How to approach film agents looking for new writers

Ours is a leading consultancy for first time writers. We offer a screenwriting course, feedback on your film script, and help with film agents.

Our film script consultants are all pro screenwriters, most of whom have also worked for major production companies, including Warner Bros, Working Title, and Lynda La Plante Productions.

Script feedback

The way for any writer to improve is to seek informed, independent feedback. Our service can give you that advice in a way that is tough but sympathetic, market-aware, and always constructive.

We are extremely selective when it comes to choosing our editors, so script assessments here are as good as they get. And when we find a script strong enough to be marketed, we will seek to place it with a film agent and never charge for doing so.

Screenwriting course

Have you ever travelled to work or sat in an office and a great idea for a story has popped into your head? Do you sometimes watch television and feel you can do as well, perhaps better? Is the only thing holding you back knowing where to start?

We run an excellent foundation course in screenwriting, intended to give you the skills you need to start a script of your own.

Film agents advice

Writing a script is hard. Finding an agent can be harder.

Help is at hand.

We’re well connected with major international film agencies, we know exactly what they want. If your script is strong enough to be marketed, we can place it in the hands of a top screen agent. Our advice below gives more insight into how to find an agent for your script and what they’re looking for.

Understanding structure
This is the heart of scriptwriting. You must absorb it into your bloodstream. Read more.

Understand the scene
Nearly all new screenwriters use far too many words. Movies are about pictures, not about words. Let your looks, scenes and silences do most of the talking. Read more.

Understand dialogue
Dialogue is best when it’s fractured and oblique. If you keep your dialogue too formal or fluent, your words are likely to sound stilted and awkward on screen. Short is good. Read more.

Understand character
Novelists can spend 100,000 words exploring a character. You have about a quarter of that amount with which to write a movie. But novelists don’t have actors. You do. You need to provide a framework which your actors will fill out – so stick to your job. Read more.

Thinking with pictures
Although camera angles and the like are the director’s province, not yours, you still need to see the movie, not write it. Your script can do a huge amount to nudge a reader into sharing your vision. If you do that well, you could have a great script.

And finally, all you need on presenting and selling your script.

Good luck!