• John Yorke

    It was a great way to end February by going to Advanced Structure with John Yorke (https://www.johnyorkestory.com/) at Ealing Studios. This was organised by Chris Jones -https:www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com

    For anyone across the pond in the US, John will be at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit from April 5th to 8th 2019. If you get the opportunity to go to one, or both, of his classes – do it. https://screencraft.org/

    Ealing Studios is a television and film production company and facilities provider at Ealing Green in west London. Will Barker bought the White Lodge on Ealing Green in 1902 as a base for film making, and films have been made on the site ever since. It is the oldest continuously working studio facility for film production in the world. The current stages were opened for the use of sound in 1931.

    Since 2000, Ealing Studios has resumed releasing films under its own name, including the revived St Trinian’s Franchise. In more recent times, films shot here include Shaun of the Dead (2004), as well as The Theory of Everything (2014) and The Imitation Game. (2014). Interior scenes of Downton Abbey were shot in Stage 2 which is where we were. The Met Film School London also operates on the site.

    One hundred and twenty of us spent Saturday and Sunday, 23rd and 24th February with John as he patiently explained and illustrated with excerpts from various feature films and also television series and serials how to structure a story.

    The method he uses can be adapted for all writing be it screenplays, plays or novels. To help us use and understand these methods, before the end of each session we were split into groups of five and given writing exercises, the results of which we then had to present to the audience. This was great fun although sometimes too much time was spent talking through what we should be writing about rather than actually writing it.

    It was good to meet up with several familiar faces from previous London Screenwriting Festivals.

    If you are serious about writing I would recommend going to any of John’s events. https://www.johnyorkestory.com

    Successful writing!

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