All items: Hugh Stoddart

If scripts were changed so little and yet could be so successful, then is my work really better now because, using a computer, I can change it all the time? Or do I keep changing it merely because I can?
I'd never been at ease with the chemistry of theatre. With a film it's a finished thing regardless of who's watching it, and I like that; thinking of it, I suppose, more as an artist does of their work.
Revisiting his past work, Hugh Stoddart reflects on the way writing can change with each new readership or audience, making it freshly relevant, and far from ‘old hat’.
‘A screenplay is a description of a film that hasn’t been made yet,’ says screenwriter Hugh Stoddart, before unravelling some of the mysteries of this often-overlooked branch of writing — including how to convey information without necessarily using dialogue, and how to structure a scene.