Session archive: LSF2012

Here’s what happened in 2012!

LSF has grown to be the single most important screenwriting event on this side of the pond. Amazing 3 days that keep me motivated to keep on writing.

Pedro Carrasco

Pedro Carrasco

Beyond the workshop

Break On Through... to the next level of YOUR career!

Break On Through... to the next level of YOUR career!

Meet the writers and filmmakers who made it to the next level in 2012…  How did they do it?  

The LSF and PitchFest is a great opportunity for an agent to find new voices and writers

Sam Greenwood, Agent , Curtis Brown

Sam Greenwood, Agent , Curtis Brown

Screenwriting Practical help

50 Screenwriter Survival Tips

50 Screenwriter Survival Tips

Our expert panel will offer their 50 Top Tips in staying alive so you can live off the proceeds of your writing talent. Watch This Session…

Beyond The Templates: What Screenwriters Can Learn From The Great Prose Writers

Beyond The Templates: What Screenwriters Can Learn From The Great Prose Writers

In this session, Jurgen Wolff will share with you the techniques employed by the literary greats and how you can apply them to your screenplay. Watch This Session…

Character and Structure: Twins Separated at Birth

Character and Structure: Twins Separated at Birth

Which is more important, character or structure? Maybe they are both sides to the same coin…? Watch This Session…

Clues For Success: Writing Detectives for Film and TV

Clues For Success: Writing Detectives for Film and TV

TV commissioners are crying out for crime, thriller and detective stories. What formats work best and how can you get your pitch or story into the right hands?                         Watch This Session…

Digital Collaboration The Creative Solution

Digital Collaboration The Creative Solution

Phil Parker looks at new platforms and the role of dramatic worlds in creating a new talent base in our digital narrative worlds. Watch This Session…

Dramatic Tension... how to crank it up

Dramatic Tension... how to crank it up

Keep your reader and audience on the edge of their seat by learning new techniques to ratchet up the dramatic tension in your story, delivering explosive results.  

Exposing Hitchcock’s MacGuffin and the Secrets of Writing Suspense

Exposing Hitchcock’s MacGuffin and the Secrets of Writing Suspense

Coinciding with the BFI’s definitive Hitchcock retrospective, Gabriella Apicelli and Ian Long of Euroscript present a Masterclass on creating suspense.

How to Write Unique, Unforgettable Scenes (via Skype)

How to Write Unique, Unforgettable Scenes (via Skype)

This session will be packed with writing techniques that will ensure you’ll be able to craft scenes that move and ignite audiences.

I Wrote The Part With You In Mind : Actors And The Script

I Wrote The Part With You In Mind : Actors And The Script

Can you write a part with an actor in mind? Perhaps, perhaps not. But you can certainly write characters and scenarios that attract big names to your work. How do you write a part that a named actor will fight to perform? Watch This Session…

Improvisational Screenwriting: Making It Up As You Go

Improvisational Screenwriting: Making It Up As You Go

Is improvising a story with actors a shortcut to a unique and authentic story or a surefire way to deliver a rambling diatribe? Watch This Session…

Legal clinic with Blue Pencil Media and Hogan Lovells

Legal clinic with Blue Pencil Media and Hogan Lovells

Do you have legal issues you need a lawyer to help you with? All delegates at the festival have the option to swing by the legal clinic that is run by Blue Pencil Media and Hogan Lovells.

Leverage YOUR life: Should You Write What You Know?

Leverage YOUR life: Should You Write What You Know?

Join our panel of experts who have all taken their life experiences and turned them into drama, and then successful careers. How can you do the same without descending into naval gazing and narrative mediocrity? Watch This Session…

Manifesting Success

Manifesting Success

Following their packed to capacity sessions in 2010 and 2011, Chris Jones and Jonathan Newman are back to run their highly successful and super controversial manifesting success workshop.

Mind Of Madness...why writers are insane

Mind Of Madness...why writers are insane

Dr Raj Persaud will delve inside the mind of the audience and the screen-writer as he explores our deep psychological need for story. Watch This Session…

Social Media: Why YOU should embrace it today

Social Media: Why YOU should embrace it today

Not everyone has joined the social media revolution, and not everyone will – but if you have resisted it, give this session a whirl to see what you could be missing out on. It could be the game changer you have been waiting for. Watch This Session…

The Business of Script Development

The Business of Script Development

This essential presentation should be a vital event for writers, producers, development executives, and everyone working in development today.

The Creative Screenwriter with Exclusive Book Launch

The Creative Screenwriter with Exclusive Book Launch

Becoming a successful and exciting screenwriter isn’t only about mastering technique and following formats – it’s also about being constantly and courageously creative. Any good writing requires you to take risks, dive into the unknown, push your imagination further. Watch This Session…

The Hour of Power

The Hour of Power

We begin Saturday with The Hour Of Power to set you up for an extraordinary experience… think of this as a strategy session to get the most out of the coming hours connections and challenges.

The Minute Pitch

The Minute Pitch

Hollywood Pitching guru Pilar Alessandra’s world class seminar on how to deliver fast, concise, deal making pitches in under 60 seconds.

The Non-linear Minefield

The Non-linear Minefield

Practical advice on what goes wrong, right and unexpectedly brilliant when you’re writing nonlinear and multiple storyline films.

The Pitch Factor

The Pitch Factor

Have you got the Pitch Factor? Live from London, the London Screenwriters Festival are excited to announce the new and massively entertaining event “Pitch Factor”.

The Secret to Your Success

The Secret to Your Success

Do you want an agent? Commissions? Productions? An overall glittering life as a scriptwriter? Then come to this session – and find out the big secret that every writer needs to know.

The Seven Basic Plots

The Seven Basic Plots

Christopher Booker spent decades researching his ‘must read’ analysis of ‘story’.        Watch This Session…

What filmmakers ACTUALLY do with your finished script – live script edit

What filmmakers ACTUALLY do with your finished script – live script edit

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

Writing With Characters

Writing With Characters

The simple and effective tools presented in this practical seminar will help you succeed in using the great creative input of actors.

You ARE the Hero of the Journey

You ARE the Hero of the Journey

Gain a better understanding of the characters you write through learning new tools to ensure that your script is written with emotional honesty.  Watch This Session…

Made a ton of new friends, delegates and speakers, and ended up with TEN SCRIPT REQUESTS!

Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter

Rudolf Kremers, Screenwriter

Screenwriting for Film and Television

Building on British Strengths: Should You Write A Period Drama?

Building on British Strengths: Should You Write A Period Drama?

Britain has a long tradition of extremely successful period drama on both TV and the big screen. We believe we should be building on success, which is why we made sure writing period drama was programmed in 2012. Watch This Session…

Courting Controversy: In Conversation With Dan Mazer

Courting Controversy: In Conversation With Dan Mazer

How do you go about writing the most outrageous comedy? Meet Dan Mazer who is sure to get you giggling AND gasping at how he managed it. Watch This Session…

David Yates, In Conversation

David Yates, In Conversation

Meet David Yates, British director of the last four Harry Potter movies.                            Watch This Session…

Deconstructing 50 Kisses: What can we all learn?

Deconstructing 50 Kisses: What can we all learn?

50 Kisses, the main LSF competition this year, saw nearly 2000 script submissions and hundreds of films produced. What are the BIG lessons YOU need to hear?

Every Note Paints A Picture

Every Note Paints A Picture

In this session, award winning Composer Debbie Wiseman MBE will provide fascinating insights into how music contributes to the process that always begins with the writer.

Getting To Know The Audience

Getting To Know The Audience

Join Peter Buckingham for an indepth and surprising analysis into audiences and how they make choices. And while you may be writing for producers or commissioners, your ultimate boss is really the audience.

How To Get A Feature Film Funded, Filmed and Released in Britain

How To Get A Feature Film Funded, Filmed and Released in Britain

If there is one British producer you need to know, it’s Richard Holmes…                           Watch This Session…

How To Get Hollywood To Pay Attention (And Money)

How To Get Hollywood To Pay Attention (And Money)

In this session Executive Vice President of Disruption Entertainment, Luke Ryan will help you make your script the best that it can be to land the Hollywood deal you’ve been dreaming of.

How You Can Play A Part In The Future Of British Comedy

How You Can Play A Part In The Future Of British Comedy

Pete Thornton, formally the king of Comedy Central and now top dog at BBC Comedy will discuss the future of British comedy and how you can play a part in it.    

In Conversation With the Prolific Noel Clarke

In Conversation With the Prolific Noel Clarke

Noel Clarke is one of Britain’s most prolific actors, screenwriters and directors.                  Watch This Session…

Meet The Producers: Why We're Going To Hire You... Or Not?

Meet The Producers: Why We're Going To Hire You... Or Not?

What gets a producer engaged with your project? Is it your concept? Your script? Your ability to collaborate? Your relationships? Your media savvy? How do they make their choices about where to invest time and money? Watch This Session…

Mike Leigh, In Conversation

Mike Leigh, In Conversation

Does Mike Leigh need any introduction? We will see you in the front row.                      Watch This Session…

Produced Or Rejected : Is Your Script The Best That It Could Be?

Produced Or Rejected : Is Your Script The Best That It Could Be?

Back by popular demand, Kate Leys returns with her highly rated and standing room only festival favourite session.

Red Dwarf Redux

Red Dwarf Redux

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into space, Red Dwarf reboots.                  Watch This Session…

Simon Beaufoy, Exporting Britannia

Simon Beaufoy, Exporting Britannia

Simon Beaufoy is one of the most prolific and successful British screenwriters of our time. What’s the secret of his success? Watch This Session…

Sleeping in the Slaughterhouse: Microbudget Filmmaking Do’s & Don’ts

Sleeping in the Slaughterhouse: Microbudget Filmmaking Do’s & Don’ts

How do you make a multi-million dollar, studio quality movie with no money, and then sell it and turn it into a successful release?  Watch This Session…

The Future Of Storytelling : Moving From 'Writer' to 'Creator'

The Future Of Storytelling : Moving From 'Writer' to 'Creator'

This session will explore new opportunities that are being generated in digital media that offer a greater platform to express yourself creatively and to market your work directly to audiences that might have been out of reach in the past.

The Game: Tactical Approaches to the Industry for Writers

The Game: Tactical Approaches to the Industry for Writers

This panel will examine the external ways, separate from their writing, that writers get ahead in the industry.

The Show Must Go On: Writing For Soaps

The Show Must Go On: Writing For Soaps

With hundreds of hours produced annually, soap (or continuing drama, AHEM) is where it’s at if you want to break into television – or is it? Watch This Session…

The Truth: with X-Files Writer and Producer Frank Spotnitz

The Truth: with X-Files Writer and Producer Frank Spotnitz

An in depth conversation with Frank Spotnitz, Emmy award winning writer and producer of The X Files (TV Series and both movies), Hunted, The Lone Gunmen and Millennium. Watch This Session…

Writing and Producing Mad Men: In Conversation with Lisa Albert

Writing and Producing Mad Men: In Conversation with Lisa Albert

In this highly anticipated session, writer and producer Lisa Albert will discuss the elements of craft that have contributed to the success of groundbreaking hit US TV show ‘Mad Men’. Watch This Session…

Writing For The BIGGEST Small Screen: TV Movies

Writing For The BIGGEST Small Screen: TV Movies

They made a low budget feature, they sold a script to Hollywood, but finally found their greatest success writing big budget fantasy TV movies. Should you follow their example? Watch This Session…

Writing For TV: Why The Goggle Box Is The Best Place To Carve A Career

Writing For TV: Why The Goggle Box Is The Best Place To Carve A Career

Many of want to write genre features, but does TV serve this desire better than the big screen? Breaking Bad, Dexter, Homeland, Downton Abbey, Game Of Thrones… maybe you should be writing big scenes for the small screen? Watch This Session…

Your Script’s Optioned! Now Stay On That Juggernaut Without Slipping Off

Your Script’s Optioned! Now Stay On That Juggernaut Without Slipping Off

If writing a script and getting it optioned is only half the story, how does a screenwriter make sure he/she stays the distance without being ejected along the way?                           Watch This Session…

I have sold my zombie comedy script Euston We Have a Problem! to Hammer as a result of pitching at the festival

Darrin Grimwood, Screenwriter

Darrin Grimwood, Screenwriter

Have you considered?

How to self publish on an eBook and make money

How to self publish on an eBook and make money

A step by step guide to getting your work out there and making you money, not just one day, but right now. Watch This Session…

Is The Old World Dead? Should You Be Writing For The Web?

Is The Old World Dead? Should You Be Writing For The Web?

A new generation of writer is ignoring the established industry and craving out their own niche on the internet – how do you go from a few hundred views to millions, and create YOUR own brand and loyalty? Watch This Session…

Moving From Writing To Directing

Moving From Writing To Directing

If no one’s going to get your film made for you, maybe it’s time to step up to the challenge and take those directorial reins yourself. Watch This Session…

Should you write for radio?

Should you write for radio?

Writing for radio may not pay the biggest dividends, but you imagination has no budget and radio producers can still access A list stars to perform your work.                            Watch This Session…

Unleash Your Imagination: Writing For Games 3.0

Unleash Your Imagination: Writing For Games 3.0

For the third year running we are running a Games session, reflecting the speed of evolution and thrilling opportunities writing games can offer for scribes.                       Watch This Session…

Writing Comics for fun and profit

Writing Comics for fun and profit

What can comics teach you as a screenwriter? And more importantly, what can a graphic novel of your screenplay do for you? Watch This Session…

Writing For Young Audiences: Why It's The Best Gig In Town

Writing For Young Audiences: Why It's The Best Gig In Town

Writing for young audiences is often looked down on. But is it secretly the best gig in town? How do you break in and continue writing in arguably the most imaginative of story spaces? Watch This Session…

Writing Horror: Should You Take A Stab?

Writing Horror: Should You Take A Stab?

Like Marmite, people either love or hate horror. While the horror landscape has been splattered with a host of crass, cash in nasties, does horror still represent the most enjoyable, creative and possibly financially rewarding genre to break into?                     Watch This Session…

My head is still spinning after an AMAZING weekend at the LondonSWF. The LSF team truly know how to put on a great gig! Have already signed up for next year!

Sally Eastland, Screenwriter

Sally Eastland, Screenwriter

Screenwriters Talent Fast-track

Max Your Script’s Produceability Without Losing The Plot

Max Your Script’s Produceability Without Losing The Plot

Rewriting and polishing your script to make it easier to sell – small changes make BIG DIFFERENCES. Which ones mean the most?

Where before I was hoping it would all happen, I now have a clear path forward and I’m actively pursuing projects for film TV, radio and Internet

David Hitchcox

David Hitchcox

Script Labs

Script Lab 1 (2012): Gub Neal in 'The Producers’ Den'

Script Lab 1 (2012): Gub Neal in 'The Producers’ Den'

Gub Neal, top producer of such TV gold as Cracker, Prime Suspect and new series The Fall, brings his brilliant “Producers’ Den” to LondonSWF for a second year.

Script Lab 2 (2012): Steve Ince: The Writing For Games Lab

Script Lab 2 (2012): Steve Ince: The Writing For Games Lab

Games master Steve Ince will be running a script lab at the festival on writing for games.

Script Lab 3 (2012): Writing For Holby City Lab

Script Lab 3 (2012): Writing For Holby City Lab

During the three hour lab, writers will be given a unique insight into what goes into this top show with Justin Young.

Script Lab 4 (2012): Luke Ryan Writing For Hollywood Studios

Script Lab 4 (2012): Luke Ryan Writing For Hollywood Studios

Find out what it’s REALLY like in the crucible of the Hollywood industry in this unique pitching for your life script lab with Hollywood producer Luke Ryan.

Script Lab 5(2012): Comedy Lab with  Executive Editor, Gregor Sharp, BBC Comedy Commissioning

Script Lab 5(2012): Comedy Lab with Executive Editor, Gregor Sharp, BBC Comedy Commissioning

During this three hour lab at the festival six writers will develop their ideas for sketch comedy and sitcom. Participants will also read and give feedback on one another’s scripts and discuss what goes into making great comedy on TV.

Script Lab 6 (2012): Creating Drama Series with Ch4 Screenwriting Course leader Philip Shelley

Script Lab 6 (2012): Creating Drama Series with Ch4 Screenwriting Course leader Philip Shelley

During this three hour lab at the festival six writers will develop their ideas for television drama series with one of the four mainstream broadcasters in mind: BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4.

Script Lab 9 (2012): Collabor8te Pitch A Short Script Lab

Script Lab 9 (2012): Collabor8te Pitch A Short Script Lab

Got a short film script? How’s your logline? Collabor8te is an exciting platform for short filmmaking that looks to champion new talent from the UK and Ireland.

I learned a lot, found strength and courage for pitching (and the next steps), met brilliant people and generally had such a laugh throughout!'

Susie Farrell, Screenwriter

Susie Farrell, Screenwriter

Open and Close

Festival Close

Festival Close

NOTE THIS SESSION BEGINS AT 6.15pm SHARP AND IS JUST 15 MINS LONG. Join the team for the FABULOUS close of the festival and our promise for 2013.

Festival Opening

Festival Opening

Join us for the opening of the 2102 London Screenwriters’ Festival.

The LSF doesn’t change your life – it gives you the belief that you can change it yourself

The LSF doesn’t change your life – it gives you the belief that you can change it yourself

Cool tools

Final Draft

Final Draft

If you are serious about screenwriting, you probably use Final Draft. In this masterclass, Zak Gutin is flying in to give YOU top tips on how to get the most from the world’s leading screenwriting tool.

Amazing seminars, world-class speakers, uber-friendly delegates, and everywhere energy, energy and generosity

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Matthew Curlewis, Writer

Social Connection

Coffee And Jazz In The Chillout Zone

Coffee And Jazz In The Chillout Zone

Your long term career success depends on the powerful relationships you create.

Pre-registration drinks... Pick up your pass early

Pre-registration drinks... Pick up your pass early

Get to the festival early and enjoy networking drinks with other delegates and speakers before the rush on Friday morning.

Special LSF 2012 launch event - TBC!

Special LSF 2012 launch event - TBC!

Join us for a drink on Thursday night as we open LSF 2012 with stories of screenwriting success.

From my first year last year I have seen a tangible difference in the quality of my writing. I couldn’t wait to get back and learn more.

Vicky Hinault, Screenwriter

Vicky Hinault, Screenwriter