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What’s In A Title?

Some years ago I thought about setting up a company to broker unknown world cinema to Hollywood, an exercise doomed to failure because of course Hollywood executives would simply have bypassed me to deal with companies direct. Hollywood has a long and illustrious history of using immigrant talent for its product, but their track record on […]

Seeing Music 2

Films can be saved by music. Try watching the opening sequence of ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ with the sound off – it’s like seeing someone’s terrible home movies. But with the John Barry score in place, it’s transformed to something special. This year, the excellent score to ‘Inception’ lifted the visual elements and showed […]

Films With Windows

I don’t like screenwriting guides. Most of them are bombastic and out of date, and they’re all obsessed with Hollywood blockbusters. Not so Your Screenplay Sucks! by William M. Akers, which, despite its hectoring tone, is rather good and has 100 simple rules for why your script isn’t working. The book’s lessons could equally be […]