Scriptwriting brought to life at Leeds Met
Aimed at writers, creative producers and directors wanting to find out about new ways of storytelling across different platforms, including stage, film and online media, the Storytelling and Scriptwriting across Platforms workshop will explore how new developments in technology can engage an audience.
The course is one of a series of professional, intensive workshops being run by the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts each month between September 2013 and July 2014.
Head of Enterprise for the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Met, Jennifer Granville, explains: "For some years I have felt that there was a lack of opportunity for professional practitioners in Leeds to engage in cutting edge personal development and training. We wanted to offer the opportunity for everyone from recent graduates to seasoned professionals to work together in a creative and challenging atmosphere, exploring the latest technological developments and sharing best professional practice. So for the past year I have been working with some of the top practitioner/trainers in the country and am very excited that Sean Coleman is leading this course."
Storytelling and Scriptwriting across Platforms will address the new opportunities that technology presents to filmmakers in engaging with audiences and communities. Sean Coleman will introduce participants to the range of possibilities open to them when adapting their story to different platforms. In practical writing exercises, participants will work together to initiate new ideas or develop existing ones, exploring the best ways of using new developments in relation to their own projects. Sean will offer creative ideas for story development whilst also warning against the pitfalls of cross-platform, lessons to learn and traps to avoid.
Sean Coleman is a writer of film and television drama, a novelist and an award-winner writer and producer of cross-platform drama and reality series. He started his career as a writer for Douglas Adams on Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Online (h2g2.com), and progressed to Flextech Television as Interactive Broadcasts Producer for Living TV and Trouble TV. Here, Sean was responsible for creating engaging and award-winning cross-platform enhancements for broadcast, red button, online and mobile platforms for shows like Most Haunted, Cruel Summer and Flash Band. Sean is currently co-writing and producing Vertica - a transmedia feature film in pre-production through his own company, Red Kingdom, and completing the young people's fiction novel Shadow Chasers.