February 4, 2015 at 3:04AM

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New blog post - 10 Steps To Make A Feature

Hello all - we've got a new post over on our 'Making Of' blog (telling the story behind our microbudget feature DON'T. STOP. RUNNING). This time it's a guest post - from writer/director Danny Stack (who you may know from the excellent UK Scriptwriters Podcast). Have a gander when you get a moment - the post is the 10 Steps To Making A Feature: http://bit.ly/makeafeature

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(Should add - Danny has just made his own feature - 'Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg', and has a huge amount of writing experience to draw on!)

February 5, 2015 at 3:24AM

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Alex Richardson
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thanks for sharing. :D :P

February 5, 2015 at 10:14AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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No worries Ragüel - hope it's useful!

February 5, 2015 at 12:38PM

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Alex Richardson
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nice article, but strange that it is not written on chronological order, for example he put the "rewrite" level after the castings and budget...(Yes I know he did put the pitching and the writing the story before that)..
However, rewriting the story and giving the writing time The most of what you can give, will save you lot of time and will open for you as a starter more opprtunities in regards of budget and casting...(the producers or whoever want to help a starter will hardly give time to read one time the script) so its way much better opprtunities u can get when you really Lock the script. Make the best out of it.
Cheers my friend

February 6, 2015 at 5:12AM

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Ammar Quteineh
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Hi Ammar - I completely agree, the more time you spend on the script before you start filming, the better it will be. My own feature had round 18 months spent on then script before we went into production (blog on it here: http://bit.ly/dsrmakingof). For me, that was an absolute necessity - and the script that I had after 6 months or so was dreadful compared to the final shooting draft!!

However, in Danny's case (his project was the guest blog you're referring to), I suspect that they had a window of opportunity to make something, and then went hell-for-leather to get it done. He co-writes and co-directs with a guy called Tim Clague, and between them they've got a HUGE amount of experience, with lots of broadcast writing credits. When you're at that level, the script you produce in just a few months is still likely to be pretty damn good! TV writers are fairly comfortable with having to write to a deadline, and can churn things out in an impressively organised and professional manner - which is definitely not something I can manage yet!

Cheers,

Alex.

February 7, 2015 at 4:04AM

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Alex Richardson
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Hello all - hope you're well! So, we've gone through the writing process, and we're on to the next stage in our 'Making Of'. The latest blog post on our site is about casting - how we went about it for our microbudget feature DON'T. STOP. RUNNING, and a couple of sneaky tricks... Hope it's useful!

http://bit.ly/dsrcasting

Alex.

February 12, 2015 at 7:40AM

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