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Crossing genre, searching out the best stories to tell, Lindsay has worked in live action and animation, written for kids and adult, film and TV, games and apps. As well as delivering masterclasses and courses throughout Ireland for two decades, she has worked with a wide range of production companies in Ireland and the UK as screenwriter, creator and creative consultant and is currently developing a number of children's series and books that link her desire to celebrate difference and to entertain.
In April, Lindsay published Ireland's first comprehensive guide to screenwriting, Write That Script. In 2012 she founded the Creatives in Animation Network to bring writers and animation creatives together with a view to fostering collaborations.
A graduate of Moonstone Screenwriting Labs (2002), Lindsay has an MA in Screenwriting for Film & TV from Leeds Metropolitan University (1999), during which time she interned at Granada in the children's department. www.lindsayjsedgwick.com.
In addition to screenwriting credits, she has had 14 stage plays produced throughout Ireland and in the UK. They've been described as 'gripping,' 'gut-wrenching' and 'seductive'. She has also published two novels, Dad's Red Dress - the sequel will be out early 2019 - and The Angelica Touch.
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Write That Script! will steer you through the stormy seas from wanting to write a script to having it down on the page or screen.
• Visual storytelling, what it’s all about?
• Your idea: is your idea suitable for the screen?
• How to create unforgettable and unique characters throughout your script
• Into the depths: plotting your story; knowing what to reveal and when
• Structure, act by act what you need to achieve
• Powerful writing: the individual scenes, dialogue and character, creating vivid and sparse description
• Know your audience: who are they?
• Script format
• Productivity tips and how to create your own inspiration
• And a bonus chapter on rewriting.
Write That Script! is full of creative examples and exercises to show you how to use the theory to write your script. Not tomorrow. Not next week, but now!
Written by an award-winning screenwriter for film and TV, with more than two decades experience, Write That Script! is an imaginative and comprehensive guide to screenwriting.
Lindsay J Sedgwick is the creator of the ground-breaking children's series Punky. (Available in +100 countries, with circa 5 million hits on YouTube, it has won awards in Ireland, France and Russia.) She has taught screenwriting since 1996 and works as a creative consultant across a wide range of projects.
What people are saying about WRITE THAT SCRIPT:
“...Inspiration for getting that script out of your head and on to the page/screen from someone who has done just that and done it brilliantly.” – Paul Donovan, Producer, Deadpan Pictures
“What I love about this book is that it's all practical and actionable advice, with effective exercises and brainstorming tips. Great for those starting out... as well as those want to develop their craft in a committed and professional way.” Alan Fitzpatrick, MD of Filmbase, Dublin
“...A helpful and practical guide to fire imaginations and to get words flowing onto the page. She has distilled the essence of screenplay craft and technique into a practical guidebook that’ll motivate you to overcome the screenwriter’s hardest obstacle – the first draft.” Danny Stack, screenwriter
Amazon.co.uk reviews :
★★★★★ Great introduction to screenwriting and a valuable resource for the beginning screenwriter from an experienced writer and script analyst.
★★★★★ Reads at the pace of a good script and is full of useful guidance and exercises.
★★★★★ Even advanced writers will find this book a useful refresher.
★★★★★ The exercises and indeed resources at the end of the book apply to everyone. Good book, definitely recommend it.
★★★★★ Write that script is a solid foundation into the thoughts and processes necessary to go from concept to script.
★★★★★ A really simple, hands on, informative book for budding and seasoned screenwriters. Tips, tools and helpful techniques. Recommended.
Which is fine.
She loves them all to bits but they've just moved back to Ireland and this time she wants to try and avoid the bullying that usually kicks off when school friends find out about Dad.
So, even though she has known it would happen, when Dad starts the process of transitioning into Mandy, Jessie is conflicted.
Amazon readers have said: "A narrator that you can't help liking with a family that you can't help rooting for (though you're glad they're not your family!)" Utterly charming", "Sometimes sad, deeply thought provoking and often laugh out loud funny." "I found myself re-reading sentences and entire paragraphs over again, in pure joy. I haven't enjoyed a novel as much in years." (Launched in Dublin, all the reviews so far are in amazon.co.uk)
Secondly, it's entirely her fault that Molly is still single. (It might be.)
Thirdly, since she can hardly have a boyfriend of her own if Number Two is true, it's up to her to find her mother a man. (It really isn't.)
Given her natural gift for matchmaking, Angelica's solution is to develop a dating website for her mum. With the questions devised by Angelica and best friend, Grace, what could possibly go wrong?
A romantic comedy of errors, set in 2010. What readers have said:
★★★★★ Off the wall and gorgeous.★★★★★ A cross between Moone Boy and Mamma Mia ★★★★★ Pitch perfect and with a great pace, just when you think this story can only end one way, a surprise twist brings an even more satisfying conclusion.
★★★★★ As sweet and addictive as Angelica's 'double chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in a blender'★★★★★Another gift of joy from Sedgwick
★★★★★A wonderful, imaginative tale that will leave you smiling.★★★★★ I loved every word.★★★★★ ... the Angelica Touch is filled with heart and warmth."
★★★★★ ...the reader gets sucked in to Angelica's world immediately and pulled along on an incredible ride of the emotions.
★★★★★ "Whether it's her deft use of language or her playful wit, the author undoubtedly carries her own brand of fairy dust."
★★★★★ "The Angelica Touch is fantastical and daring."
Eloise and Lulu are one and the same person. This is a play aobut multiple personality disorder and what could happen if one of your personalities falls in love. At a time when positive mental health is recognised as being crucial to our well-being and even survival, this funny, lyrical and quirky play shows that no matter what the odds, love and hope are still possible.
A SMALL TASTE... some lines from the play
“He snarled the way some people can pirouette in a shower without falling over or flooding the bathroom or accidentally killing their partner with the shower nozzle.”
“There are framed pictures of Greek islands on the walls. White walls. Blue sky. A sea so turquoise blue I can feel it on my tongue but when I go close, everything’s faded, as if they’re memories that are slowly being lost.”
“There’s an arc of sunlight hitting the tray before it gets collected - by a very small man, but neat if you didn’t take in the beer belly that was triplets for sure. It lights up the cheeseburger as if it were on the red carpet of a Junk Food Premiere.”
Fried Eggs premiered in Theatre Upstairs, Dublin, August 2015 starring Karen Connell, drected and produced by L. J. Sedgwick. In 2016, it toured to the Town Hall Theatre in Galway, Aras Eanna Arts Centre on Inis Oirr and Westport Arts festival and in 2017, Karen performed it again in London.