So the weekend before last saw the hugely successful Breaking Into Script Reading class by Lucy V Hay, which generated over 1000 tweets using the hashtag #bang2write. Read on to see these tweets in a Storify thread!
Why did you need to go to a script reading course, when you are already a scriptreader? you may ask. Well, I went along with Elinor Perry-Smith to live-tweet, but I also believe that we can never stop learning and improving our skills. Yes, I knew a lot of the advice, but I was grateful to refresh my understanding and network with fellow writers, film-makers and aspiring script readers. I even gave a few bits of advice of my own to my new friends, which felt all lovely in a pay-it-forward way because I was of course once an aspiring script reader myself.
This is what it’s really about when you attend courses like this one and others such as Guerilla Filmmaker’s Masterclass. We all took away different things; writers learns how to self-edit, filmmakers learnt the importance of having feedback early on, and the aspiring script readers got the head start they needed to start shaping their knowledge and finding work. Even I came away energised to take the next step in my career, gaining work and credits as a script editor.
What’s great about the courses organised by London Screenwriters’ Festival – which in itself is a brilliant event to boost your career – is that they affect you on a deeper level than just being educated. Not only are you inspired but you are ENERGISED by the dedication and enthusiasm of the course creators. It was so fun to have Chris Jones at Lucy’s course, giving us a motivational pep talk at the beginning and end of each day, and introducing us to the Wonder Woman and Air Guitar dances. Yep, that’s right, at random intervals during the day we all jumped out of our seats for some giggle-inducing bum-wiggling and arm-flinging. It may sound silly, but it was a great ice breaker that also boosted our energy when we were flagging!
So without further ado, read on to see all the brilliant nuggets of information Lucy had to share with us over the two days. The course, which included script report homework that Lucy will give feedback on as well as tips on how to get started straight away – why not read and feedback on Create 50 scripts over on The Impact site? – was an absolute bargain and was so popular that dates have already been set for 2016.
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