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The Black List

8th December 2014 by Maura McHugh

We’re pleased to announce that we have arranged special Guild Member access for paid-up members of the Writers Guild of Ireland to The Black List – a subscriber site for film industry professionals that functions as a real time Black List and screenplay recommendation engine.

Guild members can list script information for free and can also get a 20% discount on script hosting and evaluations.

All WGI members have been sent an email detailing how to register on the web site.

If you have any problems registering please contact The Black List support staff as they will be able to troubleshoot your issues.

We hope you enjoy using this service!

WGI Presentation at GFF

2nd July 2014 by Maura McHugh

The Guild invites all of its members, and any other interested parties, to attend a presentation at the Galway Film Fleadh relating to the most up-to-date information available concerning Screenwriting in Ireland over the last seven years.

This information offers a comprehensive breakdown of the number of writers working in television, film, theatre, and radio each year; how many commissions are available; gender breakdown in each category; fluctuations in numbers; overall trends over the last seven years; and the number of Irish-language scripts being produced each year.

This presentation will outline some of the information to be published later this year as part of the ZeBBie Report 2014. The Guild will welcome feedback and questions from those in attendance on the information presented.

Date: 2pm on Wednesday, 9 July.

Venue: Joyce Suite at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway.

To attend this presentation, please send an email request by Friday, 4 July to ruairi.moore (at) script.ie with ‘WGI at GFF’ in the subject line.

Places will be confirmed on Monday, 7 July.

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.

Amazon Studios: The Responses

22nd November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Amazon StudiosLast week a new film development process called Amazon Studios was announced.

Amazon is promoting this as the cool, modern way to make movies:

Movies have been developed pretty much the same way since talkies were considered cutting-edge. But here at Amazon Studios, we believe 21st-century technology creates opportunities to make and share movies and scripts more easily than ever. We invite you to:

  • Win money. Amazon Studios will award a combined $2.7 million in our first year’s worth of monthly and annual contests for the best scripts and movies. There is no charge to participate. Learn more.
  • Get noticed. Your work will be shared with a global community of filmmakers and fans, who can offer revisions and advice. Screenwriters can see their words come to life as full-length test movies made by directors vying for our $100,000 monthly awards.
  • Get your movie made. The goal of Amazon Studios is to work with Hollywood to turn the best projects into major feature films.

The problem is that as soon as the writer enters the contest s/he has agreed to a contract, and as UK screenwriter Michelle Lipton points out the contract is less than exemplary.

One warning sign, among many, is this clause:

14. No Guild Jurisdiction. Amazon is not a signatory to any agreement with a collective bargaining organization, including, without limitation, the Writers Guild of America Minimum Basic Agreement or the Directors Guild of America Basic Agreement, and none of the activity conducted in connection with Amazon Studios is subject to the jurisdiction of any collective bargaining organization. If you are a member of any collective bargaining organization, you are solely responsible for your participation in Amazon Studios, and for determining whether your participation complies with your obligations under those agreements.

Many established screenwriters have weighed in with their opinions on the contract. Most of them have been through the process of developing scripts for film and/or television and understand the pressures that can come upon a script from the likes of producers and directors even under the best of circumstances where there is a fair contract in effect.

Their opinions are well worth reading in regard to Amazon Studios:

Other articles on the web about this ‘deal’:

As always screenwriters should pay attention to the terms and conditions of contracts before they enter into any agreements. Remember, as soon as you enter the Amazon Studios deal you are agreeing to its conditions.

BAFTA Screenwriters on Screenwriting

16th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

BAFTA Screenwriters

BAFTA has added a series of six lectures to its web site in which established screenwriters discuss the craft of screenwriting.

You can watch videos by Peter Morgan, Sir David Hare, Simon Beaufoy, Aline Brosh McKenna, Christopher Hampton and Sir Ronald Harwood.