Script Mentoring

Why ‘SCRIPT MENTORING’?

Having a long-term relationship with an experienced industry mentor will allow for a closer working partnership and will enable you as writer to get continuous feedback on one or more projects and help you to hone your scripts so that they are ready to go out to the industry.

The relationship will allow for a combination of written feedback and face-to-face meetings. It will also combine feedback on specific projects (whether pitches, outlines, scripts) with career advice.

Mentoring relationships will last 6 months – 12 months.

The mentorships will comprise of 7 hours of meetings + 10 hours reading, written feedback.

In general, meetings will follow on ASAP after receipt of written feedback.

All meetings to be held in agreed public venues in central London unless otherwise agreed between writer & mentor. Suggested meeting places – South Bank – Royal Festival Hall, BFI. Euston area – Wellcome Collection Café, Friends Meeting House.

If mutually convenient, Skype meetings are also possible – but face-to-face meetings are preferable.

The mentorship can include professional / career guidance as well as feedback on specific projects.

The mentorships are for screenwriters in TV and film. We will also consider working with writers of theatre and radio drama.

The exact make-up of the mentoring relationship will be discussed at the initial meeting (eg whether you work on already existing scripts or start on a brand new project).

We hope to be able to connect you to development executives, producers and literary agents at the end of the mentoring programme – but this cannot be guaranteed and is dependent on your mentor’s assessment of your project/s at the end of the mentoring period. This will be assessed on a project-by-project basis. We cannot give you a guarantee at the start of the process that we will be able to help you promote and market a project.

COST – £1900. Either – all payable before start of mentorship OR, if preferred, 50% payable before start of mentorship, 50% payable after the 1st 3 months of mentorship. (These dates to be mutually agreed between mentor and writer).

NB The initial £950 will NOT be refunded if you pull out of the mentorship after the first three months.

The maximum period for the mentorships is 1 year. This will only be extended if the mentor takes more than three weeks to get feedback to you.

SCRIPT MENTORSHIP places are limited. Interested writers need to submit a sample script and writing CV to apply for a mentorship. We will let you know either way within 3 weeks of receipt of application email, CV & script. Covering emails should explain why you want to take up one of the mentorships and what you want to gain from it. (NB We won’t charge for assessing your application). You don’t need to be an experienced screenwriter to be accepted onto the script mentoring – we aim to work with both new and more experienced writers. But we will assess your level of ability – we want to work with writers who we feel we can help.

Please state in your application which mentor you would like to work with.

THE MENTORS

PHILIP SHELLEY

I have now been running script-consultant.co.uk for ten years. In that time I have worked with hundreds of dramatic writers – both brand-new and highly-experienced writers. In the past two years I have dabbled with a SCRIPT-MENTORING initiative but only now have I fully formalised a way of working that will work for me, the other mentors and hopefully you – the writers. There have been many success stories for the writers I have worked with. (see http://script-consultant.co.uk/client-testimonials/ and script mentoring testimonials at the bottom of this page).

As well as working one-to-one with writers via the website, I have done a lot of script development work with production companies – recommending writers, script-editing and advising on their projects. Companies I have advised / worked with in 2018 – Shiny Button Productions; MediaXchange, Ochre Moving Pictures (South Africa); Footnote Productions/RTE (Ireland); Silver Reel (Switzerland); Conker Films; Bryncoed Productions.

Concurrent with this work through the website, for the last 9 years I (initiated and) have run the prestigious Channel 4 Screenwriting Course – that has scouted and introduced to the TV drama industry some of the most successful TV dramatists in the UK (eg Charlie Covell, The End of The F**king World; Anna Symon, Mrs Wilson, Deep Water; Vinay Patel, Dr Who, Murdered By My Father).

I regularly run courses in screenwriting, script-editing and creativity for many different organisations (recently – Warner Bros UK; BBC writers room; ScreenSkills; BBC Studios).

KITTY PERCY

An award-winning screenwriter with a creative arts background, Kitty Percy specialises in distinctive, character-driven drama with a comedy edge. Known for both her original work and for book adaptations, her TV serial THE HAPPY ACCIDENTS, written for 4Screenwriting, is in development with Synchronicity Films. Original kidnap thriller SHOTS FIRED is being developed with Warp Films, while her innovative adaptation of YA hit novel ‘The Vanishing of Katharina Linden’ is being developed for TV as eight-parter DARKNESS FALLS. Kitty’s feminist horror script SHE WILL is soon to go into production along with two other YA adaptations: GEORGE, from Alex Gino’s novel (winner of the first Stonewall Young Adult Literature Award); and GRACE, adapted from the YA novel by Morris Gleitzman (Australian Children’s Laureate 2018). An MA in Screenwriting from the University of the Arts London and a decade of experience in a successful advertising writer/director partnership have given her industry nous, a knack for structure and a keen (but irreverent) instinct for genre and story. Kitty will be soon be directing her own award-winning short script, AFTER THE BANG, while her credits to date include the short film KISMET DINER, which collected first prize in the 2013 Manhattan Short Film Festival, and follow-up short, TOGETHER APART, winner of a D&AD Pencil and a Cannes Silver Lion.

JAMIE HEWITT

Jamie is a script editor and developer with years of experience. He has worked as a script editor on shows including Strike Back, Holby City, Father Brown and Doctors, bringing new writers on to shows and working on over 100 episodes of broadcast television.  Prior to this, he worked with producer Jonathan Cavendish (Bridget Jones) and Andy Serkis on a number of feature film projects, including Breathe and Death and Nightingales, at The Imaginarium Studios.  He has also worked on a number of international television developments for Studiocanal’s television arm, developing series with producers and broadcasters in the US, UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia and Benelux.  He is currently developing a slate of projects with Dutch-American producer Submarine Films, including hacking drama PONIES, and has a particular affinity for thrillers, family dramas/comedies, historical fiction, science fiction and horror.

Jamie has previously worked with Philip Shelley on four years of Channel 4’s prime new talent initiative, 4screenwriting, helping new writers develop scripts to help break them into television.  The writers he has mentored on the course have had success in optioning their scripts to production companies and securing their first television commissions.  

Jamie is a graduate of the NFTS script development course and is trained and experienced in working in both television and feature film.

JOE WILLIAMS

Joe has worked as Head of Development at Vox Pictures since 2015, where he developed and script edited the BBC Wales drama ‘Keeping Faith’. The series broke records on BBC iPlayer, earning it a successful nationwide run on BBC One and won a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Screenplay for its writer, Matthew Hall. Joe is presently script editing the second series.

While at Vox, Joe also script edited ‘The NHS: To Provide All People’, a film poem written to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. The one-off film, which featured an all-star cast, earned rave reviews and screened on BBC2. Joe also served as Associate Producer on ‘Time Away’, a BFI-funded short film directed by Maxine Peake.

Joe Williams has worked in television since 2011. Prior to joining Vox, Joe held development roles at Channel 4’s Drama Commissioning department, Stephen Fry’s production company, Sprout Pictures, and at the London office of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Films. He has also worked as a Drama Consultant for BBC Media Action.

Joe has strong links to exciting talent across the country through his association with the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course (on which he was a Shadow Editor in 2014 and will be Script Editor in 2019), Philip Gladwin’s Screenwriting Goldmine Prize (where he serves as a judge and mentor), and through the BBC Writers’ Room, where he has played a role in the selection process for their Drama, Comedy, and Continuing Drama schemes.  He has also worked as a script editor and freelancer for numerous production companies, including BBC Studios, Big Talk, Channel 4, Film4, Focus Features, STX International, producer Sarah Curtis and director Iain Softley.

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