Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dates For Your Calendar – September 2014 Edition

Date Event Notes
September 1st Bluecat Screenwriting Competition Early Deadline Features and short films
September 1st LSF – Legal Clinic Open for submissions LSF 2014 delegates only
September 1st Screencraft Drama Teleplay Contest 2014 Regular Deadline 1 Hour Drama TV Pilot
September 1st Screenplay Festival Deadline Features only
September 9th Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Regular Deadline Features, TV pilots and short films
September 11th London Writers’ Circle XXIII
September 14th TrackingB Feature Script Contest Late Deadline Features only
September 15th LSF – Actor’s Table Reads Deadline LSF 2014 delegates only
September 15th Screencraft Drama Teleplay Contest 2014 Final Deadline 1 Hour Drama TV Pilot
September 20th Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest Standard Deadline Loglines and 15 pages of feature film
September 25th London Writers’ Circle XXIV
September 26th LSF – Advanced Mentoring Deadline LSF 2014 delegates only
September 26th Cinequest Screenwriting Competition Regular Deadline Features, TV pilots and short films
September 30th LSF – Legal Clinic Deadline LSF 2014 delegates only
October 6th Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Late Deadline Features, TV pilots and short films
October 6th Rocliffe Deadline Features films
October 9th London Writers’ Circle XXV
October 15th Bluecat Screenwriting Competition Regular Deadline Features and short films
October 15th Action & Thriller Script Contest Deadline Feature films
October 17thth Cinequest Screenwriting Competition Late Deadline Features, TV pilots and short films
October 18th Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest Extended Deadline Loglines and 15 pages of feature film
October 24th London Screenwriters Festival
October 26th TrackingB Feature Script Contest Really Late Deadline Features only
November 6th Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Late Deadline Features, TV pilots and short films
November 15th Bluecat Screenwriting Competition Final Deadline Features and short films

 

What is Project X?

At the Writer’s Retreat, Andrew mooted the idea of writing a TV episode collaboratively, from the ground up, and then filming it. The idea would be to approach the whole thing collaboratively. We would begin, in a Writers’ Room scenario, with first of all deciding on the premise, negotiating and agreeing what the broad genre, key characters, location and approximate plot would be. Then the outline would be worked up, before being broken down into a full scene-by-scene breakdown, all collaboratively. Individual members would then be allocated scenes to write, and when the whole thing is assembled, the edits and critiques would again be done as a group. When we have a script we’re all happy with, then we’d arrange to film it.

Some of this could be done in the meetings, the rest online via email, Google Hangouts, collaborative documents, or whatever digital means we have at our disposal.

There is no denying this will all take some time to agree each stage, we all have different interests and styles. But it would be an interesting and educational experiment in writing in a situation where one doesn’t have full control of the output.

That was the idea… And we have begun! Project X is born!

Those people who expressed an interest at the last London Writers’ Circle meet-up wracked their brains and come up with a dizzying array of story proposals, and the next step is to collate votes and then discuss the short list of ideas.

We’ll keep you all posted with updates!

Dates For Your Calendar – August 2014 Edition

Date Event Notes
August 15th LSF – Actor’s Table Reads Submissions Open LSF 2014 delegates only
August 15th LSF – Advanced Mentoring Script Labs Submissions Open LSF 2014 delegates only
August 21st ScriptAngel / London Screenwriters’ Festival Mentoring Competition Deadline TV & Film Drama; LSF 2014 delegates only
August 28th London Writers’ Circle XXII
August 31st Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition Extended Deadline Feature films only
September 1st Bluecat Screenwriting Competition Early Deadline Features and short films
September 1st Screenplay Festival Deadline Features only
September 11th London Writers’ Circle XXIII
September 15th LSF – Actor’s Table Reads Deadline LSF 2014 delegates only
September 25th London Writers’ Circle XXIV
October 15th Bluecat Screenwriting Competition Regular Deadline Features and short films
October 15th Action & Thriller Script Contest Deadline Feature films
October 24th London Screenwriters Festival
November 15th Bluecat Screenwriting Competition Final Deadline Features and short films

 

The Secret Life Of A Group Writer

(By Shaffique Jamal)

Sitting at my desk I think I can hear the sea, no, it’s just internal white noise. Bored, mundane, The Day Job.

– SUDDENLY – an unfamiliar alert tone, adrenalin releases, heartbeat quickens.
My colleague gives me “that look” taking me out of the moment, ‘Shouldn’t your phone be on silent?’.
He gets a raised eyebrow from me, ‘It’s important’.

I bury my face in the retina screen of my phone, I can see the individual pixels but now no roaming eyes can glean the substance, this isn’t for their eyes, this is my secret.

Communication has been established; the network is live. Other people, similar people with a united vision know my secret, they share it.

A group of individuals came together leaving the ordinary behind, revealing their true selves. We are superheroes, we are a writing collective.

PROJECT “X”