Art of subtext – between and beyond the lines?

November 20, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi there, Strange but true – scripts that keep us interested and wanting more are often those ones in which the character’s motivations and intentions are hidden from us or seep out during the course of a story…and this more …

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing?

November 11, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, A few years ago I came across an online resource with some handy tips as to things to watch out for when editing your scripts. Personally, I wouldn’t have called them ‘deadly’ sins because there are far worse …

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Are you creating compelling stories that excite and thrill people? (part 1)

October 9, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, It’s that time of year again! That period of autumn where we are either: developing a stonking new script idea that will be ready for competition in the New Year? ( Or) fetching out an old script and …

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When your Nemesis isn’t really a threat to your hero…

October 3, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Following up on last week’s post, here is a resource to help bolster your Nemesis (aka Antagonist) in your scripts/stories. As before, I am indebted to Scott Myers and his excellent sessions at LSF on ‘Compelling Protagonist’ and …

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Thinking like a producer?

July 25, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Apologies if you’ve seen this already. I came across these 22 Tips from Pixar a few years ago on the No Film School blog site. Handy advice to help with editing your work with consideration for the production …

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Writing that avoids the cutting room floor?

June 28, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi there, Today’s offering is a weblink to Guy Ducker’s page where he talks about the craft of film editing. ‘What?!’ I hear you cry. “We want screenwriting advice Bob!” Well..yes…but sometimes the best screenwriting advice comes by understanding the …

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Testing your story for emotion…

June 21, 2018
Bob Eckhard

More screenwriting notes, this time from Karl Iglesias (taken from a DVD I think) in which he talks about checking your story structure with regard to the way moments are created that evoke visceral and vicarious emotions. Find it by …

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Know your emotional core

May 25, 2018
Bob Eckhard

  You know the feeling – you’re tidying up all those files that have been cluttering up your desktop when you come across the golden nugget among them – this one is from a Karl Iglesias’ seminar at LSF a …

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Bereavement and the writer

March 15, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Firstly, let me start with an apology for being off the grid recently. I was abroad in January and truth is it’s taken me this long to get back into the swing of things. That said, today’s resource …

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Better scene descriptions…

September 6, 2017
Bob Eckhard

Among the many writing seminars I have attended over the years and the pages of notes frenetically scribbled in a flurry of ‘keep up’, I count the attached page as one of the most useful. When writing plays, screenplays, TV …

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