One Day Introduction to Screenwriting
Venue: Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
A one-day introduction to, and celebration of, the wonderful art of SCREENWRITING.
This one-day course is designed for entry-level screenwriters. You don’t need to have any screenwriting experience to take this course BUT it is ALSO suitable for more experienced screenwriters. It will be an inspiring and re-energizing refresher, reminding you of everything that is exciting about screenwriting.
This will not be as interactive and participatory as my two-day courses – but there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker at the end of every session.
The day (10.00 am to 5.00 pm) will be followed up by a relaxed, non-pressured networking event in a nearby pub (5.00 – 8.30 pm). Here you can meet and share experiences with each other and other specially invited industry professionals in a more relaxed setting and ask any further questions that you have. These guests will be able to informally answer your questions and provide valuable insights into the craft and industry. I will send course delegates a list of the invited industry guetss before the day of the course. At the 2019 course, we had 4 very successful writers from the Channel 4 screenwriting course and about 15 industry guests from companies that included BBC Studios, Tiger Aspect, Shiny Button Productions, Neal Street Productions, Firebird Pictures etc. It will also be a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with the other writers on the course.
Schedule for the Day
10.00 – INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE – and a celebration of the best screenwriting.
10.30 – WHAT IS SCREENWRITING? a nuts-and-bolts examination of how to write a screenplay – from outlines, treatments & pitches, formatting and laying out your script.
11.30 – BREAK
11.45 – 1.00 SCREENWRITING PRINCIPLES & TIPS – how story-telling works on screen – with a series of clips to illustrate the principles discussed. The elements of a screenplay – story, character, dialogue, structure, genre / tone, stylistic devices, format, etc.
1.00 – 2.00 LUNCH
2.00 – 3.30 ANALYSIS OF A SCREENPLAY + TV EPISODE
Acclaimed Film & TV director TIM FYWELL (CRACKER, HAPPY VALLEY, CAMBRIDGE SPIES, GRANTCHESTER, WAKING THE DEAD, RIVER and most recently, THE ENGLISH GAME, a new series written by Julian Fellowes for Netflix) will undertake a SCRIPT-TO-SCREEN analysis of a favourite TV episode or feature film.
He will also answer questions about his own work as a director and about working with so many amazing screenwriters.
3.30 – BREAK
3.45 – 4.45 LIFE AS A WORKING SCREENWRITER –
Screenwriter ARCHIE MADDOCKS will talk about – Peer support – Knowing the industry – Educational & Inspirational Opportunities — Showcasing your work – Networking. And his career to date (CHANNEL 4 SCREENWRITING COURSE, INTERGALACTIC (Sky/ Moonage Pictures), development projects with several UK indies) and how he progressed from beginner to working screenwriter.
4.45 – 5.00 Q & A SESSION – your chance to ask any screenwriting question – either following up on issues raised during the day or any questions on issues not covered.
BUMPER COURSE HANDOUTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY FOR EACH DELEGATE
Meet the Course Instructors...
I have run the C4 screenwriting course for the last 9 years and am currently running it again in 2020. I was one of the 10 ‘masters’ of the teaching of dramatic writing at the new MA Dramatic Writing at Central St Martins / University of the Arts London. I ran the BBC’s in-house script editing courses for 10 years. This year I have run several courses for BBC writers room (in London, Cardiff and Salford). Among many others, I have recently run courses for Warner Bros in London, BBC Studios, De Montfort University Leicester and Vice UK. I run regular script-editing courses for SCREENSKILLS.
On top of this I run one of the most successful script consultancies in the UK, working with many different writers and independent production companies (most recently Bryncoed Productions, Silver Reel and Conker Films).
I run an industry showcase for the pick of the writers from my script consultancy. The most recent event was 100% full, packed with potential employers from many of the best broadcasters, drama-producing indies and literary agents, and there have been some notable successes from the event.
I have always hugely enjoyed working with screenwriters and helping them find their place in the industry. Last year I produced and launched the podcasts series, tributepodcasts.co.uk which has acted as a great showcase for several new, exciting dramatic writers. And I will be producing series 2 in 2020.
Archie is an emerging screenwriter and playwright. His work has been produced at the Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Orange Tree Theatre, Royal Court, and in New York at the New Light Theatre.
He has been commissioned by the Bush for a full-length play and is also currently writing a new play for Northern Stage as one of two playwrights commissioned under the Revolution Mix scheme: an initiative to increase the presence of BAME stories on the stage.
Archie’s most recent play A PLACE FOR WE was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize from a submission pile of 1900 and was also shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. It will have a production at the Park Theatre in 2020.
In 2017 Archie was a part of the BBC Writers Room “London Voices” and in 2018 he was selected as part of the prestigious 4Screenwriting course. He was also named as the writer in Residence at BBC Radio Drama London Production.
2018 saw Archie gain a commission from Vertigo Films to develop a feature about moped gangs, as well as a commission from Moonage Pictures to write an episode of their new show INTERGALACTIC for Sky.
Archie is currently in formal development with several production companies, including Tiger Aspect, Wall To Wall and Working Title TV.
As well as a writer Archie is also a stand-up comedian and was runner up in Amused Moose Laugh Off 2014, Winner of the Bath Festival New Comedian 2014, and NATYs 2014 finalist.
His debut show, Shirts Vs Skins got several 4 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and was long listed for the Amused Moose Comedy Award.
Tim Fywell is one of the most accomplished directors of drama working in UK television today. The range of his work extends from GRANTCHESTER (2014, 2016 & 2017) to HAPPY VALLEY (2014); from MASTERS OF SEX (2013) to DRACULA (2014); from CRACKER (1994, To Be a Somebody, with Robert Carlyle) to MADAME BOVARY (2000, adapted by Heidi Thomas); from Sarah Waters’ AFFINITY (2008, adapted by Andrew Davies) to THE TURN OF THE SCREW (2009, adapted by Sandy Welch); plus SILENT WITNESS, WAKING THE DEAD, THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY, DCI BANKS, LEWIS and WODEHOUSE IN EXILE (TV Movie, 2013) and BBC1 drama series RIVER (2015), created and written by Abi Morgan, starring Stellan Skarsgård.
Tim’s most recent TV project is THE ENGLISH GAME written by Julian Fellowes for Netflix.
Tim’s feature credits include I CAPTURE THE CASTLE (2003) with Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Rose Byrne and Tara Fitzgerald, and THE ICE PRINCESS (2005) with Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack and Kim Cattrall. Tim studied English at Cambridge University and began his professional career directing in fringe theatre before moving on to the West End.
Some of his theatrical credits include: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Playhouse Theatre); SKIRMISHES (Hampstead Theatre); RED SATURDAY (Royal Court); THE MOTHER COUNTRY (Riverside Studios); HITTINGTOWN (Bush Theatre); NO HAND SIGNALS (National Theatre), which he wrote and directed; I MADE IT MA TOP OF THE WORLD which he devised and directed at the Royal Court, and SPRING AWAKENING (Royal Court).
The organisation was of a high standard and we had access to a very useful networking event in the evening. We met many past graduates of Phil’s longer course and industry professionals; again testimony to Phil’s reputation that so many attended and gave their time and spoke with us so generously. Left me hungry for more. Now to sign up for the two-day course – Yes, it was that good and worth every penny or pound…!
My head was buzzing when I left and I hardly slept (which is a good thing) as I was thinking about all the idea’s I have. I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to gain some direction and help with their scriptwriting. I cannot wait until the next two-day course.
The networking afterwards was very insightful. The writers and producers that were there, gave me some great tips and hints on what to do next with my scripts.
Thank you, Philip, and everyone else who attended to make this course a fantastic day.