Advanced Structure: From Procedural to Longform, terrestrial to Netflix and beyond… With John Yorke

with John Yorke

Advanced Structure: From Procedural to Longform, terrestrial to Netflix and beyond… With John Yorke image

What is structure? Where does it come from and how to make it work for you…?

The number one reason why great ideas, characters and stories fail at the final hurdle is poor structuring. John Yorke should know. As the former head of Ch4 Drama, BBC Drama, Company Pictures and 2016 Golden Globe winner for Wolf Hall; these are clearly the credentials of someone who knows their shit.

Add to that the fact that John took a sabbatical to research and write perhaps the greatest book on story structure ever written, ‘Into The Woods’, and you know this one day masterclass from the London Screenwriters Festival will be a gamechanger for your script and career.

This masterclass is returning after a sell out performance last year, and re-booted specifically to address the voracious appetite from consumers and producers for long form story telling (particularly from Netflix and their viewers, and other emerging on-demand channels, platforms and technologies).

And expect to roll your sleeves up, this class will have a practical element that will get you into action.

When: Wednesday 13th September 2017
Where: Regents University, Regents Park
How Much: £48.50
Time: 9:30am to 5:30pm

Master the structure

  • Master the single structure that is present in all great stories
  • Understand how all other story models fit within this single structure
  • Address how structure and character can be successfully integrated into pilots and stretched over entire seasons
  • Learn to see the DNA beneath your story, characters, premise, situation, action and dialogue
  • Learn how that DNA works, how to modify it, and how you can better use it in all your stories moving forward
  • Practice rapidly developing stories within this structure

Master the business

  • Understand the needs of the business, beyond your story and script
  • Learn how your story must adhere to strict industry structure needs and why
  • Learn to think like a story development executive or producer in order to meet the needs of the business
  • Learn how to remove the road blocks that can cause your deal and project to falter even if it is great writing
  • Practice rapid story development and pitching

Crossroads

  • Where these two worlds meet is the crossroads of success.
  • Find the crossroad for your project.
  • Find the place where business and art work together to meet the needs of both.

Pilar [and John Yorke]_2015_063And consider, this crossroads is where John lives. A master of structure. A professional with an extraordinary track record.

‘I understand a lot better now how to create a premise that works for commissioners, what questions they ask, and how to pitch it.’
Kristina Day, Screenwriter

‘John Yorke knows story structure inside and out and taught us in a way that was simple, engaging and memorable.’
KT Parker, Screenwriter

‘John Yorke was amazing, the cave/forest/wood concept was a real ‘unlock’ moment for me.’
Matt Harlock, Screenwriter & Director

‘John Yorke’s session was fantastic – I learned loads and he simplified everything into easily digested stuff.’
Sarah Cassidy, Screenwriter

‘John Yorke gave the best explanation and POV on story structure I’ve ever heard!’
Mike O’Reilly, Screenwriter

‘In a film world obsessed with structure, there was something refreshingly honest about John Yorke standing up in front of a room full of writers and stating that structure gurus had him seriously worried. So worried, he’d become one.’
Tom Kerevan, Screenwriter & Producer

When: Wednesday 13th September 2017
Where: Regents University, Regents Park
How Much: £48.50
Time: 9:30am to 5:30pm

Appearing in this session

John Yorke

John Yorke – MD Angel Station

Credits include: Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life On Mars

John Yorke is Managing Director of Angel Station where he works as a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling.
John Yorke

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