Script editors are an integral part of developing a writer’s initial idea into a truly compelling TV show or film. In this interview, John Yorke Story’s Katherine Press speaks with script editor and development consultant Jessica Jones about ironing out problems with writers, understanding how stories work and what questions you should be asking your script.
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 can be daunting words for a budding screenwriter, but things you need to get to grips with to progress. John Yorke Story tutors chat with 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.
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.