A Billion To One

A Billion To One

The first season of “A Billion to One” is well underway. It’s been a privilege to work on this project.  You can check out episode one here, and the rest of the season on Amazon Instant Video.

 

Four Seasons Film Festival

Four Seasons Film Festival

Over the last few months I’ve been privileged to be a judge for the upcoming Four Seasons Film Festival which is being held at Cadogan Hall in London on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of February 2018.  Here’s what Festival Director Cameron Hall has to say about the event.

“We are showcasing the full spectrum of human emotion and endeavour in a series of groundbreaking and inspiring feature films and documentaries that exemplify the moods of the annual seasons. With hundreds of submissions received from more than 40 countries world wide, our full festival programme is scheduled with nine feature films and over 60 short films to be screened over 3rd and 4th February. The festival line up also includes live music, art and photography from inspirational up and coming artists, all within the beautiful setting of the historic Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square, London.

All I can say is that having watched all the selected films anyone who attends is in for a real treat.  I hope to you see many of you there.

Tickets are available here.

 

inkjockey studio

inkjockey studio

The doors to the new inkjockey studio are now open! You’ll love our studio quality video animations. You can create logo stingers, calls-to-action, intros, outros, and even live action videos. Whether you are looking to promote a small business or build momentum around an upcoming creative product, we’ve got a solution just for you.

Come and say hello and use the code “inkjockey25” to enjoy an early adopters discount.

 

 

#RehabMatters

#RehabMatters

#RehabMatters. Chris Jones and the incredible team at the London Screenwriters’ Festival have made a great charity film for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

It’s about the importance of rehabilitation following major trauma, and how your chances of recovery could be impacted by where you live.  You can find out more in Chris’s blog here.  It’s well worth a watch.

Defeating the Joker in a world without Batman

Defeating the Joker in a world without Batman

Defeating the Joker in a world without Batman – how to do business with the big shots when you’re not on the guest list.  The Hospital Club – Thursday November 9th 2017.

Defeating the Joker in a world without Batman returns as Hospital Club members Mark Heywood and Michael Walford Williams continue to share with you the secrets to keeping Gotham City safe, this time looking at what creative freelancers and small organisations need to know about rubbing shoulders with big business. And more importantly how to get a seat at the same table in the first place.

“We’re too small to land this deal…they’ll never go with us…” 

How many of you have experienced thoughts like that? Well here’s the thing. Size doesn’t matter and in this session Mark and Michael will explode this and several other myths that hold creatives back.  You’ll learn how to answer questions you don’t currently understand, jump over hurdles you don’t know exist, and avoid the most common pitfalls that could sink your pitch before you’ve even begun. We’ll give you an “unfair” advantage.

If you are a freelancer or running a small to medium organisation then this is for you.

Join Mark and Michael for an interactive session and then stay for drinks and networking as they reveal more about how these simple lessons can get you not just on the guest list, but a seat at the VIP table.

To fight the Joker, you’re going to need to be your own Batman. This session will help you find your way to the Batcave.

For more details visit http://www.thehospitalclub.com/

Lend Me Your Ears

Lend Me Your Ears

I’ll be leading the Writing Salon at The Hospital Club on Monday 16th October. This month’s topic is speechwriting and oratory. Here’s the full blurb.

Lend me your ears:

I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve decided to skip the news recently. It’s all pretty depressing to be honest. The post-summer blues are well and truly upon us and in a few short weeks the clocks will go back. I don’t know why we bother because the annual party political conference season seems to turn back time all on its own these days and this year has been no exception.

When did these things become so dull? Admittedly the PM did her bit with a performance that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons but other than that the standard of oratory on display was pretty shocking.

So shocking in fact that it got me thinking. When did oratory take such a back seat? It’s not just a UK thing either. Last year’s US Presidential campaign was utterly devoid of anything worth repeating, which is a shame because oratory and politics usually go hand in hand.

On Monday I want to explore that. What can writers learn from the craft of speechwriting and oratory? At some point in your writing career you’ll face a situation in which a character will need to make a speech. It doesn’t have to be a political one delivered at a podium, it could be a few lines delivered to a team of employees, or a last-chance-plea to a lover. But when it comes it’s vital to get it right.

Shakespeare’s work is full of it but it’s something of a dying art these days. On Monday I’ll explain why it shouldn’t be. The principles of speechwriting and oratory go back further than you might think and I’ll draw from the likes of Aristotle and Cicero as we look at how good speeches are constructed. I’ll play some examples from film and TV and I’ll also add in a few from politics. Feel free to bring some of your own too.

Once we’ve looked at the theory and seen a few clips I’ll put you to work. Let’s see if we can produce something uplifting as the nights draw in.

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 16th October at 19:30 in The Chalk Room.

Don’t forget you can also keep in touch with The Writing Salon in our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheHospitalClubWritingSalon/