How to become a Screenwriter ukBecoming a screenwriter?
But how do you get to L.A. as a UK-based author if you don't have a green card and don't take part in a college study group? That' s why I chose to find out by talking to Matt Jones, a UK author who has worked on television in both the UK and the US, Melissa Iqbal and Sam Baron, the two UK Academy Nicholl Fellowship champions, and Ed Hughes, who is looking after a number of UK scriptwriters working on films in the US.
According to Matt, the most successful authors who have found work in the US are "those who first became very much entrenched in the UK. Of this year's Academy Nicholl Fellowship four prize winner - the Oscars for New Authors - are British: A few screenplays seem perfectly suited for an US audiences.
Other people have the feeling that the author is so blinded by imagined golden dollars that the character, the dialog and the storyline have vanished under the stack of esteemed profit estimates. At the BBC Writersroom we often see scripts directed at an US public, where the actors speak in a curious foreign tongue of film inspiration that doesn't really happen in reality, or even in films (at least not in good ones).
How many UK authors did Matt - when he wrote Rogue - struggle to get the votes of American personalities right? Edward is a regular visitor to LA and thinks that people who want to work there should do the same if their conditions allow. "Of course, that won't be possible for everyone, but sometimes that' s where the letter can lead you.
Contrary to authors who spent many years coming to Hollywood, Matt never had a vision to do so. Life in LA and scriptwriting for a US TV show was a surprise but pleasant time. My first romance is to watch TV.