What Are They Doing To My Script? Script Editors Demystified

Room: Tuke Hall
Time: Friday 6:30pm

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with Paul Testar, May Gibson, and Nasreen Ahmed
moderated by Georgina Sherrington

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We all know that sinking feeling when we’ve sent in a script that we’ve sweated over, lost sleep over, even sacrificed boozy nights out for, only for someone to come back at us with notes. And to top it off, these notes actually make things better!

Who are these wizards and what is their dark power to take your script from good, to great, to…OUTSTANDING.

Script editors are often overlooked, but the best ones out there are the lynchpins holding together the disparate priorities of the writer, the story, the producer and the audience. They are essential players in escorting your stories on their journey from script to screen.

But let’s look at that dark magic. Let’s find out what a Script Editor’s day-to-day looks like as they shepherd a project to the finish line. How do they juggle their many different responsibilities? And how can you get the best working relationship with your script editor?

Appearing in this session

Georgina Sherrington

Georgina Sherrington – Development Producer

Georgina Sherrington has worked in development at the BBC and in the indie sector for producers including Maxine Lapiduss (Friends, Roseanne) and BJ Rack (Black Hawk Down).
Georgina Sherrington
May Gibson

May Gibson – Producer & Script Development Executive

Credits include: The Musketeers, Wolfblood

May has worked on the development and production of many television drama, comedy and children’s programmes for the UK and the US.
May Gibson
Nasreen Ahmed

Nasreen Ahmed – Script Editor

Credits include: Doctors, Coronation Street

Script Editor on 'Doctors' and recently also story edited a five week special on the subject of Homelessness.
Nasreen Ahmed
Paul Testar

Paul Testar – Script Editor

Credits include: Tripped, Endeavour

Paul is a script editor for leading drama company Mammoth Screen.
Paul Testar

Screenwriting Practical help

1... The Beginning: Crafting the First Ten Pages That Hooks the Reader

1... The Beginning: Crafting the First Ten Pages That Hooks the Reader

We start at the beginning in this series of three sessions… How do you start your script so that readers are COMPELLED to make it to the end? It’s all in the first ten pages.

2... The Middle: Mastering The Midpoint

2... The Middle: Mastering The Midpoint

Exploring, expanding and deepening mastery of the ‘keystone’ scene of any narrative – the midpoint. And how you can leverage the midpoint in your story to reveal what your story is REALLY about. 

3... The End: Inevitable but unexpected... Why the end of your screenplay MUST deliver

3... The End: Inevitable but unexpected... Why the end of your screenplay MUST deliver

Using ideas from analytical psychology, myth and anthropology – and with examples from feature films, single episodes, season stories and multi-season arcs – we will show you how to get to grips with the most important final moments of your story.

Beyond the Pitch: Crushing the Meeting

Beyond the Pitch: Crushing the Meeting

‘Owning the room’ is one of the most important elements of the business of screenwriting and Joey Tuccio, the CEO of Roadmap Writers, is here to teach this invaluable class focused on tips and techniques to help you immediately stand out. 

Coffee with… Robyn Slovo, Brit Features Producer

Coffee with… Robyn Slovo, Brit Features Producer

Exactly WHAT gets discussed, how and in what way during the infamous ‘meet and greet’ first meeting. The one after the pitch. This is a REAL chat and we get to snoop in on it.

Creating Alien, Hitchhiker's Guide, X-Files and Batman... Meet Dirk Maggs

Creating Alien, Hitchhiker's Guide, X-Files and Batman... Meet Dirk Maggs

DON’T PANIC! Creating Audio Recordings of genre drama opens up a limitless universe. Join Dirk as we perform, record, produce and premiere a new SciFi story written by an LSF delegate.  

Deep Characterisation through Dialogue

Deep Characterisation through Dialogue

How can we create nuanced, engaging and believable characterisation through dialogue? Drawing on the latest psychological research, screenplay excerpts and film clips, Kira-Anne Pelican will show us how to create greater dimension in our characters.

Jaw Dropper! Art and science of twists and surprises

Jaw Dropper! Art and science of twists and surprises

Jaw Dropper! Art and science of twists and surprises’ will look behind the magic of twists and surprises, mapping out the most effective strategies to provide powerful moments of jaw dropping disbelief packed with emotional meaning.

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!

Proximity is Power: Getting and keeping the Gatekeepers on side

Proximity is Power: Getting and keeping the Gatekeepers on side

Time to stop looking at Gatekeepers as barriers to be outmanoeuvred, but rather as allies to assist, advise and help guide you on your journey into the inner sanctum.  The door is ajar, the call will be taken, the meeting is practically in the diary!  

The Three Wells of Screenwriting: Discover your deep sources of inspiration

The Three Wells of Screenwriting: Discover your deep sources of inspiration

In this interactive workshop you will discover that you can draw from three distinct and deep wells within yourself when you write your screenplay. During the class you will learn just how to draw from these ancient and inner wells to strengthen your stories.

The Truth… What is it REALLY like after the first year being a pro screenwriter?

The Truth… What is it REALLY like after the first year being a pro screenwriter?

Agents, pitching, how much WILL you get paid? How to hustle and run and take meetings, formal and informal… Pretty much EVERYTHING you need to know about transitioning into a jobbing screenwriter.

VR, Outlining, Collaboration & Production Breakdown with the NEW Final Draft 11

VR, Outlining, Collaboration & Production Breakdown with the NEW Final Draft 11

Alejandro Seri, Director of Education, will show off the exciting new features in the NEW Final Draft 11.

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!