The production of story – be it film, theatre or television – is a team effort, and as such it’s not just the writer who needs to understand how stories are told. Former Storytelling for Screen student Thomas Hescott explains how the lessons he learnt from Into the Woods helped him perfect his art, and secure a directorial role on EastEnders.
‘Writers often get so focused on the details they can’t see the forest for the trees’. John Yorke Story course tutor Chelsea Morgan Hoffman looks at the process of developing a screenplay, and the power of 5 Act structure.
Perfecting the structure of a story is what makes the difference between a good idea and a successful piece of screenwriting. In this one-to-one session, David Roden explains to a John Yorke Storytelling for Screen student core elements of five-act structure: inciting incidents, moments of hope and despair, and the point of no return.
After completing our course in Storytelling for Screen for Factual TV with John Yorke and Peter Dale, Katherine Press reveals how her passion for storytelling took her from actress to screenwriter, and why her journey Into the Woods has only just begun…
Treatments. Agents. ‘The Industry’. These are all daunting prospects for a budding screenwriter, but things that need to be tackled in order to find success. In the second part of our Q&A, award-winning scriptwriter, editor, and Professional Writing Academy tutor David Roden chats with our Storytelling for Screen students about getting their treatments just right, how to introduce themselves to agents, and the benefits of knowing a friend of a friend of a friend.
Online streaming services have moved the goalposts of TV and film, and with Netflix announcing that it will double its Originals commissions in 2016, how will this affect screenwriters? Netflix is constantly available, offering an almost endless choice, and is accessible in an instant on our phones and tablets. We can pause it, put it down and come back later – so what is it that keeps us watching a particular series? Charlotte Sabin explores.