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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…)

London Screenwriters’ Festival Guest Blog: Are We There Yet?

Posted on: August 5th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

by David Bishop

David BishopI bumped into a friend earlier today who congratulated me on getting my second script commission for Doctors. “You’re really getting there,” she said. I immediately disagreed, but thanked her for the kind words and hurried away.

Setting aside the feeble inability to accept a compliment, my reaction left me pondering. Am I really getting there? Am I there yet? Where is this mythical land of milk and honey called ‘There’ that so many writers strive for? (more…)

Being Heard in the Great Debates: Social Media Strategies for Engaging in the Big Stories

Posted on: July 31st, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

UK Film CouncilOne of the things that is fantastic about the web is its pure and simple speed.  No sooner had we all taken in the shock announcement of the abolition of the UK Film Council than people were Twittering, blogging and updating their Facebook status all at once.

The web – particularly screenwriting and filmmaking websites – was ablaze this week with torrents of tirades against the closure, or against the UKFC itself.

How, then, do you get your voice heard amid all this noise and bluster? (more…)

A New World for Writers

Posted on: July 13th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay 3 Comments

by Julian Friedmann

The new London Screenwriters’ Festival is timely for many reasons. One of the most important of these is writers having to become hyphenates: instead of the writer-director it is becoming more and more common to see writer-producers.

Many producers have little or no money – a reflection of the times we live in not an accusation. So now writers, instead of taking modest option fees and in effect losing control of their work, are being advised to become one of the producers and stay close to the action so they can monitor it and ensure that their script or novel is actively developed.

The problem then becomes: how do writers manage an area of the business few of them know much about?  The answer lies in events like LSWF, where talks, seminars and networking events will provide insights into this rapidly changing world for writers and filmmakers.

It is no longer enough to sit at home and tap away at the computer. Successful writers need to get out more and develop relationships with other players in the industry. What was so great about the festival at Cheltenham was the generosity of those networking; London should be able to follow in that tradition.

In addition to other writers, there will be agents, producers, script editors and directors for you to meet. The real question is: can you afford not to be there?

There is no excuse for ignorance in the way that there used to be and the LSWF will become an essential date in the calendar of everyone who writes scripts or buys them.

Julian Friedmann is a literary agent representing book and script writers at Blake Friedmann. An ex-publisher, Julian founded ScriptWriter Magazine in 2001. He lectures widely on scriptwriting and is co-founder and owner of, which contains an array of valuable information about filmmaking, scriptwriting and financing for both new and experienced writers and filmmakers.