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Script – For Script Editors and Development Executives

Tutors: Kate Leys

Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Duration: 2 Days - 12th -13th of April

Venue: Dublin - TBC

Cost: €140

Course Profile:

Kate Leys is a renowned film Script Editor who works on projects at all stages of development, with a wide range of film-making talent, and across all genres.

This intensive 2-day workshop has been designed by Kate specifically for Script Editors and Development Executives/Creative Producers – i.e. the personnel working directly with writers, producers and directors. The objective is two-fold: first, to focus participants’ skills in script, story and character – skills which participants can then bring to bear on their own development projects. And secondly, to examine the unique role held by Script Editors and Execs in developing projects with writers, directors, producers and financiers and in the successful management of talent and projects.

Day One will cover story, film storytelling, structure, character and conflict, by working through some of the ideas she covers in her workshops ‘Story Is Character (The Art Of Film Storytelling)’ and her regular ‘Story Surgery’ – and more. This will also involve an assignment and/or a screening.

Day Two will focus on the more practical issues of working with creative talent. Kate will consider: delivering script editor or development notes; approaches on working with writers; development documents and outlines; and managing the responsibility toward the producer and others in the chain of production. This day will involve group work and a willingness to collaborate with others.

Kate Leys has been head of development at several companies including Film4, where she helped commission and develop some of the UK’s most successful feature films. For the last ten years she has built a career as a script editor working in feature films, during which time she has worked with many UK and international producers including Warp Films, See-Saw Films, Number 9, Bedlam, 42 and Raw TV; financiers including Film4, BFI, Creative England, Creative Scotland and the Irish Film Board; and a long list of film talent including John MacLean, Jesse Armstrong & Sam Bain, Bart Layton, Clio Barnard and Alice Lowe. She speaks regularly at festivals and industry events including the London Film Festival, The UK Screenwriting Festival, The Edinburgh Film Festival, Guiding Lights and Skillset. She has taught screenwriting at the Northern Film School and at the University of London, script development at the National Film School, and has been a visiting lecturer at Universities and film schools all over the UK.

Participant Profile:

This is a workshop tutorial, so numbers are limited. Participants must be either script editors, with proven experience in working on feature film. Or Development Executives and Creative Producers working within companies or freelance. The tutorial is also the first part of a planned, longer Development Programme for Development Executives and Producers.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at with your current CV.
The Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday March 21st.
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