If you want to study screenwriting (or just need a refresher) but don’t want to commit to one of the great Screenwriting M.A courses on offer, there are lots of shorter courses and workshops worth checking out.
The Two Phils – London – 11-12 May 2013
Skribita – Brighton – Writing TV (26-28 April 2013)
Professional Writing Academy – Into the Woods (John Yorke on storytelling for tv) – September 2013
Storylining – Manchester – March 2013
Euroscript – see website for dates
Raindance – see website for dates
Arvon – see website for dates
The Script Factory – see website for dates
The National Film & Television School (NFTS) – see website for dates
If you know of any others do post in the comments below or post details on the Script Angel Facebook Page.
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I have to confess to having a love/hate relationship with ‘Networking’. I hate the idea of it – the thought of walking into a room full of people I don’t know sends shivers down my spine. The reality is always, thankfully, a whole lot less anxiety-inducing and a LOT more fun! And it’s one of those things that is an important part of the film and television industry so it’s better to embrace it if you want to get on in this business.
Some networking gatherings are, admittedly, hard work, where you feel like there’s a gang and you’re just not in it. Others, and the London Screenwriters’ Festival is one of these, are warm, open and friendly. Whether you’re sitting in a session or standing in a queue for coffee the chances are that the person next to you will say ‘hello’ and introduce themselves. If they don’t and you do, you’ll almost certainly be met with a smile and the start of a conversation in return.
I would approach any networking opportunity with a mixture of planning and open-mindedness. Make sure you do your homework about who else will be there and don’t be afraid to approach people you admire or want to work with. That said, I’ve seen people be so focused on meeting the ‘big cheeses’ that they’re rude and dismissive to anyone else that deigns to say ‘hello’. New friends, champions and collaborators can come from the unlikeliest of places so keep an open-mind about meeting people you haven’t heard of and aren’t already targeting like a heat-seeking missile.
Dominic Carver has done a great blog post ‘Ultimate Guide’ to the London Screenwriters’ Festival and I’ll be doing a session there on Surviving Development. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet you can get £22 off the ticket price by using Discount Code ‘SCRIPTANGEL2012’. Make sure you come and say ‘hi’ on the day.
The London Screenwriters’ Festival is a fantastic networking opportunity but there are plenty of others worth looking into. Check out my Events Diary covering the UK and USA events for screenwriters.
Lots of UK writers have been asking me recently about breaking into Hollywood so here’s my advice.
Pretty much the same advice applies whether you’re breaking into your home market or a foreign market and my top tip for both is DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Just as I’d expect a writer applying to write on ‘Holby City’ or ‘Coronation Street’ to watch the show and know it well, so you have to know the market you’re trying to crack, whatever and wherever it is.
If you’re a UK writer wanting to write UK films you’d be researching UK film production companies, right? So, do the same thing for Los Angeles. Learn which production companies and studios make what films. If you’re into the UK market you’d get Broadcast and Moviescope. For the US market there are loads of great magazines and websites to help you keep track of who’s making what – try Deadline Hollywood, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. There are also subscription sites like TrackingB, Tracking Board, DoneDealPro, ItsOnTheGrid and Screen International.
If you want L.A representation, find out who represents the Hollywood writers whose films you love. The websites that track film script sales always mention who represents the writer so you can build up a picture of the L.A literary agent scene pretty quickly.
Although you can certainly make approaches to Hollywood from the UK, in her ScriptChat Q&A, Los Angeles literary manager Jenny Frankfurt also recommends getting out to L.A and networking in person. One great way to do this is through the Hollywood Field Trip. It’s a bit pricey but the feedback from those writers that have been is that it was money incredibly well invested in their careers. Right now the guys have got 2 spots remaining on their October trip and are offering £200 off the price. Do get in touch with them if you’re interested.
If Hollywood is the market you want to write for then you should GO FOR IT – good luck and I’ll see you there!
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