September 26, 2014 StephenMay

  Dan Kokotajlo (director), Charlotte Wise (writer) and producer, Marcie MacLellan, have won one of the 8 spots on this years shortlist for iFeatures.  They get a full development grant for their feature “Apostasy” and go forward for the production cut in 2015. All three are grads from Steve May’s screenwriting & producing programmes. Well…

September 26, 2014 StephenMay

    The Screen Arts Institute is running a final one-day workshop in association with Working Title Films & the director, Oliver Parker. Thursday 18th December, at Ideastap, 54 Bermondsey Street, in central London 10.30am-5.30pm   The workshop is designed to help you: –  Find the emotional heart of your story –  Find the best…

August 4, 2014 StephenMay

  So this is a shameless mutual fan club love-in.  Probably my most consistent and longtime collaborator has been the actor-director-writer-producer (not necessarily in that order) Oliver Parker (Othello with Laurence  Fishburne & Kenneth Branagh, An Ideal Husband with Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Rupert Everett).  We’ve done plays, movies even musicals. He is a phenomenal…

July 23, 2014 StephenMay

  Had a lovely meeting with Paul Callaghan, the Partnerships Manager at Ideastap today. If you’re a film-maker between the ages of 16 and 30 and don’t know about ideastap, check them out. They have a whole host of workshops and creative initiatives. Many of them pushing the envelope of cross media collaboration. Great stuff…

July 14, 2014 StephenMay

  Julio Bonet, a Steve May alumni from 6 years back, left Elton’s John’s Rocket Pictures last week and has just landed the stunning job of Development Producer at the newly launched Locksmith Animation.   Locksmith is the first dedicated high-end feature animation studio ever created in the U.K., and will focus on creating a long-term…

July 11, 2014 StephenMay

  Great chat with my friend Polly Cochrane, SVP and Group Marketing Director at Warner Bros Ent. in London.  Polly has a staff of 40 selling WB movies to Europe.  Forget the $200m movie – strong hints from Polly that WB might be eyeing the 1st $1 billion movie. Zach Snyder has just started principal…

July 8, 2014 StephenMay

    The Screen Arts Institute is running a series of half-day workshops in association with Working Title Films & the director, Oliver Parker. Thursdays August 7th and August 14th, at Ideastap, 54 Bermondsey Street, in central London 10.30am-1.30pm & 2-5pm The Screen Arts Institute is a totally pragmatic organisation helping film-makers to shorten the…

June 30, 2014 StephenMay

  Three of Steve May’s alumni have formed a dream-team and won a place on this year’s iFeatures scheme. Director Dan Kokotajlo, Writer Charlotte Wise and Producer Marcie MacLellan are in development on “Apostasy”.  Big congratulations team! http://www.ifeatures.co.uk/apostasy1.html http://www.screendaily.com/news/production/ifeatures-sets-development-slate/5073644.article?referrer=RSS&utm_source=1%26WT.tsrc%3Dtwitter%26WT.mc_id%3Dtwitter_twitterfeed_productionnews&utm_medium=twitter NEXT ROUND OF SAI PROGRAMMES START SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014.  APPLY!    

June 30, 2014 StephenMay

  Chatting last week with my agent and SAI Governor, Nick Marston, at the Curtis Brown offices.  Curtis Brown’s in-house production arm, Cuba Pictures, goes up a gear as they cement a production deal with the BBC.  They are filming the adaptation of Susanna Clark’s bestselling novel “Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell” with Toby Haynes…

June 25, 2014 StephenMay

If you’d like to attend a free half-day script development workshop with Stephen May, Director of The Screen Arts Institute, then send us your details. These half-day workshops are a free taste of our longer programmes (see our Programmes drop-down list on our website). Tell us what programme interests you and why you should be…