Adrian Reynolds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Crime, Graphic Novels, Horror, SciFi & Fantasy, Plays and Scripts

Writer Biography

First job was as a copywriter, which when I was headhunted led me to London, where I attended the London Cartoon Centre, put together a well-received comics anthology, and was approached by Marvel. Moving to Nottingham, I studied scriptwriting at The Sandfield Centre under John Wood, who turned out to have written and performed in the first play I remember seeing as a child.

I did my first film treatment based on my first play, Probably A Robbery. It secured me a meeting with Four Weddings And A Funeral producer Tim Bevan. Nothing came directly from that, but it helped lead me to develop film projects for production companies and filmmakers, and with the work I was starting to do in script development I was selected to deliver scriptwriting classes by the UK Film Council.

Along the way, Ive scripted episodes of Doctors for the BBC, written a sample script for The Bill while spending time with the shows writers and editors, and developed a tv series of my own that has yet to find a home The Sharp End, set in the world of drugs work. Ive also had a short film tour internationally with British Council support, had plays performed, and short stories published.

Since working on computer games and interactive projects, I’m increasingly fascinated by the possibilities for writers in the modern media landscape. Together with producer Gael McLaughlin and artist Andy Tudor, I’m part of a new venture – Storia – geared to developing storyworlds to be realised in all media. Gael’s project Madam Samurai has a gaming app on the way, and there is serious interest in the project from TV and film. Spacers, which Andy and I concocted, has attracted investment from a Malaysian entrepreneur with interests in theme parks.

I do some work as a coach and trainer, and bring these skills together in 1:1 and group work with writers and anyone interested in creativity more generally. Clients include Screen East, University College Chester, and Nottingham City Council.


Selected Publications

Write By Your Side. A 3 volume digital anthology. The first two parts contain around 200 previously published pieces, split between articles on writing, and reviews designed to be of value to writers. The third comprises otherwise unavailable scripts and treatments, examples of the kind of projects you might be asked to develop in the course of your career, with supporting notes.

Discordia, a comics anthology I edited for the London Cartoon Centre.

Contributed To

Naked City, a short story anthology by Route Publications, features my short story Rules of the Game.

Out Of Place, a digital collection edited by Steven Ormosi, includes my short story Something Rex.

Performances & Workshops

Breaking In, play performed at Nottingham Playhouse; Newcastle University; Hen & Chickens, London; a festival in Arundel; and at Leicester Y Theatre and De Montfort University.

Out of the Night, storytelling piece with dancers and music, Nottingham Playhouse and International Community Centre, Nottingham.

In Your Head, play with numerous performances around the East Midlands including the Visibility International Disability Arts Festival.

Dancing With The Captain, play at Nottingham Playhouse.

Probably A Robbery, play performed at a festival at the Sandfield Centre in Nottingham.

All Nottingham Playhouse performances have been off-stage.

I have run workshops on creativity and scriptwriting for clients including Confetti, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham City Council, LOCA in Huddersfield, University College Chester and Screen East.

Prizes & Awards

Times Screenwriting Festival Prize.

Bridport Prize runner-up with short story Killing the Goodness.

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Volunteering
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    I was selected by EM Media to go on the UK Film Councils Train the Trainers course, which taught me to deliver Phil Parkers Introduction to Screenwriting: I ran the class at Confetti three times, for students aged 18-65. I later attended Phil Parker’s class on writing for low budget film, and attended other events with successful producers.

    As a script editor, I worked on the 2005 DV Shorts for Spool and EM Media. Applicants could spend an hour with me for free. Those who did had their chance of being shortlisted tripled, and I had no input in the selection process. I subsequently worked on the films in Britfilms Three Minute Warnings series.
    I have worked extensively with an international client base of novelists, scriptwriters and filmmakers to help them develop their work. I use a coaching approach as well as script editing skills, interested just as much as a client’s career and life goals as the place of a particular project within them.

    I have over twenty years experience as a copywriter, and have written everything from brochures and websites to radio ads and conference speeches, as well as corporate videos and drama for use in training.

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