How To Be A Successful Screenwriter: Patterns, strategies and tactics for a lifelong career

Room: Herringham Hall
Time: Saturday 2:00pm

with Robert Thorogood, Amma Asante, and Chris Jones

How To Be A Successful Screenwriter: Patterns, strategies and tactics for a lifelong career image

Watch This Session

Death In Paradise, the primetime BBC 1 cop show was created and written by Robert Thorogood.

Amma Asante is a British screenwriter and filmmaker whose film ‘Belle’ is on screens now, and the story of how it got made and what happened subsequently is as dramatic as the movie itself.

What they both have in common is they are a ten year or more ‘over night’ success. They have the battle scars to prove it, but they found success by marching through.

Join Robert and Amma as they share with LSF Creative Director Chris Jones their personal insights into what makes a successful screenwriting career. Expect to leave both informed AND inspired.

Ahead of this session you can read one of Robert’s screenplays for Death In Paradise (now on the private delegate page) and you can also listen to a podcast Chris recorded in the very first year of the Screenwriters’ Festival when Robert just got his big break by winning the Red Planet competition with his spec TV show Caribbean Cops which later became Death In Paradise.

If you are looking for information and inspiration, this session is guaranteed to deliver the goods.

Listen to the podcast from when Robert just got his break below.

Appearing in this session

Amma Asante

Amma Asante – Writer & Director

Credits include: A Way Of Life

Writer and Director Amma was recently announced as one of Variety's ‘10 Directors to Watch’ this year.
Amma Asante
Chris Jones

Chris Jones – Filmmaker and author

Credits include: Oscars shortlisted Gone Fishing, the Guerilla Handbooks and a bunch of feature films

Chris has spent his life making movies, writing books  and helping others make their movies.
Chris Jones
Robert Thorogood

Robert Thorogood – Screenwriter

Robert is the creator and lead writer of the 8 x 60' BBC 1 television series 'Death in Paradise', his first broadcast credit.
Robert Thorogood

Screenwriting Practical help

2B or not 2B! - Make your scripts water tight (even that tricky bit in the middle)

2B or not 2B! - Make your scripts water tight (even that tricky bit in the middle)

You plowed through act one, wrote some entertaining fun and games and then … you got stuck.  Don’t worry.  “Act 2B” is conquerable! You’ll leave this class with your story strengthened and some of your most pressing writing problems solved.

Actors Table Read: LIVE

Actors Table Read: LIVE

How do actors and a director approach your screenplay? What happens when your words are reinterpreted through other artists? Join us for a sensational live onstage performance and deconstruction of one LSF delegate’s script.

Brainstorming Through The Block

Brainstorming Through The Block

Stopped in your tracks by where to go next with a plot point, a character, or a scene? Or maybe you feel it’s just not happening today? Pilar will show you a number of tools that will immediately and powerfully unstick your creativity so the words continue to flow.

Dynamic Dialogue

Dynamic Dialogue

Pilar Alessandra, Hollywood Script Consultant, is here to help you spice up your scripts with memorable, engaging and dynamic dialogue.

Manifesting Success

Manifesting Success

Following his packed to capacity sessions in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Chris Jones is back to run this highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

Great American Pitchfest Guru Bob Schultz will start every day with a short 30 minute PitchFest bootcamp to get you ready for your pitch!

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

What will actually happen to your finished script? Live script edit

Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!  

You Had Me At Page One

You Had Me At Page One

Make the reader love you on the first page… So they cannot wait for the next!  Learn writing techniques that help your script hit the ground running with top LA Script Consultant Pilar Alessandra.