While the festival is for professional screenwriters, we know that emerging talent could also get a huge amount from it too. As such, we have designed a specific thread through the festival, tailored to the needs of new writers. This will be about 25% of the whole festival content, the remaining sessions being targeted at pro writers.
So on Monday night… we held the first of six screenwriting workshops at the Met Film School, this one run by Claire Moorsom who has over ten years experience as a development executive. There are five sessions left now and if you would like to come to them, there are still three places. Drop me a line here and I will give you a special discount code that will drop the £299 ticket price down.
OK so here is some feedback from last nights first session…
‘I have learned much from Claire’s candid insight – it’s often the small glimpses that lead to the big a-has. Her homework is now ordered from LoveFilm and I have a dozen Premises to play with – Eight from a simple photo of a family on a lawn in front of a house. I know the genres I am happy with. So as you say, onwards and upwards, towards the 120th page.’
‘…the first session was really intensive and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t just a brief half hour seminar outlining the obvious. I think the course as a whole will prove to be quite valuable and challenging. As for my own personal aims – I’m hoping the course will help me through my feature film 2nd draft by bringing me back to some essential and effective principles. I’d also like to meet some influential people at the festival who may be looking to produce my kind of work or at least make some good contacts for the future – I’m also hoping to submit some of my work for the competitions you have running with the aim of adding to my portfolio or showcasing my work. Thanks again for the package of screenwriting seminars.’
‘The Scriptwriter’s workshop at the Met School was a positive start to the festival. A welcome chance to meet new fellow writers and it’ll be really great on day 1 of the festival to know I’ll see familiar faces. The exercises to get us thinking were really productive’
‘I thought it was great, Claire did a fantastic job. It was very useful and I’m looking forward to next week.’
‘informative, friendly, and was much more than I had hoped for. I got some useful practical tips on brainstorming ideas, not to mention a really good understanding of how much more practice I need at writing a great premise… looking forward to the next session!
Blog review here
Remember, with your ticket you will get full access to the remaining five workshops as well as the three day festival in October, but you must sign up now. Link here.
And there is more info on the AMAZING speakers at the festival here…
Onwards and upwards!
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author