Archive for the ‘screenwriters’ Category

August Lucky Dozen

2nd August 2016 by Maura McHugh


The next WGI Lucky Dozen talk will be by Hugh Travers, and will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, 18 August 2016, at the Guild’s office, 3rd Floor, Arthouse, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

A dozen seats will be allocated to members on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hugh Travers, the writer of the acclaimed three-part drama Trial of the Century which was broadcast on TV3 earlier this year, will give a talk to members of the Guild on his experience of writing the series. In particular, he’ll focus on the specific challenges which can arise when writing a historical or factually-based script. As well as ‘Trial of the Century’, Hugh has written live action drama, comedy, theatre, animation and documentary, including Lambo (which won the PPI Drama Award for Best Radio Play);Green Is The Colour, a hugely successful 4 × 1 hour documentary series for Treasure Entertainment and RTE and Red Rock. He has also written and developed comedy shows for the BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and Sky and some of his award-winning short films include CrosswordAn CoscSpecial EdThe Big Girl.

Crafty Features

8th November 2012 by Maura McHugh

From 10.30 – 1.30 on Thursday 29th November 2012, The Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild and FÁS Screen Training Ireland will present a free seminar for writers who are currently developing or writing feature film scripts.

This seminar is aimed at existing and aspiring feature film writers who are trying to get a high-quality feature film made in the current marketplace.

The seminar will tackle the following subjects:

  • Creative Collaboration: at what point is it best to seek the creative input of the producer / director / script editor or other consultant for your script? Who decides where to draw the line in terms of creative decisions which affect the quality of the script?
  • Development Ad Infinitum: How have the writers on the panel approached development? How do you know when your structure, story, characters, themes, style and other elements have been sufficiently developed? What do you do when the script has been overcooked?
  • I Really Loved It But…: constructive criticism vs. too many cooks; whose opinion should a writer seek? What to do when you get conflicting opinions and suggestions and your gut instinct has gone on strike.
  • The Look of Love: in this increasingly challenging economic environment, is money everything when it comes to film quality? Should the writer be taking budget / financial / market considerations into account while writing the script? Does this hinder creativity or is it the mark of a market-savvy writer?
  • Visions of the Future: What genres / themes are hot right now or might be hot in two year’s time if your film is produced? Write what you know or what you know is making money?
  • Show Me The Money: The current financial crisis is leading to an increase in the number of writers who are developing their multi-disciplinary skills to avail of potential income in other areas; series tv, animation, advertising, gaming, e-books, ghost writing, websites, journalism, apps etc.
  • The Multitasking Writer: the increasing number of writers who are also directing and/or producing (and directors/producers also writing…) – does this dual or deltoid role increase the possibility of getting your film produced and what affect might it have on the quality of the script or produced film?
  • Deal or No Deal: Negotiating contracts in highly competitive times: how to get the best deal in the current circumstances; key points to bear in mind.

The panel will share their experience and advice on these topics with those present and will take questions throughout.

The Panel:

  • Malcolm Campbell – Writer, What Richard Did
  • Ciarán Foy – Writer & Director, Citadel
  • Kirsten Sheridan – Writer & Director, Dollhouse
  • Glenn Montgomery – Writer, The Other Side of Sleep
  • Juanita Wilson – Writer & Director, As If I Am Not There

Please apply online at www.screentrainingireland.ie. For further details contact the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild at info@script.ie or phone (01) 6709970.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, 20 November 2012.

Offaly Support for Artist Scheme 2010

19th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

Offaly Local Authorities (Offaly County Council, Tullamore, Birr and Edenderry Town Councils) is inviting visual artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, dance artists, drama practitioners, etc to be selected onto a panel for potential public arts commissions. This invitation will remain open on a continuous basis until the end of 2012.

We intend to maximize the Government’s ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’ to create innovative and original high quality public experiences in the arts for those residing in and visiting Offaly. We will commission artworks that reflect the distinctiveness of a locality and people and which will build upon our guiding principles of quality, inclusiveness, accessibility and long-term value.

At this stage, a schedule of commissions has not been finally decided; therefore this is not an exercise in matching artists to particular predetermined schemes.

It is not a prerequisite that you have previously engaged in community practice; your work may not be relevant to this particular field. However it is envisaged that the majority of commissions will involve a level of community engagement.

The ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’ will operate as resources allow and it is envisaged that this panel will remain in place for commissions to take place from 2010 until the end of 2012.

Inclusion on the panel does not guarantee subsequent inclusion on a shortlist, or any commission or remuneration for the artist in question.

Applicants should note that a second stage process of selection will take place, involving the evaluation of shortlisted panellists, as projects arise.

The administrative deadline for this scheme is Friday June 11th. More details about how to apply and the application process are on the web site.

Galway Pitching Award 2010

13th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award is now open for submissions.

The pitch should be a 500-word story idea for the screen, and each entry is reviewed by a panel selected from the film industry. The best five are short-listed.

The five writers are contacted and invited to present their pitch to a panel of judges. This takes place in front of an audience during the Galway Film Fleadh.

The winner of the competition receives €3,000, and the attention of the industry.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18th June 2010 and further details are available on the website. Each entry must be accompanied by a €30 fee.

Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award

11th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

Each year the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation awards the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award.

The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and to offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting.

The winner will be flown to New York City to be presented with an award and a US$2,500 prize at the International Emmy World Television Festival on November 20, 2010. The winning script will be read by actors in front of an audience at the Festival, and the winner will be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the 38th International Emmy Awards on November 22, 2010.

To enter, you will need to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script suitable for a family audience.

The deadline is 1 July 2010, and an application form can be downloaded from the web site.