The Road To Film Agents


The Writers' Workshop

We are the world's leading consultancy for first time writers. We offer:

Screenwriting courses
Feedback on your script
Help with film agents

Our film consultants are all pro screenwriters, most of whom have also worked for major production companies such as Miramax, Warner Bros, Working Title, Lynda La Plante Productions, and so on. Read more about our script consultants

Script feedback

The gold standard way for any writer to improve their work is to get tough, independent script advice. The Writers' Workshop is all about providing that advice in a way that is tough but sympathetic, market-aware and always constructive.

Because we are extremely selective when it comes to choosing our editors, our script assessments are as good as they get. And when we find a script strong enough to be marketed, we will ALWAYS seek to place it with a film agent - and we never charge for so doing. Read more >>

Our screenwriting course

Have you ever travelled to work or sat in an office and a great idea for a story has popped into your head?  Do you sometimes watch television and know that you can do better?  Is the only thing holding you back knowing where to start?

We run an excellent foundation course in screenwriting, which is intended to give you the skills you need to start a script of your own. The course is both inspirational and rigorous and it's taught (of course!) by a pro screenwriter with oceans of experience. Read more >>

 

Film agents advice

Writing a script is hard. Finding an agent can be harder.

But help is at hand. We're here to tell you what to do and how to do it. Because we're well connected with major international film agencies, we know exactly what they want. If your script is strong enough to be marketed, we can place it in the hands of a top screen agent. Our advice pages below give more info about how to find an agent and what they're really looking for. 

Understanding structure
This is the heart of scriptwriting. Even if you move beyond this structure in your work (and we bet you don't) you have to absorb it into your bloodstream. See the full guide here.

Understand the scene
Nearly all new screenwriters use far too many words. Movies are about pictures, not about words. Let your looks, scenes and silences do most of the talking. See the full guide here.

Understand dialogue
Dialogue is best when it's fractured and oblique. If you keep your dialogue too formal or fluent, your words are likely to sound stilted and awkward on screen. And see above - short is good. See the full guide here.

Understand character
Novelists can spend 100,000 words exploring a character. You have about a quarter of that amount with which to write a movie. But novelists don't have actors. You do. You need to provide a framework which your actors will fill out - so stick to your job. See the full guide here.

Thinking with pictures
Although camera angles and the like are the director's province, not yours, you still need to see the movie not write it - and your script can do a huge amount to nudge a professional reader into sharing your vision. If you do that well, you may not just have a good script. You could have a great one. See the full guide here.

And finally, selling your script!
The film industry draws new screenwriters in from conventional routes: film school, TV soaps, production company insiders, actors, and the professional theatre. But that doesn't mean that securing an agent is impossibl...