March 14, 2014
Finished Into the Woods by John Yorke.
Into The Woods by John Yorke
Good read. Felt that I’d understood alot after reading it. It has the advantage of specifically referencing other screenwriting books and at times I felt that the authors of some of these books might want the right of reply but it is a very comprehensive look at storytelling.
Not sure if this chimed more as a result of me currently rewriting ’57 Images of My Father’ and I also can’t remember if I feel this way after reading any screenplay books but I certainly enjoyed the read. It’s not really a ‘how to’ book which I think is to its advantage.
Check it out. I got it from my local library and am considering buying it as I sped read it a little.
March 7, 2014
Reading John Yorke’s Into The Woods: A 5 Act Journey Into Story. Yorke set up the BBC Writers’ Academy so has tons of experience. He then went on to Company Pictures I believe.
Only just started book and it’s reading really well so far. Appendices material in particular looks good.
It’s a library book so having to read it now while my 3 weeks are ticking but handy as I’m also re-writing 57 Images of My Father and ideas and more usefully questions are sparking up.
January 6, 2014
Link here to 30 screenplays courtesy of The Film Stage website. Get reading if interested. Mot are pdf’s. The Fifth Estate is a webpage.
January 4, 2014
I’m reading Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles by Tony Bramwell (written with Rosemary Kingsland who presumably acted as ghostwriter.
I’m not particularly interested in the Beatles as anything other than a cultural phenomenon but I am always interested in the people on the sidelines of history. I got Bessie Blount: Mistress to Henry 8th by Elizabeth Norton from the same library at the same time which I think illustrates this interest of mine.
I half remember the ‘no man is a hero to his valet’ quote that I first became aware of many, many moons ago and this perspective of the engaged and interested observer view of ‘great events’ is something that I find endlessly fascinating and is something that often drives a lot of my own 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
July 21, 2013
Off to Avanca Cinema Conference Tuesday, in Avanca, Portugal. The conference Program has finally been published.Link is here.
As I say I’m speaking on Saturday with that day’s program linked to here.
Program in general looks good. Portugese, Spanish, and English are the official languages of the conference so opportunities to practise my Spanish. The conference also has a film festival attached with screenings every night until 1am. Should be good. Check out the theme of my paper. With comic con just finished lots of additional things to discuss.
May 10, 2013
Paper done. Marvelisation: The Rise of Complex Narratology on the Hollywood Screen.
Fees paid and sorted so Avanca, Aveiro, Portgual in July here I come.
Really looking forward to going now. Site
This image below give some sense of what i’ll be talking about
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Present should afford lots of really good visual material.