Category Archives: Feature films

‘Green Shoots for Family Films’

At the Children’s Media Conference (CMC) on Thursday  7th July I chaired  a session on the prospects and future of family films being produced in the UK.  On the panel with me were Pauline Burt(CEO Film Cymru/Wales); Ansgar Ahlers (director … Continue reading

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Creative Story Development 2 : Short and Feature films

This blog is part of a series of development frameworks for narrative screenworks from mobile and short films to long running TV series.  The aim of the series is to look at the very first stage of development, when an … Continue reading

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What Type of Thriller is Bond – part 2

In looking for a genre framework in to which the Bond movies fit we have looked at the relationship and the investigative thrillers. This blog is about the other two main sub-genre – the Political or Conspiracy Thriller and the … Continue reading

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Which type of thriller is Bond – part 1?

In the last blog  – ‘Is Bond a thriller?‘ I set out a basic framework for assessing whether  a film was  a thriller or not.  However, at the end of the blog I asked the question – ‘Which type of … Continue reading

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Is Bond Really a Thriller?

In the week of the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ Phil Parker looks at the thriller genre and asks is James Bond really a thriller?  This is one of a series of blogs I am writing on genre to help … Continue reading

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What Genre is your dramatic world?

The term, ‘genre’, is used widely by critics, writers, audiences, and those in the creative industries from painters to filmmakers and games developers. This term ‘genre’ is seen by many as an outrageous constraint on their artistic freedom and reject … Continue reading

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Sources of ideas – inspiration

Sources of Inspiration On Quora this week someone wrote they had a great film idea, and just needed someone else to write it up! The problem, as one reply noted, is everyone has at least one great idea for a … Continue reading

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