Screenwriting Q&A: becoming a professional

Screenwriting Q&A: becoming a professional

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.

What does straight-to-Netflix programming mean for screenwriting?

What does straight-to-Netflix programming mean for screenwriting?

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.

What factual TV can learn from drama

In his bestselling book on screenwriting Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them, John Yorke argues that all compelling stories share an underlying structure, no matter their format or genre. So what do the great storytellers of film and TV drama have to teach those who work in factual entertainment, current affairs, history/science/the arts, and documentaries – anything, in fact, that’s non-fiction? A new course explores what you can take from dramatic structure to create factual stories that resonate deeply with an audience.