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GET YOUR MOVIE MADE! - Classic Cinema - Workshops for Filmmakers

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May 12th - August 25th
Fridays: 10.30 - 5pm Workshop

This is a series of day-long workshops designed for active filmmakers. The purpose of these workshops is to maximise your talent and the commercial value of your project - and to shorten the odds of getting your movies made.

We are "channelling" great filmmakers and their work. Each workshop is prompted by a classic movie (watched in advance of the workshop), but links, immediately, to the attending filmmaker’s works-in-progress.

The workshops are led by writer/producer Stephen May (Director of The Screen Arts Institute) who has worked with the best on both sides of the Atlantic; Warner Bros, Universal Studios, Working Title Films, Castle Rock Films, HBO, Film4, ITV Studios etc.

Filmmakers will work in small groups:

  • investigating the structure of their own movies and stories

  • “re-writing” through the lens of new craft ideas

  • examining the primary commercial value of their works-in-progress

  • discussing and making presentations on why the viewed movie does or does not "work"

    Attendees receive movie resources in advance of each workshop and must watch the designated movie in advance.

    These workshops are an opportunity to:

  • network with talented filmmakers and industry mentors.
  • be inspired by great work.

  • be reminded that film-grammar is arguably as important a story tool as scripts and story structure

    Places are by invitation.
    If you would like to attend, email: a one-pager, and a CV of appropriate education and experience to:
    stephen.may@thescreenartsinstitute.com

    click HERE FOR LIST OF MOVIES DISCUSSED AT EACH EVENT, plus more info.

Ticket Prices: £29 per full day workshop (£15.46 for under 25 year olds), 10% discount for full season ticket. Click any date to buy.

Resources:

19th May: "Do the Write Thing" dir. Spike Lee (click link below for resources)

DO THE RIGHT THING - Screen Arts resources

“You are a fantastic teacher/ speaker… I had a lot of fun… learned a lot.”
- Ashley Horsley, screenwriter on SAI Short Course, 2014

“I came out with two projects picked up by producers who had been a tutor and mentor – and who both won Oscars during the course. So I guess the benefits of the course and the quality of the teaching go without saying.
Longer term, after four years and countless drafts I think I’m beginning to put into practice all of the things I heard about from Steve May, Steve Brookes, John McNally and Justin Trefgarne, other staff as well as my fellow students – sometimes without thinking about it or noticing it at the time, so the teaching must have a true heuristic quality – like being taught a foreign language and find you can actually say things without it being a translation – and some of them are things you never thought before.
I could mention the sheer energy generated by the course, how people outside picked up on it and gave me more commissions in a shorter space of time than ever – give a job to a busy man I guess. One was a short for the Red Cross and one was a MIP pilot for an animation TV series from a billion dollar grossing director.
The networking with my contemporaries continues”

- Patrick Woodward, class of 2006 (responding in Oct 2010, and now commissioned by Oscar-winning producer, Peter Fudakowski, to write an original feature.)

“The SAI has been an amazing experience. I am a professional Script Editor and so story theory is something that I work with every day and the SAI, headed by Steve, manage to find new ways of opening my eyes on how to approach story. The creative writing exercises are second to none, and the fact that I don’t have to try and script edit my own work, and let other people do it for me, has been absolutely priceless. I can’t recommend it enough for any filmmakers out there…” – David P. Davis (Script Editor, Dr. Who, and now SKY Atlantic.

“I couldn’t encourage SAI enough to anyone. It’s rare to find such a positive environment for professional, creative growth with peers and mentors as experienced as the ones I’ve encountered. As a documentary filmmaker the move towards fiction has always been a daunting thought. With the help of Stephen May and my fellow filmmakers I’ve been able to develop the dramatic potential in the stories I care about while working towards writing my first screenplays for TV and Film. There’s no better programme for getting you in the room. In my time with the SAI I’ve work-shopped, shared and developed my ideas with the leaders of the industry gaining valuable feedback and contacts that will continue to inform my work for years to come.” – Zara Meerza, producer/director “Marfa, Texas” – and, while on the SAI programme, has secured an Associate Producer’s role at Warp Productions.

“The SAI programme has surpassed my high expectations. The structure and support are superb and I’d recommend the SAI programme to anyone ready to take their next step in filmmaking. Stephen May and all mentors and contributors are top industry professionals. This is a privileged position to be in. A fantastic programme for people who learn from DOING.”- Jacob Perlmutter, photographer/musician/filmmaker http://jacobperlmutter.com/home.html

“The SAI/Working Title workshop was bursting with industry know-how. As the winner I got the opportunity to meet two inspiring and influential contacts; the director Oliver Parker and WT Exec, Harriet Spencer. They both saw great potential in my project and continue to support me. Thanks to the SAI coaching, I am now one step closer to seeing my story on the big screen.” - Diana Voxerbrant, 2014



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