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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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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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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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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Open Road to Better Planning?

September 25, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Today’s offering is a follow up on last week’s post about how every script should have two stories within it: – one charting what physically happens in the story (plotline). – the other charting the protagonist’s emotional journey …

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Things to do when a lone character in your storyworld doesn’t cut the mustard

August 27, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, Happy Bank Holiday Monday! Today’s resource comes curtesy of Daniel Manus who I have referenced in a previous post for his excellent checklist of things to avoid before sending your script to competition, producer or whatever. Anyway, while …

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Character in dramatic conflict

August 14, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Hi all, A few years ago I came across a handy guide for identifying people and the different ways they respond to conflict. Although a nautical theme runs throughout the examples – identifying each personality as a vessel – it …

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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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Advice from the Doctor?

July 14, 2018
Bob Eckhard

Actually, the title is misleading as it should read ‘Advice from Chris Chibnall before he became the lead writer on the Doctor Who series.’ That said, he was on his third or fourth series of Broadchurch at that time and …

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