Category Archives: Ian Kennedy

How we’re pitching our winners…

How we’re pitching our screenwriting contest winners to the industry… Since our relaunch in February 2016, we’ve gained a wonderful, varied slate of award-winning scripts and writers, many of which have now completed their year of free script development as we prepare them and their writers for the pitching process. As our campaign to pitch

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INSIGHTS: How people will be different in the future – a writer’s guide…

In Ian’s previous articles, we’ve seen how technologies of the future (and present!) can quickly invalidate our future-writing efforts. But the easiest thing for writers to misjudge is how people themselves will be different, within the future worlds we create. We may be very happy to accept any implausible or kitsch elements in your future-writing

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WriteMovies’ Top Christmas Films

You’ve unwrapped all your presents, you’re stuffed from that incredible Christmas meal, and, maybe got yourself a bit tipsy. Now all that’s left is to watch a film… and maybe fall asleep to it. But what do you choose? A modern classic? Or a family-friendly comedy? Well, here are our top Christmas films… John picks

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INSIGHTS: Writing The Near Future (And The Futuristic Present Day)!

In previous articles, we’ve seen how even visionary pictures of the distant future can look outdated within a generation. But writing the near future is actually far riskier, as this article will explore… So, for every fine sci-fi story that gets caught on the wrong side of the future, there are much worse movies and

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INSIGHTS: Nothing dates faster than the future, part 2 – How to get the details right in your sci-fi script

ALIENS fired imaginations in 1986, and remains a touchstone for screenwriting. So why does it look a bit dated now, and what lessons does that reveal for writers today? Ian Kennedy looks at how to get the details right in your sci-fi script.   So really, as we saw in my last article, most sci-fi

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INSIGHTS: Nothing dates faster than the future. Writing Science Fiction…

Most sci-fi is just fantasy in a different setting. But when writing science fiction all writers need to pay attention to what’s really changing and happening now, if they want their writing to catch our imaginations and stand the test of time. Watching ALIENS again after twenty years (it’s actually over 30 years old, but

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First Look: BLADE RUNNER 2049 review

Our Ian Kennedy on why it’s a fitting follow-up, why you should watch it in IMAX 3D, why it’s like the original in some unintended ways too, and why some audience reaction will suffer as a result… I’ve got a long history with BLADE RUNNER. I saw it as a teenager in the 90s, again

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