Death Of A President

October 19, 2013

I’m half way through reading Robert Caro’s four volume biog of LBJ, “hey, hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” and in volume two Means of Ascent there was a reference to William Manchester’s Death of A President a book about the assassination of JFK so I thought i’d read that as well. Really interesting writing style. A mixture of bias and forensic examination. I didn’t realise the 50th anniversary of the assassination is coming up soon.


I now want to re-watch Oliver Stone’s JFK, “Back and to the left, back and to the left, back and to the left*”




*it might be ‘to the right’, i’ve not seen it for years and can’t remember   


Final Draft and Celtx

October 7, 2013

Upgraded to Mountain Lion months ago and last week I tried to open my version of Final Draft 8 and of course it didn’t work. What i’ve written loads of stuff sicne then. Made me realise I’ve been working in CELTX and not FD for about 18 months or so.
I’ve installed the new Mountain Lion compatible version of FD so no biggy but this shows me the type of work i’ve been doing reccently and also where this work has been palced. Not for TV/Film but for theatre and the museum VR piece i’ve recently been commissioned to do and am currently working on. This seems to speak to me about how these different industries respond to the idea of ‘the draft’. FD is much more visibly interatively designed it seems to me. Visible Iterations on my stageplays always seem to cause ‘reading’ and ‘scanning’ problems in a way that they don’t in Film and TV. I think there’s a research paper somewhere in here about communication design. As ever context is king/key/queen/emperor/lord.

great film review writing

October 4, 2013

Edgar Wright tweeted about this link.

I’d not read this guy’s writing before and I’ve not seen The Worlds End but love this review. Take a read, full of spoilers if you’ve not seen the film but just great (it’s a long read) writing on film, narrative and meaning and story structure.

**Apologies to readers. Just noticed that this link didn’t work properly. Posted from my WordPress app on my phone.

Tony Gilroy on Writing

October 2, 2013

Link here to a BBC ‘Top 10 tips to writing’ story by Writer/Director Tony Gilroy.

** just noticed that the link didnt come across properly from my wordpress app on my phone. apologies to all readers

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