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SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP 19thJune
HKWC SOCIAL: Wednesday 17
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The HKWC has published four
critically acclaimed anthologies of short stories - Haunting Tales, Sweat &
the City, Hong Kong Whodunnits and Love & Lust - which are available at
selected Dymocks bookstores and from our website. Read more at:
It has always been one of
the peculiarities of the Writers’ Circle that the Chairman has been the only
guy not to have published a book! But the effort of publishing the Writers’
Circle’s collections put me off the whole idea of publishing my own. The fact
is though, I’ve always been primarily a screenwriter and the romance of a bit
of print bound between fancy covers has never quite had as much thrill for me
as seeing my own name attached to a TV show!
My list of writing heroes
has more than its fair share of scriptwriters like Brian Clemens, Alan Plater
and Troy Kennedy Martin, of whom you have probably not heard. But they
dominated UK TV in my youth. To find myself, as I did, bumping into such guys
during my stint on British TV was both exciting and a little disconcerting. As
a rule they were disgruntled, engaged in some constant battle against
everything, and skint. And I too had the honour of being one of them.
Looking at the bevy of
screenwriters’ newsletters I get from theUSand theUK,
I note that they bear an uncanny resemblance to the ones I produced when I was
working in UK TV. If I had access to my parent’s loft, I’d probably try fish
out aged mildewed copies of The London Screenwriters’ Newsletter and recycle
them. The gripe is the same. Screenwriters are ignored by the industry, screwed
over by greedy producers, and not given their rightful acclaim by egomaniac
directors, despite everything completely depending upon them.
However, mellowed by age, I
have no interest in continuing this battle. With the advent of reasonably
priced professional level cameras and affordable editing machines, I see the
whole divisive division of labour breaking down. If you hate what a director
does to your script, well, write one for yourself to direct. If you cannot find
a producer who will pay you a decent tranche of money up front, then use your
imagination and write something that can be done within your own budget
limitations. And if you cannot get distribution, then use the Internet to build
an audience base and work yourself into a position where you can begin bringing
in investors to make those grander visions come to life.
Life is so much easier for
the energetic screenwriter nowadays. Instead of scrimping together enough money
to buy fresh ink ribbons for your Remington Typewriter now you have to scrimp
around to get hold of professional cameras, editing suites and training courses
to teach you to use them.
So this newsletter is for the
energetic, if not heroic people, who are working away inHong
Kongproducing their own damn movies despite the financial and
emotional costs! So send me your casting calls, send me you pleas for
collaborators, send me the links to your showreels and shorts, tell me about
those courses extending your skills base and invite me to those parties with
beautiful actresses who’d love to be in one of my films! So, let’s write some
great scripts and make some fun movies.
Hong Kong(Screen)Writers' Circle
KONGSCREENWRITERS’ WORKSHOP: 19thJune, 7pm, Room B,
The Fringe Club
Building upon the
Screenwriting 101 talk Lawrence Gray gave earlier this year, a new
screenwriting critique group has been started.
This will not be just a
Critique group. The aim is to develop projects from the pitch to the script and
to the business plan and finally the casting and the shooting schedule!
The first meeting will
discuss the inauguration of the Featured Low Budget Hong Kong Movie Script
Scheme! Or at least the establishment of a pithy acronym for a scheme to
promote the best projects.
A reading and feedback
process will be set up via a Mailing List.
And a list of events will be
drawn up: actors talking on what they want from a director, directors talking
on how they approach turning a script into a film, writers talking on how they
are screwed at every opportunity (hey, that’s the only thing screenwriters talk
about, so we have to live with it) and Producers talking about the harshness of
the market, and lots of positive stuff about story structure, scene writing,
using HD cameras, editing movies, applying for grants, hitting the film markets
and pitching to producers, the co-production deal, where to hire equipment,
storyboarding, using the Internet to promote your movies and yourself, etc etc
etc… And last but not least, the legal documents you have to negotiate and the
agreements you need to understand in order to produce your own movies.
In short, the Screenwriting
group has a lot of ground to cover. But at the bottom of it all is one thing: a
good idea! And we will talk an awful lot about what makes a good idea given the
context of the production environment that we live in.
A summer social for HKWC
members and friends will be held from 7 pm on Wednesday 17 June at our usual
watering hole, the Amici bar in Wan Chai which is above Mes Amis on the corner
of Lockhart and Luard roads.
This will be our last chance
to catch up before everyone heads off for summer holidays so be sure not to
miss the delicious pizza and sparkling conversation of all your favourite HK
Jennifer Thynn’s much
anticipated Web Series, “Lumina!” will be out on the web this month. Head off
to check the trailer:www.luminaseries.com
For those of you not in the
know, Lumina is a local video production using the much drooled over RED CAMERA.
All screenwriters should know about the RED CAMERA. For that matter they should
get on courses teaching the basics of High Definition Video, as here lies the
In addition to using the
latest technology, Lumina is also written and produced for the Internet!
Instead of making a low budget feature or a short for her directorial debut,
Jennifer opted for the internet, in the hope of giving herself an audience base
from which to develop larger projects. This is a strategy a lot of new film
makers are opting for as a means of side stepping the distribution bottleneck
Independent movie productions usually come up against.
If Jennifer succeeds inHong Kongthen look forward to a rush to produce the next
latest thing for the Internet.
also stars Michael Chan and Juju Chan, who also happen to star in “Gong Neui”,
a little film I put together the other month.
you’re on the look out for talent… strictly on a professional basis that is…
THE DATE! JUNE 14th at The Cavern, LKF.
Sullivan’s EVENT company is having it’s anniversary do and regularly attendees
at such parties are from the creative media. Artists, actors, film makers, and
writers, not to mention Belly Dancers and Pole Dancers, can all be found
milling around the bar and the stage.
is a good place to make friends and influence people and find like minded
others with which to, as Hanif Kureishi has it, dream and scheme. This is very
much a Beautiful People’s evening, so you’ll most likely find me there being
ShellZ, yes that’s the name, is looking for writers of romantic
comedy & drama to work with. So if any writers are interested in a
film collaboration then please feel free to contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
OR Call: 852-66866756
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