August 13, 2017 at 7:13PM


How do you get started in your local film scene and screen writing

I'm stuck in my local scene which is the Irish country side and I'm wondering how I can find small productions to assist. I also want to screen write I'm having trouble with execution I don't really know how to approach the thing even after reading books and screenplay books I still feel clueless and I hate what ever I put down.


HI, Shea -

For the first part, you may have to move closer to a larger city as the likelihood of your finding film stuff happening in the Irish countryside is slim... however, you could reach out to the Irish Film Board ( and go that route. Another way to meet like-minded people is to head off to the nearest Film Festival and network a bit. Yet another way to do it is to get yourself a solid DSLR camera, put up some flyers at your local coffeehouse and start shooting stuff on the weekends with people who answer.

As for writing, you have to know where you want to go with the story you want to tell. Read some blogs (John August's is a great one) and then plot out your story beats. When it comes to writing, you can find all kinds of scripts for free online. Look at how the writers format everything. Calculate the major story beats in their scripts and figure out where they come in the script - first turning point, etc. (a page equates to about a minute of screen time). When you're ready, get writing. You can use free screenwriting software like Celtx or pay for Final Draft (industry standard). Most importantly, write the whole thing... start to finish. Don't go back to tweak stuff before it's done or you'll never finish. It is never... NEVER... going to be great in the first draft, so don't expect too much of yourself. Screenwriting is a constantly evolving process. First it's just you as you write (and re-write, re-write, re-write and then polish polish, polish)... then your producer comes in with suggestions for improvement. Then the director loves it but wants changes... then the actors come in and ask for more lines (or cut lines that are there). Don't be precious about any of it. Collaborate... as long as it doesn't compromise or eviscerate your original vision. Now give it to people you trust and ask that they give you their (brutally honest) opinion - anything less isn't helpful. You need critics, not enablers. If the notes are all over the place, you probably have work to do in a general sense. If the result is mostly positive but one specific note matches among a number of different people, you need to address it. Ask lots of questions - what did you find confusing? Did you understand why this character made this choice? Etc. Finally, when you think it's ready, decide what you want to do with it? Direct it? Just get it made? Get you a rep? Whatever it is, pick your target and go after it. Good luck!

August 16, 2017 at 5:10AM

Shaun Obanion

I dont know the scene out where you are. But I do know this, write and make something. It might and will most likely be awful. But you'll learn. You'll learn a heap load more than any book will teach you. Find people who shoot and make something with them, if they are hard to find then learn some things yourself. Youtube is your friend, anything you dont understand just search it learn it and move on, Darious Britt is a good start.

August 17, 2017 at 4:58PM

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