L. J. Sedgwick
Hi, there's tons of info here and I will try to keep it up to date but, basically, I've been a professional screenwriter since 1999, but I was writing for TV in the early 90s too on a couple of shows for RTE, Ireland's public tv network. I was a journo before that, freelance; wrote for most of the nationals in Ireland and publications in the UK, US, Australia and Europe. (Features, diary pages, news, reviews etc. Even a bit of sub-editing.)
Along the way, I've written stage plays. My first I produced for college radio back int he mid-80s but I took a step back int he 90s and only got involved again in 2012. Since then I've had four plays produced, directed one, produced two and I have another I'm trying to get off the ground in 2018. I have also worked in games for a few years, designing narrative and character initially and I have my own game in development as a US-Irish co-pro.
Novels, I've written them all along, in the background, sending the odd one out as I went but I'm focusing on getting my catalogue out there. I really, really love writing novels!
And the rest, as they say, is in the detail: this is, essentially, my CV so feel free to flick quickly till you find something of interest!
Member of the Irish Writers’ Guild, Irish Film and Television Academy, Irish Writer’s Centre, Creatives in Animation Network (Founder) and Animated Women UK.
SCREENWRITER/ CREATOR / TUTOR
A former journalist, Lindsay Jane Sedgwick is a versatile and imaginative award-winning screenwriter with over nine hours’ credits for TV and film work. Her latest ground-breaking series, PUNKY, has been recognized as the first mainstream cartoon series in the world in which the main character had special needs, in this case Down’s syndrome. To date she has 9 hours of TV and film credits, has had 14 plays produced in Ireland and UK and one radio play on BBC4. She was Screenwriter-in-Residence at Maynooth University and Kildare Co. Council Arts & Libraries Services 2016-7 and runs the Screenwriting module for the MA in Film & TV in DCU.
Lindsay has created four series of her own as well as developed series, including bibles and pilot episodes, for many of the large animation studios in Ireland including Geronimo Productions, Monster Entertainment, Kavaleer, Man & Ink as well as Whackala and Paper Plane Creations. She founded the Creatives in Animation Network in Jan 2012.
Creator, Writer: PUNKY: Geronimo Productions. Series 1 launched RTEjr May 2011; series 2 in Feb 2014. Won European Producer of the Year Award for Geronimo and European Broadcaster for RTE 2011. Nominated for three IFTAs, one Celtic Media Award and winner of Best Children’s Film at International Disability Film Festival, Moscow 2015. IFB and BAI funding;. Second series launched Feb 2014.
Creator, Writer, Creative Consultant: WULFIE series 11 x 52 eps. Monster Entertainment, Dublin. Media Slate funded. Presented by Lindsay’s at Cartoon Forum 2014.
Creator, writer, producer: ROXY & ROWENA. Pre-school series.NY-Ireland co-production in development
Writer/ Creator: PIA, feature. Broadsword Entertainment and IFB. Quarter-finalist, Page Screenplay Awards, LA 2011; Finalist Cordelia Award, LA 2011.
Writer: Wildernuts, Kavaleer Animation. Writer. 2012-13
Freelance storyline writer: Magma Galway: Lilly The Witch, animated children’s series, 2005
Bible and creative consultant: An ZU and Bakers Dozen series (A Man & Ink, Galway)
Lindsay has written animation shorts for many small Irish studios: Whackala, A Man & Ink, Paper Plane Creations. They include MANDY, three-minute short animation short-listed by Irish Film Board under FRAMEWORKS, 2006. PIA, short for original series; THE PEST, short for Frameworks. CAPTAIN COOK: pilot script for series Baker’s Dozen. George the Chameleon, short for Frameworks. INHABITING, 2 min short about life inside a beard. BIRR, 10 minute short about the chaos caused when electric light arrives in the first town in Ireland and RENADA - Love Conquers All: Sample script/ Screen Training Ireland 2003.
LIVE ACTION FILM, TELEVISION and RADIO
Lindsay has created series/ films and written scripts for Grand Pictures, Greenlight Productions, Abu Media, One Productions, Stormlight Productions, Causeway Films, Praxis Films, Magma, RTE, BBC4, Zapala Media, CJ Cookson Productions, Armchair Films, Broadsword Productions and others.
KRISTINA. (prod/ CJ Cookson Productions): feature. 2005. (Best Film award, Swansea on Sea International Film Festival).
BARZAKH (prod. Stormlight Productions, Cork). (2013, joint winner Cork Underground Film Fest, selected for numerous festivals inc London Short Film Festival .
DAVID (prod. CJ Cookson Productions) Short film, 2005;
CASANOVA, short film; third place Kodak Commercial Film Competition 1998;
TOUCHED, short film, Leeds International Film Festival, 1998.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE. (Magma, Galway) Storyline writer/ consultant, 2002
FAIR CITY. (RTE) Writer, 1991-2;
Storyline researcher, 1991-2;
Consultant (Rewrote Fair City bible) 1993
‘TALL TALES’: 5 x 15 min films within the Scratch Saturday show (RTE). 1991-2
Radio: TASTY MORSELS (BBC4 radio). Afternoon play, 2002.
TV/Film material commissioned/ in development
AURORA. In development with StormLight Productions.
SCENES FROM A MEMORY (prod. Black Ostrich Entertainment); Writer. Feature set in Dublin, Galway and Donegal directed by Nicolas Courdain. Production due end of 2016.
WULFIE series 11 x 52 eps. Creator, Writer, Creative Consultant. (Prod. Monster Entertainment, Dublin.) Media Slate funded. Presented by Lindsay’s company Wulfie Productions with Monster Entertainment at Cartoon Forum 2014. Seeking completion finance.
WORMS IN THE WALL (original prod. Deadpan Pictures). 6 x 1hour TV comedy drama series in development now as a co-production set in 1927;
ARCHANGEL (prod. Stormlight Productions, Cork). (6 x 1hr series).
PIA, feature. Writer/ Creator. Quarter-finalist, Page Screenplay Awards, LA 2011; Finalist Cordelia Award, LA 2011.
ROCK ROAD. (prod. Armchair Films) Music documentary in post production. Scripted eight interviews/ short dramas to link live performances by eight bands. 2014/5
TOUCH/ GO (prod. Abu Media);
‘TWICE’ (prod. One Productions).
Creator, Writer, Narrative Designer, Producer: DARA. Mobile game for children with autism and their friends; in development with Enterprise Ireland support. In development as Irish-American co-production.
Consultant, Character Creator, Scriptwriter: Magic Friends, App launched Dec 2014. (Caramagic Ltd, Kildare)
Narrative, Character Creator, Consultant: Grief. (NeverMind Games, Thurles)
Creative Consultant: NewzMonkeys, game/ app/ ancillaries. Launched Dec 2014 (NewzMonkeys Ltd, Belfast)
SCRIPT ANALYST/ CONSULTANT
Script analyst and story/ script consultant for independent producers and writers including Praxis Pictures, Armchair Films, A Man & Ink, NewzMonkeys, NeverMind Games. She has also been bible and creative consultant on c 15 animation series proposals including An ZU and Bakers Dozen. (prod. A Man & Ink, Galway)
MA Screenwiting for Film & TV, Leeds Met. Uni, 1997-9
BA Communication Studies, DCU 1983-6
Graduate, Moonstone Screenwriting Labs 2002
Graduate, Writing for Animation Course/ Screen Training Ireland, 2003
Scholar, AA distinction, New York University’s ‘Gregory Peck Scriptwriting Course’, 1993.
• Screenwriter-in-Residence at Maynooth University and Kildare County Council Arts & Library Services 2016-7.
• Provided tailored screenwriting masterclasses for UCC’s MA Fiction degree, Limerick School of Art &Design’s animation degree, Limerick Uni and IADT (MA in Film).
• Animation workshops for Colaiste Dhulaigh and Ballyfermot College of Further Education and privately run workshops on character development and dialogue for commercial e-rom companies.
• Provided writing webinar workshops for Dundalk Institute of Technology as part of their Higher Diploma (Science) in 3D Computer Animation (2017)
• Mentor and consultant on a range of projects with freelance writers and creators.
• Designed and delivered the Screenwriting Module at the Genedendhal Film School (South Africa, 1998)
• Designed and run screenwriting and other courses (Mass Communication theory, Dramatic Communication, Creative Writing) for UCD, People’s College, Filmbase and privately. 1995-to date
• Run the Screenwriting course for Years 1-3 in Liberties College, 2005-6
• Jury member for the Irish Film & Television Academy 2015, 2016
• Given screenwriting masterclases at writing festivals in Rathmines, Waterford and at Cuirt, the International Festival of Literature, Galway (2017)
• Moderated key sessions at the Digital Biscuit conference run by the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland, 2013, 2015 and for the Irish Film & Television Academy (2017).
• Panel member (animation) in the Irish Film Institute twice.
• Been a script reader and consultant and reader for Filmbase, BBC NI, Irish Film Board, individual writers and private production companies.
• Script reader for BBC NI and Irish Film Board and Filmbase.
Lindsay’s plays have been produced in Cork, Dublin, Derry, Galway, the Aran Islands and Westport from 1985. To date, there have been 14 productions, including Fried Eggs directed and produced by her in August 2015. Most recent productions:
Fried Eggs: Theatre Upstairs (11-22 Aug, 2015), Town Hall Theatre (14-17 June 2016), Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oirr (18 June 2016), Westport (1-2 Oct 2016)
All Thumbs: International Bar Theatre (29 Feb – 12 March 2016)
By Mr Farquhar: Waterside Theatre, Derry (Sept 2013)
Salt on Our Skin: Smock Alley, The Boy’s School (Feb 2013)
1. “As a piece of writing, as a piece of theatre it is absolutely wonderful.” (Fried Eggs, Aug 2015)
2. “An extremely clever piece of writing... stunning, seductive, sensuous...I felt the hairs stand up on the back of my neck...” (By Mr Farquhar, Waterside Theatre, Derry. Sept 2014)
3. “Absolutely brilliant.... Gut wrenching... exciting, beautiful new piece of writing... I found myself smiling aloud... such a moving piece.... superbly-crafted...”(Salt on Our Skin, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Jan/Feb 2013)
4. “Brilliantly written play...Fascinating… language which is rich and full of powerful imagery”; “Magnetic...a masterpiece of unusual, highly dramatic yet entertaining theatre that will live long in our memories.” “A terrifying piece of theatre which deserves to be done again and again.” – (Fur Doesn’t Hurt, Cork and South-west tour,.1997),
5. “Gripping psychological drama… a startlingly good piece of writing.” (Sunday Independent. Trade me A Dream, Focus Theatre, Dublin 1997).
FREELANCE JOURNALIST: (1983 to 1997).
Columnist, feature-writer, sub editor, travel/ food/ wine writer, news journalist and magazine editor. Clients included Irish Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, Irish Press group, Independent group, plus several in Australia, US and UK.
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VideosDad's Red Dress
A tiny trailer for Dad's Red Dress.Barzakh...
A short film I wrote to try and highlight the dire conditions of asylum seekers and specifically the length of time it takes for a decision to be reached in Ireland. Directed by the wonderfully talented Donogh McCarty Morrogh of StormLight Productions.L.J.Sedgwick on writing
I asked a student who was working with me for two weeks to think of questions he'd like to ask me about writing and this is the result. Produced by Liam Boland.Talking about Dad's Red Dress
When he was done asking about writing, Liam Boland asked me about my books - questions that he thought would be interesting for me to answer. Not sure how well I did but here's the one he made on Dad's Red Dress, my first book.The Angelica Touch
It's my new book and I love the characters to bits --- but it has been in my head for too long! Now I'm releasing it into the wild, I try to answer some questions about the book and where it came from...
Write That Script!
by L. J. Sedgwick
A practical, comprehensive guide to screenwriting from idea to first draft and rewriting, based on more than two decades of teaching screenwriting while working as a professional screenwriter. It has all the theory you need, examples to illuminate the theory and writing exercises to enable you to put the theory into practice and finish your script.
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