Most recently I was the Development Associate at Warp Films, where I started as an intern before I graduated from Falmouth University, four and a half years ago. I have since worked across both the film and television slates, on projects with producers as well as my own developments for the company. I follow projects from the early stages of development up to the beginning of production, giving constructive script notes through the various drafts (’71, The Last Panthers, Southcliffe). I attend and give written feedback at edit screenings to producers and financiers (Stone Roses: Made of Stone, For Those In Peril, Berberian Sound Studio). I am responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with talent, agents (literary, theatre, film and television) and commissioners on behalf of the company. I am continually sourcing talent and creating relationships with those writers and directors. My role is inherently wedded to storytelling, whether it is script editing existing work, or creating documents for self-generated ideas to pitch to the team and talent. Identifying gaps in the market and creating specific briefs to those gaps is integral to my role, whether it is sourcing existing material (articles, novels or lectures) to work from or researching the appropriate talent; writers, expert journalists or authors who will create an idea. Once projects are in development with a commissioner, my focus is on story lining and character development, addressing notes given by broadcasters or financiers and feeding back to the writer.
• Supporting producers on their projects and cultivating my own developments. • Developing relationships with new talent • Generating ideas for development, to attach talent and pitch to commissioners • Detailed script notes for producers and writers • Script meetings with talent • Reading of scripts, treatments and novels and writing script/book reports. • Meeting with agents and discussing new and emerging talent • Working across the film and television development slates with other developers • Covering screenings, lectures, shorts, theatre and comedy shows. • Tracking live commissions • Submitting applications on behalf of the company for development funding (BFI, Creative Scotland) • Research on initial ideas and/or on-going projects.
• Initial assessment of submissions such as scripts and reels • Development assistant on scripts (Yann Demange’s ’71) • General support on productions (Shane Meadows’ Stone Roses, Berberian Sound Studio) • Writing script reports and notes on projects in development • Co-ordinating weekly development meetings • Managing the film and television slates • Creating talent lists for playwrights, screenwriters and directors • Assisting in the delivery of the productions to financiers and broadcasters • Researching novels and their rights availabilities • Attending screenings, events, plays and exhibitions.
Two 3-week placements in Warp Films London office. My role consisted of general assistance to producers, business affairs and the development team, as well as sourcing and assessing reels, scripts, rights for novels and administrative tasks.
For the Pilot of The Midnight Beast for E4, produced by Warp Films. I later assisted in the development of both series for the channel.
Involved with the co-ordination of talent: organising their travel, schedules and accommodation during the festival.
Practical and Theoretical Film Studies
A levels (B, B, C, C)