Screenwriting how-to books can drive me nuts. I've never read one that actually makes it easier to write a screenplay. However I am addicted to them. When I'm working on a script I'm always reading one. Therefore I'm always reading one. The reason perhaps is that it's a little bit like having a conversation about the thing you're working on. A safe conversation without opinion and criticism. Though all good conversations with actual real people about your script should generally be filled with opinion and criticism.
Back in 2001 I was backpacking around Australia. After my car broke down in the desert I ended up walking into an Aboriginal production company in an outback town called Broome, Western Australia, looking for work. I ended up staying for 2 years and wrote two series of what is believed to be the first ever Aboriginal comedy series for a national Australian TV Network (SBS) - The Mary G Show.
Management - Ari Lubet
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Every now and then an application or an online service comes along which is genuinely useful to screenwriters. Right now I'm working on a period drama, set in the 19th century, which is research intensive and contains multiple story lines. Workflowy is a really simple online service, which first came to my attention through Scriptnotes - The podcast hosted weekly by screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin.
If you're a screenwriter and you don't listen to this podcast - you should.
In a first for RTÉ, Amber will be aired in Ireland over four consecutive nights, commencing January 19th 2014 at 9.30pm.
Visit the RTÉ Drama website for more info:
Follow the series on twitter for a more interactive experience and secret clips and insights:
I'm squatting in the backseat as we cruise along interstate ten in Beau Williford's battered white SUV. This vehicle has certainly seen better days and has stories to tell. We're traveling on the team bus for Beau's Ragin' Cajun Boxing Club in Lafayette. The carpets and doors hint this vehicle has probably served not only as transport, but as bed, office and possibly overnight accommodation for Beau and his fighters over the years.
When I'm working on screenplays I sometimes write music. I'm not sure why I do it. Perhaps to access another part of the brain, or perhaps to avoid writing. Productive procrastination? Either way the music comes in handy on productions, either for promo purposes or for programmes and films. Not to mention the nice side effect of not having to fork out money for a composer, or music clearances. (Sorry composers) RTÉ will broadcast the Screenworks documentary Men In Black - A Summer With Frontline Security next Sunday 2nd November, which also features my music.
Irish audiences have just seen their first glimpse of my 4 part TV drama series AMBER which will air on RTÉ ONE in January 2014
See the promo here:
As a bit of background into the inspiration for the series, here's how it all came about:
February 2009: the production company I had formed with Paul Duane, Screenworks, has just been commissioned to produce two web series for the RTÉ webisode scheme Storyland.
Here's the rough pitch:
In 1980's Ireland, women’s boxing is not just socially frowned upon, it’s illegal. A young woman named Deirdre Gogarty has an impossible dream: To become the first world champion female boxer. Unable to fit in at school, and in the midst of her parent’s unraveling marriage, she plans her suicide. Death hovers in the back of her mind, but boxing beckons as Gogarty defies the odds and finds a gym and a coach who is willing to train her.