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THE SCREENWRITER AND THE INDUSTRY - SUMMER SCHOOL

Join Birkbeck's exciting Summer School, organised annually as part of the MA Screenwriting programme, and get a view into the realities of being a screenwriter in the industry. We've planned five expert panel discussions and three interactive workshops that will give you a chance to exchange with leading writers in the industry. You'll hear insider advice and insights and get answers to your questions from the experts. On Sunday, 12th July, you can practice what you've learned by making your own pitch.

When: Friday, July 10th - Monday, July 13th, 2020
Where: Online (the link to the events will be provided to those who book)

View the programme here and below, and book your place above.

Free and open to the public.



PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Please note:

  • The pitching slots on Sunday, 12th July are limited and offered to Birkbeck's MA Screenwriting students in the first instance.
  • Session topics, timings and speakers are subject to change.


DAY 1: Friday, 10th July
11am – 12.30pm

A PANEL DISCUSSION
Adaptation & True Life Stories

Speakers:
Tanya Nash, Anna Maguire, Paul Gallagher

Topics include:

  • Copyright and the law
  • Agreements
  • Novels
  • Research
  • Finding Story and Structure
  • Pitfalls

Followed by audience questions.

 

DAY 1: Friday, 10th July
2pm - 4pm

A PANEL DISCUSSION
Script Development

Speakers:
Tanya Nash, Anna Maguire, Paul Gallagher

Topics include: 

  • The Principles and Practice of Rewriting
  • What is the concept? Is it film or TV or...? 
  • Genres, Audiences and Themes.  Writing Stories in Prose and Script. Co-writing.Pitching and Storytelling. Reading scripts, different kinds of reader?
  • Contracts. Working with feedback in the industry.  Project Development. Outlines, treatments, and different drafts of scripts.  Script Reports. Script Editing.
  • Rewriting.  How do you make a good script great? 

Followed by audience questions.

 

DAY 2: Saturday, 11th July
11am –12.30pm

A PANEL DISCUSSION
The Professional Writer

Speakers:
Barbara Cox, Paul Gallagher, Ken Williams

Topics include:

  • Organizing your time, and your money.
  • Different kinds of writing and commissions.
  • Copyright, High and Low concept ideas.
  • What to write, what the industry is looking for. 
  • Collecting stories. 
  • Synopses.
  • Readings, Getting feedback.
  • Rewriting. 

Followed by audience questions.

 

DAY 2: Saturday, 11th July
2pm – 4pm

A PANEL DISCUSSION
Working in the Industry

Speakers:
Barbara Cox, Paul Gallagher, Ken Williams

Topics include:

  • TV and film practice - markets, internet, co-writing, approaching and working with companies. 
  • Covering letters, pitching, meetings and contracts.
  • Working with directors, actors, script editors, producers, agents, fees and payments, lawyers, managers.

Followed by audience questions.

 

DAY 2: Saturday, 11th July
4.30pm - 6pm

A DISCUSSION
with Brian Dunnigan, writer and director

The discussion will focus on the ideas in Brian's latest book ‘Screenwriting is Filmmaking’.

Brian Dunnigan is an award-winning filmmaker and commissioned writer of feature screenplays. As head of Screenwriting at the London Film School he created and ran the highly rated MA Screenwriting programme for over a decade. His book ‘Screenwriting is Filmmaking’ was published in 2019. He lives and works in London, and runs workshops internationally.

Read more about Brian and his work here.

Chair: Paul Gallagher 

Moderator: Ken Williams

Followed by audience questions.

 

DAY 3: Sunday, 12th JULY
11am - 1pm

AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP SESSION
Storytelling: Where, When and How?

Speakers:
Paul Gallagher, Tanya Nash, Ken Williams

An interactive workshop session where the principles and practice of storytelling and pitching are explained. Then participants can try out telling their story in a friendly environment receiving constructive feedback from the panel. 

**To secure a slot to tell your story, please email Kasia Kubin at: culture@bbk.ac.uk

 

DAY 3: Sunday, 12th JULY
2pm – 4pm

AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP SESSION
The Elevator Pitch: Where, When and How?

Speakers:
Paul Gallagher, Tanya Nash, Ken Williams

An interactive workshop session where the principles and practice of pitching are explained. Then participants can try out a practice pitch in a friendly environment receiving constructive feedback from the panel. 

**To secure a slot to practice a 30-second pitch, please email Kasia Kubin at: culture@bbk.ac.uk

 

DAY 4: Monday, 13th July
6pm - 8pm

AN INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION
Where to now?

Speakers:
Tanya Nash, Anna Maguire, Paul Gallagher

What should you do to move forward in your career?
An open question session - any question answered about screenwriting and the industry!

 

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