Whose scene is it?

October 20, 2021
Bob Eckhard

  Hi all, Okay, following on from last week’s post on the importance of planning screenplay scenes in ways in which EXTERIOR and INTERIORS feature to ensure it is cinematic, this week we turn our attention to the question… Whose …

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The Lesser Known Leap Frog of Interior and Exterior

October 13, 2021
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Okay, following on from the advice given in the post (before last) about structuring and checking your work for mistakes, we begin today with my  ‘101 Basics’ on the use of INT/EXT in your setting directions – if you …

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The importance of scene structure

August 5, 2021
Bob Eckhard

  Hi all, Sorry to be off blog just recently but I’ve been rewriting a feature that I planned out and wrote several years ago but it required an overhaul of its shape and structure. My problem being that it’s …

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Developing a production mindset

March 31, 2021
Bob Eckhard

Good Morning A couple of years ago, I happened across Andrew Price’s excellent seminar.  Although Andrew is a graphic artist, the seven points he makes have application for all creatives whether they are screenwriters, playwrights, novelists, filmmakers or whatever. Okay …

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Planning for Creativity

December 4, 2019
Bob Eckhard

  Hi all, I don’t know about you but it seems that being a creative often results in living with an untidy desk. By that I mean, a space which is barely visible amongst hastily scribbled notes on paper that …

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Why you shouldn’t wait for someone to produce you!

September 10, 2019
Bob Eckhard

  Hi all, As many of you will know, I am currently on a mission to help writers (myself included)  find alternative ways of getting their work noticed by those who have the potential to read and develop it. My …

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Animation: Structure is everything!

July 2, 2019
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, This will be a short post today as I am in the middle of getting a stage play ready for performance a fortnight today. Interestingly, unlike my comedy farce from earlier in the year, this stage play – …

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Writing Animation – where the action never stops.

June 4, 2019
Bob Eckhard

  Hi all, Today we consider dialogue versus action. One mistake many writers make is to overwrite spoken exchanges. A few years ago I heard a story about how Clint Eastwood – when making the film Gran Torino  – was …

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Building a TV Series Bible

May 14, 2019
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, A few years ago at the London Screenwriter Festival, Jeff Norton did a session on how he pitched his TV Series idea and episodes using powerpoint. In this, concept, characters, plot, theme and story were all portrayed visually …

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What are the benefits of writing a novel?

April 15, 2019
Bob Eckhard

In 2011, with electronic books starting to get published, a moderator on ‘Shooting People’ detailed how several of his e-books made it into Amazon’s Top Ten List. What’s more – within days, a film company optioned every one of his …

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