In this unmissable and epic session, we will breakdown a screenplay with an entire production team – cast, director, producer, production designer, costume designer, first AD… The whole team on stage as they translate the screenplay into a schedule and budget.
Expect to have your eyes opened and to experience a series of lightbulb moments as the production machinery behind a film or TV show is fully revealed. Festival director Chris Jones’ favourite session by far.
Appearing in this session
Credits include White House Farm, Endeavour, Seed of Chucky
Credits include The Black Prince, Hetty Feather
Credits include Strange, The Escapist
Screenwriting Practical Help
Join our distinguished panel of successful screenwriters as we deep-dive into patterns, habits and strategies to reveal 50 ways to literally get more from your time, resources, contacts and imagination. Some are simple, others cerebral, many challenging… but ALL will increase your probability of success.
The story we choose to tell is compelling, or we would not choose to tell it in the first place. So what can we do to the words we write to elevate it into a page turner? Five experts reveal the 50 ways YOU can improve your script RIGHT NOW.
How do screenwriters balance staying faithful to facts with making a narrative work dramatically? How many liberties can you take before leaving reality behind? This session will explore these and other questions involved in adapting stories based on real events and consider how these relate to YOUR projects.
If you have a problem with your end, you really have a problem with the beginning. Every payoff needs a setup. The more satisfying the payoff, and we all love a good ending, the more work the writers have done in the first thirty pages of the script.
In this session, we will be confronting many of the immediate reasons a producer, reader or exec might put down your script within ten minutes and reach for the next one on the pile.
Character transformation is at the heart of most screenplays, but why is it so important? Is character transformation just a tried and tested Hollywood formula based on outdated hero myths?
How exploring the innate yet immutable web of connections between genre, subject matter and theme can help you tell more engaging and profound stories.
Hollywood’s take on technology is more important than you think. William Goldman famously said that, in Hollywood, nobody knows anything. But it’s not true. Many of Hollywood’s directors, producers and screenwriters know a lot about science.
How to use stakes, scope and scale to tell BIG stories in small settings. Writing to get produced, even on lower budgets, will significantly improve your chances of getting your script to set. And everyone loves a high-stakes story in a smaller setting and reduced scale…
It’s not always easy to see them, but 90% of the flaws in your screenplay can be self-diagnosed, providing you know how to analyse a script.
A story is a conversation between a writer and an audience. A writer encodes using knowledge gaps. The audience decodes using subtext. That, right there, is the substance of every story ever made.
The writer’s principle means of generating story magic in the mind of the reader or viewer is through the choices made by compelling characters. In this session, you will discover the six questions you should ask each of your characters.
Ultimately, a story is built in the the audience’s imagination. They do all the important work long after the writer is gone and forgotten. Understanding how your story provokes the audience’s mind is both the magic of story and the key to great writing.
Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!
Crime and thriller are the most popular genres in film and television. Discover the secrets of crafting a killer crime story and find out how to use mystery techniques to hook an audience… whatever your genre.
Pixar Studios is THE most successful filmmaking group in history. The biggest key to their success? Their understanding of and commitment to STORY. Learn how the master storytellers at Pixar employ these narrative dynamics to imbue their movies with compelling themes and universal emotional appeal.
Scene description offers a writer the opportunity to express their unique voice. How? Through the marriage of genre and style. Scott Myers debunks the mythical screenwriting ‘rules’ and demonstrates the ways in which successful professional writers convey their voice through screenplay style.
A well-drawn Nemesis will enliven a screenplay by functioning as a worthy foe to the Protagonist and creating the story’s central conflict. Learn how to think of the Nemesis as a projection of your Protagonist’s shadow enabling you to create a psychological connection between these two pivotal characters.
The best way to prepare yourself for a career as a professional screenwriter is to approach the craft as if you already ARE a professional screenwriter. With over thirty commissioned film and TV writing projects to his credit, Scott Myers will clue you into twenty-plus tips and techniques he has picked up over the years.
Whether you aspire to be an international superstar like Phoebe Waller-Bridge or a self-contained storyteller controlling every detail of your material, the path to success may just lead through the Edinburgh Fringe. Join this panel for a rollicking conversation about the thrills and pitfalls of bringing your project to Edinburgh.
This session will explore how a screenplay can be written in such a way that it does not follow the standard hero’s/heroine’s journey structure of traditional Hollywood films, but instead reflects the essential characteristics of the protagonist through the use of motifs – or “fractals”.
Creating a scary horror screenplay is daunting. The universality of fear – ironically – makes it difficult to access in an audience. Join veteran independent horror writer/director Pat Higgins for cool tips on how to thrill and chill your audience. You may take a whole seat in this session, but you will only need… THE EDGE!
Finding time to get words on the page plagues us all. Join writer Pat Higgins as he guides you through the tricks and techniques he has developed in his decades in the business. He will show you how to get from vague idea to solid screenplay in 30 days without giving up the day job…AND how to have fun doing it.
If you come from an underrepresented background, you know the obstacles between you and a career in The Industry. So join the conversation, as Jay Harley asks “What can we do to break through?”
Many writers see competitions as the best way to get recognised. Hear from festival organisers, readers, and winners about the pros and cons of each competition, and how to use them as a springboard to the next level.