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The UK Scriptwriters Survival Handbook
     

The UK Scriptwriters Survival Handbook

by Tim Clague
 
CONTENTS:
• How to get into TV
• 6 writing jobs you've probably overlooked
• Writing for radio, games, theatre, TV, film and other media
• Hidden opportunities that are out there right now
• How to successfully pitch... yourself!
• Making your own content, today - don't wait from a green light, make it happen

Overview

CONTENTS:
• How to get into TV
• 6 writing jobs you've probably overlooked
• Writing for radio, games, theatre, TV, film and other media
• Hidden opportunities that are out there right now
• How to successfully pitch... yourself!
• Making your own content, today - don't wait from a green light, make it happen
• How and where to network
• What to charge (yes, the money question tackled head on)
• How to get an agent - or not

ABOUT THE BOOK
To make it as a script writer, a working writer, a writer who gets paid, you need to have the right attitude and approach. This guide is going to break down practical and proactive techniques to help you get started, and show you how to maintain a career once you're up and running. It's a guide that's less about the craft of screenplay writing and more about being a working script writer. There are lots of books about rare occurrences of someone "selling it big". This book is about being part of the hard-working majority, not a one-off fluke. If you picked up a book about investing your money, you'd be rightly disappointed if the advice inside was "win the lottery". There'll be no "sell a script for a million dollars on your first go" nonsense here. This book is about long-term success through graft. How do you survive as a writer?

FOREWORD BY TONY JORDAN - "Tim and Danny have put together some great tips for surviving the (writing) process.

"What a great book, I wish there'd been something like this around five years ago." Michelle Lipton (Hollyoaks, Rocket Island)

"This is awesome. I'm so glad I have it!" Sophie Petzal (Wolfblood, Danger Mouse)

Illustrations by Emily Gilbert

Editorial Reviews

Sally Winter
A real hands on book - even the cover makes me think I can have a go! A very clear and concise read, and one that inspires me.
Tim John
5 Stars. I just bought this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been a writer and screenwriter for quite some time, but I'm always keen to hear great tips about continuing to work in the business as well as enter it and this book gives you both - covering many aspects rival books don't - all conveyed wonderfully clearly. I thoroughly recommend it.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940156715336
Publisher:
Uk Scriptwriters
Publication date:
10/01/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Tim Clague wrote the BAFTA-nominated short film Eight, the story of a young boy’s quest to find out about his dad. Since then he has written and directed an array of short films that have screened at international festivals and won awards. Tim also has broadcast credits with ITV and BBC.
His focus is on new techniques and new technologies across a range of formats and genres. He created the popular comedy web series Mr Vista. He was Senior Creative Designer (senior writer) on the large-scale PC game called APB. He has written and directed corporate films, adverts and e-learning material, with budgets of up to £300,000.

Danny’s TV writing credits include EastEnders, Doctors and high-profile children’s shows such as Octonauts and Roy (both CBBC), and Thunderbirds Are Go! for CiTV. He also writes and directs. His supernatural thriller, Origin, won Best Horror at the London Independent Film Festival in 2012. He script edited the feature films The Man Inside and Kings, and for many years was a story analyst for film companies such as Working Title, Pathé, Miramax and UK Film Council. He writes the popular blog, Scriptwriting in the UK, which inspired him to set up the Red Planet Prize, a scheme to discover new writers, with writer/producer Tony Jordan.

As a team, Tim and Danny have worked on the UK Scriptwriters podcast, screenwriting talks, adverts and corporate films. They have taken their collaboration one step further by co-writing, producing and directing the live-action children’s film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?

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