SO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD (OR WIN AN OSCAR) ?
Social drama is a growing genre - whether it's a short film, highlighting a particular problem, or a full length feature film bringing international attention to an important, universal issue. How many Oscar winning films and roles have fallen into the latter category?!
Whether it's a real-life, human-interest story that has touched your heart, or a more general social issue that you feel strongly about and would like to see reflected on screen, there is a market out there, there is often funding available and your story really can make a difference.
So how do you engage your audience and get your message across without preaching or being didactic?
There are many tricks to the trade, and this one day workshop will explore them all: how to research your subject effectively; how to identify your target audience and create a story people can really connect with; where (and how) to sell your concept or script; how to avoid the common pitfalls of the genre and how to manage the expectations of producers, commissioners and/or clients.
We will also look at how best to respond to a client's brief, as it's becoming increasingly common for charities and other organisations to commission screenwriters to create a story that will work with, and promote, their message.
Screen stories can be used to raise awareness, inspire social change and empower individuals to take action to improve their own lives. In some instances, the impact of a story can even be measurable. Find out how! If you want to get an important subject you feel passionately about onto the screen, or to explore the genre as a specialist "service provider" this is the workshop for you.
What will the workshop do? It will help you to understand the genre, to explore your ideas in new and creative ways, and to open your eyes to new opportunities.
Powerful clips. We’ll watch clips illustrating key examples of the genre, inspiring you to see the potential and come up with your own ideas.
Anji Loman Field has been a professional screenwriter for over two decades and is an expert in the field of writing and producing social drama. Having penned 40 episodes of the issue-led TV drama “Taste of Life” for BBC Media Action in Cambodia she went on to create and show-run “House of Many Windows”, a long running BBC Media Action TV drama series set in Vietnam.
She has written and/or produced several films on subjects including human trafficking & sexual exploitation, safe migration, domestic violence, malaria and HIV & AIDS. She is currently co-producing her whistleblower feature film Inappropriate Practice through Back to Front Films.
Sunday March 5, 2017
Workshop Starts: 10.15am
Workshop Ends: 5.30pm
27 Newman Street
London W1T 1AR
EARLY BIRD OFFER EXTENDED!
Book before Midnight,
Sunday 26 February)
£85 (concessions £75)
£99 (concessions £89)
(FROM 27 FEBRUARY ONWARDS)
We offer the lower rate to all concession-holders and to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member, please book at the concessionary rate and show me your membership card at registration.
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Anji has taught and lectured for various educational establishments and clients in Britain, Germany and South East Asia. She is a former chair of the London Screenwriters' Workshop (the forerunner of Euroscript) and is an active current member of the Euroscript committee.