Story Is Character: The Art of Film Storytelling

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Story Is Character: The Art of Film Storytelling

Sat, 9 Mar 2024

Duration: 1 day
Capacity: Approx. 20-25 participants
Fee: £200

Everyone who works on a film creatively needs to understand how to build a story.

This 1-day workshop with script editor Kate Leys introduces the art and craft of storytelling for film by focusing on the heart of your story: character. 

Whoever is at the centre of your story drives it, and there is no drama without character. A film story is built around its characters. So, who are you looking at? What are they doing here, in your story? And if they’re driving the story, how do you drive them?

Aimed at all levels of screenwriting experience this detailed, intensive day looks at how to investigate and develop screen characters who are compelling, truthful and truly dramatic. 

Feedback for this workshop:

"Once again Kate Leys has made what can seem dauntingly complicated, breathtakingly simple. Thank you."  

"As someone who writes, it is very easy to move in a way that can 'tie you up in knots' and what Kate affords you is the opportunity to ask vital yet simple questions that ultimately 'iron out any creases' in your script."  

"This was a brilliant workshop all round. I iked the spontaneity and free-flowing nature of the day, as it allowed lots of valuable nuggets of info to emerge." 

"It wasn't long enough. In future, if we could start at 6:25am until the pub closes that would be better." 

"Kate has a remarkable insight into what makes a story work... Her ability to de-mystify the process makes her such a valuable ally for writers, producers and commissioners." Allon Reich, producer (JUDGE DREDD, NEVER LET ME GO, 28 WEEKS LATER, THE HISTORY BOYS, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND)

Tutor profile: Kate Leys, Script Editor

Kate Leys is a feature film script editor who works on projects at all stages of development. She also works directly with filmmakers and a wide range of talent, in all genres, on adaptations as well as original screenplays. She has been head of development at several companies including FilmFour, where she helped commission and develop some of the UK’s most successful feature films, including FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, TRAINSPOTTING and THE FULL MONTY.

Kate speaks regularly at festivals and industry events including the London Film Festival, the UK Screenwriting Festival, The Edinburgh Film Festival, BFI South Bank, Guiding Lights, Skillset and Film London Microwave. She has taught screenwriting at the Northern Film School and at the University of London, script development at the National Film School, and been a visiting lecturer at Universities and film schools all over the UK.

Kate Leys headshot: courtesy of Wellcome Trust.