Archive for May 18th, 2007

Future Perfect

18th May 2007

The Paines Plough touring theatre company is once again offering its Future Perfect writing mentorship.

Now entering its third year, Future Perfect is a year long attachment that aims to create a space for writers to explore their individual voices through practical writing projects.

We are looking for six writers between the ages of 18 and 30 to become Future Perfect 2008.

To apply send two unbound copies of a play, along with CV and covering letter, to arrive at the Paines Plough office by Monday, 11th June.

Conference on Media

18th May 2007

Filmbase reports that a one-day conference, Media Moves, will take place in the Menlo Park Hotel, Galway on Friday 8th of June 2007.

The conference will examine how the media covers stories, and in particular how it frames issues that are outside of the mainstream. There will be presentations in topics such as “Race and Gender Imagery”, “Representation of Youth”, and “Portrayal of Travellers”, along with three workshops on media skills.

The cost: waged €50, unwaged €20.

Shift the Power Balance

18th May 2007

Michael Gubbins writes for about the invisible role of the screenwriter in the filmmaking industry, and the aspirations of the recent European Screenwriters Manifesto.

The stumbling block, or the great opportunity, is money, suggests UK writer William Nicholson, a writer on the Oscar-winning Gladiator. The status of the writer owes much to their position as a salaried employee of a film’s producer, who is normally the person taking the financial risk.

“As long as we continue to be in that relationship to the project it will be hard to demand control over our work or even respect.

“The way forward if you really do want power is to function as a writer-director or even more as a writer-producer. If you want the power, you must be willing to shoulder the risk. If you don’t want rewrites, be the boss,” he says.