The Lockdown Sessions: Unlocking the Potential of Your Screenplay


The Lockdown Sessions: Unlocking the Potential of Your Screenplay


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At a glance

  • Learn how to come up with your script’s concept
  • Find out how to write your film’s pitch
  • Identify your screenplay’s themes
How is your screenplay different? What’s it really about? Cultivating a strong CONCEPT and identifying a central THEME can be the key to unlocking the true potential of a screen work.
Most writers and directors are confident to discuss character, plot, and story, but seem on less solid ground when it comes to articulating what makes their screen work unique and what they are attempting to communicate to an audience.
As a screenwriter, story consultant and director of the MA programme at Raindance, Rick Harvey will guide you through the pertinent questions to ask of your work in order to add depth, dimension, and originality.

What you will learn

  • How to identify a solid concept within your screenwork
  • How to identify a unifying, universal, and personal theme within your screen work
  • How to develop your concept and theme into your pitch
  • How to think like a producer when evaluating your screen work

About the Tutor

Rick has been the Programme Director of the Raindance Postgraduate Degree since January 2018. He is a Cambridge-based screenwriter, story design consultant, lecturer and mentor.

Since attaining an MA Screenwriting & Research qualification from the London College of Communication in 2001, he has storylined for ‘Family Affairs’ (Talkback Thames/Channel 5), developed projects for Hewland International and Frenzy Films, written a slate of short films and spec features, mentored on First Light, Media Box and BFI projects and written and developed feature screenplays for EON Productions.

He has been trained by the UK Film Council to devise, develop and deliver industry-standard courses on screenwriting and cross-platform story design, and he lectures regularly on various aspects of the writing process

Rick is currently adapting one of his screenplays, Shadowplay, into a six-part serial for TV, and writing and developing a web-based Thriller, Heretic[s].

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