Screenwriters reflect on Wordsworth experience

The Inward Eye film festival in Ambleside at Zeffirellis was accompanied by a weekend course for screenwriters, here at Rydal Mount, led by script consultant Vicki Jung.

And we want to share some of the comments from the writers who attended that course.

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  • As a producer venturing out on my first feature, I have learnt a huge amount about story structure during the process of this workshop. Vicki led the workshops brilliantly, giving specific, insightful and practical feedback which will really help our story structures. Each of the mentors had been brilliantly chosen too and were extremely helpful in their feedback. The added value of being able to see films at the festival itself was fantastic too as it meant you were able to network with other creatives at the festival and watch the films made by the mentors who were teaching at the workshop too. The setting was beautiful and apt (being Wordsworth’s home), the food was great and the people were great. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.”

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  • The location itself couldn’t be bettered. Rydal Mount was the family seat of  William Wordsworth himself, and we spent three fruitful days in it, all gathered around a huge oak table, in front of an open fire in the day-room there.  Our task was to work intensely through each other’s scripts, reading, analysing, feeding back and offering ideas, all of which  was achieved with the minimum of rancour and the maximum of warmth. Much of this was down to Vicki Jung, the presiding script consultant, who was more than impressive with her insights and her ability to frame her ideas swiftly, fully and effectively, for the benefit of each writer. 
  • The title of the festival, Inward Eye, comes from a line in Wordsworth’s famous Daffodils poem and refers to the poet’s capacity to reflect on a moving experience, ie, the sight of the daffodils, and to gain insight and ongoing consolation from it. And that,  in every sense, is what we got.
  • The venue could not be bettered.  The course leader Vicki Jung knew her stuff through and through, and put it across clearly and incisively but fairly.  The mentors were as good as you could  get: busy working professionals – directors, producers and writers – who somehow found the time to give us the benefit of their considerable expertise and experience.
  • A unique, fruitful, and enabling experience in a venue to die for.
  • Thank you all so very much for a tremendous few days full of passion, commitment and talent. It was a true privilege to work alongside you all, and I’m so grateful and glad to have been involved.Extra special thanks to Vicki & Charlotte for creating and dreaming up this workshop and for their generosity and perceptive contribution to our diverse group of projects.
  • Thanks all for a great weekend of peer/professional review plus some great socialising. Hopefully, we can meet up next year and/or share things in-between. I just need to decide what I’m going to work on next!
  • Thank you all for being wonderful people with great advice.

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