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Make It Newsletter
Thursday 16th April 2015
Here is our newsletter for those of you who are writing, producing, performing and directing comedy. Read on for insight and opportunies...
Features
The Sitcom Mission 2015
The Sitcom Mission, the competition which showcases 15 minute scripts in front of commissioners, is now open for 2015 entries. Website
Short Com looking for comedy film submissions
Short Com is open for comedy film submissions for its 2015/2016 touring schedule of screenings. If you've made a short comedy film or sketch, here's how to submit it: Read
Craft of Comedy Writing Conference
This is taking place at the end of the month (24th-25th April) in Wales (2 hours from Liverpool/Manchester on the train - easy). There's still just time to get a ticket (£60, or £40 for students). If you're attending, make sure you find and say hello to Mark from BCG - he'll be there too. Website
Win a copy of the 'Masterclass: Writing Comedy' book
We have three copies of Masterclass: Writing Comedy, the new tutorial book by Lesley Bown, to hand out. Just input your details here to enter the competition: Enter
Read some BBC comedy scripts
Looking at scripts and comparing them to what turned on screen can be a great exercise. BBC Writersroom has added some more to its archive: Inside No. 9, Bluestone 42 and In The Loop are amongst the recent uploads. Browse
Win a copy of 'Get Started In Stand-Up'
Logan Murray is one of the country's most respected stand-up tutors. He's just refreshed his best selling book. We've got three copies of Get Started In Stand-Up to give away here: Enter
Arthur Mathews event
On the 7th May, top writer Arthur Mathews (Toast Of London, Father Ted etc) will be talking about comedy writing in Stoke Newington. Details
BAFTA Rocliffe competition
Entry is now open for this year's BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase competition. It costs £35, but if you win you get some great opportunities, as this blog from one of last year's winners reveals. Enter
Steve Kaplan course
American writer Steve Kaplan is coming to London to present his Comedy Intensive course at Raindance. It's by no means cheap (£300 for 2 days), but if you can afford it then it comes well recommended by American TV networks. Details
Mock pitching in MediaCityUK
On Monday 18th May, SitcomCircle, a Salford-based group for TV writers, is hosting the first of four pitch preparation evenings in advance of an exciting TV pitching event in September 2015. The evening will also have talks from two production companies. Details
The Comedian's Comedian Podcast
Stuart Goldsmith continues to analyse stand-up comedy via his podcast-based interview shows. His recent interview with Gina Yashere has been making waves... she was refreshingly outspoken on many topics. Listen
Ask The Industry podcast
A podcast in which relatively new stand-up Simon Caine asks industry professionals questions on behalf of all the up-and-coming comedians. Reviewer Kate Copstick is amongst the recent guests: Listen
James Cary's blog
If you're a writer, you need to have James Cary's blog bookmarked. Recent advice includes how to introduce a new character to an established sitcom: Visit
Edinburgh judge
Want to be part of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards judging panel? There's probably no better way to see everything good that the Fringe has to offer. Here's how to apply: Details
Getting reviewed
Still on the topic of the Edinburgh Fringe (we'll have more advice on the festival in the next newsletter too), top critic Bruce Dessau explains how it is tough to attract the attention of the press: Read
Sunday For Sammy
The Sunday for Sammy Trust are offering up to ten North East-based comedy writers the chance to have their sketches professionally performed: Details
BBC Commissioning
The BBC has a new commissioning website. It's mainly aimed at established producers, but there's a few bits on there that'll be of interest to those looking to break into producing. Visit
Our DVD offering 7 hours of advice
We've got just a handful of copies of the DVD filmed at our 2013 conference left. We're not re-printing, so once they're gone, they're gone. It contains 7 hours of in-depth advice from performers like Al Murray, writers like John Finnemore and producers like Caroline Norris. Shop
'Make It' Forums
To chat to fellow writers and performers, head over to our message board. We have these forums: Writers' Discussion, Writing Opportunities, Performance Discussion, Showcase and Critique.
Spotlight
In each 'Make It' newsletter we shine a spotlight on a project posted to our showcase forum...
You Get What You Ask For Son
James Cotter explains: 'After a successful run at festivals this short film that I co-star in is available to watch online'. It focuses on a television presenter who has recent allegations made against his name getting stuck in lift with a security guard: View
Thanks for Reading
We'll be back next month with another newsletter, in the meantime head to our website or social media accounts to get daily updates on what's going on in the world of comedy.
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