From plotting your first draft to pitching your script to a producer, this comprehensive one day seminar covers everything you need to know about screenwriting. Learn the basics of the art – and the business – of writing scripts from our panel of world-class experts, including acclaimed story editor Kate Leys and leading agent Nick Marston.
If you want to start writing screenplays, or just want to know how other people do it, this is a rare opportunity to pick the brains of some of the film industry's leading talents.
This full-day event features talks from a panel of experts and explores all angles of the screenwriting process, from writing to pitching to working with agents. There will also be the chance to ask questions. This is a rare opportunity to hear from some of the film industry's leading talents about how they write for film and how you can too.
- Keynote talk from celebrated story editor Kate Leys
- A session from a leading writer's agent, Nick Marston of Curtis Brown, who will talk about how to get yourself noticed and working
- In-depth interview and Q&A sessions with leading screenwriters. They will share their own experiences and offer practical advice on topics varying from character and dialogue to script structure and getting your work noticed
This course is for you if...
You're an aspiring screenwriter, just starting out writing scripts or a curious film lover wishing to learn more about the craft of screenwriting.
Kate Leys is a script editor who works mainly on feature films. She has been head of development at several companies including Film4, where she was based for five years, commissioning and developing films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Trainspotting and The Full Monty.
Nick Marston is chairman of the Theatre, Film and Television department at talent agency Curtis Brown and one of Britain's leading agents of writers and directors. Nick's clients include the writers Rowan Joffe, Enda Walsh and Hossein Amini.
More speakers to be added.
Dave Calhoun is the Film editor at Time Out London. He has written on film for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Sight & Sound and other publications, and he regularly broadcasts on Sky TV and BBC Radio and TV and hosts film events at cinemas across London. He was previously Deputy editor of Dazed & Confused magazine.
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