Acting Up: Writing to Attract the Killer Cast

Acting Up: Writing to Attract the Killer Cast image

‘George, you can type this sh*t, but you sure can’t say it.’
– Harrison Ford on STAR WARS

We all do it. Imagine our favourite actors saying our lines, maybe even write roles for a specific actor – without any notion of how to make that fantasy a reality.

While we obsess over story, structure and characters on the page, we lose sight of the fact that the most valuable asset to marketers is often the actors. ‘The face on the poster’ puts the ticket-buying public in the cinema.

Unless you have direct contacts, creating three-dimensional, authentic characters is the key to attaching the best names to elevate your script.

In this session, you will hear directly from professional actors what they look for when a script comes across their desk, what turns their ‘Maybes’ into ‘Yeses’, and what convinces them to happily work for scale (and sometimes even for free!).

Screenwriting for Film & Television

Beneath the Tunic: Writing and Making the BBC Historical Epic Poldark

Beneath the Tunic: Writing and Making the BBC Historical Epic Poldark

The perfect blend of action, adventure and romance, Poldark was one of the most watched shows in Britain. Meet Debbie and the team and find out how it was written, why it was such a success and how to keep audiences coming back, season after season.

Developing a Hit TV Show

Developing a Hit TV Show

Would you like to know how original serials and procedurals are REALLY designed? If the “over the counter” stuff leaves you confused or wanting, you’ve come to the right place: There’s more to TV series development than the superficial five-act paradigm!

What Makes a GREAT Adaptation?

What Makes a GREAT Adaptation?

How to identify the elements that lead to getting sold and produced. Adaptations are so ubiquitous: about half of Hollywood movies are adaptations, which also includes movies based on real people. An interesting novel doesn’t always become an interesting movie, nor does an interesting life.

Writing for TV in the Era of Streaming Services

Writing for TV in the Era of Streaming Services

With the global video-streaming market expected to be valued at over $125 billion dollars by 2025, the trend is clear: the streaming market is not just for tech nerds anymore. Come to this panel for the best strategies to find your audience on Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, or elsewhere in the exciting world of streaming.

Writing World-Class Longform TV: Sorting the ‘Bait’ from the ‘Bull’

Writing World-Class Longform TV: Sorting the ‘Bait’ from the ‘Bull’

Get your TV project in the best shape it can be for both a competitive and exciting marketplace in 2020.

All You Need Is a Girl and a Gun* (*Jean-Luc Godard)

All You Need Is a Girl and a Gun* (*Jean-Luc Godard)

From Miss Marple to Dana Scully, numerous renditions of female TV detectives have always styled out the televisiual crime scene. This panel discusses why she holds such a fascination for the viewer, how writers have evolved her across the years, and where, in a post-Me Too landscape, she is likely to head next…

Writing for the Female Gaze Part III

Writing for the Female Gaze Part III

For the third straight London SWF, we bring this thought-provoking, mind-opening session to screenwriters. The Female Gaze returns. With some of the most groundbreaking and trailblazing wonder women in the industry, we continue the conversation that affects ALL of us.

Inside the Writers' Room

Inside the Writers' Room

Ever wondered what it’s REALLY like inside the writers’ room? How does collaboration work? How do you crack a story? What happens when the ideas dry up? Or when no one agrees? Get the inside scoop from TV legend Tony Jordan, experienced showrunner and creator of some of Britain’s best-loved shows.

How Do You Get a TV Movie from A to Z to TX in a Year?

How Do You Get a TV Movie from A to Z to TX in a Year?

Hear how writer Barbara Machin, producer Jane Steventon and director Justin Molotnikov took the low-budget feature Susan Hill’s Ghost Story from inception to transmission on Channel 5 in only a year and the trials and tribulations they faced.