Daley James Francis


“There’s this gnawing sense as you type your script: “Maybe I’m just doing this. Maybe this is just for Mum. Maybe she’ll read this and no one else will…”” – Screenwriter/Director Shane Black It doesn’t matter if you’re a screenwriter, a novelist, a blogger or a journalist. If you’re a writer, there will have been a time when you’ve sat at your desk with your head in your hands and wanted the… Read More


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

Pet Hates

Yesterday I finished the first draft (or the ‘kitchen sink draft’ as I like to call it) of a horror-comedy screenplay called PET HATES, which already has a DVD quip of “THE BIRDS meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD!” attached. I love to do that, it makes your non-writer friends who wish you’d shut up about it sit up and take notice, if only for eight seconds. PET HATES was written in a… Read More


Nothing sums up Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy better than these two words: Bold choices. In Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan and his team took risks with material that could quite easily be made terrible in lesser hands, and took it in directions that weren’t safe or camp, and was true to the world that it was based on. Just taking Batman Begins as an example: Who else would’ve kept Batman out of… 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


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