I attended Alan Gilbey’s animation writing workout at the East End Film Festival. Alan is a personable and knowledgable screenwriter, who quickly created a merry atmosphere by encouraging the workshop participants to be physically goofy together. I encountered some resistance within myself but certainly felt warmed up to the task of doing some unselfconscious writing, so it was an effective technique. There were also alot of animations to watch and so four hours zipped by, however near the end I felt snappy and my friend Shelly had a funny smile that didn’t reach the eyes. Some rich teas at half time would have helped.
What we learnt: Show don’t tell. Have a few ideas going at once, put one in a drawer for a few weeks. Everything needs a good edit.


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