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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Pros and cons of creating a trailer for your screenplay?

April 2, 2019
Bob Eckhard

In the same way that some writers use mood boards or hand out project flyers to potential producers at screenwriter festivals, the idea of a filmed trailer is right up there when pitching that great idea. Indeed, if the trailer does impress …

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Why are actors able to perform a character better than the one the author writes?

February 21, 2019
Bob Eckhard

  Hi all Sorry, no clever writer resource for you today but instead something equally valuable in helping your stories leap off the page, wrestle the poor reader to the floor and give you every chance of making an impression …

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Production – the value of audience

January 10, 2019
Bob Eckhard

  Hello! Hope you are keeping well and writing lots. Sorry for the absence on social media just recently but I’ve been producing a comedy farce this month written under a pseudonym – find it here  Now, unlike the writing resources …

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Eight sequences to writing the three act screenplay?

November 25, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Not sure if I’ve posted this template on here before but if you didn’t see it first time round, it’s your lucky day! Now I can’t remember where I got the template from – possibly Pixar (?) What …

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