Feature Development Masterclass



Feature Development Masterclass

A feature length-focused Lab designed to help you develop your idea into a full treatment, presented by Screen South in partnership with screenwriter & tutor Gabriella Apicella

saturdays weekly
15/06 - 27/07/2024
deadline: friday 7th june 2024
screen south • digital:glassworks • mill bay
folkestone • kent • ct20 1jg

This course will give you the tools to develop a feature film idea into a detailed 12-page treatment that will be the basis for a first draft of an original screenplay. The principles of character development and structure will enable you to create a project that has the depth and momentum required for a feature-length production.

The course is suitable for those writing a first feature, who have some experience in writing and a working knowledge of screenplay through short film.

Applicants should submit a sample of up to 5-15 pages of screenplay – either a short film script or an extract of a longer project. Equivalent theatre script or complete short stories of up to 15 pages will also be considered.

Participants will be expected to have an idea of the project they will develop on the course, though this does not need to be fleshed out. However, they must be able to identify their intended genre and submit a clear statement of one sentence of what their story’s intention is – i.e. why they are telling this story, and what they expect an audience to take away from it. 

The course will require participants to commit to producing work ahead of each session for the purposes of workshopping and feedback.

Please note that a £150 fee will be requested to join the programme. However, Screen South is committed to making opportunities like this available to all, so please don’t be discouraged from applying if you are unable to cover the fee. Bursaries will be available to those who need it.

Course Dates & Content

Week 1 – 15th June, 10am – 3pm

Week 2 – 22nd June, 10am – 1pm

Week 3 – 29th June, 10 – 1pm

Week 4 – 6th July, 10am – 1pm

Week 5 – 13th July, 10am – 1pm

Week 6 – 20th July, 10am – 4pm 

Week 7 – 27th July, 12pm – 3pm

Gabriella Apicella

Gabriella Apicella is a freelance screenwriter and tutor. Alongside her teaching engagements at various Higher Education Institutions and Film Schools, she works as a consultant on short and feature-length screenplays independently and under contract for regional screen agencies and Production Companies. She has worked with BFI Future Film for over ten years delivering sessions for the Film Academy as well as lectures, consultancy and workshops to participants. In 2010 she was also a co-founder of the Underwire Festival. Gabriella’s latest feature project is a biopic in development with Silver Salt and she is collaborating with Award-Winning Director/Producer Stephanie Zari on a romantic comedy.