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The Five-Year Fix: Literary Agent Julian Friedmann on the BFI’s plans

 In a recent TEDx talk, I quoted the silly joke about British films having a beginning, a muddle and an end, and I got a laugh from the audience. The…

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Culture Clash – what European filmmakers should learn from the Americans.

As I write, I am preparing for the Berlinale which, for some, will be followed by MIP and the Cannes Film Festival. Many European producers will attend these events, looking for the same elusive thing:…

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Reality Check – the realities of co-production deals

Since the easy money dried up a couple of years ago with the demise of badly drafted tax breaks, finding production funding has become far harder. Gone, thankfully, are the plethora of middlemen who could…

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Trusted Source: Examining the popularity of remakes and adaptations

When all the bravado and puff of Hollywood is cleared away, and one sees how reliant the industry is on adaptations, it is not surprising that remakes of foreign films feature strongly in the annual…

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The Failure of Training – Why a lack of proper training is choking the industry

Can scriptwriting be taught? Judging by the proliferation of courses offering to teach this dark art, there are clearly many who believe that it is possible.…

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Acting The Part – The dynamic between writers and actors.

As a writers’ agent, I am used to the old jokes about how the poor writer is at the bottom of the food chain, pecking order, totem pole and so on. Like the one about…

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More Than Words – Why Writers Should Look Beyond The Script.

Scriptwriters and cinematographers don’t seem obvious bedfellows; after all, writers write then directors take over and visualise the ideas that the writer has committed to paper.…

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Script Doctor – Why bad scripts can’t be saved in post-production

** This article first appeared in movieScope, issue 18 ** Many writers feel a chill at the words ‘don’t worry the director will fix it in the shoot’. And directors probably don’t like to hear…

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Easy to Adapt?

Julian Freidmann on why adapting a novel for the screen is never easy……

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Options Are Open

Julian Friedmann examines why writers and their agents should consider a different route when optioning work…

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