Posts Tagged ‘screenplay’

From Idea to Script

10th September 2010

Galway Film CentreThe Galway Film Centre is offering a course entitled From Idea to Script running from 6.30pm to 9pm on the Tuesday evening for six weeks, starting on the 5th of October. It costs €225 unwaged/ €255 waged (These fees include membership to the Centre for the year), and the tutor is Ivan McMahon:

This course is for those who have an idea for a short film and want to put it on paper. Working closely with an experienced tutor, you will be guided through traditional screenplay structure, writing exercises,pitching your idea and group readings of your work. There will also be a talk on what is the next step to take, once you have written your script.

The tutor is available by email every week to look at participants’ rewrites. To get the most out of this course, you should have time between each class to write. There will be a fortnight long break between class 4 & 5 and class 5 & 6 to allow participants more time to work on their scripts. Any good screenplay requires work and effort and this course can help you to establish a weekly writing routine. The results can be very rewarding.

We encourage participants to email each other with their work during the week. A lot can be learned from looking at how someone else writes and also, writing is often a very solo profession where writers sometimes miss the perspective of another’s opinion. Similarly, the tutor will give feedback each week in class on everybody’s work so it is much more beneficial if you have read that work beforehand.

Class sizes are kept small so that everyone’s work gets plenty of attention and tea/coffee are provided during the break.

Due to the class size applicants are advised to apply for a place as soon as possible. Information on how to apply for the course is on the web site.

Big Smoke Screenwriting

23rd August 2010

Big Smoke Writing FactoryThe Big Smoke Writing Factory is running a Screenwriting Course, taught by Mary Kate O Flanagan.

Developing an idea through craft

This ten-week course will go over the fundamentals of screenwriting as applicable to works in progress. Participants are invited to attend with a premise they’d like to develop, an outline or an early draft. We will be looking at defining the main narrative drive of a movie and building the beats of the story from there.

The approach taken will be based on understanding how a writer’s choices affect an audience’s experience. There will be writing exercises in class as well as some light home assignments. These are designed to give writers a greater command of craft and help them shape their stories effectively.

The course fee is €350, and classes take place every Thursday from 6.30pm-9.30pm, starting September 16, 2010.

Information on how to apply for the course is on the web site.

Script Clinic

18th August 2010

FAS Screen Training Ireland IADT National Film School

FÁS Screen Training Ireland, in association with The National Film School, IADT, seeks participants for their new course, Script Clinic: Developing your project for funding.

Dates: Thursday 23rd – Saturday 26th September
Location: Dublin, Odessa Club, Dublin 2.
Fee: €200

Participant Profile
This script clinic is for emerging writers who have completed a post-graduate screenwriting course or have professional equivalent experience.  The goal is to bring projects to a standard where they will be strong contenders for funding and/or investment from producers.

Participants will have a feature film project (at outline or early draft stage) to bring through the clinic. This will not necessarily be the project they developed on their post-graduate course.

Course Profile
The purpose of the course is to bring projects completed on a course (or in isolation) to the stage where they are ready to apply funding and/or be ready to meet and present their projects to producers.

This course provides emerging writers with the opportunity to bring a project through an intensive development process that will hothouse their script under the guidance of experienced script consultants.  The clinic will provide them not only with expert feedback on their project, but also peer-to-peer feedback from other emerging writers.  Lastly there will be an emphasis on practical advice as to how to grow a career as a screenwriter, that is guidance on how emerging writers should present their work, approach producers and funders, make contacts, and develop professional relationships.

The four days will consist of lectures and workshops in the mornings with each project being brought through an individual development process in the afternoon sessions.

The course will cover the following:

  • Developing a draft of a script to deadline
  • Writing treatments and outlines
  • Replacing expositional dialogue with visual storytelling
  • Developing vivid characters
  • Approaching potential collaborators and funders professionally
  • Working successfully with producers

There will be follow-up meetings of two hours each six weeks later to give guidance and feedback on the progress each writer has made.

Tutor Profile
Mary Kate O Flanagan works as a script consultant and trainer with writers and producers in Ireland and internationally. She trained with David Howard, author of The Tools of Screenwriting and Martin Daniel, Professor of Screenwriting at USC. She is a guest lecturer at The National Film School of Ireland, has an MA in Screenwriting and is a film reviewer for Newstalk 106. She gives screenwriting workshops in Ireland for Fas/STI among others, and overseas, having designed and delivered screenwriting training across Europe and in South Africa and Botswana. Mary Kate’s own screenwriting has won awards internationally and she has several feature film projects funded by IFB/Bord Scann·n.

Rachel O’Flanagan is one of Ireland’s most experienced and highly trained script editors and has worked with leading producers and screenwriters on a variety of projects, including animation, television drama and feature films, including several award-winning and critical and commercial successes. She has been a guest lecturer in screenwriting film development and script editing at The Huston Film School, The National Film School/IADT and Filmbase and has consulted on various television and feature film projects with Irish, UK, Scandinavian and US-based production companies and writers.

Jean Rice has worked in the film and television industry for over twenty years in Ireland, the UK and the US.  She has lectured on the BA Film & Television and on the MA in Screenwriting for Film & Television at the National Film School at IADT for the last ten years.

Please apply to (with Script Clinic in subject heading) with a CV and a one-page outline of the work in progress (N.B. This can be a new project that is at outline stage; successful applicants will be asked to submit a 10-page outline or early draft a week before the course start date).

For further details contact Criona Sexton/Claire Dix at F¡S Screen Training Ireland.  Ph:  (01) 6077437/087 6720492   Email: (with Script Clinic in subject heading).  Or contact Jean Rice at IADT:

Deadline for applications:  1st September 2010.