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New Courses at London Film School

Writing for Hollywood: Jumping the First Hurdle with James Bartlett. Thursday 18th November, 10am-5pm

In Hollywood, thousands of scripts land on the desks of producers, agents, actors and studio executives every day. So how can you be sure that yours makes it over the first hurdle?

This new 1-day course looks at the industry expectations and standards for scriptwriting, and tackles the challenges that new and established writers will face when sending scripts to Hollywood studios, producers and companies.

By the end of the course you will be armed with the tools and knowledge to:

  • Make your script more professional.
  • Present yourself as an employable talent.
  • Get yourself and your ideas noticed.

Course Outline

The morning session will take the form of a seminar, offering industry information and advice on how to make your script a more sellable product. Whether you’re entering a competition, applying for funding or sending off writing samples, it will help your script jump that first hurdle and get noticed by discussing the business of script reading, the differences between the US and UK film industries, and the best ways to break into the US market.

Most importantly it will discuss the mistakes screenwriters tend to make, and common errors that can be instant red-flags for a reader. You’ll be given guidance on simple-to-fix problems such as formatting, sluglines and transitions.

In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to pitch YOUR script when we discuss individual projects. There will also be a general discussion about agents, screenwriting awards, career advice, the marketing of your script and the real reality checks about working in Hollywood.

Fee: £120

Improvisation for Directors in Film & TV. Monday 22nd – Friday 26th November.

This intensive 5-day course is designed specifically for directors and writer/directors who would like to use improvisation as a central component of their work, and who would benefit from workshopping a current project with professional actors.

The course is highly practical in nature, and all participants will be encouraged to ‘learn on their feet’ through active involvement in the various improvisation techniques examined. The focus will be on the relationship between the director and the actor, but there will be a component examining how improvisation can be used to improve the quality and effectiveness of the written screenplay.

Although designed with directors in mind, this course is valuable for any screenwriters who wish to move into direction, or indeed anyone who is interested in exploring the relationship between the actor and the director.

This intensive 5-day course is designed specifically for directors and writer/directors who would like to use improvisation as a central component of their work, and who would benefit from workshopping a current project with professional actors.

The course is highly practical in nature, and all participants will be encouraged to ‘learn on their feet’ through active involvement in the various improvisation techniques examined. The focus will be on the relationship between the director and the actor, but there will be a component examining how improvisation can be used to improve the quality and effectiveness of the written screenplay.

Although designed with directors in mind, this course is valuable for any screenwriters who wish to move into direction, or indeed anyone who is interested in exploring the relationship between the actor and the director.

Course Outline

The course will focus on the following key areas:

  • How to get actors to improvise successfully. How do you do it? Not all actors are trained in improvisation. Some hate it. Some love it but don’t always apply it successfully. This course will show you how.
  • Improvisation using pre-existing material – developing scenes / back – story / characterisation and deep character. This is particularly helpful for novice film-makers who want a new set of skills to develop their methods of working with actors.
  • Improvisation from scratch – how to generate story, character, and the foundations of a full screen-play from the ground up.
  • Improvisation as a rehearsal technique AND Improvisation as part of the final shooting script.
  • “Pitfalls, Bad Habits and Areas Of Concern”. Improvisation is a tool for creating drama, and can be a help or a hinderance. This course will look at how improvisation can be mis-applied, and also at some common misperceptions about the whole Impro approach.
  • “Does It Have To Be Funny?” Improvisation is a natural generator of humour, but can be used with equal success to create drama of the utmost “seriousness”.
  • Further research – What should I read? What should I watch? Where are the important areas of research in terms of using improvisation to work with actors?

During the final 3 days of the course, participants will have the opportunity to direct professional actors in scenes from their own projects.

By the end of the week, participants will have a deep working knowledge of the fundamentals of improvisational practice, and will have applied their knowledge in numerous rehearsal settings.

The course will be highly practical in nature – although full notes will be issued, and time set aside for feedback, the majority of the course will be spent workshopping the numerous techniques – expect to spend a lot of time out of your seat.

Times: 11am – 6pm. Mon-Fri

Fee: £420.

For more information on any of the courses please visit http://lfs.org.uk/courses/workshops/index.php

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