Saul Bass: Vertigo- An Appreciation

(Originally published on RagTagMagpie) Today marks the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Vertigo which premiered in the US on the 9 May 1958 - 62 years ago! Saul Bass is responsible for designing some of the most striking title sequences in film history, including Anatomy of a Murder, West Side Story, Spartacus, Ocean’s 11, as... Continue Reading →

‘Off Script’ – available now

A while back I wrote about my planned new publication 'Off Script' I'm pleased to say it's now available at Amazon - currently on Kindle and, if you have it, Kindle Unlimited. The paperback version will be available within the next week or so. After publishing two collections of short stories (Basement Tales and You... Continue Reading →

Unfilmable Books – and a Competition

As part of my forthcoming title, 'Off Script' (available early March) I take a couple of my previously published short stories and present them side by side with a shooting script version of the same material. In both cases, the original stories were written from a first-person perspective. I explain and illustrate alternative approaches that... Continue Reading →

Oscars! But is it Art? Production Design

NOTE: the following post is a reprint from RagTagMagpie.com where it first appeared on the night of the 90th Academy Awards. reprinted here as it's Oscar weekend, and I don't really care enough about this year's awards. Looking back, who knew?  Black Panther at least got some noms... I was listening to a podcast earlier... Continue Reading →

They’re different in the book…

We've all been through it - a favourite short or novel is turned into a TV series or Movie. We love the plot and we have our favourite characters in it - we might even picture them in our minds as we read. Then we see the finished product and we think, "Who the hell... Continue Reading →

10 Underrated Thriller Movies

In light of an upcoming talk I'm giving on 'Introduction to Film' I thought it might be useful to put up a couple of posts to give an idea on the movies I like... * As with the previous Horror films list, many of these movies are not 'underrated' exactly- a number of them received... Continue Reading →

Coraline

Note: A short one today: originally posted on RagtagMagpie.com. This isn't the sort of stuff I usually post on my own site as it's not really a review, a critique a resource or anything else. So let's just say in honour of Neil Gaiman's new Masterclass series on Storytelling I thought I'd add this one in.... Continue Reading →

Off Script: a new publication

Before my new novel comes out I’ve decided to publish something a bit different. Many, many years ago, when the world was younger, and the motorised horse was just born, I was a student. I studied long and hard (you can see why this is placed under ‘fiction’.) I studied Film and Drama – I... Continue Reading →

Can we get over the V/O?

I was watching 'Life Itself' the other day: one of the worst reviewed movies of 2018. It's a grief porn piece from Dan Fogelman, and bares more than a passing resemblance to his phenomenally popular TV series 'This is Us'. A multi generational love story with tricksy twists throughout. It also features a shit ton... Continue Reading →

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