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Advice from a Writer – Ciaran Creagh

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Resources, Writing | 0 comments

Resourced_wri_137 - Ciaran Creagh2Ciaran Creagh (Parked) on the learning curve he faced moving from writing for the stage to film.

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5 Tips for Aspiring Screenwriters

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Resources, Writing | 0 comments

Patrick O'Driscoll

Story analyst and script editor Patrick O’Driscoll lays out his 5 tips for aspiring screenwriters.

The industry is a severely competitive environment in which to survive, let alone succeed. Over half of the material I receive in my work as a script reader and story consultant for funding bodies, production companies and independents is written by amateur screenwriters. These are not necessarily tips you ought to follow to the letter but rather advice you should be made aware of as you begin your journey…

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An Interview With – Writer Christopher Hampton

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Resources, Writing | 0 comments

Resources_Wri_130 - Chris HamptonChristopher Hampton has written and adapted multiple screenplays and plays, and has also directed. He is perhaps best know for adapting the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses into Dangerous Liaisons, and more recently for writing the Academy Award nominated screenplay for Atonement. Martin Daniel is the Professor of Screenwriting at the University of Southern California, and interviewed him about his approach to writing screenplays.

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An Interview With – Writer/Director Tom Hall

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Directing, Resources, Writing | 0 comments

Resources_Dir_139 - Tom HallTom Hall is a Dublin born writer and director who, in 1995, co-founded High Hat Productions with fellow filmmmaker, Johhn Carney. He was the writer, director and co-creator of Bachelors Walk, the IFTA award winning comedy/drama series. In 2010 he wrote and directed Sensation, a film inspired by reports of a farmer’s home-run brothel, and spoke to Film Ireland about how he developed and funded the film, and his advice for aspiring filmmakers.

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An Interview With – Writer/Director Macdara Vallely

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Directing, Resources, Writing | 0 comments

Resources_Dir_141 - Macdara VallelyArmagh-born writer/director Macdara Vallely’s first film, Peacefire won best first feature at the 2008 Galway Film Festival. His second feature Babygirl, about a Puerto Rican teenage girl in the Bronx, premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Macdara moved to New York over a decade ago and has earned a living as a furniture mover and a musician before settling on screenwriting. He now lives in the Bronx, which is the location and inspiration for Babygirl.

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Advice from a Writer – Brendan Muldowney

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Resources, Writing | 0 comments

Resources_Wri_136 - Brendan Muldowney_2Brendan Muldowney, writer and director of Savage and Love Eternal, talks about the importance of obsessions in his writing and the ‘Eureka’ moment.

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Advice on Writing Comedy – from Graham Linehan

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Comedy, Resources, Writing | 0 comments

Resources_Wri_134 - Graham LinehanGraham Lineham is an Irish writer responsible for the hugely popular Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd. He started out as a music journalist and film critic in London and seized his chance to move into comedy writing when Arthur Mathews, who became his comedy writing partner, decided to also move to the UK. The following advice comes from an interview he gave for the IFTA event in 2010, ‘In Conversation with Graham Linehan’.

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5 Ways to Kill Your Script – James Bartlett

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Resources, Writing | 0 comments

TR_prod_JamesBartlettJames Bartlett is a writer and journalist living in Los Angeles. He is also a story analyst for the Sundance Institute, National Geographic Films, New Regency, UCLA and the Academy of Motion Pictures’ Nicholl Screenwriting Awards, the US consultant for Euroscript, and a reader for several regional funders in the UK and Ireland. He shares with us his top five ways to ruin a script.

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An Interview With – Kirsten Sheridan

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Resources, Writing | 0 comments

Resources_Wri_143 - Kirsten SheridanDublin born Kirsten Sheridan is a multi award winning writer and director. She has directed August Rush, Disco Pigs and Dollhouse, which she also wrote, and was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing In America with her father, Jim Sheridan, and sister, Naomi Sheridan. She talked to Film Ireland her approach to writing and give her advice for aspiring writers.

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An Interview With – Writer Christian O’Reilly and Sales Agent Charlotte Mickie

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Resources, Writing | 0 comments

Resources_Wri_130 - Sales AgentSales agents and writers are at opposite ends of the filmmaking process and as a result writers are often in the dark as to what sales agents are thinking. Film Ireland decided to bring together Charlotte Mickie, the executive vice president of Entertainment One, and writer Christian O’Reilly to discuss the gulf between what writers want to create and what sales agents want to sell.

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