The ‘how to’ on making a short film

June 25, 2019
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Suffice to say that it wasn’t my intention to set up a mini-series on production but having tackled how to produce a stage play last week, I thought I would balance it out with one on producing film. …

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Why you might consider writing a web-series?

April 22, 2019
Bob Eckhard

Let me start by saying that anyone with an interest in making a web series should approach it with a ‘long haul’ mindset. I offer this caution because much as it is a great way to see your writing produced …

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Pros and cons of writing for animation?

March 26, 2019
Bob Eckhard

Okay, this week we consider animation and why you should consider writing it. Interestingly, this time last year I was placed in the finals of the Euroscript Screenwriting contest with an animation film treatment that I had adapted from a …

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Pros and cons of writing and producing a short film?

March 19, 2019
Bob Eckhard

  We continue the series with the skinny on producing short films… Unlike feature films and large scale stage productions, the short film format offers a cheaper alternative for telling story. The best short films have a small cast and …

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Pros and cons of writing for radio?

March 12, 2019
Bob Eckhard

We begin today with the skinny on: how the screenplay you wrote years ago might fare better by being adapted to radio. Often, screenwriters imagine radio to be the poor relation of other mediums such as film, television or stage. Certainly, …

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Pros and cons of writing and producing a stage play?

March 5, 2019
Bob Eckhard

Okay, we begin our short series today with: The ‘skinny’ on how writing for the stage differs to writing for TV or screen Unlike TV and film that incorporate a multitude of interior and exterior scenes, stage plays are usually …

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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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The reason why creatives need to be reflective practitioners…

November 6, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, This week’s post is adapted from a two part email by former MGM film executive Stephanie Palmer. Named as one of the “Top 35 Executives Under 35 by the Hollywood Reporter,” she is the author of the best-selling book Good in …

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When writing a great script just isn’t enough (part 2)

October 30, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, A week or so ago, I received a message from someone who (in response to my blog) got in touch because their scripts were being overlooked by ‘gatekeepers’ looking for the next new thing. Now, while I have …

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Are you creating compelling stories that excite and thrill people? (part 2)

October 16, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, As you may remember, last week I left you with the first section of notes from Karl Ilglesias’ session on creating compelling stories for emotional impact. Aside from the raft of practical advice about evoking emotion in the reader there …

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