Have you ever wondered what it’s like, writing for the fourth dimension? Wonder no more!
A new era dawns for Doctor Who and we have a host of its on and off-screen talent giving you the scoop on the most enduring sci-fi show of all time.
So how do you write for a show like Doctor Who? How does it approach story and characters for these exciting new times, given the rich heritage it enjoys over the past 55 years?
Join us for an in-depth look at writing for Doctor Who today….
Appearing in this session
Credits include: Doctor Who, Peep Show
Credits include: Doctor Who, Iris Wildthyme, Casualty
Credits include: Doctor Who, Wizards Vs Aliens
Screenwriting for Film and Television
In this session, writers will hear directly from professional actors what they look for in a script, what turns their “Maybes” into “Yes’s.” and what are the convincers that will make them happily work for on-a-budget (and sometimes even for free!).
Do you want to write for children, but worry about hitting the right tone? Worry no more! This panel of outstanding screenwriters will give you all the advice you could ask for to make sure your script is aimed at the right young audience.
Your characters need to connect with your audience. They drive the story through their choices. They must simultaneously be multi-layered and clearly-defined, nuanced and precise, complicated and accessible. And they must attract actors and directors.
Anne Edyvean, Head of the BBC Writersroom, provides us with invaluable tips and answers those burning questions we have about breaking in and writing for the BBC.
They met at LondonSWF events, made a Create50 film and committed to making a world class feature together… Their movie, 2:Hrs, is released on July 29th. How did they do it? How can you too?
Join Mash Report lead writer Tim Telling and executive producer Christopher Stott as they discuss the challenges of running a news-reactive television comedy show, making the transition from internet to TV and the inevitable Daily Show comparisons.
Join Tony Jordan, the man who’s become synonymous with successful prime time drama, and have your chance to ask him anything! Settle in for an inspirational and entertaining hour.
Feeling bored, confused or constrained by the old paradigms? Yet you’d like to write a tightly structured screenplay that sells? Reach a wider audience without compromising your creative integrity.
In this cracking session with Robocop writer Ed Neumeier and Doctor Who and Torchwood scribe Phil Ford, we’ll go into what science fiction is, what its conventions are, how to best write it and what the differences are between SciFi for film and TV.
Our panel of writers (both adaptors and adaptees) will examine broad strategies to help you plan your adapted works, as well as share personal anecdotes of their own adaptation journeys.
Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is a classic in sci-fi literature. Screenwriter Ed Neumeier turned Heinlein’s glorification of militarism into a satire of war and propaganda. Join us as we bug out with Ed to examine his viscerally satisfying, smart and funny examination of our own natures.
Get into the mindset of studio executives, film producers, agents, managers and TV execs to get the lowdown on High Concept, the commercial obsession with ‘Similar but Different’, Genre Bending, Gender Bending, Geo-Bending, and more.
Yes Minister Creator and Co-Writer Jonathan Lynn will discuss the development and execution of the show, and share insights into comedy writing and show structure, this session will be a must for all lovers of political satire and sitcom.
Without character, you have no story. In this session, David Baboulene discusses the primary colours of character so that you can write with greater clarity, depth and brevity.
David Baboulene demonstrates the link between the way the mind works and the way stories grip and engage us; and how you can use this knowledge to create power in your stories.
Dark and light, yin and yang… good and evil, all within us all and inside the characters we write. Scott Myers delves DEEP into powerful, authentic character exploration and development of both antagonist and protagonist in this juicy double bill.
How does theme function in relation to your story? Scott Myers will present a clear articulation of theme — what it is, how it functions, and how to use themes to both expand and focus your understanding of the stories you write.
British Screenwriter Timothy Harris wrote some of the most enduring comedies of the 80s: Kindergarten Cop, Twins and the Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd Trading Places. Access to a comedy mind like Harris’ is a fantastic opportunity to get ahead of the comedy curve for delegates.
Writing horror or paranormal? Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, Afterlife) explores what dark delights the modern genre screenwriter can learn from the demented practitioners of the past.
Lucy V Hay will be discussing the craft that underpins the writing and making of The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as its controversies. When so many writers want to conceive of storylines that ‘say something’ and send red alerts about the state of the world today, this session is unmissable!
Join Jonathan Lynn, creator of the original political comedy Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, director of some of Hollywood’s most enduring comedies such as Clue and My Cousin Vinny, in this masterclass of comedy.
Horrible Histories is a multi-award winning comedy sketch show for children, in this session, the writers will give us an in-depth insight into the creation of this ground breaking show.
How true is James Bond to real life MI6 operatives? How do the police and MI5 work together on terrorism cases? Where do Special Forces fit in? This session will provide a fascinating look into the spying game, and answer your research questions.
The LSF is overjoyed to bring Screenwriter/Director Deborah Haywood and her Producer Gavin Humphries to speak about the remarkable debut Pin Cushion; a film that has exhibitors salivating on every continent.
How hard is it to make your sitcom fresh, funny and original in 2018? We’ve brought in a gaggle of the funniest writers to answer that question and help YOUR comedy sitcom breakthrough the broadcast noise.