Ashley Pharoah, award-winning writer and creator of shows including Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and Wild at Heart, dropped by our classroom to take questions from our John Yorke Story for Screenwriting students. Here they discuss pitching, his development as a writer and the often long wait from script to screen.
What’s the key to great comedy? How can you engage the audience while still making them laugh? What should a new writer look out for? Actress, writer and producer Katherine Press met up with BBC Studios Executive Producer for Comedy Simon Nicholls to clear up all these questions and more in an exclusive interview for John Yorke Story.
Farah Abushwesha is a BAFTA-Nominated Producer, Amazon Best-Selling Author, and a 2017 Screen International Star of Tomorrow. She’s also the Founder of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition, an initiative created to give talented fledgling screenwriters a headstart in the industry. Professional Writing Academy moderator, actress, writer and producer Katherine Press sat down with Farah at BAFTA HQ to talk Rocliffe, filmmaking and her top tips for new writers.
You’ve written your story, now how can you test whether or not it’s as good as it can be? In Into the Woods and on his online courses John Yorke recommends asking 10 questions to check you’ve got your story straight: an approach as relevant to business, science, marketing and tech stories as it is to dramatic narratives.
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.