WRITING THE CONTAINED FEATURE FILM
What do BURIED, LOCKE, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, THE GUILTY and SEARCHING have in common?
They're all contained movies, meaning movies with a limited cast and few locations that were or could have been produced on a low-budget.
Producers and directors crave contained stories that can be produced on a low-budget.
Why? Because they're much easier to finance and produce -- as such there is less financial risk involved and more potential for the film to make a profit. Therefore, a strong, character-driven, contained screenplay can be an attractive proposition for producers.
But how do you take your ideas and characters and write a screenplay for a low-budget film which could attract a strong cast and a talented director or you could direct yourself if you are so inclined?
How do you make the most out of the limitations and restrictions you've given yourself?
How do you expand the scope of your story while keeping the budget in mind?
This interactive course will help you build solid foundations for a contained film script that stands a strong chance of getting produced and seen by an audience.
In Session One, you will:
In Session Two, you will:
In Session Three, you will:
In Session Four, you will:
The goal behind taking this course is to prepare you so that you are ready to write and develop your low-budget script ad increase your chances of having a movie made.
*We offer the concessionary rate to all Concessions as well as to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member of one of these organisations, please book at the concessionary rate and show your membership card to the course tutor at registration.
DATES & TIME
4 x Tuesday evening sessions:
November 3, 10, 17, 24
(With some prep work required, in-between dates)
The sessions will be run on Zoom. All attendees will be sent the Zoom login information upon registration.
EVENT CAPACITY: 8
Book your place early to avoid disappointment.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS
Email or phone: 07958 244656
Stéphanie is a writer-director. She runs Frenzy Films, a London-based production company which specialises in contained elevated genre films.
Originally from France, she began her career in story development at TF1 International and Canal Plus. She then worked as a story editor and screenwriter for French TV, creating among others a Sci-Fi animated series for Luc Besson’s Europa Corp: VALERIAN & LAURELINE.
After studying film at UCLA she wrote and directed her first feature film, THE QUIET HOUR, a sci-fi thriller starring Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass, Skins, Endeavour). THE QUIET HOUR premiered at Galway Film Fleadh, was nominated Best British Film at Raindance Film Festival, won Best Film at Kansas City Film Fest, showcased at Newport Beach, premiered on Sky Cinema in the UK in 2016 and sold to Amazon Prime in the U.S.
Stéphanie is now developing ICE, a grounded sci-fi thriller which was selected for the 2020 Filmarket's UK Online Pitchbox, Sofia Meeting, BiFan's NAFF Project Event and Frontieres co-production market at Fantasia. ICE has also made the Top 50 in the 2020 ISA Fast Track Fellowship competition and was a finalist of the 2020 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy Competition and Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Competition.
Stéphanie lectures on screenwriting at the London College of Communication, Central Film School and works as an industry mentor on the Raindance MA in Filmmaking with De Montfort University. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talent and IFP Emerging Narrative in NYC.
Read Stephanie's article The Ten Commandments to Write a Micro-Budget Feature