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CHARACTERS THAT MAKE US CARE

Mar 2, 2018 Phil Parker 0 Screenwriting , , , , , , , , , ,

In screenwriting, you’ve only got the first 10 to 15 pages to make people care about your hero. Make them count! #screenwriting #amwriting #storiesbyphil #writerforhire

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SCREENWRITER AT THE MOVIES: Casablanca (1942)

Apr 14, 2017 Phil Parker 0 Screenwriting , , , ,

CASABLANCA: WHAT I LEARNED THS TIME Last week, at my local cinema, I had the privilege of seeing a digital restoration of the classic film Casablanca. I’ve seen it a million times, but this was my first time seeing it in a theater. It was just as awesome as you’d…

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SCRIPT REWRITING TIPS: 3 things to do BEFORE you start!

Mar 20, 2017 Phil Parker 0 Screenwriting , , , , , ,

The real script writing is in the script rewriting…but wait! Just writing a screenplay is incredibly hard work for most screenwriters, let alone script rewriting! After many weeks/ months/ years of toil, it’s natural to ache for an immediate reward, but unless you’re being paid for that writing, there usually…

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SCREENWRITER AT THE MOVIES: ‘Gold’ (2016)

Feb 21, 2017 Phil Parker 2 Quick Film Reviews, Screenwriting , , ,

Screenwriters – Make your hero earn it. Before I left for the cinema I checked Rotten Tomatoes. They had ‘Gold’ rated at 41% critics/ 51% fans. Normally, that’s a pretty good sign to avoid a film, but I’m a fan of some of those reality TV shows about gold mining,…

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WRITING SAMPLE – ‘The Third Bomb’ (WWII action/ adventure)

Feb 7, 2017 Phil Parker 2 Screenwriting, Writing Samples , , , , , , , , ,

SPEC SCRIPT TELLS OF A THIRD ATOMIC BOMB IN WWII Below is a thrilling 5-page action opener from The Third Bomb, screenwriter Phil Parker’s multi-award winning spec script. The Third Bomb is currently under option with BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson (FLYING MONSTERS, HANNIBAL, THE GOLDEN BOWL, SPACE RACE). Efforts to package…

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FOYLE’S WAR

Feb 6, 2017 Phil Parker 0 Screenwriting, Script Writing, Writing for TV , , ,

“Foyle’s War was one of my favorite shows to work on when I was a Creative Producer at the BBC. This particular spot I did was nominated for Promo of the Month.” Written, edited and produced by Phil Parker.

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Hero’s Journey: The Treasure of The Sierra Madre (1948)

Nov 6, 2016 Phil Parker 0 Films, Screenwriting, Writing , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In this ongoing series, I give a basic breakdown of a film plot, as seen through the eyes of a screenwriter, and its use (conscious, or not) of a classic story structure that has its roots in the myths of ancient times. By seeing how different physical and emotional plot points…

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Big Break Competition Update!

Oct 18, 2016 Phil Parker 0 News, Screenwriting, Screenwriting News , , , , , , , , ,

21-11-16 UPDATE: The Third Bomb beat out thousands of other scripts to make it to the semifinals. One of the world’s top 10 screenwriting competitions – Final Draft’s Big Break Contest – announced its quarterfinalists earlier this month and my WWII action/ adventure script ‘The Third Bomb’ made the list! Very…

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