Robyn Forsythe’s vlog: A Brit Abroad

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150624 Robyn6The winner of Insight’s Student Filmmaker Award 2015, Robyn Forsythe, is keeping a weekly vlog – A Brit Abroad – during her internship with Loyola Productions in Culver City, Los Angeles.

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Robyn’s adventure in Hollywood started on 12 July 2015. As she says herself,

It’s summer 2015 and I’ve bagged my first job in Hollywood! I’ll be learning a lot along the way, so come along for the ride.

You can follow her day-to-day activities via her Facebook account, A Brit Abroad – Lessons from Hollywood, where she posts updates of news, photos and links. You can watch the videos she posts on her YouTube channel of the same name. She also tweets with the Twitter handle @ForsytheRobyn.

Loyola logoRobyn’s vlog: A Brit Abroad

Every Saturday during her internship in Hollywood, Robyn will post the latest instalment of her vlog, A Brit Abroad. For the most up-to-date news, make sure to visit the vlog, which is part of Robyn’s filmmaker website,

We will publish each vlog instalment on this page a few days after Robyn first uploads her videos to A Brit Abroad.

However you access Robyn’s internship experience, we hope you enjoy the journey.

Week 1

‘Things that are better in Los Angeles, vs England’ (04:59)

Week 2

‘Good first impressions on set’ (02:17)

Week 3

Story structure

This week, Robyn has uploaded a blog posting  and video about story structure that you can read and watch on her blog, A Brit Abroad: Film Industry Adventures in Hollywood.

Her essay introduces a number of screenwriting books that she has dipped into this week to help her draft treatments for a drama series pitch to be made by Loyola Productions.

‘What I’ve learned writing pitches: the history of screenplay structure’ (04:47)

You will need your thinking cap on to get the most from Robyn’s vlog posting this week

Here is a bibliography of the books Robyn discusses in her blog and of other titles relevant to screenwriting that you may find useful in your own work.
Product links: books about screenwriting (UK only)

Robyn’s recommendations

Book: Syd Field, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting: A Step-by-Step Guide from Concept to Finished Script (1979), paperback 2005, Delta

Book: Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (1997), paperback 1999, Methuen Publishing

Book: Blake Snyder, Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need (2005), paperback 2005, Michael Wiese Productions

Book: John Yorke, Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them (2013), paperback (2014), Penguin

Other titles

Book: Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (1988), paperback 1989, Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Television: Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth (1988), DVD 2011, Joseph Campbell

Book: Christopher Booker, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories (2004), paperback 2005, Continuum

Book: Joe Eszterhas, The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God! (2009), paperback 2009, Gerald Duckworth & Co

Book: Daniel Taylor, Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories (1996), 2nd edition paperback 2011, Bog Walk Press

Book: William Goldman, Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood (1983), paperback 1996, Abacus

Book: Linda Seger, Making a Good Script Great: A Guide for Writing & Rewriting by Hollywood Script Consultant, Linda Seger (1987), 3rd edition paperback 2010, Silman-James Press

Book: Michael Hauge, Writing Screenplays that Sell (1991), 20th edition paperback 2011, HarperCollins

Book: Thomas McCormack, The Fiction Editor, the Novel and the Novelist: A Book for Writers, Teachers, Publishers and Anyone Else Devoted to Fiction (1988), 2nd edition, Paul Dry Books – although this book is aims at novelists, it is brilliant on story structure, character and plot for film screenwriters, too.

Note: These links lead to product pages at Six per cent of any sales made via these links is paid to the Insight Film Festival
Week 4

Give me a sign

In this blog posting, Robyn ventures up to the famous Hollywood sign and admires the view. She also shares some of what she has been working on during her week at Loyola Productions.

Film set phrases: what do they mean? (04:31)

Week 5

A new thing a day (02:42)

Being laid up with back problems, Robyn shares some of the things she has experiences for the first time during her time in Los Angeles

Vegas and IVS

In this blog posting, Robyn shows here photos and shares her thoughts about a weekend trip to Las Vegas, which include recommending travelling by aeroplane if you want to visit Sin City.