Another great guest speaker – writer James Henry
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Another great guest speaker – writer James Henry

Last week we invited writer James Henry to come and give our Level 2 Pre-Production students some feedback on their projects before they took them to the final stage.James Henry gives us some tips on writing. (Actually, since he knows the camera is on him he’s going for the ‘famous writer pontificating’ pose) James is a screenwriter who has specialised in comedy, having written for ‘Smack the Pony’, ‘Green Wing’ and ‘Campus’ among other things, but he’s also had a lot to do with animation, writing for ‘Bob the Builder’ as well as ‘Shaun the Sheep’ and ‘The Sketch Show’ for Aardman. So he is very well placed to understand what our students are doing and to give them solid feedback. He also has to constantly pitch ideas for films or TV series to lots of different commissioning people so he gave us all a lot of valuable (not to mention funny) advice on how best to go about it.In the first half of the second year of the course the students choose one of two options; they can do either Pre, or Post, Production. On the Pre-Production option we look at idea generation, storytelling, concept and character design, pitching and how to make up a pitch bible

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Another great guest speaker – writer James Henry