When I did the Producing Masterclass in 2012, Stephen Follows told attendees to read 100 produced screenplays then 100 unproduced screenplays, and then good writing will jump off the page.
I, like many other screenwriters and producers, have a Dropbox folder with hundreds of produced screenplays, ready to read. I shared these with my HND students. I also have a tracking spreadsheet of which ones I have read.
I can recommend Stephen’s advice: read screenplays.
Are you a writer? read screenplays
Are you a producer? read screenplays
Are you a director? read screenplays
Are you studying film? read screenplays
Are you a DOP? … you don’t need to read screenplays. Go out and shoot something.
The event is fully online this year. I think one thing I’ll appreciate this year is that I can write my notes directly into Google Drive, rather than hand-write and have to type later.
The main reason I bought a ticket this year is because Showrunner Eric Kripke is speaking. He, of course, created one of my favourite shows (Supernatural), and also The Boys (starring two of NZ’s own). Plus I want to learn more about Showrunners and TV writing.
There are a heap of amazing workshops and sessions. The LSWF is always a valuable resource for writers. Tickets are only £60 and it starts this weekend.
I love sound for film, and in a past life, I would have loved to have focused my energies fully into sound recording and sound design. I still sometimes do freelance sound recording on shoots, and I am currently teaching sound design. However, I am rusty. My hope by the end of the workshop is that I am more confident in my sound editing skills so I will feel comfortable doing the sound design on my own projects.