Tag Archive | film making

Slapstick Festival 2013 – Peter Lord and Nick Park in Conversation

A packed cinema in the Bristol Watershed was a perfect setting for this very modest evening with the two giants of British animation. Peter Lord lead most of the evening in authoritative style, with regular contributions from the charmingly self-effacing Nick Park. There was no intention of a lecture-style through-line to the evening, but throughout the […]

How to Write a Comedy Scene

Here are some simple things that you can do to make a great comedy scene. There are no absolute rules – but here are some ideas and examples to get you started. Characters Try and make your characters as exact as possible. Give them an “attitude” – which is a bit like an emotion, or […]

How to Make a Film on Your Own (or How to Keep a Beard Too Long)

A few years ago, I decided I was going to make a film. Being fairly optimistic, I turned up with just a camera and costume – and a beard that I wasn’t terribly keen on. I had my shooting list for the first day which covered three scenes of about 2 minutes each. Easily done […]