B is also for Brendan Coyle.

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Two Bills and now a Brendan! Together with the amazing Powell Casting we pulled together another fab cast for another animated feature, on time, on budget and with some A Listers whose names begin with B. And what a way to finish, working with Brendan was an effortless thrill. He is dynamic, emotional, funny, and after quickly warming up, and finding the character, he transformed himself into our baddie. This man? This adorable, warm kind man a baddie? Now THAT is acting! Tremendous work. Now it’s back to my writing cave for a few months until I’m let out again to direct.

Another day another Bill

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It seems that only Bills have me in the booth to direct and feed lines. I tend to work with Bill Bailey as often as I can, because he’s a genius, and has a wonderfully sticky voice.

And sometimes I get to do this.

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Last Friday was about as good as it gets. Spent hours in the booth directing someone who let's face it, needs no directing. You see, sometimes an actor asks me to join them in the booth to read in lines for them, as a) it's more fun and b) we get more improv lines, and always helps the energy and musicality of performance. Sometimes the actor is a LOT of fun to work with. Once in a while that actor is Bill Nighy.

Oslo process can sometimes be quite quick.

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Helped restructure a wonderful film in Oslo. I can't say much more because of the letters N.D.A., but I can say we had 4 days to define character motivations, interactions, rules of the world, and then beat out an act a day. We worked in suitably wet weather, perfect for productivity… and then the sun came out just as we wrapped on day 4. It went like clockwork. Time to sit back, relax and admire the view. And what a view!

Screenwriter accidentally writes a book.

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I never planned on writing a book, intended, plotted, planned or even dreamed of such a thing, but there you go, as Katie Perry almost said, I wrote a book and I liked it. This is an actor's re-creation of me pressing send on the final polish to my writing partner, Gareth Edwards for one last look before it goes to the publishers, the lovely Chicken House Books. I will now officially stop saying I'm too busy because I'm writing a book. 
#backtoscreenwriting

Say 起司 !!!

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A whirlwind tour of Asia, speaking at the University of Macau, and at an IP conference in Dongguan. Wonderful people. Amazing food, and very patient interpreters crammed into the booth in the back.

Animation is my bread & butter. Music is my jam.

I still very much, day in day out, write scripts for animation. But somehow songwriting is starting to become a steady sideline. Last week a new theme tune for an animated show, and this week working with RIDER (look her up on Spotify!) on a new pop song.

I still very much, day in day out, write scripts for animation. But somehow songwriting is starting to become a steady sideline. Last week a new theme tune for an animated show, and this week working with RIDER (look her up on Spotify!) on a new pop song.

Rubi Gets It Right now on air.

A while ago I went over to China to help ZN Animation with a show that teaches local children, all sorts of things including, how to avoid death. The show covered virtually every subject that an S&P lawyer would prefer you ignore, like blood, boogers, and oh a little thing called death… by poison, electrocution, earthquakes. Other topics include stranger danger, sticking your hands in an open fan, an open coal fire, a light socket, etc. Hey, this stuff is important. Wish we could do this sort of educational show in the west. Hope it saves some lives.

Behind scenes of The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales - English dub.

Studio Ponoc post!

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In this day and age of emails and online everything, there’s hardly any post. But today came a package from Studio Ponoc with the blu-ray to Mary and the Witch’s Flower, AND a lovely hand written thank you note for our work on their very first feature. #class #oldskool. #StudioPonoc

Cast & Crew (family & friends) of English Dub team for Big Bad Fox Screening - Aug 3rd 2018

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Thanks STUDIOCANAL for treating the English dub team of The Big Bad Fox to a wonderful private screening. A good time was had by all, (including friends and family who didn't know what to expect) and only I know the three lines I wish we could retake, but good lordy we pulled it off in record time. Thanks to all involved. And biggest thanks of course, to Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert, the directors of the film. It was a privilege and an honour to work on such a gorgeous, smart, outrageously funny film. We did our very best to look after their 'Pauline'. Those that see the film will know what I mean.

Big Bad Fox

It's a brilliant film, by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert. And we got a brilliant cast to match. Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Adrian Edmonson, Bill Bailey, Phill Jupitus, Justin Edwards and Giles New as the Big Bad Fox! In Cinemas in the UK from August 3rd, and in the USA nationwide from October.

Cards, Cards, Cards.

Working on a film that is already in production but just needs some TLC of the plot here and there. This is what it looks like when blocking out a film. Strangely if the cards go up to the end leaf, the film tends to be bang on time. If the cards go over, the film is over length. If the cards fall short, the film is under. Therefore I can never get another kitchen table. Ever.

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Mary and the Witch's Flower

The English adaptation of Mary was wonderfully received. Here we are at the cast and crew preview having a shameless selfie with our Mary, the very talented Ruby Barnhill.

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L.A. & The Greatest Agent in the World!

I've had an agent in LA ever since I started in this business. This is him. He still looks younger than me, because he lives in LA.  I've often thought about moving there, but a lovely wife and adorable children, and quite frankly better weather keep me in London. But now thanks to Skype, Norwegian Air and a place in my friend's basement in Beachwood Canyon, working with LA studios has never been easier. It also helps that I have dual citizenship.

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