• November 2015

    The 6th London Screenwriters’ Festival was a great success. I did my usual, had a session at the Script Surgery with Euroscript. www.euroscript.co.uk Such a bonus part of the ticket. Fifty minutes one to one with a script consultant. This year I discussed a romantic comedy I’ve just started. I’m very excited about it and am busy doing the beat sheet at the moment after receiving some helpful tips and suggestions.

    Then a session at the Great British Pitchfest. It’s always good to hone pitching skills and in preparation for it a one-pager needs to be prepared. This in itself is a good exercise in how to tell your story concisely.

    The Actors Table Read is another session I enjoy each year. You send in a 3-4 page excerpt from your script and get assigned to a director and up to four actors. This year I only needed two. It is so interesting how they take your words, interpret the story and get into the character in such a short time. The director, Ed Blum, re-created the scene and by cutting parts of the dialogue showed how it could become more dramatic. The actress, Georgina Blackledge, www.georginablackledge.com took on the mantle of Helen the compliant wife who is now beginning to fight back. It was interesting to see how the power went from him, husband played by George Still, to her, back to him and then back to her again. All within an hour. Worth a fortune to a writer to see how their words are interpreted.

    The Early Bird option is open for next years’ London Screenwriters’ Festival. It will be held at Regents College again but will be earlier in the year. Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September 2016. www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com

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