MFA (Advanced Film Practice / Screenwriting)
at Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University (2008/2010) -
and awarded the University Programme Medal.
at Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University (2006/2008).
Selected by the Screen Academy Scotland to take part in the MEDIA funded, 2009 ‘Engage’ European training initiative for writers, directors and producers, which allowed him to further develop his feature script, Fears and Regrets, in workshops and one to one sessions at:
- The National Film School at IADT, Dublin, Ireland,
- The Baltic Film and Media School, Tallin, Estonia and
- The University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland.
BBC Writersroom Residential at Bore Place, near Sevenoaks, Kent. Following the BBC 'Sharps' screenwriting competition win (see competitions / placements), a week-long residential consisting of workshops, one to ones and lectures from writers, BBC staff and producers (2008).
Final Cut Pro editing course
at Zero-One, Westminster College, London (2008).
Playwriting Skills with Zinnie Harris
at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (2008).
Certificate in Video Production
at Stevenson College, Edinburgh (2007/2008).
Syd Field’s Seminar: ‘The Foundations of Screenwriting’,
The Script Factory: ‘TV Forum’, London (2007).
The Writers Factory: ‘Introduction to Screenwriting’
at Napier University, Edinburgh (2005/2006)
Ronnie graduated on
21st October 2010
with a Master of Fine Arts (Advanced Film Practice).
He was awarded the
University Programme Medal
in recognition of
'outstanding achievements during his programme of study.'
"Quite simply, the script was really well written. It was original
and it had a good heart; it was funny and he seemed to really
understand the characters. He's got a great eye for detail."
Actor Peter Mullan on what attracted him to play the lead in
The Neighbours (from a Scotland on Sunday article)
"This creepy, convincing film is about the anxiety of parenthood. It's unpredictable and tart, full of feeling and has great performances."
Mark Cousins, Presenter and Critic.
"Hilarious! Grabs you from the beginning."
"... a brilliantly written and impressive script ..."
Literary Manager, National Theatre of Scotland
“I laughed and I very nearly cried.
First night nerves should not detract from this very powerful piece. Great
“Simply staged, thought provoking
tales that will stay with you long after the performance.”
audience tears and laughter were testament to the strength of the writing and
performances. The simple staging ensures the audience focus on the individual
but intertwined stories of the 5 characters. These are 'real' people with
'real' stories that accurately portray the the very different impact that drugs
has on every level of society, whether users or not ! Absolutely Brilliant !!”
Mackintosh's 'in yer face' script hit home the realities of drug-taking and the
effects this has on families and those 'left behind'. Fantastic direction by
John Yule - stripped down, raw performances which worked fantastically well in
this intimate venue. Strong, charismatic performances from the cast, in
particular from Tav McDougall and Susan Coyle. A definite must-see.”
"Scripts that have come this far have shown a high techical ability, a strong story, vivid characterisation, have startled and surprised me in some way, and have proved memorable over the life of the contest. I would be happy to recommend any of the writers on this list as having genuine talent and strong commercial potential."
Philip Gladwin, Writer, Editor and Founder
of Screenwriting Goldmine
"...for the directors out there, this man is a seriously talented screenwriter
and great to work with."
“I studied the Screenwriting Masters with Ronnie at Edinburgh Napier University, and have known him as both a friend and fellow writer ever since. Ronnie brings professionalism, integrity, creativity and assured writing skills to his work as a screenwriter, and he is both destined for and deserves great success in the industry.”
Laura Anderson MA
Writer and Actress
"As well as being a skilled storyteller, making each script engaging and easy to read (no mean feat, and a skill overlooked by some writers), Ronnie's work manages to combine multiple ideas; beauty, sadness, humour, hope, in delicate and fragile ways that I personally aspire to emulate. Plus he's a thoroughly decent bloke."
"I was constantly impressed with
the bagful of ideas that Ronnie always seemed to have at his disposal, but also
at the tenacity he displayed when it came to getting them made … he is a
screenwriter of great versatility who always delivers, and I have no hesitation
in recommending him."
Programme Leader, MA Film, MFA Advanced Film Practice