Film Matters lectures

These lectures are designed for anyone looking to develop their film making skills and keen to learn directly from experienced professionals in the film industry.

They are ideal for anyone looking to pitch an idea for funding to a film body, and anyone working on a concept for The Pitch.

More 2016 Film Matters programme will be announced soon!

Live Pitching with Lucy Scher

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

77 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2EZ London

Lucy Scher will talk about her passion for film, what makes a great story, and her experience of being on judging panel for The Pitch at Pinewood Studios. One of The Pitch 2015 Runner Ups, Hannah Lee will share her experience so far and how talk about how her story is developing. After hearing from both Lucy and Hannah, there will be a live pitching opportunity, where thoughts and feedback will be given. At this event, attendees will learn the essential rules and tools of pitching from the experts. Attendees will be selected in advance to do the live pitch, they will receive feedback, explaining what worked, what didn’t – and why. If you would like the opportunity to do the live pitch, please book your ticket and email me at with your two minute pitch idea. Three attendees will be selected. Start preparing your live pitch now!

Lucy Scher

A founding director of The Script Factory (1996) Lucy saw success with the first season of Screenplay Readings in London, sourcing talent and finance for unproduced projects. Through innovative development and training programmes over the last 16 years, Lucy has worked with numerous writers on short, feature and documentary projects including writers Paul Fraser (Twenty Four Seven), Alice Addison (The Hunter); and celebrated documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield. An experienced development mentor; she has devised and delivered courses for numerous production companies; worked for regional production funds; and conducts training for The Script Factory both throughout the UK and internationally. Lucy is author of Reading Screenplays: How to analyse and evaluate film scripts (Kamara Books, 2011).

Once Upon a Time in a Screenplay: Narrative Structure

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

77 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2EZ London

Martin has analysed the world’s greatest screenwriting gurus. From Syd Field to Blake Snyder, Vogler to McKee, Seger to Hauge and Parker to Aristotle – he can set out how their models and approach to what makes the perfect movie narrative. This is a golden opportunity to understand the work of some of the world’s greatest story consultants and transplant their techniques to your fingertips.

In this master class from screenwriter, poet and composer Martin Kiszko you will be introduced to the the landscape of screenwriting structure and unpick key screenplay narrative elements in the context of a popular movie and demonstrate how the very best narrative decisions are made.

Live Pitching

On top of this we invite you to pitch live to Martin with a project you are looking to develop for The Pitch Film competition. This is your chance to experience Martin’s unique and creative response to developing projects, skills that he has exercised at international film festivals and for us on The Pitch panel. Why wait till you get to the finals at Pinewood studios to think of the breakthrough ideas or spot the issues with the plot.

Martin Kiszko

Martin has composed and orchestrated over 200 scores for film and TV. Amongst these were the landmark natural history series Land of the Eagle and Realms of the Russian Bear, in which he pioneered the recording of music samples on film locations. The diversity of Martin’s material also embraces BBC, ITV and C4 dramas including Black Hearts in Battersea, The Levels, and The Uninvited. His TV signature tunes include BBC’s Newsround, Food and Drink, Omnibus, Wildlife on Two and The Natural World.

Please note that Film Matters lectures are subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact us