Script Editing

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Script Editing

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Duration: 1 day
Capacity: Max. 12 participants
Fee: £200 

The work that emerges from the relationship between writer and script editor can significantly enhance a script or TV proposal, guiding it through many development conversations and into production. A good script editor who understands the industry environment, the story, and the writer, can facilitate a compelling film/TV project.

In this one-day course, we explore:

  • The role of the script editor as part of the production team.
  • Interpreting the views of the producer, executive producer, commissioner and director, and supporting the writer in negotiating with these.
  • Strategies towards building a strong relationship with a writer, based on knowledge of opportunities and limitations, and trust.
  • Giving written as well as verbal feedback and dealing with notes.
  • Writing Script Reports: Getting to know the script inside out.
  • Writing programme summaries, episode outlines and character thumbnails.

Our initial exploration of key concepts leads us to practical exercises, which we will apply to industry workflows in order to hone your script editing skills. This will provide you with a range of techniques to work with screenwriters and producers and creates an opportunity to build your confidence in applying these practices.

Tutor profile: Claire Russell

Claire Russell's workshops at LFS

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Claire has worked in the film and television industry for over 25 years, starting with Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles in the ‘90s. She transferred back to London and became Development Executive for the new UK Disney Channel, working on award-winning children’s programmes, including a comedy drama penned by Mark Haddon. She then moved to CBBC, where she developed teen dramas such as CAVEGIRL with Danny Peacock. 

Following this, she relocated to the north as BBC Scotland started up the indigenous soap RIVER CITY. Claire then moved to Scottish Television as Development Executive, developing and script editing REBUS starring Ken Stott.

Claire produced two dramas for World Producers (makers of LINE OF DUTY) for C4 and Sky and most recently produced HOLBY CITY and script editing FATHER BROWN. She has been working with three upcoming writers as part of the prestigious C4 Screenwriting Scheme 2023.

Tutor profile: Carl Schoenfeld

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Carl has over three decades’ producing experience in the film and TV industries, where he developed innovative approaches across filmmaking, financing, talent development and education. His ventures with the BBC, Channel4/Film4, Medienboard Berlin, and the BFI have embraced emerging technology, explored new workflows and kick-started the international careers of the talent involved. Carl produced My Brother Tom (starring an unknown Ben Whishaw), developed the third series ‘mother of all boxed sets’ Heimat with German auteur Edgar Reitz, and set up the Raindance production arm, Raindance Rawtalent. He co-produced Simon Rumley’s international breakout feature The Living and the Dead, and is now developing feature films with him. Drawing on his film industry experience, he has been invited to speak at festivals, and film schools across Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He is a BAFTA voting member and consultant producer at Swiss film production intelligence start-up Carl runs training for the British Film Institute, Screen Ireland, Goethe Institute, mentors at the Islands of Fiction Mallorca writing retreat and teaches at the University of Oxford. Student credits include Homeland, Blade Runner 2049 and The Mandalorian, work has screened on the BBC, Netflix, theatrical release in the UK, US and Germany as well as in many international film festivals including Cannes and Berlin.