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James Clarke

Film: for children 11 years or older: Writing a Film - how to come up with an idea

Seminar Room

James will be an introduction to some of the big ideas to think about when you are
making your first notes about a short film drama script that you would like to write.
In this workshop, James will discuss with you how to think about creating a character for
a story that is going to be told on screen. He will also show you how to lay out a film
script and suggest some films that are really useful for screenwriters to watch.

James Clarke is a writer and lecturer. He has taught screenwriting at the London Film
School and also works as a Script Reader for the British Film Institute. James has given
talks about screenwriting for the BFI Film Academy for young people and has directed a
community film with young people for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


James’s film books include: Bond: Photographed by Terry O’Neill, The Year of the Geek and The Films of Pixar Animation Studio. James specialises in writing about animation and visual effects
films for the magazines Imagine FX and 3D World and his writing has also been published in Empire magazine and at Little White Lies online amongst other outlets.

James is currently developing a feature film screenplay project with a co-writer and, in the
short- film world, he has written and produced a number of short film projects and was a
BAFTA long listed producer in the Best Short Film category (an awfully long time ago).


Every person attending needs a ticket.

You can follow James on twitter: @jasclarkewriter You can follow James on Instagram:

Writing a film - how to come up with an idea Friday 16 February 11.00

Children under 12 must be accompanied.

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