Spicerhaart savaged after it lays off hundreds of staff ‘via conference call’

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Spicerhaart savaged after it lays off hundreds of staff ‘via conference call’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleSpicerhaart savaged after it lays off hundreds of staff ‘via conference call’Decision to close branches minutes before government revealed job protection package baffles employees, many of whom have turned to social media to complain.Nigel Lewis23rd March 2020013,290 Views Spicerhaart has been heavily criticised over the weekend as the extent of a sudden decision to close dozens of branches and lay off ‘hundreds’ of staff across its network via a conference call leaked out.This includes an unprecedented statement from eProp Services CEO Jon Cooke, who tweeted over the weekend: “SHAMEFUL! As industry leaders we all know tough decisions may need to be taken to secure our businesses BUT to not wait and factor in government support shows the true culture of an organisation shame on you Paul Smith.”Late on Friday evening a sales consultant working for its Haart branch in Camberwell told a national newspaper that she had been fired at 5.45pm, just minutes before the government announced that it will soon launch a scheme to help companies retain staff by paying for them to go on temporary leave of absence.Amanda Hayes (left), who was one of three people working at the branch, has accused the company of being ‘callous and inhumane’ after initially offering her a promotion before she and other staff were summarily told they were being made redundant. This includes being fired without confirmation of whether she will be paid this month.Several sources have told The Negotiator that 40% of Spicerhaart’s 180+ branch network is being closed.Part of the reason for the cull is a weaker-than-expected performance of 19-branch estate agency Butters John Bee, which Spicerhaart bought in September 2017. The family of agents affected by the cull include 10-branch Chewton Rose, 11-branch Darlows, 120-branch Haart, 12-branch Felicity J Lord, 10-branch Haybrook as well as 19-branch Butters John Bee.Like Amanda Hayes, many staff given their marching orders on Friday have not gone quietly, angered that Spicerhaart would get rid of them as the government announced a support package for struggling businesses.“How come you chose to fire so many of us today (leaving us all completely screwed as nobody else will be hiring) when the government have just said they will pay for 80% of our salaries and you would only need to contribute 20% of that,” one former employee tweeted.Another employee, who lost her job from Haart’s Blaby office, said: “A mountain of hard working individuals and bright talent, lost in one fell swoop with no notice or answers to pay or where we stand. Myself along with others have mortgages, families, and commitments but were left completely shell shocked with no answers.”Read more about the government proposals.Cost reductionsSpicerhaart says the branch closures and headcount reductions were part of ‘cost reduction’ measures designed to mitigate the effect of the business downturn resulting from the Coronavirus outbreak, and that it was ‘desperately sorry’ about the redundancies.Message of support have flooded in from across the industry for the staff affected including on social media.“Sad news coming out from our colleagues at Haart Estate Agents and subsidiaries like butters John bee etc and, all competition and rivalry aside, I hope all the great people find suitable roles quickly to help support their families,” said Awais Ahmad (left), founder of West Midlands agency AP Morgan.Could the branches be bought?Several companies are thought to be interested in acquiring the branches shut down by Haart including Connells, whose CEO David Plumtree was busy on LinkedIn over the weekend making contact with some of the key staff made redundant on Friday. amanda haynes haart Haybrook butters john bee Chewton Rose spicerhaart Darlows Felicity J Lord March 23, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Spanish MPRA Crucial to EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta

first_img Share this article Spanish MPRA Crucial to EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta View post tag: crucial Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish MPRA Crucial to EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta View post tag: MPRA View post tag: Naval March 20, 2013 View post tag: ATALANTAcenter_img View post tag: Spanish View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: operation Playing a key role in the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta are the Spanish Airforce P3-M Orion Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA).The aircraft are based in Djibouti and have been a stalwart part of the operation since 3 January 2009, they provide an unbroken expertise assisting and co-ordinating other MPRA contributors based both in Djibouti and the Seychelles. The Spanish MPRA detachment in Djibouti consists of one aircraft and 56 personnel including aircrew, maintainers, picture analysts and operations personnel. The aircraft fly around 13 missions per month which totals 100 flying hours.The P3 is the perfect aircraft for the operation able to take both imagery intelligence and conduct radar surface searches.As well as providing the P3-M support to Operation Atalanta the Spanish detachment have a 24 hour communications centre and provide a focal point for Search and Rescue and Combat Search and Rescue (SAR) to the operation. This allows the co-ordination of SAR for all the units of the Atalanta Task Force.Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Clavero Mañueco, the Commanding Officer (CO) of the detachment, said:” It is a great honour to be deployed with the EU Naval Force and I am very proud to be in command of a great team in this detachment. The Spanish MPRA has been continually deployed with Operation Atalanta providing continuity and co-ordination for the operation. There is great co-operation, especially with the French and German MPRA crews. We share crewmen with all three nations flying on each others missions. We also share spare parts, and support each other whenever needed.”Asked about his task providing reconnaissance to Operation Atalanta, the CO said: “Pirates success has certainly fallen but there are still 2 vessels with 60 hostages in pirates’ hands. I think our operation, patrolling the coast of East Africa and sea off the Horn of Africa, checking skiffs, dhows, beaches and villages has an impact on piracy, probably contributing to a change in their business model. But the current trend is reversible and Spain will remain committed. We are concerned about vessels transiting the area exposed to the threat of piracy.”MPRAs provide the EU Naval Force with essential information to assess the situation off the Horn of Africa. Additionally they are the instrument of choice to locate pirate logistic dumps on the coastline and pirate action groups at sea, able to cover a large search area.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 20, 2013; Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: EUNAVFORlast_img read more

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Herbert McFarlan Birch, Jr., 72

first_imgHerbert McFarlan Birch, Jr., 72, died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on Tuesday, May 16th at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, NJ.A family man to his core, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kerry Treasure; daughter Melanie Birch (and her child Gaia Rose); son Mac Birch (his wife Janis and their child Miles); daughter Charlie Birch; son Jake Birch (his fiance Laura and their child Stella); foster son Dario Campolattaro (his wife Ashley and their children Jackson, Maxwell, and Wesley); foster daughter Isabella Yosuico (her husband Ray and their children Pierce and Isaac); his brother Anthony Laws Birch; his brother Terrell Calhoun Birch.Born in Bethesda, MD, Birch spent his life traveling the globe, summering and eventually residing in Ocean City, NJ, his favorite place in the whole world.Birch was a graduate of Chevy Chase High School and the University of Maryland at College Park.After a short stint in the National Guard during the Vietnam era, Birch embarked on what can only be described as an epic journey of community work, job creation, and entrepreneurship.In 1976, together with his wife Kerry and partner Willie Davis, he started Birch & Davis Associates, which became an internationally-recognized healthcare consulting firm. In 1999, after 23 amazing years, the B&D team decided it was time for a change and sold the company.After the sale, Birch moved to southern New Jersey where he launched his musical career under the stage name “Bubba Mac.” The Bubba Mac Blues Band, which offered what Birch called “happy blues,” played countless shows at the Bubba Mac Shack in Somers Point, NJ. This popular venue, which he started, owned and operated with his eldest son Mac, was featured in an original TV program “LIVE at the Bubba Mac Shack.” The show aired after Saturday Night Live for a few seasons.The band continued to play after the Shack closed in 2007. His proudest moment as a musician was opening for BB King at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL. Bubba played his last gig on May 6th, 2017, at the Ocean City Block Party just days before his passing.At the time of his death, Birch was grateful for 17 years of sobriety. During this time he was very active in the substance abuse and recovery space, sponsoring, inspiring, and coaching others struggling with addiction. It was not uncommon to hear people say, “Bubba saved my life.” He understood the importance of community and advocated for the creation and celebration of sober social events, such as music festivals.Bubba marched to the beat of his own drum, working hard, playing harder, and spreading love and joy wherever he went. A celebration of his life will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle on Sunday, May 28th, from 5pm to 8pm. A brief remembrance service will be followed by an open mic all star performance. This event is open to the public. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent in Herb’s name to; chARTer~TECH High School for the Performing Arts, ATTN:  Lew London, 413 New Rd, Somers Point, NJ 08244; OR Ocean City Tabernacle, ATTN: Son Club Playground Fund, 550 Wesley Avenue Ocean City, NJ 08226.For condolences, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.last_img read more

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Community Reacts to Local Fire

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— Firefighters battled an aggressive fire that left the Habitat for Humanity Restore Building in shambles. Sunday morning,  Alpena Fire Department responded to a call from a pedestrian who saw smoke coming from the building located on Chisholm Street.The fire started from the rear of the building and crews were sent in after efforts to put out flames from the outside were not effective. Due to a collapsing wall and falling debris, two city firefighter paramedics received non–life threatening injuries and transported to Mid–Michigan Medical Center.Fire crews from the city and Alpena Township spent a total of twelve hours trying to extinguish the fire and clean up the area. Sunday’s event left some residents without power and all 9–1–1 calls from Alpena were sent to Roscommon county.The Habitat for Humanity Restore Building fire is currently under investigation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Work on Lakewood Dr. and Grand Lake Rd. to cause road closuresNext Alpena Public Schools continues to promote literacy using bookmarkslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS EARN HISTORIC HURLING VICTORY OVER SETANTA

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club Notes. The senior and reserve footballers were at home at the weekend to Buncrana. The senior lads recorded an important victory while the reserves lost their match. This weekend Aodh Ruadh are the opposition for both teams. Throw in times at In Ballyshannon are 6.00pm (reserve) and 7.30pm (senior). All support welcome.  Our ladies footballers welcomed Mac Cumhaills to Pairc na nGael at the weekend. The girls showed a marked improvement from their previous match against Fanad Gaels but unfortunately lost out to a strong Finn Valley side. In the minor hurling league a great second half display from Letterkenny Gaels minor team sealed a historic first ever victory for the Gaels at this level. Setanta led at the break and started well in the second half but Gaels began to settle and produce some skillful fast hurling. Well done to all involved. Bingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €1700. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. Sympathy is extended to Dan Harnett and family and Aideen Quinn and family on their recent bereavements.  Applications are invited for CLG Dhun Na nGall Gaeltacht Scholarships. Please download Form from Downloads Section of Club Website and forward to Jim McGlynn,Club Secretary on or before Friday, 13th May.The underage football training continues every Sunday morning at Pairc na nGael from 11am to 12 noon. Please bring water and a mouth guard. New players are always welcome. The U-16 football training continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 5.15pm.Outdoor Hurling training for U-6, U-8 & U-10 continues every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Hurls and helmets provided. New players welcome. U-12 to U-18 hurling continues every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm.  Circuit training continues every Wednesday night in the clubhouse from 7 to 8pm. U-12 girls football training takes place at the pitch every Sunday morning from 11am-12noon. All welcome. This year we will have Ladies and Girls football for u-12, u-14, Minor and Senior. Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs. Camogie Training continues at Pairc na nGael every Monday from 6pm-7.30pm for U12s, 14s, 16s & 18s and Friday evenings from 6-7.30pm for U8s, 10s, 12s & 14s.  New  members always welcome. Contact 086 8163505 for more details. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS EARN HISTORIC HURLING VICTORY OVER SETANTA was last modified: May 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAHURLINGLetterkenny GaelsSportlast_img read more

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Will 49ers franchise tag of Robbie Gould thwart Bears pursuit?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Robbie Gould is back — with the 49ers, not the Chicago Bears.By placing the franchise tag on Gould on Tuesday, the 49ers made sure he won’t escape in free agency next month, squashing a potential reunion with the kicker-needy Bears.Gould’s near-perfect accuracy the past two seasons with the 49ers made him a no-brainer to retain. The franchise tag will command him a $5 million salary this year, assuming …

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Where Do We Find the Time? Social Networking Use Up 82%

first_imgThe numbers include statistics from the US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, and show the United States well in the lead, with over 140 million unique visitors in December 2009. If the numbers are right and each unique visitor is really a different person, then nearly half of the US population visited a social networking site last month. Australia, on the other hand, leads the pack, with its users staying on social networking sites for just under seven hours. Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Whether we’re tweeting the minutiae of our daily lives from our cell phones, checking out the latest band pages on Myspace, chatting with friends on Facebook, looking up old high school buddies on Classmates or networking with colleagues on LinkedIn, we’re spending more and more time on social networking sites than ever before. Leading the pack, of course, are the usual suspects: Facebook and Twitter.As a matter of fact, according to Nielsen, we’re spending 82% more time on social networking sites than we did just a year earlier. Up from just over three hours a month in 2008, we now spend, on average, about five and a half hours a month on social networking sites, with Facebook taking the lead by far in this category. One fact remains the same, as we’ve seen in study after study: Facebook is the clear leader in the social networking arena. Despite other numbers showing Twitter’s overall slowdown in traffic, it remains the fastest growing site in terms of unique visitors, according to Nielsen. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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The High Cost of Deep-Energy Retrofits

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. How much does it cost to perform a deep-energy retrofit at a 100-year-old single-family home? Thanks to a recent study in Utica, New York, we now know the answer: about $100,000.The research was sponsored by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), an agency that administers programs funded by public benefit charges tacked onto electric utility bills. The program paid for deep-energy retrofits at four wood-framed buildings in Utica, New York.The project manager for the study was NYSERDA engineer Greg Pedrick. At the recent Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, Pedrick gave a presentation, “Research Findings and Momentum for Deep Energy Retrofits,” explaining the scope of work and summarizing the costs of the retrofits.A big fan of deep-energy retrofits, Pedrick explained, “I want to see a fatter house with a smaller mechanical system.”Pedrick’s team selected four wood-framed buildings; brick buildings were deliberately excluded. All are owned by low-income families who had applied for weatherization assistance. Three of the buildings are single-family homes; the fourth is a duplex. All of the buildings are about 100 years old.The work was paid for by NYSERDA; there were no out-of-pocket expenses for the building owners.The researchers’ goal was to reduce energy use by 75%. To achieve this goal, the plan was to retrofit slab floors to R-10, below-grade walls to R-20, above-grade walls and roofs to at least R-40. The windows would be upgraded — either with low-e storm windows or new windows — to achieve a maximum U-factor of 0.25. The airtightness goal for the homes was 0.15 cfm @ 50 pascals per square foot of surface area.To insulate the basement floors, the contractors first installed a layer of Platon dimple mat on top of the existing concrete slabs, followed by R-10 rigid insulation and a layer of Durock cement… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

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Leap Motion To Begin Shipping In May

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Leap Motion, the flash drive-sized controller that lets you manipulate your computer’s interface with a multitude of precise hand gestures, will begin shipping to customers who pre-ordered the device on May 13. In a partnership with Best Buy, the Leap Motion controller will also hit physical store shelves in the U.S. starting May 19.Since the company’s founding last year, Leap Motion has advertised its product as a life-changing technological jump toward intuitive 3D software, while drawing in developers who will shortly offer a impressive suite of apps with functionality ranging from gaming and art to web browsing and 3D modeling. All these apps will be available in Leap Motion’s new app store, Airspace, says Leap Motion VP of Product Marketing Mike Zagorsek.Starting with the sci-fi-influenced idea that computing of the future will be done seamlessly with hand gestures alone (think Minority Report), CEO Mike Buckwald and CTO David Holz co-founded Leap Motion with the aim of delivering a truly futuristic product. They predict that this kind of interface could change the way we interact with technology forever, from kitchen screens at McDonald’s to electronic music-creation tools for DJs, as ReadWrite editor in chief Dan Lyons wrote last December.  Images courtesy of Leap Motion Tags:#Leap Motion center_img Apps Confirmed For AirspaceAfter launching its software development kit last year, Leap Motion began crafting a long string of partnerships with both high profile and independent developers. The list of confirmed app partners with products in the pipeline now includes 3D design software company Autodesk, painting and illustration app-maker Corel, Disney Interactive (with racing game Wreck-It Ralph: Sugar Rush Speedway), independent game studio Double Fine (with music game Dischord), The Weather Channel, and ZeptoLab (with casual mobile game Cut the Rope). Buckwald and Holz will be at SXSW on Saturday, March 9 to talk with the Wall Street Journal’s Jessica Lessin in an event titled, “Leap Motion & The Disappearing Interface.” The company will also have a booth at the Austin, Texas-based festival that weekend to give the public its first chance to try out the device. Pre-orders are still available from Leapmotion.com, for both U.S. and international orders. Bestbuy.com will also begin taking pre-orders as well starting today, but only for the U.S. The price, once $69.99, is now $79.99.And just yesterday, the makers of the wildly successful productivity Mac app Clear announced that they will be adding Leap Motion support to the aesthetically pleasing list-maker. Check out Realmac Software’s video below for a demonstration: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting nick statt 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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5 Tips from the Pros for Adapting Books into Film Scripts

first_imgInterested in adapting books into screenplays? Follow these professional tips to create practical adaptations for the big screen.Cover image from Trumbo (via Bleecker Street).Writing a script can be hard work. It takes a lot to put pen to paper (or even just open Final Draft) and build a story from scratch, develop a narrative, define characters and conflicts, and tie it all together with a nice thematic and cinematic bow.It would make sense for screenwriters and filmmakers to gravitate towards stories that are already tried and true and popular with audiences — as is the case with books. From canonical classics to modern bestsellers, books make great fodder for screenplay adaptations.That is, until, you dive into one yourself. Adapting books is harder than it looks, and it can be one of the most difficult and frustrating tasks for filmmakers and writers alike. But, fear not, here are five pieces of adapting advice from the pros who have been there and successfully done just that.1. Find the Narrative ArcsImage from Life of Pi (via 20th Century Fox).I’ve written screenplays and teleplays adapting novels, and it is admittedly hard to distill the essence of a story from a world in which it exists as words and impressions guiding the pure imagination of the audience, and a visual medium that is defined by what you see and hear as well as what you don’t see or hear. You have to be able to find the narrative and the arcs, and lift them out of the book in one piece through interpretation into precise visual and audio descriptions.This first piece of advice, which comes from professional screenwriter and film critic for Forbes Mark Hughes (via the Huffington Post), jumps into the crux of the process for adapting long-form novels into film- and television-ready scripts. At the end of the day, the narrative arc is the most important (and often most memorable) part of a book. It stands to reason that when working a book into a script, this should be your first and primary focus for beginning an adaption.2. Resist the Urge of Voice OverImage from Big Fish (via Sony Pictures).I think one reason that many adaptations rely on voice-over is that the filmmakers never found a way to externalize the essence of the novel they were adapting. Instead of making a movie that could stand on its own, they created the cinematic equivalent of a book-on-tape. To me, these movies always ‘feel’ written, a huge limitation.To many screenwriters who work in adaptions, the allure of using an “author’s voice-over” makes sense. But, as John August points out (who certainly knows a thing or two about adaption writing with credits which include Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Charlie and Chocolate Factory — to name a few), it’s a crutch that can actually negate a work’s authenticity and essence by creating that “book-on-tape” feeling, which is not ideal for films.3. Don’t Be Afraid to CutImage from The Fellowship of the Ring (via Warner Bros).Cutting happens in layers. First identify the theme and the protagonist’s outer motivation. If the subplots don’t support them, cut them, along with any minor characters that are distracting. Then layer the outer motivation with the hero’s inner motivation. Again, if a plot point has nothing to do with either, cut it.In an article on her website Script Mag, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman breaks down her process of adapting the New York Times Best Seller and Pulitzer Prize-winning book Slavery by Another Name into a feature film. In particular, she outlines the brutal mindset needed to cut a book down judiciously as “storylines that support a 400-page book cannot possibly fit into 110 pages of script” — and to “get your chainsaw ready to start pruning.”4. Avoid Long Thinking Image from The Great Gatsby (via Warner Bros).Some tribes of American Indians had a word to describe those of their brethren who sat around thinking deep thoughts. Literally the word translated to The Disease of Long-Thinking. Quite often, lead characters in novels suffer from this disease. When essential plot information is presented only in a character’s thought or in the character’s internal world, one solution is to give this character a sounding board, another character, to which his thoughts can be voiced aloud. Either adapt an existing character from the novel or create a new one. Challenges to screenwriters adapting books will continuously present themselves throughout the process. As we learn from Lynne Pembroke and Jim Kalergis from coverscript.com, you can cut novel characters’ tendency to “long-think” internal problems and thoughts — or better attribute them to another character.5. Show, Don’t TellImage from The Giver (via The Weinstein Company).Screenplays are about showing everything on the sleeve. There is some very minor telling (in the form of montages), but ‘show, don’t tell’ is a must in this purely visual medium. Yet novels allow for far more telling than showing. This is naturally difficult for screenwriters, because the script development process rejects long exposition and non-visual storytelling. Learning how to utilize lengthier exposition requires a whole new mindset.Perhaps the best piece of advice for screenwriters for adaptions or originals is in this article by accomplished screenwriter Jeff Lyons on the importance of “showing, not telling” an audience what is happening. As the differences between watching a film and reading a book are quite obvious, it can still be tricky to remember that visual information can both be more concise and entertaining at the same time.For more scripting and screenwriting resources, check out some of the links below.6 Free Scriptwriting Resources for Your Next Screenplay8 Screenwriting Tips for the Emerging Writer9 Sites for Free Movie ScriptsScreenwriting Archiveslast_img read more

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