WM SCRIPT SERVICES
WM SCRIPT SERVICES

Building screenwriting stories

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BUILD YOUR STORY

  

WM Script Services is a screenwriting collaboration between award winning film director and producer Kate Whitbread and playwright/screenwriter Darren Markey.


As screenplay/story consultants, WM Script Services takes a collaborative, critical approach to the writer’s work – always looking for ways to lift the work to the next level and beyond – whilst preserving the writer’s unique ‘authorship’.


WM Script Services can advise on structure, plot, character, tone, dialogue – and the script’s marketability.


We can take your project to what ever step suits you - from the seed idea through to:

  • one page synopsis, 
  • outline/treatment
  • draft to draft
  • final draft screenplay

By utilising WM Script Services, your work will be read and analysed by established industry professionals - giving your idea every chance to take form and come alive.


Your first step is to send us a message about your project. We can give you a quote and also point you in the direction of how to develop your idea. We do book up, so contact us soon so we can start the exciting process of taking your story to the next step and beyond.


WM SCRIPT SERVICES - building stories

  


SELL YOUR STORY

WM SCRIPT SERVICES can also advise on business content - including:


  • Pitch documents
  • Business plans
  • Offset applications


WM SCRIPT SERVICES can also advise on how best to approach funding agencies, along with various content buyers including:


  • Production companies
  • Independent producers
  • State and federal funding agencies
  • Networks

WM SCRIPT SERVICES has collective experience in approaching and negotiating with the various entities required to get your work onto screen.



ABOUT US

KATE WHITBREAD

Kate is an award winning Australian film director and producer, and a screen acting coach. In 2002 she raised private finance for and produced the independent low budget film Deeper than Blue with Colin Friels. Her feature film The Caterpillar Wish won both an AFI for Suzie Porter’s performance in a Supporting Role and an IF Award for Best Production Design. Kate is currently developing the psychological thriller Burn and the drama, Wolf of Rostov – and recently produced and directed the supernatural thriller, The Unlit – written by Darren Markey. Kate is also co-founder of distribution company Momo Films and acted as Industry Liaison for the international film event, Lorne Film. During her time at Lorne Film Kate created The Lorne Film Screenwriter Award – a $10K cash prize to an Australian feature film screenplay. Kate brings a wealth of experience in the local film industry and a critical eye as to what will and won’t work on the big screen – coupled with a respect for screenwriters and their craft.

DARREN MARKEY

Darren has written, directed, produced and acted in some 13 stage productions with his 2001 production of The Watch in the Window earning critical acclaim from the national press. He worked as Resident Director at Karnak Playhouse, Far North Queensland, completed his first screenplay Lilly, and travelled to Los Angeles where he got lost in a giant martini, somewhere on Sunset. Returning home led to the production  of the planned TV series The Blessed and a subsequent slate of screen projects. Darren’s psychological horror screenplay, The Tutor, recently did the rounds at Cannes 2016 and is slated for production in 2019. Darren was writer and associate producer on the supernatural thriller, The Unlit - due for release in late 2018. Darren’s work with Lorne Film saw him heading up – along with Kate - the Lorne Film Screenwriter Award, leading him to read and assess over 105 Australian screenplays. Also an experienced teacher/trainer, Darren loves film and loves screenwriting – his approach is always about the story – and preserving the essence that makes that story unique.

FILM STORIES

FILM STORIES - a workshop on the art of storytelling for screen

  

From Sophocles to Spielberg, storytelling has adhered to elemental organic form over centuries. Existing within a set of tenets dictated by nature, stories continue to find echoes deep in the human psyche, particularly through film.


By defining storytelling, Film Stories provides the learner with a fundamental understanding of what makes a film story work, or the reverse. 


Ideal for film lovers, aspiring screenwriters, those who would critique film, or those simply wanting to increase their knowledge of the craft, Film Stories examines through practise the meaning, structure, and telling of a primeval art increasingly relevant in a contemporary world.  


Film Stories will also put screenwriters in touch with industry professionals - providing the first step towards collaboration on screen projects.


COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

Film Stories aims to provide the learner with a greater understanding of what makes a film story work. Through examination of existing films, including titles such as BLADE RUNNER, AMERICAN BEAUTY, TAXI DRIVER, THE GODFATHER, FINDING NEMO, STAR WARS, ROCKY, JAWS, and others, the learner will recognise the structure and components necessary to a complete film story, as well as identifying why some film stories don’t work. 


Film Stories will also provide the learner with an understanding of the practise of contemporary storytelling, placing the art in the context of a modern world and the habits of screenwriters. 


Film Stories will ask participants to complete a series of practical written exercises – identifying structure, archetypes, dialogue, forces of antagonism etc. in film samples the learner has provided. Participants will also be provided with extensive written notes summarising the learning materials.


WM Script Services is also able to tailor the delivery of Film Stories to suit particular groups through consultation.


 RESOURCES


Film Stories draws on the trainer’s own personal experience (see Darren Markey, above) – along with the work of world renowned theorists on the art of storytelling. 


These include:


  • Robert McKee, Story
  • Aristotle, Poetics
  • Richard Watler, Screenwriting
  • William Goldman, Adventures in the Screen Trade
  • Blake Snyder, Save the Cat
  • Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  • Christopher Vogler, The Writer's Journey


COURSE OUTLINE

  

Film Stories is broken down into the following components:


  

1. WHAT IS STORY?

Where do stories comes from and why are they important? An examination into the history of story-telling and the role it plays in shaping the collective consciousness.


2. STORY ON SCREEN

What makes a screenplay? Discusses the concept of the screenplay and how stories come to the screen through the building of a screenplay. An examination of the classic three-act structure.


3. GOOD VS EVIL

An examination of protagonist vs antagonist. How the forces of antagonism drive a story forward. Who is our Hero – and what do they want?


4. ARCHETYPES ON SCREEN

What is a character? The role of characters in conveying a screen story. Examines orchestration of characters and role of archetypes, and Carl Jung’s theories on the origin of archetypes.


5. JOURNEY ON SCREEN

An examination and comparison of popular theories on story structure. The Hero’s Journey – where does it begin and end? Analysis of several theories on screenwriting – The Hero’s Journey vs Save the Cat.


6. THE TOOLS OF SCREENWRITING

How do screenwriters write? Discussion around the screenwriter’s habits and the tools used to create a screenplay. The role of dialogue and the deadly art of exposition.

  


TO FIND OUR MORE


Contact WM Script Services via the details below.

FILM STORIES @ LONGPLAY, FITZROY

BOOKINGS NOW OPEN

Booking are now open for FILM STORIES @ LongPLay, Fitzroy - spaces are strictly limited.


Participants are asked to think of three examples of films they love and are familiar with, to use as examples for written activities and discussion throughout the workshop. Ideally these three titles will be of different genres.


Apart from that, participants need only bring their love of film and an enthusiasm to learn. All course materials - including course booklet - will be provided.


LongPlay is an established inner north venue providing food, drinks and a boutique cinema - reflecting all that is good about North Fitzroy.


'Take two parts Danish minimalist furniture store, add one part Italian wine and cocktail bar, and garnish with a little kitchen fare. While you’re at it, just a dash of full screen cinema and you’ve created the LongPlay recipe.'


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'This place oozes cool. Being hidden away in plain sight, people walking by of an evening won't know it's open when the venetians are only just cracked open. The menu was tiny, but the tapas style dishes were just delicious. I didn't try the cocktails but I will definitely check them out when I next stop in. Three of us took a booth and it was perfect. There are no airs and graces here - it's just honest and I really really like that. It's not a 'happening' place. Come here for a quiet drink with a friend.'


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'If you've ever thought the world looked better in Super 8, Long Play is the bar for you. Set in a converted shopfront in North Fitzroy, it boasts hip mid-20th century styling, potent classic cocktails and a bona-fide miniature cinema in back. Relaxed and cool, if Long Play were a person it would be Jean-Paul Belmondo – and if that means something to you, then this is definitely your kind of bar.'


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DETAILS

LongPlay

318 St Georges Road

North Fitzroy


7 - 9:30PM


Monday October 15

Monday October 22

Monday October 29

Monday November 5 (Cup eve)

Monday November 26

Monday December 3


For pricing and to book tickets - click below

FILM STORIES @ WADAMBUK, ST ANDREWS

A SIX WEEK, HANDS-ON WORKSHOP ON THE ART OF STORYTELLING FOR SCREEN

Booking are now open for FILM STORIES @ Wadambuk, St Andrews - spaces are strictly limited.


WM SCRIPT SERVICES will be running sessions on Tuesday evenings and  Saturday afternoons. See DETAILS for dates and times.


Participants are asked to think of three examples of films they love and are familiar with, to use as examples for written activities and discussion throughout the workshop. Ideally these three titles will be of different genres.


Apart from that, participants need only bring their love of film and an enthusiasm to participate. All course materials - including course booklet - will be provided.


FILMS STORIES is suitable for ages 15 and above - students are welcome.


Concession rates apply for students and members of The St Andrews Film Society.


A beautiful state of the art facility designed by renowned architect Gregory Burgess, St Andrews Community Centre is an active, inviting and inspiring community hub located in the iconic, bustling bush town of St Andrews.


For further details call Darren Markey - 0401 387 176

DETAILS

WADAMBUK, St Andrews Community Centre.


35 Caledonia Street, St Andrews


TUESDAYS - 7:30PM to 10:00PM


  • October 2
  • October 9
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30
  • November 13

SATURDAYS - 3:30PM TO 6:00PM


  • October 6
  • October 20 (4PM)
  • October 27
  • November 3
  • November 10
  • November 17 (4PM)


EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST


WM SCRIPT SERVICES is calling for expressions of interest only at this stage. Once numbers are confirmed, participants will be able to access and pay for tickets. 


Spaces are limited - so to express your interest and reserve your spot, click on the tab.


We look forward to seeing you at FILM STORIES @ WADAMBUK!

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