First up, my own workshop weekend, hurrah, at the lovely Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole (officially my new favourite venue: cinema, theatre, cafe, concert hall - very impressive). The weekend course - How to Get Ahead in Screenwriting - is taking place on the 5th and 6th of April. Tickets cost £185 (concessions for Writers' Guild members, £175, proof required), including lunch/refreshments. As far as I know, you also get a free screenwriting/film book on registration (not sure what exactly, Rosie's sorting it out) and there's also Bar Talk - a social networking drinkie - on the Saturday night for attendees to meet with other filmmakers, screenwriters and film personnel from across the region.
Anyhoo, the key aim of the course is to give a two-day workshop full of invaluable, practical support and recommendations on how to move your freelance career nearer to the goal of becoming a full time screenwriter. More a 'How to Cope' and 'What to Expect' rather than a 'How to Write' or 'Follow the Rules'. Still, we'll be looking at some craft issues: practice pitching, prepare attention grabbing log lines, treatments and synopses, etc. And BAFTA nominated writer/director Tim Clague is doing two guest slots over the weekend so you don't have to listen to me witter on for six hours straight.
If you'd like to attend, then phone/contact Lighthouse box office, or contact Rosie Jones for full details (rosie @ creativethoughtsproductions.co.uk).
Also happening in Poole (centre of the universe, y'know) is the Prequel to Cannes event, which had a terrific launch last year and looks set to be another great evening of networking, mentoring and, um, booze (again, all thanks to Rosie).
Thursday, 27th March, 2008 6pm - 10pm. Here's the blurb:
"Prequel to Cannes is a networking event for the professional film community. Founder and screenwriter, Rosie Jones of Creative Thoughts Productions Limited, created PTC with the specific aim of providing information on how to attend international film markets, as well as providing a forum for filmmakers to meet and discuss film projects and therefore create a united film community from within the heart of the Wessex Region. This year, we have six agencies providing opportunities for filmmakers and film artists to discuss their projects or business needs in a private, twenty minute, one-to-one pre-booked consultation slots, as well as a number of local bodies who will be available to discuss or advise on how their agency may be able to assist film artists.
The main purpose of the evening is for filmmakers and film personnel to mingle and network and discuss current and future projects… It is a really enjoyable, entertaining and informative evening providing opportunity for collaboration as well as networking and if last year is anything to go by there is no reason why that shouldn’t be the case again…"
Included in the ticket Price:
When pre-paying the ticket through Lighthouse, the choice of up to three, one-to-one consultations with any of the formal agencies (subject to availability). Complimentary drink on arrival and refreshments throughout the evening. Golden Giveaways – film related publications. Platinum Giveaway – One lucky ticket holder will win the use of the gallery to showcase their film in the Autumn of 2008. Film Showcase – a selection of filmmakers’ work. IT Suite – use of one of the six MAC’s to promote your work through the use of the DVD’s, the internet or your website.
Contact details like above, Lighthouse Arts Centre or Rosie Jones direct.
Up in Scotland, Adrian Mead is doing another course, all about adapting stories for the big screen. Over two days of lectures, case studies and interviews, Adrian will demystify the ART AND BUSINESS OF ADAPTATION. This unique class will answer all your questions and show you how to access an endless source of rich and exciting material.
Visit Mead Kerr's website for full details and testimonials. It's on Sat & Sun 15th & 16th March, in Edinburgh. £120 incl VAT and lunch. So it's coming up fairly quickly but I think there's a few tickets left, and I believe Lucy's going along so there will be at least one blogger-friendly face to look out for. To book, email info @ meadkerr.com
And would you Adam and Eve it, there's even MORE exciting workshops (in Bournemouth/Poole, natch) and stuff to tell you about. Local production company White Lantern Film is delighted to present a series of workshops with industry professionals and practitioners to widen the opportunity of learning about film related topics.
‘Acting to Camera’
Are you currently a professional or amateur actor and looking to expand your skills into acting on screen? Or, do you think you have what it takes to become an extra in films? If so this one-day interactive and intensive workshop, run by international actress Sasha Paul, is for you. It is anticipated that participants will have some acting experience.
Saturday, 12th April 2008.
9.30AM - 5.30PM
Bar Talk – Networking opportunity in Lighthouse Bar
Concessions for members of Equity £80 (proof required)
‘The Basics of Screenwriting’
A one day workshop with Danny Stack (hello!), which will set writing enthusiasts on the road to creating their first script. This course looks at character and story structure along with how to layout a script and the use of script devices. To get the most benefit from the workshop, it is recommended that participants should have a strong interest in film or television.
Saturday, 19th April 2008.
Guest Speaker: Tim Clague
Bar Talk – Networking opportunity in Lighthouse Bar
Concessions for members of The Writers’ Guild of GB £80 (proof required)
‘How to make an Award Winning Documentary’
This intensive one day Workshop is designed to equip the confident filmmaker or writer, with the skills to find stories in the simplest of places and turn them into a documentary that will touch the heart of the audience. Suitable for auteurs, camera operators, filmmakers or screenwriters and anyone looking to break into Documentary Filmmaking.
With the legendary Documentary Filmmaker Eric Harwood (The Boy whose Skin Fell Off).
Saturday, 10th May, 2008
9.30AM – 5.30 PM
Bar Talk – An opportunity to network in Lighthouse Bar
Concessions for members of the Writers’ Guild of GB or other film related guilds. £80 (Proof Required)
Phew, got all that?! Move along now.