James Moran on Screenwriting

The man behind Day Three of Torchwood: Children of Earth, Series 2 episode Sleeper and Doctor Who’s 2008 adventure The Fires of Pompeii James Moran writes in the Telegraph today giving an “insight into the ‘best job in the world'”

Telling the story of Moran’s recent career since his acclaimed movie Severance, the article covers his moves from a successful British horror movie to writing for Torchwood, Doctor Who, Spooks and the criminally cancelled Primeval (Moran’s episode a couple of months ago was one of the best things on TV this year).

Severance, Doctor Who and Torchwood scriptwriter James Moran (Fire of Pompeii, Sleeper, Day Three)On the matter of Children of Earth, it seems that Russell T Davies, John Fay and James Moran met up to discuss the development of the 5 parter.

Russell knew roughly what the plot was, but wanted the writers (him, me, and John Fay) to work out the five-episode storyline together.

So the three of us, with the script editor, producer, director, and Julie Gardner, went to a Cardiff hotel room filled with coffee and fancy sandwiches.

We brainstormed for two days, coming up with loads of ideas we never thought we’d get away with, everyone contributing and riffing off each other. By the end, we had the whole thing worked out. We met up a few more times, read each other’s drafts, and stayed in contact for the duration.

There’s a lot going on in this article, so its worth reading the full lot – James Moran’s blog is also worth a read for general information about the writer and a good FAQ for writers just staring out.

Oh and you can follow him on Twitter if you’re the celebrity stalker type who has shunned the lofty heights of Stephen Fry and Paris Hilton and prefers to make it up the ladder only as far as scriptwriters and other behind the scenes types.


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