Monday, 7 December 2015

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Dear Karen,
December lurches forward as the film world embraces box office annihilation courtesy of JJ Abrams’ entry in the STAR WARS franchise. Here’s hoping for a Hoth-style White Christmas...

November Quick Takes...

1. Ryan Gosling circles WHIPLASH director Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong project.
2. Kevin Bacon goes back to TREMORS as star and executive producer for Universal TV and Jason Blum.
3. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS gets the musical treatment.
4. BLACK MASS’ Scott Cooper eyes spy thriller franchise WHITE KNIGHT.
5. THE DEPARTED writer William Monhan gets in gear for Evel Knievel biopic.
6. FX renews FARGO for a third season.


In a new bid to find the best unproduced screenplays, Amazon has broadened its script-submissions policy through the introduction of an app that aims to make writing itself as efficient as possible.
Amazon Storyteller uses cloud-based technology to help writers create screenplays in the standard format. While other software like Writer Duet offers a similar online writing package, Storyteller allows its users to send their script directly to Amazon Studios.
“Amazon is thrilled to support the evolution of our creative community by offering advanced tools like Amazon Storywriter to assist both established and aspiring writers in telling their stories,” said Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios. “Amazon is dedicated to producing high-quality, original films and television series that customers love, and enabling more writers to obtain access to creative resources will ultimately help us discover great new talent.”

LOCK IN wraps in London...

LOCK IN, an exciting crime short film backed by Creative England (as part of their iShorts initiative) wrapped in London this week, and Industrial Scripts is delighted to be supporting the film.
Written by journalist Jamie Russell, the film is directed by Nev Pierce, whose debut short, BRICKS - starring Jason Flemyng and Blake Ritson - is currently in post-production. Pierce is Editor-At-Large at Empire, the world’s biggest movie magazine. During more than 15 years as a film journalist, he has interviewed everyone from Brad Pitt to Jack Nicholson, Christopher Nolan to David Fincher.
A taut, sinewy crime film, LOCK IN is the first of - we hope - a series of superior short films to receive financial and marketing support from Industrial Scripts.

Learn more about LOCK IN here.

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With the Akiva Goldsman-headed TRANSFORMERS writers room leading to at least three new movie ideas, Paramount and toy manufacturers Hasbro have set up similar rooms for their G.I. JOE series and the proposed MICRONAUTS franchise.
Goldsman, who will act as supervisor for the two new rooms, will now step back from the TRANSFORMERS franchise and pass his duties over to room participants Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (IRON MAN) and BLACK HAWK DOWN writer Ken Nolan.
The writers room experiment was devised as a way to utilize TV-style participation as a means to carving out a new direction for the franchise. The room itself was full of interesting choices, from Black List writer Christina Hodson to THE WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman and DAREDEVIL show-runner Steven DeKnight.

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Recently soft-launched to selected clients, our new OVERDRIVE community already has over 60 vetted members and is now open to wider applications.
In brief, we've listened to the producers, writers and directors who work with us.
Just about every online community these days seems to have an open-door policy, where anyone can join, and there's no real tangible benefit to them.
The result of this is clear - sub-standard networking, unprofessional behaviour, and no genuine value delivered.
Sometimes you can make a great connection, but no-one would deny it's very hit and miss.
With OVERDRIVE, we're dancing to a different tune:
▪ Strictly capped membership.
▪ Vetting process which includes submission of CV and career goals statement.
▪ Strict policing of member forums to ensure interaction and networking remains of a very high order.
▪ A giant list of 40+ unique member benefits.
▪ Price points affordable enough (from £5/$8 PCM) for all, but high enough to deter those merely playing around with script development and not treating it with the seriousness it deserves.

Who applies to OVERDRIVE?

Screenwriters looking to forcefully progress their projects through an established and supportive system
Producers looking to talent track and scout the next Hoss Amini or Gregory Burke, as well as bring their coverage and development in well under budget
Directors on the hunt for their long-term writer or brilliant spec, the one they're going to build their future around
Agents/Funds/Execs and Trackers looking to lock in the next wave of talent, before somebody else does, and before the commissions start flowing the the dreaded "he's unavailable" response starts coming back...

Our vision is of an elite script development hothouse, comprised only of producers, writers and directors with serious promise.

For all the above reasons, we only want the best people in OVERDRIVE. Indeed, for our vision to succeed, we have to recruit the best people.
Think you've shown enough to join?
Get your CV and application statement ready and Apply Now.
(or click here to view all OVERDRIVE benefits).

Remember: membership is capped and once all the places are gone, we'll be like Studio54: operating on a one-in, one-out basis...



The Motion Picture Association of America has been awarded with $10.5 million against the MovieTube websites that they claimed were streaming illegally pirated movies online.
Studios belonging to the MPAA – Paramount, Warner Bros., Universal, Fox, Columbia and Disney – sued the websites in the summer over films such as AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON that had been illegally uploaded to third parties and streamed through the site.
The injuction, which included copyright and trademark claims, provoked a group of tech companies led by Google to file an amicus brief that halted proceedings until the MPAA redoubled their efforts in mid-November. A permanent injunction was requested and granted as the defendants were ordered to pay up to $150,000 per infringement or £10.5 million in total.

UK Screenwriting Survival Guide

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Written by friends of Industrial, screenwriters Tim Clague and Danny Stack, this book is recommended reading for new screenwriters and graduates looking to work in the UK TV and film industries.
Full of no-nonsense advice and cut-to-the-chase information, the book is perfect for writers new to the industry who like their learning served straight, without a side order of BS.
There are many books peddling the notion of winning the lottery and selling it big, but this book's for the hard-working majority of screenwriters. It's all about how to firstly survive, and then thrive...

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The Insider Interviews LIVE continues

The Insider Interviews
In June we launched The Insider Interviews LIVE - an in-the-flesh spin-off of our popular online series, that has in the past featured the likes of Tom Hiddleston, director Ben Wheatley, producer Gareth Unwin and writer-director Stuart Hazeldine.
The new monthly Q & A/networking evening kicked off in London in June with Aaron Anderson, ex UK Film Council Premiere Fund and Scott Free executive, and in October, Tanya Tillet, agent at The Agency, took to the stage to share her advice and experience.

Book now for January's event:

Bradley Quirk, Head of Development at Altitude Film Entertainment, will be present to discuss his career, producing and selling in the British film industry and how to grow a production company in the 21st century.
Date: Tuesday 26th January 2016. Arrival 6.30pm.
Venue: The Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London, WC2H 8BU

Reserve your place here:

The Insider Interviews LIVE gives writers and other script developers a great opportunity to network with our featured guest and IS staff in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Tickets to each month's event are strictly limited and if you would like to reserve your seat at one - or all - the events head on over to our booking page before everyone else does!

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“From 1974’s BLACK CHRISTMAS – rightly credited with being the god-monster of the modern mainstream genre – through to every postmodern twist on the ‘final girl’ archetype, Teen Horror is now a mainstay of popular cinema…” [read the full article]
“Sci-Fi is one of those odd genres – like the Western – that among script theorists often stimulates more argument about ‘defining your terms’ than it does about structure, plot or theme. It is helpful first to qualify the term ‘genre’, as film theorists and script analysts have differing – though not mutually exclusive – meanings for the word. So let’s look at those as the starting point for writing Science Fiction scripts…”[read the full article]
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"There’s a terrific viral that periodically does the rounds where a restaurateur advertises on Craigslist for a solo musician to play in his restaurant for five nights a week, with a specific set list, in exchange for free publicity and exposure…” [read the full article]
“Occult literally means ‘hidden’ so all Horror could be described as occult in the sense that all Horror deals with things that are suppressed, repressed, traditionally denied or habitually ignored. The Occult Horror sub-genre, however, specifically deals with the esoteric and magickal (as differentiated from the magic of Paul Daniels) that exists outside the exoteric realm of mainstream religion…” [read the full article]


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We are unique in that we rely on “verified” reviews rather than (faux?) testimonials from friends and colleagues which, as most people realise, are ultimately meaningless in a crowded, competitive marketplace.
Our consultants all have considerable experience working for and with the very best companies, and are currently very active in development (we don't believe in trading on past glories). We offer 20 different types of script development service, some are listed below, but you can visit our website to view them all...
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Who's Hot & Who's Not - November

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Who had a month to remember? Who's been able to turn over a new leaf and who is ready to take a fall?
Here’s our run down of how industry figures fared in November.
1) JJ Abrams
With tracking companies estimating that THE FORCE AWAKENS will have the biggest box office off all time, it’s hard not to see it’s director as someone who will be having a very Merry Christmas.
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As the recipient of the BIFA’s Richard Harris Award, the 12 YEARS A SLAVE actor will join esteemed luminaries like John Hurt, Julie Walters and Daniel Day-Lewis.
The Scottish actor marks the next chapter of his career as his directorial debut – BARNEY THOMPSON – finds U.S distribution with Gravitas Ventures.
Nicholl Fellowship-winning writer brothers Abel and Burlee Vang have been given the reigns to their first feature production, Boogeyman horror BEDEVILED.
If acting alongside Julie Dench in WINTER’S TALE wasn’t enough of an accolade, the award-winning thespian has recently signed on to direct and star in MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.
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The Bollywood power company's stock has dropped after they were the latest to be called out by Hacktivist group Anonymous due to accusations of fraud. Global CFO Prem Parameswaran has hit back saying “we would like to destroy the terrorists.”
It may not be jail time but FULLER HOUSE star John Stamos is ready to start a 36-month probation for a DUI charge. Maybe next time it would be worth waiting till he gets home to celebrate...
Ben Stiller’s latest foray has yet to be released and LGBTQ activists are already crying out against its portrayal of its trans character played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
The online studios caused controversy this week when adverts for THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE in New York were called to be removed due to their depiction of a Nazi-fied version of the city.
As if studios didn't learn their lesson after the back lash from last year's EXODUS, GOD'S OF EGPYT's producers are feeling the wrath of audiences and critics now after accusations of white-washing have once again resurfaced (and can you blame them!?)

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How Crazy Is Star Wars Making You?

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If this month’s hysteria regarding a certain space opera franchise is anything to go by, then pop culture in general will be glad of a break from blockbusters as award season takes over. The entire world, it seems, has been turned upside down by the imminent release of JJ Abrams’ THE FORCE AWAKENS which only really begins with the box office tracking numbers of up to $200 million. The shoot and the mammoth release for this picture has provoked its director to suggest that making the movie was “like living with the greatest roommate in history for too long” while its star, John Boyega, has come out in favour of audience’s attempting to manage their expectations.
Outside of the cast and crew, STAR WARS fever is threatening to hit fever pitch as unlikely sources attempt to hitch a ride on the publicity express. One of the more interesting culprits comes in the form of the Church of England who are currently seeking legal action against the UK cinemas that have refused to run a trailer featuring the Lord’s Player before the blockbuster. On the other side of the pond, Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf has received death threats since publicly revealing that “"I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks, and I’m not going to start now.” While her comments stretched to the point of stating that “you Star Wars people are crazy”, the responses she has received –from pseudonyms such as the Grim Reaper – certainly validate her initial thoughts. It goes to show that some fans need to be reminded when a film is just a film.

Opinion: SPECTRE And The Frustration Of Patchwork Narratives

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"Despite an impressive show at the box office that has recently confirmed its place as the second highest-grossing James Bond movie of all time after SKYFALL, Sam Mendes’ second outing with the spy franchise has hit middling reviews and tepid reactions from the audience. From screenplay analysts who have uncovered how SPECTRE focuses largely on putting Slot A into Tab B and critics who, according to the current Rotten Tomatoes score of 64%, have deemed the film to only scrape a “fresh” rating, the general consensus seems to be that SPECTRE is too reliant on the established 007 formula..."

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Unheralded Scene o' the Month: ENTER THE VOID (2009)

In our "Unheralded Scene of the Month" section, our consultants nominate a classic film or TV scene, which in their view hasn't received the admiration it deserves.
It might be a scene from a classic movie, which has been crowded out by other, more "showy" scenes and set-pieces. It might be a deleted scene which is outstanding in its own right but wasn't quite in-sync or critical to the final cut of the film.

Click here for our breakdown of this month's unheralded scene from Gaspar Noe's ENTER THE VOID.


Spec-Spotter - Development Intel

Information is power in the film & TV industries, so here is our vital burst of screenwriting-related intel for your mainframes!
Innovative producer Scott Glassgold to oversee the adaptation of Marcus Alqueres’ THE FLYING MAN.
Judy Greer signs on for directorial debut with Gary Lundy’s A HAPPENING OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS.
Universal’s VAN HELSING reboot finds the heavyweight team of Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts taking writing duties.
Kurt Voelker finds the lead for his comedic drama THE BACHELORS in JK Simmons.
Writer/director Kirsten Sheridan and Noomi Rapace team up for their AMY WINEHOUSE BIOPIC.
Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum get ready to take on Gamergate with CONTROL ALT DELETE.
Michael Diliberti’s adaptation of ATHENA ready to go out with Sony and Pascal Pictures.
That's about all from us for another month, but just scroll down for details of our script development services and upcoming training courses, not to mention our exclusive Insider Interviews series.
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Online Industry Training Courses

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Write the Great American TV Script

Launched recently, our online course dedicated to American television writing is comprised of 6 core modules and 32 detailed lessons, including: Writing for Network & Niche Audiences, How to Handle Multi-Protagonist Drama, The Many Faces of Comedy, Planning from Pilot to Multiple Seasons and many more.
In addition, the course also includes detailed case studies of both successful – and unsuccessful – major recent U.S. shows: GAME OF THRONES, THE WIRE, BREAKING BAD, THE BIG BANG THEORY, TERRA NOVA and LEGIT.
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Screenwriting for Film Online

Write a full spec script while taking our much-loved online screenwriting course. Lessons include: the Stages of Screenwriting; Testing Ideas; Conflict; The Hero’s Journey; Developing Theme; Character Development and many more (see full breakdown below).
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Write the Great Novel Online

Comprised of 8 core modules and 31 extended lessons, this course delivers huge value-for-money, and takes 100+ hours to complete. Lessons include: Tension Building; Varying the Narrative; The Importance of a Title; Developing Great Characters; Preparing to Submit your Novel; Self-Publishing and many more
Book this online course HERE.

Offline Industry Training Courses



At Industrial Scripts we run premium, high-quality training courses which deliver serious value to participants. Our courses are tailored to suit the requirements of the industry, and are led by professionals with proven track records of success in their own individual area of the business.
For 5 years we've been running training courses in script reading, low-budget filmmaking and screenwriting. We currently run 2 offline courses:
ULTIMATE SCREENWRITING is our first screenwriting course and has been designed for creative individuals who possess great ideas for films or TV shows, but don’t know where to begin - and intermediates looking to hone their skills. It delivers a huge amount of information, condensed into one intense day, to participants new to screenwriting, new to writing, or both. Focussing on both the writing process, and the industry writers find work in, the course aims to heavily de-mystify the process by which people become professional screenwriters, and help new writers navigate the sometimes precarious early years of the screenwriter.
New Course Dates: TBC Soon
Our EFFECTIVE SCRIPT READING 1-day training seminar continues to go from strength to strength, winning consistently stellar feedback from participants...:

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The course includes comprehensive contacts documents detailing all the paid script reading outlets in film and TV in the UK, and also offers attendees indefinite, ongoing email and phone support once the course is over. We can't turn you into a great script analyst overnight, but we can speed you up and save you a lot of time and effort in the process. Click here to book.
Next Course Date: Saturday 19th December

The Insider Interviews


Industrial Scripts brings you The Insider Interviews - exclusive FREE content from leading industry professionals that you can't access, anywhere else. Click here to listen to these free interviews:
""I remember the first time I got paid I actually felt like I could legitimately be a screenwriter. That was, as a professional, the breakthrough, I remember when it was and what script. I did just about anything to try and earn something. But I remember creatively there was a breakthrough moment.”
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STORY Guru Robert Mckee
"Charlie Kaufman...what an as*...he's Mr. Theory! He's not an anti-theorist!"
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Screenwriter Kevin Lehane (GRABBERS)
"I think the horror-comedy is a really tough genre...I wanted to write a monster movie, like TREMORS, or GREMLINS".
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Head of Development Sophie Meyer (Ealing Studios)
"If I had to boil it down to one thing it would be "does it make you care?"
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Writer-Director Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, DOWN TERRACE)
"Short films are a waste of time...I thought if I was going to put in that much effort, I may as well try and make something I can sell..."
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"I wrote 12 plays before I had anything produced..."
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“I thought to myself "this is filmmaking: doing something you don't want to do and for which you will probably be punished by God!””
Film Journalist Nev Pierce (Editor-at-Large, Empire magazine)
"Interviewing directors is my favourite can be thrilling if you're meeting someone you sit down for 2 hours with David Fincher...I feel incredibly blessed to have that kind of opportunity".
Listen to the podcast...
Producer Gareth Unwin (THE KING'S SPEECH, EXAM)
"I'd done something a bit daft just through eagerness and I said to someone within The Weinstein Co. - "I hear I'm not in Harvey's good books anymore" and she said "Harvey doesn't have good books, there's just people he hates less that week!"
Listen to the podcast...
"(when the THOR call) came in I was just about ready to sing and was the longest audition process I've ever been through...".
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Literary agent Rob Kraitt (Casarotto Ramsay)
'I once sold a book to Tom Cruise - it was before he and Michael Mann made COLLATERAL. It was a big six-figure deal and doesn't happen very often.'
[at the time of recording Rob Kraitt worked for AP Watt]
Listen to the podcast...
Literary agent Nick Marston (Curtis Brown Group)
'There are these moments in agencies when one generation wants to leave and the other generation has to somehow find the money to take over... and in our case that came from the 'honey pot' of the Winnie the Pooh estate.'
Listen to the podcast...
Ex Studio Executive Alexei Boltho (Paramount Pictures)
'A typical working day for me? Smoking cigars, that's about it really!'
Screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine (EXAM, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, KNOWING)
'I had to keep the faith, and finally the phone rang and it was a big agent from ICM in LA saying he had read my two scripts and wanted to take me on...'
Screenwriter David Scinto (44 INCH CHEST, SEXY BEAST)
'GANGSTER NO.1 is one of the best scripts we ever wrote, sadly in other hands it was ruined. Bastardised. Mutated. Amateur.'
'I did meet a writer at some drinks who told me I’d written him the nicest rejection letter he’d ever received and I thought: ‘my work here is done.''
Owner SUMS Film & Media Andry Brunskill (JET TRASH, LILTING)
'You really want to feel that they love it and own it with you and so, if it’s a 2/3 page treatment, you can sit down over many weeks and months and grow it up together into something bigger. It’s also much better in that sense because you can then, with the producer, go and find development money for yourselves.'
'I thought I wanted to be a producer when I went to film school mainly because I had strength in breadth, as I wasn’t that good at any one thing but I was quite good at lots of things, and that seemed to me a good qualification to be a producer. But while I was there one of the things I learnt was that producing was mad and not a very sensible career option.'

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