Write a movie in 10 weeks flat!

Story Development & Speed Writing
Monday evenings 7-10pm at the BFI Southbank, London
January 16th – March 20th 2018

Inspired by whatever music does it for you; Stormzy, Jamie XX, Gabriel Yared, Allan Rayman, Raleigh Ritchie, Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer, Sigur Ros… whatever works.

KNOcK IT OUT is a series of evening sessions to -

* structure * inspire * BLAST out a movie story.

Join a dozen other talented filmmakers and “rave” write. Let your muse do the walking.

7pm to 10pm Monday nights – for 10 weeks 
starts 16th January 2018

Example session:
1 hour “scales & arpeggios” structure work
30 min speed writing to music (or silence)
1 hour follow-up workshop
15 min – “rave” writing!!
15 min cool down.

If this doesn’t fire you up to write your arse off – nothing will.

You’ll have a movie story/script in 3 months flat.

Plus, industry networking with invited producers & alums
Plus, “homework” & further writing exercises and deadlines
Plus, access to The Screen Arts Institute online resources.

The Sessions will be run by -
the Director of the Screen Arts Institute, Stephen May, with 
contributions from other SAI mentors and alums.


Previous SAI and Steve May alums have won Oscars, BAFTAs
and have sold to Universal, Sony, Warner Bros, BBC, Film4 etc.

Bex Harvey (writer), Oscar 2017, Best Live Action Short, Sing.
Babak Anvari (writer/director) Bafta 2017, Best 1st Feature, Under the Shadow
Stella Meghie (writer/director) Jean of the Joneses, nominated
 Independent Spirit Award 2017 (Best 1st Screenplay), 
 director of, Everything, Everything (2017 Warner Bros)

Join them.

“The SAI has been an amazing experience. I am a professional Script Editor and so story theory is something that I work with every day and the SAI, headed by Steve, manage to find new ways of opening my eyes on how to approach story. The creative writing exercises are second to none, and the fact that I don’t have to try and script edit my own work, and let other people do it for me, has been absolutely priceless. I can’t recommend it enough for any filmmakers out there…” – David P. Davis (Script Exec, Dr. Who, and now Ch4’s “Electric Dreams” with Bryan Cranston).

“I’ve read every book and pretty much been to every event from Bafta events to London-based film festivals where there are Q & As and lectures etc and other screenwriting workshops . This (the SAI workshop) was honestly the best kick up the arse I have got, and the most insightful and most professional. I got exactly what I needed, quickly efficiently and professionally. Thanks.” 
– Grant Taylor (writer/director –

“There’s no better programme for getting you in the room. In my time with the SAI I’ve work-shopped, shared and developed my ideas with the leaders of the industry gaining valuable feedback and contacts that will continue to inform my work for years to come.” – Zara Meerza, (producer/director “Marfa, Texas” – and, while on the SAI programme, has secured an Associate Producer’s role at Warp Productions).

the programme includes –

small-group (max 3 filmmakers) mentor feedback three times during 
the programme and at the conclusion
SAI Mentors this year include: Emily Leo (Bafta-award 2017) 
Rachael Prior (Head of Film at Big Talk), Mike Powell (ex Head of Film at 
eOne’s Seville Pictures)
industry networking events at the BFI
free online resources and ongoing
writing exercises and deadlines

Fees: The KNOcK IT OUT programme costs £1,496
Fees are paid by direct debit over 3 months (+ £374 deposit in advance)

Places are limited to 12, max. Apply ASAP – first come, first served. 

Apply now! (shortlisted applicants will be interviewed before December 2017)

To apply, Email:
1. a one-pager of a feature idea.
2. a CV of education and professional experience
3. a sample of screenwriting and/or links to completed films written or

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