with Clive Frayne
After a decade listening to agents, producers and execs, the same script issues come up again and again. Don’t let your killer script fall into these easy-to-fix potholes.
You’ve heard the saying, ‘You can’t see the wood for the trees’ – well, this is just the same. Likely you are so close, you lack perspective on your own work. In the absence of a team of readers and editors you might get on a show or feature project backed by a big company, and you will need to do the work yourself, in the great British tradition of DIY.
The good news is, it is possible to self-diagnose your script by using some simple analytical tools. In this session Clive will teach you
- The four questions about your screenplay you MUST be able to answer
- The spreadsheet method of character analysis
- The spreadsheet method of plot analysis
- And, how a simple colour-coding method can show up holes in your story and character development
Unlike subjective script reports, this method takes what you put onto the page and turns it into an easily readable overview of your script. These are the same process-driven methods Clive teaches in his book The Process: of Screenwriting.
Appearing in this session
Author of The Process of Screenwriting
Screenwriting Practical Help
Join our distinguished panel of successful screenwriters as we deep-dive into patterns, habits and strategies to reveal 50 ways to literally get more from your time, resources, contacts and imagination. Some are simple, others cerebral, many challenging… but ALL will increase you probability of success.
The story we choose to tell is compelling, or we would not choose to tell it in the first place. So what can we do to the words we write to elevate it into a page turner? Five experts reveal the 50 ways YOU can improve your script RIGHT NOW.
Join our panel as they share their personal insights into what can kill your project and your career… And crucially, how to also ‘get it right’.
How do screenwriters balance staying faithful to facts with making a narrative work dramatically? How many liberties can you take before leaving reality behind? A panel of some of the form’s best practitioners will discuss how they tackle these and other questions related to adapting stories based on real events.
If you have a problem with your end, you really have a problem with the beginning. Every payoff needs a setup. The more satisfying the payoff, and we all love a good ending, the more work the writers have done in the first thirty pages of the script.
In this session, we will be confronting many of the immediate reasons a producer, reader or exec might put down your script within ten minutes and reach for the next one on the pile.
Character transformation is at the heart of most screenplays, but why is it so important? Is character transformation just a tried and tested Hollywood formula based on outdated hero myths?
How exploring the innate yet immutable web of connections between genre, subject matter and theme can help you tell more engaging and profound stories.
Hollywood’s take on technology is more important than you think. William Goldman famously said that, in Hollywood, nobody knows anything. But it’s not true. Many of Hollywood’s directors, producers and screenwriters know a lot about science.
How to use stakes, scope and scale to tell BIG stories in small settings. Writing to get produced, even on lower budgets, will significantly improve your chances of getting your script to set. And everyone loves a high-stakes story in a smaller setting and reduced scale…
A story is a conversation between a writer and an audience. A writer encodes using knowledge gaps. The audience decodes using subtext. That, right there, is the substance of every story ever made.
The writer’s principle means of generating story magic in the mind of the reader or viewer is through the choices made by compelling characters. In this session, you will discover the six questions you should ask each of your characters.
Ultimately, a story is built in the the audience’s imagination. They do all the important work long after the writer is gone and forgotten. Understanding how your story provokes the audience’s mind is both the magic of story and the key to great writing.