I’m deep into preparations for the next contest, plus I’m still reeling from Life of Pi – which I’m still processing. All I can say at this point – see it!
And then there’s the fact that Skyfall didn’t really feature in the Oscar nominations.
James Bond’s finest moment? Daniel Craig PERFECT as Bond? A story which you could actually understand for once? The highest grossing movie in the history of UK cinema – and no major category nominations? Really?
CONTEST FINALIST INTERVIEW
Anyway, I’ve just posted a terrific interview with Brian MacEvilly up on the contest site. Brian is a writer after my own heart – he’s lived a lot of different lives, he picked a primal topic (battle between a man and a woman in the wintery Colorado mountains) – and then he wrote the heck out of it!
He thoroughly deserved his place in the Finals.
Find out about his life, what he has to say about the deeper ideas behind the script, and something of his writing process, at:
As far as the new contest goes, it’s getting very exciting.
The 2013 Judging Panel so far is:
- Paul Ashton, Development Producer, BBC Writers Room
- Adrian Banyard, Development Producer, STV
- Matthew Bates, Literary Agent, Sayle Screen
- Elliot Grove, Founder and Head Guy, Raindance Film Festival
- Kirstie MacDonald, Script Editor, World Productions
- Steve Matthews, Producer, Octagon Films
- Julie Press, Literary Agent, MacFarlane and Chard
- Fraser Robinson, VP, Scripted ITV Studios Global Entertainment
- Ben Stoll, Head of Development, C4 Drama
- Julia Tyrrell, Literary Agent, Julia Tyrell Management
And I’m still hoping to add a couple more names!
I’m in two minds about the current website – should I spend a week polishing it up? Or is it fine and should I concentrate on delivering the contest? Hummm…. It’s at http://awards.screenwritinggoldmine.com by the way.
And if anyone has any desire to sponsor a prize, that’s always welcome – just drop me a line on email@example.com
I’m looking at the last day of January to launch, but I’ll keep you posted.
RAINDANCE SPECIAL OFFER
Elliot Grove has kindly offered Goldminers ten free places to the Raindance 99 Minute Film School on Tuesday January 15th 6:30 – 8:30 in London.
Take a look at the event at:
If you want to take this lightning quick tour behind the projector to see how the film industry really works you’d normally have to pay the RRP of £15.00
But the first ten to mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question get a free place:
“What is the address of the venue in which I run the screenwriting seminars with Philip Shelley?”
(Clue, the answer is somewhere on our BRAND NEW WEBSITE:
BRAND NEW WEBSITE
So yes, we have a BRAND NEW WEBSITE!
Please do tell me what you think of it:
It’s about time Philip Shelley and I got organised and had our own dedicated training site! Please pass it on to whoever you think may be interested.
I just wanted to recommend another resource for those of you on Facebook – the Script Advice Writers Room.
It’s run by Yvonne Grace, a seasoned BBC producer, and her incredible energy, passion, and dedication (in true, old school BBC style) means new links, new resources, and a very nice community of like minds on a daily basis.