Second Light Screenwriting Lab
Following The Network, I’m eager to get as much experience in the TV and Film industry as possible which has led me to apply for more schemes. Last week I applied for Second Light Screenwriting Lab, a three day training course specifically on my key area of interest, (can you guess?) Script Writing.
The workshop is run by Second Light, a UK wide organisation that uses film and media production to develop skills in young people, and The Script Factory the UK’s leading script development agency. It is supported by the Creative Skillset FilmSkills Fund and is designed to support emerging writers, producers and directors and give advice, share skills and techniques and offer career development tips in the context of the UK film industry.
I’m excited to say; I was chosen!
I’ll be attending the Liverpool workshop which includes guest speakers Frank Cottrell Boyce (who wrote the Olympics Opening Ceremony Script as well 24 Hour Party People and Brookside) and Martin Wallace (writer of Small Creatures and director of Blunt). The three days will include lecture sessions, practical exercises and sessions with industry professionals such as agents, producers, working screenwriters and a TV Drama Commissioner.
We’ll also look at the role of screenwriters and developers, discuss the principles of screenwriting structure and examine the premise and structure of our own story ideas. As well as this we’ll look at how successful screenwriters use settings, visual motifs and symbolism to tell their story. There will also be the opportunity to pitch our own projects and receive guidance and feedback from the professionals.
This will be fantastic training and will hopefully help me complete the feature length screenplay I’ve been working on and also find about who are the right people to pitch it to. As well as this I hope to pick up new skills and ideas about screenwriting and to understand the craft further.
I feel very lucky to have been selected for another brilliant opportunity and I can’t wait to make the most of every minute and absorb all the information, guidance and advice.