London Breakfast Club Blog

“I Knew It!” 10 Take Home Points from the Dean Craig Breakfast Club, June 2016

By Emma Heath

 

Dean Craig’s screenwriting career has taken the sort of trajectory many dream of. From working as a runner… to getting his first feature, Caffeine, produced… to his script Death at a Funeral being made not once, not twice, but THREE times (in the UK, USA and India).

He now enjoys a TV and Film career spanning both continents. So, what can we learn from him? I’ve distilled his one-hour conversation with Chris Jones into ten take-home points.

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The Three Pillars Of Successful Low Budget Horror Film Production: April 2104

Jen Handorf, veteran of five Brit low budget horror flicks, shared her experience at the London Breakfast Club today.

 

It was an insightful conversation with a producer who has been prolific in production and effective in distribution and sales.

 

Listen to the podcast below…

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'Day Of The Flowers' Script to Screen

Review by Ivo Bochenski

Somebody I met at a party once called cinema ‘the most complete art form.’ Anybody who’s ever fallen in love with a film soundtrack or repeated lines from their favourite film character on a rainy day will know the truth of this. 

As a born cinephile (and would be film maker) I get very excited by seeing up close the mechanics of all these elements coming together.

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How to make money selling a feature using the independent and the studio models with Carlo Dusi

By Tom Kerevan

Another icy morning, another warming breakfast and another 80 or so film-makers hungry for an inspiring talk. And the chance to meet Ridley Scott.

Well not quite… Carlo Dusi is Head of Business and Commercial Affairs at Scott Free London, the younger smaller sibling of the American office. Chris kicks things off with the elephant in the crowded room…. Will Ridley read my script?

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Ten Things I Learned from Jane Espenson and Brad Bell

Blog by Diane Larowska

As I ran past Peter Capaldi crossing Cambridge Circus on a gloriously sunny Monday morning on my way to “Breakfast” with Jane Espenson and Brad C Bell, I knew the goddess of geek was smiling down on me.

 

Writer, producer and TV deity Jane met the fantastically gifted writer, actor, producer Bell through twitter. A friendship and later a creative partnership was born.

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Writing Hit US TV: ‘Husbands’, ‘Buffy’, ‘Angel’, ‘Firefly’…Meet screenwriters Jane Espenson & Brad Bell

Blog by Q-ell Betton

On the 28th October, on a somewhat over hyped, weather wise, blustery day, I and a collection of would be screenwriters, filmmakers and other excitable persons headed to the Phoenix Arts club in central London for a Q and A session with Brad Bell (Husbands, Pop Up Video) and Jane Espenson (Buffy, Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica) It proved to be an interesting and informative hour. Here are ten things I took away from the session.

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How To Self Release YOUR movie (Podcast) with Marcus Marcou

‘Create your own power…’ That’s one key piece of advice from filmmaker and now self distributor Marcus Markou.

 

‘Distrupt’ is another central idea of his.  If the system doesn’t work for you, create a new system, disrupt the old. This is how future thinking Marcus managed to get his low budget family comedy drama ‘Papadopoulos and Sons’ in UK cinemas, gaining massive box office (per screen average) and then doing the same around the world.

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Structure, Meaning and Magic: The Breakfast Club with John Yorke

By Tom Kerevan

In a film world obsessed with structure, there was something refreshingly honest about John Yorke standing up in front of a room full of writers and stating that structure gurus had him seriously worried. So worried, he’d become one.

 

The irony was not lost on him.

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Happy Birthday to Us! The Breakfast Club, one year in and beyond…

The London Breakfast Club is one year old today!

 

What started as an idea for us to try and recreate the supportive atmosphere of the London Screenwriters Festival has quickly blossomed into a fully fledged event and community in itself.

 

What we wanted to do was have a monthly event that creatives could come to before they went to work. Where, for a couple of hours, they could be inspired, entertained and meet with other people just like them. 

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Working in Hollywood and producing movies with Iain Smith: May 2013

Where to start?! Having stepped into the breach at the last minute, and with the Breakfast Club now the Pimms O’Clock Club, I didn’t know what to expect from Iain Smith. All we knew was that his IMDB page reads like your average DVD collection.


What followed was an absolute pummeling of sound bite after sound bite of film-making wisdom from an uplifting Scottish soul.

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Producing Online Comedy and Web Series with Mark Talbot of Hat Trick: April 2013

By Tom Kerevan

When Chris asked if I was going to be blogging about the morning’s Breakfast Club, a voice wafted over my shoulder: “As long as you don’t call the speaker a stupid twat.”

 

Meet Mark Talbot, comedy producer at Hat Trick productions and a man who likes to make his own introductions. Sorry Mark.

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How I got my agent at the London Breakfast Club

I did it. I got my first agent! How on earth did I do this?!

 

If you’d asked me sixth months ago if I had any plan on how to reach this goal then the answer would have been NO.

 

Looking back, a lot of people helped give me advice and support on how to conquer this important milestone and I’d like to share some of it with you fellow Breakfast Clubbers!

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Catching the break and riding the wave with David Nicholls - February 2013

A Very British Breakfast by Philip Lawrence

I’ve been to a few of the Breakfast Clubs before, as well as to the 2012 Screenwriter’s Festival and most of the talks I’ve seen have been conducted by people with lots of experience of giving lectures on their specialist subject. It can sometimes be very (for want of a better word) American. An inspiring speaker with gusto that charges your batteries and sends you back out with your pen already in your hand. It can be a thrilling start to your day.

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