Monday, 21 November 2011

Could you write a comedy script?

If so, why not enter Circalit's competition - write a 3-5 minute comedy sketch, and the prize is to have it produced by an award-winning producer.
(If you think you can't write a script, why not dig out one of your humorous stories and try converting that. Plenty of tips here on how to write a screenplay.)

If scripts don't appeal in any way, it's still worth having a look at the Circalit competition pages - they are running a wide variety of comps at the moment, from pitching a feature film to 500-word flash fiction comps. Some of the comps are even free to enter!

Edited 23/11/11 - also look at BBC Writersroom for tips on script-writing.

9 comments:

susanjanejones said...

This looks good fun, and free to enter as well. Thanks.

Kat said...

Just looked at the tips for screen.script writing - hell it looks complicated, I couldn't make sense of it :(

Dolores Doolittle said...

This looks terrific womag - I love trying to write plays & sketches & this'll be loads of help. Very encouraging - Thank you Hugely!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this Womag. I've checked out the website before but not in as much detail as tonight. There's so much advice I'd not linked to on my last visit. As a Womagwriter who is also having a go at writing plays, a novel and a possible screenplay (not all at the same time of course!) the site is very informative. Thanks

Kat said...

Well done ladies! I'd love to have a go but it just looks like gobbledygook to me! There must be an easier script writing tutorial somewhere. Good luck to all who enter :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kat and All - yes it is very gobbledegooky to me too but because I've been reading other stuff as well I can put some of what its telling me into context. It's all exceedingly complex once someone tries to articulate all the elements of writing. I'm sure though that some of the best scripts, stories, songs whatever have been written without any attention to any of the so called academic approach. Look at the reputation, fame and fortune McCartney has accrued and he only learnt to write music in his fifties. I'm all for the creative flow myself get that going and sort out the mechanics later. I suppose that's why I found the advice useful. I've already completed several big projects - or nearly finished them all - and now as I have the product I can analyse what I've created and see if I can make it better. Love this blog! Good wishes to all

womagwriter said...

Kat - you're right those screenwriting tips look complex! Sorry - I found the site in a bit of a rush. There are probably better ones around.

Anon - McCartney began writing music somewhat before his fifties (assuming you're referring to Paul McC). But you're right - the first thing to do is get the creative juices flowing, and sort out the rest later.

Anonymous said...

Hi Womag - yes you're right re:Paul McCartney. I know he was writing music for many years - since the 60's - but he is supposed to have played by ear rather than following notation. I think I probably meant he only fully learnt to read music by the time he was in his 50's. It may all be a myth but it is recorded as fact in some of his interviews. See the bottom of this link. Good to talk.
Good wishes

Anonymous said...

Re: McCartney - here is the missing link!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/oct/14/popandrock5