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Don’t Tax Yourself

Posted on: September 26th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay 6 Comments

I’ve been asked about tax this week by three different people, so thought I would address this issue on the blog.

When people are looking to make the jump from employment to self employment, they often say they’re scared of the paperwork involved – and the notion of the taxman and the tax return can be very daunting. After all, we’ve all heard the horror stories – like your Mum’s mate’s son who didn’t add it all up properly and got whacked with a humungous tax bill, or the recent furore in the news about HMRC’s OWN mistakes.

But in reality, doing all the paperwork for your accounts couldn’t actually be easier. And if I can do it, anyone can:

1) First, (more…)

Inspired By Science

Posted on: September 21st, 2010 by Anton 8 Comments

Are you a science geek at heart? Maybe not. But admit it, you watched The Fly and wished you’d written it! Well, now is your chance to pull that closet biomedical science idea out of your brain and send it out into the universe. Take a leap of faith and write something out of this world.

What exactly is biomedical science? It can be anything from global pandemics, the ethics of genetics or consciousness, or the human brain.

So what exactly is the point of wanting to write the next Battlestar Galactica? (more…)

Work it, Baby: Networking at the LSWF

Posted on: September 18th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay 20 Comments

The lovely Rosie asks:

“What type of things/stuff/ideas to people take to the LSF? I’m sure people won’t want to leave with armfuls of scripts, so how prepared should I be? Treatments? Loglines? Synopsis? Or just talking about my scripts/stories with conviction and passion? I have business cards.”

As we all know, writing is not just about the actual writing; it’s about getting “out there” and selling not only your scripts, but YOU, the writer. You need to create a great first impression, make *that* producer or director WANT to work with you. It’s as hard as it sounds – but the things you need to remember are deceptively simple:

1) DO: remember your business cards. If you don’t have any, shame on you. This is the VERY LEAST you need in “working” the room. Try and ensure (more…)

First Impressions Count

Posted on: September 13th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

My husband (whom I affectionately call Mr C on my Twitter stream) grew up in the back of beyond on a farm and as a teenager spent most of his time feeding animals, baling hay or blowing stuff up with illicit chemicals pinched from his Dad’s shed. As a result, Mr C was the poster boy for the phrase, “dragged through a hedge backwards”.

Fast forward ten years and Mr C, fresh out of university and a degree where he spent 99% of his time on his own at Porlock Bay’s gravel barrier measuring seawater levels (yes, seawater levels) and you can safely say he looked more than a little mad. He had long curly hair that would make that bloke out of The Darkness jealous; plus he dressed only in black and was so pale and thin you’d definitely think he was a vampire… (more…)

Remakes – Reboots – Retold?

Posted on: September 5th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay 1 Comment

You don’t have to go far on the ol’ interweb to find screenwriters complaining about remakes or reboots of “classic” films: I’ve even written about it myself on my own blog, “A Franchise Too Far”. However, whilst it’s never desirable to have *too many* remakes or reboots on the go (variety is the spice of life – and fiction! But how many is *too many*?), I thought I’d put a few of the tried-and-tested arguments against remakes/reboots under the microscope, offering a counter view for each…

Remakes and reboots are just a cash cow. (more…)