KIcking your can or making a film?

October 1, 2019
Bob Eckhard

Hi all,

Yes, it’s a tin can with the wrapper removed…but to Queen lovers everywhere, it serves up the mnemonic of  the proverbial ‘can’ that is ‘kicked all over the place.’  Whichever way you see it, if you’re a writer, the reality of seeing your screenplay made into a film – that is getting it ‘in the can’ can be a lifelong ambition. One that for many may sadly never be realised.

Last night- while watching Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets  I was not surprised to find Luc Besson was both screenwriter and director. Why? Because he also wrote and directed ‘Lucy’ and probably countless other films that are on his IMDb page that I need to research. All of which got me thinking that screenwriters can enhance their chances of getting their work produced by also developing skills that enable them to be proactive in the field of production as producer, filmmaker, director, editor, etc.

Where to start? Well, a couple of years ago I enrolled on a (free) NFTS online course on filmaking – find link by clicking here

If its the same as when I did it, it runs for 6 weeks and require 3 hours per week…but it’s a start!

Til next week…Onward and upward!

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