A first for Asia: UK script development workshop at Cinemanila

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Cinemanila and the British Council proudly presented for the first time in Asia, a world-renowned script development course run by the UK’s Script Factory, last September 27-29, 2013 at the Picasso Boutique Hotel in Salcedo Village. Script Factory founder and director Lucy Scher and script consultant Angeli Macfarlane flew in from London to serve as mentors for the workshop.

The Script Factory, pioneers in the script development field, has previously staged screenwriting master classes with film director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, I Heart Huckabees), screenwriter Beaufoy Oscar (Slumdog Millionaire), and Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

Script Factory in Manila workshop participants included award-winning independent filmmakers, TV executives from Fox Asia, and advertising creatives from TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Ogilvy. The Film Development Council of the Philippines participated in the workshop through the scholarship of filmmaker TM Malones.

“The Script Factory’s first trip to Asia was to the magnificent city of Manila, and what a good choice! The participants were gathered from the fields of film, television, marketing and advertising and brought a unique blend of experience to share with us. It never ceases to astonish me how universal our human stories are, and how powerful storytelling is in connecting us all. A truly great experience,” said Scher.

Over three days, participants were introduced to a structured approach to assessing scripts and preparing a development strategy for both film and television drama. By examining produced screenplays and reading early work by new screenwriters, they considered what makes a good screen story and learn to recognize screenwriting talent.

“Fluency in screenplay design and structure is clearly essential; however, equally important is sensitivity to a writer’s aims and the ability to turn analysis into constructive feedback that will further the creative process,” said Tikoy Aguiluz, founder of the Cinemanila International Film Festival.

The Cinemanila International Film Festival, now on its 15th year, is itself a pioneer in bringing international film, filmmakers, and film workshops to the Philippines. In the last two years, Cinemanila has branched out with sidebar events such as the Cinemanila Moonlight Series, a series of outdoor screenings held at Skye Lounge, W Building, Bonifacio High Street.

The Script Factory in Manila workshop is the second partnership for Cinemanila and the British Council; the first being a Moonlight screening of Julien Temple’s London: Modern Babylon.

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