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16-18 Jan 2015: Tools of Directing The Script
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16-18 Jan 2015: Tools of Directing The Script


Weekend Master Class with Simon Phillips

Fri 16 January November, 7-9pm
Sat 17 January November, 10am-5pm
Sun 18 January 2015, 10am-5pm
Camden, London
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The Tools of Directing give directors their own unique methodology and bring new insights and clarity to making the script great. It has three parts which form a whole. The Tools of Directing the Script are an essential part of a whole directing methodology.


Simon Phillips is a direction consultant for feature film and high level TV directors.

Many directors who have trained with Tools of Directing have gone on to great success, including the recent Nordic Noir series THE KILLING and THE BRIDGE. Emmy & Academy Award winning directors have engaged his services and the Tools of Directing workshops and seminars are presented internationally.


There is lots of script writing training out there including; act structure, hero's journey, and story beats.  But a director working with those writing tools is mistaken in believing that they have the means they need to meet their creative responsibilities with the script.


Writing story is vital – but a great story must be told with conviction or it will be received with indifference.

The script can cause problems that can be better solved at an earlier stage:

•    Whole sections of the story don't actually work when they are performed
•    Characters don't make sense in practice, with consequent poor acting
•    Holes in the story mean post production is often 'story damage limitation'
•    Whole scenes have to be discarded as they weren't actually necessary

Even a great script is only a blueprint which offers numerous possible ways to be told and can hold problems that mean your project doesn't get to the next stage.

The highly participative, practical exercises are designed to give you tools to:

•    Learn how to discover the strengths in the screenplay
•    How to solve unbelievable/contradictory characters
•    Spot tricks the writer may use that won't work in practice
•    Propose ideas to writers without them resisting
•    Use surprise, mystery, and suspense to move your audience
•    Increase your self-confidence under the pressure of script meetings
•    Improve prospects of success of your film script reaching the next stage


Because of the one-to-one nature of Simon’s work, places are very limited .

Standard/corporate: £395.00
Concessions* :
DGGB Members :
* Concessions rate: Student/unwaged/OAP, Members of BAFTA, Directors UK, Equity, WFTV, WGGB, Productionbase.

There is a special rate for participants of previous Tools of Directing (Actors/Camera) weekend courses.


Tools of Directing Script have been used successfully on award-winning films and by first-time feature film directors to secure the funding they needed to take their project forward.

"Simon Phillips is an expert in his field"   |  Linda Aronson, Scriptwriter and expert on non-linear and ensemble script structure. Read Linda's full article on the script aspect of Tools of Directing in the Universal Film Magazine HERE


"Tools of Directing are concrete and not just anecdotes. The teacher is perfect, with own personal experiences and solutions that made us really think. All directors need this." 

Madeleine Ekman | Co-Producer THE HUNT (2012, Oscar Nominee 2014), MELANCHOLIA (2011), ANTICHRIST (2009)


"What is most extraordinary is how, in a couple of hours, you can forge new directing skills and outgrow redundant bad habits. Paradigm shifting, practical, clear, hands-on, fun, revelatory and exciting."

Bill Anderson | Director CASE HISTORIES

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