London Screenwriters' Festival

London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Beyond the Bio’: Tim Clague

Posted on: August 4th, 2010 by Lucy V Hay No Comments

Tim ClagueTim Clague is a BAFTA-nominated scriptwriter and has written and directed films for the UK Film Council, the BBC and ITV. Tim also writes for video games, most notably the best-selling APB.

He is the creator of the hugely popular Mr Vista, a web series with over 1 million hits on YouTube alone, and recently launched a screenwriting podcast with Danny Stack.

Check out Tim’s bio page and his insightful ideas on his website, like his animated resumé. You can also zoom over to his blog for more.  Here’s his Q&A:

Q: What was your favourite film as a kid?

A: The Marx Brothers film, ‘A Night at the Opera’.

Q: Who inspired you when you were starting out?

A: I was inspired by the early film pioneers. For them, every step of the filmmaking process was frantic and fragile and expensive. And yet they still made films fast and with a high quality. What excuses do we have?

Q: What was your big break?

A: Winning the Jerwood Film Prize. That really launched me into the right direction.

Q: What was the best day in your career?

A: In a way, it was not winning the BAFTA. This drove me on; how can I be better, what is it that I want to explore as a writer?

Q: What has been your most important lesson?

A: To find out what my angle, my methods, my techniques were. That was vital.

Q: If a niece or nephew wanted to be in the business, what would you advise them?

A: To stop talking to me and get filming.

Q: What is the hardest part of your job and how do you overcome it?

A: The hardest part is actually keeping yourself interested over many months. I do that by having a wide slate of projects.

Q: What do you feel is a writer’s or filmmaker’s key responsibility?

A: Honesty.

Q: What mistakes do you see emerging writers or filmmakers making over and over?

A: Copying the voices of others. This is a big mistake as other people will always be better than you if you compete on their terms.

Q: What advice would you offer an emerging writer or filmmaker?

A: Go see my niece. You could work together.

NEXT TIME ON ‘BEYOND THE BIO: writer, script doctor, author and webmaster of ScreenWritingSuccess.com, Jurgen Wolff.

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