America’s Most Wanted

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Tomorrow at 6pm GMT, the fourth episode of a seven part series called Thick As Thieves will air on YouTube. The exciting new web series based on Grand Theft Auto V online stars Adam Weavers, Catherine McRae, Scott Harrison and Darren Kus who joins the regular cast. As with the previous episodes the fourth instalment in the series was written and directed by Andrew Owens.

In Episode Fourtension between team members mount as each of them contemplate the scale of the task they are about to undertake. Their assignment, break America’s most renown bank robber out from prison. Karen and Jason pose as prisoner and guard as they enter San Andreas State Prison, Bolingbroke, in search of Professor Maxim Rashkovsky. Flying overhead, in the Velum they stole from the Lost in the previous episode, Arthur prepares to collect his colleagues at a desert airfield for when they make their timely escapeHowever, their audacious ploy doesn’t quite go to plan, not as a result of the law’s intervention, but rather the alternate motives of a member of the team. 

The fifth episode, Uninvited Guests, will air on Thursday September 1st with successive episodes to follow every two weeks thereafter. To insure that you never miss an episode, click on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpK56_vvkyC2hCLzdYkAnlQ and subscribe to CLAMSO Productions.

And Then There Were Three

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Tomorrow at 6pm GMT, the third episode of a seven part series called Thick As Thieves will air on YouTube. The exciting new web series based on Grand Theft Auto V online stars Adam Weavers, Catherine McRae and Scott Harrison who joins the regular cast. As with the previous episodes the third instalment in the series was written and directed by Andrew Owens.

Episode Three, The Third Man, sees Arthur and Karen teaming up with Jason Diggs, a hot-tempered sharpshooter who can’t help but get under Arthur’s skin. This time the team need to acquire a plane from a biker gang in the rural town of Grapeseed. With Karen and Jason providing cover so that Arthur can gain entry into a hanger, what could possibly go wrong?

The fourth episode, Bolingbroke, will air on Thursday August 18th with successive episodes to follow every two weeks thereafter. To insure that you never miss an episode, click on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpK56_vvkyC2hCLzdYkAnlQ and subscribe to CLAMSO Productions.

The Second Instalment!

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Tomorrow at 6pm GMT, the second episode of a seven part series called Thick As Thieves will air on YouTube. The exciting new web series based on Grand Theft Auto V online stars Adam Weavers and Catherine McRae and was written and directed by Andrew Owens. The episode will also feature the voice talent of Alessia Dal Fara.

Episode Two, A Bold Disguise, sees Arthur and Karen teaming up once more in an attempt to execute another audacious plot. This time the stakes are higher and so is the pay-out, but in order to pull off the ultimate heist the pair will have to make a few preparations beforehand. Their task, steal a prison bus schedule right from under the law’s nose, but the task proves to be harder than either of them had anticipated as Karen’s murderous shadow intervenes.

The third episode, The Third Man, will air on Thursday August 4th with successive episodes to follow every two weeks thereafter. To insure that you never miss an episode, click on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpK56_vvkyC2hCLzdYkAnlQ and subscribe to CLAMSO Productions.

Thick As Thieves EP#1 One Man, One Woman Score on YouTube Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow at 6pm GMT, the first episode of a seven part series called Thick As Thieves will air on YouTube. The exciting new web series based on Grand Theft Auto V online stars Adam Weavers and Catherine McRae and was written and directed by Andrew Owens.

Episode One, One Man, One Woman Score, is about a former stock car racer, Arthur Houser, who seeks out an infamous thief and computer hacker, who goes by the name of Clamso, to pull off a heist worth over $100,000. However, unbeknown to both of them, they are under the watchful eye of a professional hitman.

The second episode, A Bold Disguise, will air on Thursday July 21st with successive episodes to follow every two weeks thereafter. To insure that you never miss an episode, click on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpK56_vvkyC2hCLzdYkAnlQ and subscribe to CLAMSO Productions.

 

Thick As Thieves Webseries Trailer

New webseries coming to YouTube on July 7th 2016 from CLAMSO Productions. Starring Adam Weavers and Catherine McRae. Written and directed by Andrew Owens.

New Webseries Coming Soon to YouTube!

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On Thursday July 7th 2016 a new webseries will be launched on YouTube called Thick As Thieves. The seven part series stars Adam Weavers and Catherine McRae as professional bank robbers Arthur and Karen. Each episode of the upcoming show has been written and directed by Andrew Owens and also stars Scott Harrison and Darren Kus. A trailer for the series will be released this Thursday June 23rd a fortnight ahead of the launch.

Upcoming Spoken Word – February

Looking for a spoken word event to attend or perform at? Check out the “Upcoming Events” page of this website for updated listings of events in the West Midlands. Also, once a month a review will be posted of one of the events to give a more in-depth feel as to the format and style of the featured event. The page will be continuously updated so keep a close eye on this site or simply follow to receive an e-mail to keep you posted. Coming soon: Review of the 10th Anniversary of the Sunday Xpress

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Scriptwriting: Raising Your Profile

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So, you’ve written a few scripts. You’ve read a few examples from the works of other writers and now know the format. What now? Time to raise your profile.

Finding a job in the industry is a lot harder than you think. More than 70% of the jobs out there are not advertised. You need to be in the know to be in the know. Get what I mean? Confusing isn’t it. Well, to get a job in the industry you have to make people aware of who you are. You have to get your name known so that the people in the right places take notice of you or at least pass your name onto someone who is.

So, how do I do this, one might ask? Networking is your first port of call. Gain contacts, share ideas, find work experience, promote your work and get your name known. Those contacts can range from family and friends, to previous employers, to former students you knew back in the good old days. If you haven’t got one already, start setting up a social media account. Find out the names of agents and other professionals and follow them on Twitter. Set up a Facebook page to promote yourself as a writer. Create a blog to showcase examples of your work. Join Linkedin, create a portfolio, gain the contacts you seek and open the door to the opportunities available to you. It won’t be easy, but if you put in the work and do the research you will gain insight into the industry and make your presence known. Once you’ve got your foot in the door, other opportunities will come your way. Make a start now or do you actually like working under that sexist, uneducated, self-centred, bully that only got a position in management because they licked the ass of the sexist, uneducated, self-centred, bully ahead of them? Didn’t think so.

Here is a list of some helpful sites that might give you the push you need to make that dream of becoming a successful scriptwriter a reality. Good luck!

www.artscouncil.org.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom

www.broadcastnow.co.uk

www.channel4.com/4talent

www.nawe.co.uk

www.poetrysociety.org.uk

www.creativepool.com

www.myfirstjobinfilm.co.uk

www.writersandartists.co.uk

www.writersguild.org.uk

www.mediaweekjobs.co.uk

www.screeninternationalmagazine.com

www.thestage.co.uk

www.creative-choices.co.uk

www.motionographer.com

 

Scriptwriting: The Hero’s Journey

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What is “The Hero’s Journey”? Originally derived from Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, The Hero’s Journey is formulaic arrangement for plotting the path of a script to fit within a three act structure. The protagonist of the story begins his/her journey in the ordinary world, goes on an adventure and returns to his/her own world, but has changed as a result of the conflicts and events he/she has experienced. Refined into twelve key stages by Christopher Vogler, The Hero’s Journey is the most popular and accepted format for a Hollywood script. So, what are these twelve stages and how do they effect and enhance the story over the course of a script’s three acts?

The first stage is the world in which our protagonist inhabits, a world we as the audience can identify with, a place of familiarity. It is “The Ordinary World” from where the story begins. It is the initial setting, a place that our hero has known all of their life, possibly reluctant to leave, but is also dissatisfied with. He/she is powerless to effect change while they reside in this world and are destined to continue along their inadequate path until one day something unusual happens. They receive “The Call to Adventure”.

“The Call to Adventure” is an event that interrupts the protagonist’s normal routine. Something that presents a challenge and invites our hero to go on a quest into the world of the unknown. However, our hero will have his/her doubts about stepping out of their comfort zone which leads us into the next stage of the journey, “The Refusal”.

In spite of wanting to accept change, the protagonist is reluctant to accept the responsibility associated with his calling. He/she may be afraid of the challenge or have a commitment that holds them back, preventing them from initially venturing out on said quest. Ultimately, something happens that they can no longer refuse the call and they eventually take the plunge.

Before our hero can cross into the world of the unknown, he/she will often receive some guidance from a trusted source. “The Mentor” will guide our hero in the right direction, give them advice on how to survive in the strange world they are about to enter, present them with an invaluable tool to aid them during their quest and give them the confidence they lacked to ensure them that they have the skills to conquer their fears. “The Mentor” may accompany the hero on his quest and will train him/her for the challenges ahead.

“Crossing the Threshold” marks the end of the script’s first act. It is the point when the protagonist leaves the safe haven of their ordinary world and sets off into the realm of the unknown. They are now fully committed to the quest and often have to surpass the guardians barring their way. It is a major turning point in the direction of the story.

The start of the second act sees the protagonist face a number of challenges and obstacles over the course of his/her journey. They learn from these experiences, grow in confidence, meet allies willing to help them during their quest and encounter the enemies attempting to hinder their progress. The protagonist begins to transform into the hero he/she will become.

However, in spite of our hero’s growing ability, his/her self-doubt remerges as they draw closer to the “Inmost Cave”, their greatest and possibly most dangerous challenge. The hero makes preparations, but knows that they are very much out of their depth.

“The Ordeal” marks both the halfway point of the script and the hero’s deadliest challenge. The protagonist’s love interest is often with them and together they narrowly escape death. However, they will have gained the insight to achieve the goal to their quest. It’s a race to get back to the ordinary world. The second crossing of the threshold is difficult in itself and gives a sense of what is in store for the climax. It also marks the end of act two and the start of three.

The final battle or climax of the script is a kind of resurrection for the protagonist. The stakes are high as should he/she fail all will suffer, but should he/she succeed, the benefits will extend into the ordinary world making it a much better place. The hero ultimately surpasses the odds and emerges as the master of both worlds.

The script concludes with a celebration for the protagonist, having completed the quest and having attained their ultimate goal. He/she has changed for the better and has gained the respect and admiration of his/her peers. As in fairy tales, on the completion of his/her journey, the hero lives happily ever after.

 

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Scriptwriting: Where to Start

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So, you want to be a script writer, but you don’t know where to start. Here is some advice on how to get started. First piece of advice, get writing.

Just like novels, scripts won’t write themselves. You need to set aside the time to put pen to paper and make it happen. You have the ideas, but they’re not going to come to life or be brought to the screen while they are locked in your head. You also need more than one script, so don’t convince yourself that success will come your way simply because you have that one script that is sure to catch the eye of a world class director. Sorry, it won’t. You need to create a profile of scripts in order to be taken seriously. Agents are more likely to take notice if you go to them with five or six great scripts than to approach them with just one. You have to prove your worth and that you understand how script structure works before any industry professionals will come knocking on your door. Besides, as good as you think your script is…it probably isn’t. You need to know what the industry wants and tailor it to meet with their needs.

So, how do you find out what they are looking for? Read, read and read. Get hold of other people’s scripts and read through them. Pick out a number of scripts that have been made into films and take note of their similarities. Believe it or not, a romantic comedy often has the same structure as a gothic horror or sci-fi script. Both have a hero’s journey and a series of conflicts to resolve before the protagonist can attain their ultimate goal, be it finding the love of their life or simply surviving a horrific ordeal. Also, read scripts that are not likely to ever be filmed. You can learn just as much from them as you can from the select few that are undertaken. You will see the mistakes that prevent their scripts from gaining acceptance and it may make you realise a number of faults with your own. Keep in mind, no one wants to write a bad script. The script you read may not be all that good, but they will have some merit which you can take on board. At the very least, you can understand the layout of a script and the style of format by assessing how it looks on the page. It may not seem significant, but the very presentation of the words matter. The font should be new courier and the size should be 12. Use page breaks and make sure the spelling and spacing is correct. A jumbled, incomprehensible script will not impress an agent and may not even be read simply because you did take the time or care to make it presentable. If you couldn’t be bothered, why should they? Below are some example sites for scripts.

http://www.moviescriptsandscreenplays.com/

http://www.simplyscripts.com/2016/01/01/the-approach-short-script-for-review-available-for-production/

http://www.dailyscript.com/

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