stories about our modern world, short-shorts that had viral potential. We had a quickfire back-and-forth via e-mail about stories we were excited about, particularly based around London. We agreed to meet later that week at the BFI (where else?) and, after making sure we were the right two people lurking in the lobby, we chatted over tea about London-based stories, incorporating urban legends and city lives. We threw a few ideas around, agreeing on four we liked most to go on to develop over the next few...
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Why the London Screenwriters Festival is necessary for London and Screenwriters

It's been one week since I journeyed from deepest, darkest Wales to attend the London Screenwriters Festival. I was nervous, I was anxious - what if I forget my loglines? What if I meet proper writers and clam up? What if nobody likes me? Thankfully, while I did ramble at one poor producer, I did meet proper writers without mishap (they had been drinking) and some people seemed to like me okay, or well enough to chuck their business cards at me. So, why the grandiose title, London and Screenwriters? Am I being absurd to call LSF vital to the hearbeat of the city and the screenwriting community? No, and I'll tell you why. I can honestly say LSF consisted of the three most valuable and positive days of my writing life. I gained practical, insightful advice from writers, producers, agents and readers - from those who attended as speakers and from those who were attendees. I honed my pitch in the sunshine...
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An octopus in a pie factory

You remember that New Years Resolution to concentrate on one thing at a time? Yeah, guess how well that's going. Still reeling from my Laughing Stock second round status (unbelievable squee), I ran straight into a horror short about the Tube. Which is perfect for creepiness. Oh, and I'm working on a webcomic idea with an incredibly talented artist. More on that when we've decided on Strip #1. For now, I'll say three words: Victoriana. Spirits. Steaaaaam. And there's that other horror short? Why am I so in love with horror shorts? Horror films make me freak out. I should probably actually finish Steampunk Assassins off, yeah? Also, sticking my nose into my friends' script will probably just end up in more work for me - though there may be a whiff of a credit. I need to make like squash and CONCENTRATE....
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