The Story Works
The Story Works - masterclasses on storytelling led by the best screenwriters and filmmakers in the world; a training initiative funded by Skillset and Scottish Screen, and in association with EIFF.
The Story Works 2010 was an initiative that took a small group of talented and experienced UK screenwriters and offered them a series of masterclasses with the best screenwriters and filmmakers in the world.
At its heart was a residential week at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2010, during which participating writers attended a series of closed story discussions with A-list screenwriters brought to Edinburgh specifically for this project.
Screenwriters Jane Campion (Bright Star, The Piano), Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies, Vera Drake), Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, The Pianist), Mogens Rukov (Festen, When A Man Comes Home) and DV DeVincentis (High Fidelity, Grosse Point Blank) all visited the Scottish capital this June to undertake masterclasses with the participating screenwriters.
Other masterclass guests who are experts in their field included director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Mrs Brown), DoP John Mathieson (Robin Hood, Gladiator), Editor Pietro Scalia (Good Will Hunting, Gladiator & JFK) and Christopher Nolan’s regular composer David Julyan.
Following the residential, the selected writers were partnered with a high profile screenwriter mentor with whom they could discuss their work over the course of the following year. The Story Works stages further meetings and lunches throughout the year enabling writers and mentors to meet. Industry speakers and members of The Story Works advisory board were invited to attend.
The idea. The Story Works was based on consultations that Creative Skillset ran with a group of leading industry experts, from which emerged a number of new screenwriting training courses that Skillset are funding.
The key principle behind The Story Works is that it is designed to support experienced writers who have already had work produced, either in film or anther industry. Creative Skillset plan to continue with this approach and will develop and support practically focused courses that provide an environment where writers can develop projects. Ultimately the goal is to improve the quality and range of commercially viable scripts available to the UK film industry.
The writers. Amanda Coe, Alicia Duffy, David Farr, Cameron Fraser, Olivia Hetreed, Neil Jack, Mike Lesslie, Nathan Parker, Jon Ronson and Jack Thorne
The team. The Story Works was run by story editor Kate Leys with the Edinburgh International Film Festival and with producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey.
The Story Works is supported by an advisory board including Ronan Bennett, Christian Colson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tony Grisoni, Christine Langan, Kevin Loader, Cameron McCracken, Hannah McGill, Allon Reich, Tessa Ross, and Robyn Slovo.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.