Past Speakers At The London Breakfast Club

Screenwriter Leon Butler on his first feature film with Idris Elba

Leon Butler is an entrepreneurial screenwriter. In this session he shared how he managed to change career mid life and then get Idris Elba to star in his first feature film. Inspirational and educational in equal measure. The good news is that we filmed the session and when you sign up to come to a London Breakfast Club, you get access to past events that were filmed too. Below is a short video we made about the last event, to give you a flavour of what you can expect.

 

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“I Knew It!” 10 Take Home Points from the Dean Craig Breakfast Club, June 2016

By Emma Heath

 

Dean Craig’s screenwriting career has taken the sort of trajectory many dream of. From working as a runner… to getting his first feature, Caffeine, produced… to his script Death at a Funeral being made not once, not twice, but THREE times (in the UK, USA and India).

He now enjoys a TV and Film career spanning both continents. So, what can we learn from him? I’ve distilled his one-hour conversation with Chris Jones into ten take-home points.

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The Three Pillars Of Successful Low Budget Horror Film Production: April 2104

Jen Handorf, veteran of five Brit low budget horror flicks, shared her experience at the London Breakfast Club today.

 

It was an insightful conversation with a producer who has been prolific in production and effective in distribution and sales.

 

Listen to the podcast below…

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How to make money selling a feature using the independent and the studio models with Carlo Dusi

By Tom Kerevan

Another icy morning, another warming breakfast and another 80 or so film-makers hungry for an inspiring talk. And the chance to meet Ridley Scott.

Well not quite… Carlo Dusi is Head of Business and Commercial Affairs at Scott Free London, the younger smaller sibling of the American office. Chris kicks things off with the elephant in the crowded room…. Will Ridley read my script?

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Ten Things I Learned from Jane Espenson and Brad Bell

Blog by Diane Larowska

As I ran past Peter Capaldi crossing Cambridge Circus on a gloriously sunny Monday morning on my way to “Breakfast” with Jane Espenson and Brad C Bell, I knew the goddess of geek was smiling down on me.

 

Writer, producer and TV deity Jane met the fantastically gifted writer, actor, producer Bell through twitter. A friendship and later a creative partnership was born.

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Writing Hit US TV: ‘Husbands’, ‘Buffy’, ‘Angel’, ‘Firefly’…Meet screenwriters Jane Espenson & Brad Bell

Blog by Q-ell Betton

On the 28th October, on a somewhat over hyped, weather wise, blustery day, I and a collection of would be screenwriters, filmmakers and other excitable persons headed to the Phoenix Arts club in central London for a Q and A session with Brad Bell (Husbands, Pop Up Video) and Jane Espenson (Buffy, Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica) It proved to be an interesting and informative hour. Here are ten things I took away from the session.

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How To Self Release YOUR movie (Podcast) with Marcus Marcou

‘Create your own power…’ That’s one key piece of advice from filmmaker and now self distributor Marcus Markou.

 

‘Distrupt’ is another central idea of his.  If the system doesn’t work for you, create a new system, disrupt the old. This is how future thinking Marcus managed to get his low budget family comedy drama ‘Papadopoulos and Sons’ in UK cinemas, gaining massive box office (per screen average) and then doing the same around the world.

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Structure, Meaning and Magic: The Breakfast Club with John Yorke

By Tom Kerevan

In a film world obsessed with structure, there was something refreshingly honest about John Yorke standing up in front of a room full of writers and stating that structure gurus had him seriously worried. So worried, he’d become one.

 

The irony was not lost on him.

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Working in Hollywood and producing movies with Iain Smith: May 2013

Where to start?! Having stepped into the breach at the last minute, and with the Breakfast Club now the Pimms O’Clock Club, I didn’t know what to expect from Iain Smith. All we knew was that his IMDB page reads like your average DVD collection.


What followed was an absolute pummeling of sound bite after sound bite of film-making wisdom from an uplifting Scottish soul.

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Producing Online Comedy and Web Series with Mark Talbot of Hat Trick: April 2013

By Tom Kerevan

When Chris asked if I was going to be blogging about the morning’s Breakfast Club, a voice wafted over my shoulder: “As long as you don’t call the speaker a stupid twat.”

 

Meet Mark Talbot, comedy producer at Hat Trick productions and a man who likes to make his own introductions. Sorry Mark.

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Catching the break and riding the wave with David Nicholls - February 2013

A Very British Breakfast by Philip Lawrence

I’ve been to a few of the Breakfast Clubs before, as well as to the 2012 Screenwriter’s Festival and most of the talks I’ve seen have been conducted by people with lots of experience of giving lectures on their specialist subject. It can sometimes be very (for want of a better word) American. An inspiring speaker with gusto that charges your batteries and sends you back out with your pen already in your hand. It can be a thrilling start to your day.

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Get Your Project Funded... your guide to worldclass crowd funding campaigns, with Danae Ringelman & Brad Wyman - December 2012

Kick ass session with one of the founders of crowdfunding, Danae Ringleman and Oscar winning producer Brad Wyman. Exceptional!


Robert McKee on the Primacy Or Story – October 2012 Special Event

Hosted at the Barbican, this sell out breakfast with Robert McKee was a fascinating view on the evolution and value of story telling.


Lisa Albert, Producing & writing 'Mad Men' - October 2012

'Don Draper is shame wrapped inside shame wrapped inside pretty' said Lisa Albert to a crowded to capactity Breakfast club on the hit show 'Mad Men' A rare chance to get an insight into how the characters for shows like Mad Men are concieved, matured and written, season after season.


Dara Marks on Engaging the feminine heroic - October 2012.

While most writers are familiar with the template of the Hero’s Journey, its counterpart, the Feminine Heroic, may be difficult to recognize (even for women).

 


Yvonne Grace on getting into writing for TV, and staying there - August 2012.

Yvonne, who has worked in script editing, story development and production for the BBC, Granada, Channel 4 and ITV, working on Eastenders and Crossroads delivered a kick ass practical session that kicked September off with a bang.


Linda Aronson on Creativity Under Pressure – July 2012

Australian script guru Linda Aronson joined us for an interactive session where the group brainstormed literally hundreds of ideas before lunch.


Linda Seger, Screenplay Analyst - June 2012

US script guru Linda Seger kicked off our very first Breakfast Club, enthralling a capacity audience with a conversation about the writers creative voice, integrity and understanding that your life experience informs your writing. Inspirational and thought provoking.