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The internet has enabled writers from all walks of life to forge careers that might have been beyond them otherwise, and none more so than screenwriters. Before the web, screenplays would be written, printed, posted out to agents and film companies and might never have been heard from again. If you were lucky, you might have been sent the script back in a stamped addressed envelope. These days, screenwriters who are just… Read More

“The way I write is really like putting one foot in front of the other. I really let the characters do most of the work, they start talking and they just lead the way…” – Quentin Tarantino, Creative Screenwriting Magazine, 1998 Quentin Tarantino has created some of the best films of the last 25 years, and one of the reasons for this is his attitude towards cinema: He isn’t making films for the… Read More

Q&A Jeff Goldsmith

As much as I love my phone, I don’t want to be one of those guys who’s glued to its screen 24/7, alienating the world around him and all the people who inhabit it (although most of them will probably be on their phones anyway). I’m constantly reading, but magazines costs a lot of money and take over entire rooms, before being sold on a car boot stall for 10p each. The ones… Read More

FILMS THAT MADE ME WANT TO WRITE #1: THE TERMINATOR (1984)

I was four years old when I watched The Terminator for the first time, and it changed my life forever. My Dad – for better or worse – had no concept of film classification or censorship, and I thank god that he didn’t, because I would have missed out on some great films. I haven’t become a mental case or killed anyone yet, so the PC brigade argument that film turns people… Read More

I wrote my first screenplay in 1995. It was called Dirty Cash and I was 14. It was 65 pages long when I finished it. Then somebody told me the “one-to-one page count” theory and I padded it out to 100 pages. All I did was add gunfights, monologues and huge dialogue scenes for no reason other than to make it a feature-length screenplay. I didn’t stop to think that the issue might… Read More

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