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What Do Past Delagates Say About Talent Campus?

‘I was floored by how approachable and genuinely helpful all the guest speakers were’.
Barbara Skubic // Screenwriter
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‘I came to the Talent Campus a fearful, nervous Screenwriter and came out a fearless warrior!’
Maurice C Kenney // Screenwriter
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‘Talent Campus showed me how to not just be another writer, but BE a writer! The speakers were amazing, how Talent Campus got them is beyond me’.
Luke Graves // Screenwriter & Filmmaker
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Actually 500 Stars (out of 5)

‘Being surrounded by the support and love of this group is something I will never forget as long as I live’.
Monique Amado // Screenwriter, Actor, Director
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10 Stars (out of 5)

‘Talent Campus has given me the confidence to keep writing and a much better understanding of the industry’.
Dara Colwell // Screenwriter
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‘Out of the Talent Campus, I now have an appointment with an expert Producer!’
Cathy Kostova // Writer, Director
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‘I got to meet people who feel the way I do about writing – it was like they were reading my mind!’
Rick Limentani // Screenwriter
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‘I am a different person’
James Pemberton // Screenwriter
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My fear has gone south! Now my life will go in the opposite direction’
Rachel Hanks – Screenwriter
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10 Stars (out of 5)

‘The opportunity to connect with industry professionals, hold Gareth Unwin’s Oscar and walk on broken glass – the day doesn’t get any better than that! I will have no fear! And I have already got peers to connect with’
Jane Helliwell // Screenwriter
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‘I leave the Talent Campus an emotional volcano of confidence!’
Sunny King // Filmmaker
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‘I just got a new tribe!’
Jens Nelsson // Screenwriter
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‘At Talent Campus your pitch will improve beyond your imagination’.
James Pemberton // Screenwriter
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‘Talent Campus has been a writer’s therapy that has elevated me to the dizzy heights of awesomeness!’
Panayiota Panteli // Screenwriter
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‘Talent Campus has taught me that if you crush the fear, the road ahead opens wide’
Jonah Jones // Screenwriter, Director
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‘From the Talent Campus I now have much more confidence pitching; plus a wider group of readers to improve the quality of my work’
Rick Limentani // Screenwriter
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‘I came to the Talent Campus with a problem, was challenged and left with a solution’
Barbara Skubic // Screenwriter
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‘John Yorke was amazing, the cave/forest/wood concept was a real ‘unlock’ moment.’
Matt Harlock, Filmmaker and Screenwriter
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‘Lucy Hay gave us practical tips to up our profiles on social media. Chris later gave us an outstanding class on understanding our own behaviours and applying them to our characters.’
KT Parker // Screenwriter
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‘It was great writers-room environment.’
Rachel Paterson // Screenwriter
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‘I really enjoyed the negotiation exercise and I now understand the importance of integrity and clear communication in negotiations.’
Rachel Patterson // Screenwriter
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I have gone from writing alone, to writing with the strong support of a peer group of fellow writers. From using only my own judgment, to now working with professional script editors and producers who are assessing the quality of my work and helping me decide which projects to pursue in terms of their place in the market.
David Hitchcox
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I’m learning and developing so much. It’s been especially valuable in helping me develop my networking and pitching skills. I really enjoyed meeting execs and pitching and felt so much more relaxed than I’d ever imagined I would. I feel more confident in networking and pitching situations and I’m looking forward to more.
Nick Fogg
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Although I was certain that Talent Campus was going to be brilliant, I wasn’t at all sure it was going to develop me where I most needed help – networking and pitching. To my delight, those have been two core areas of focus of the course so far and I feel that I have made a great leap in both my networking and my pitching in such a short time period. This resulted in a much-needed boost in my confidence.  
KT Parker
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I am sure I will continue to feel the positive effects and profit from the relationships and contacts made long after this inspiring program has ended.
Halida Abbaro
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I have learned heaps professionally: all the varied training sessions were in-depth and expertly delivered. Being mentored by a working producer has been invaluable. The support our group has given each other (and not least, were given by the organisers) has made the whole experience a pure joy.  
Kristina Day
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The very best thing that I have gotten out of the Talent Campus so far is the opportunity to really get to know several of the other Campers, especially the ones in my mentor group. My mentor, Karol, has been phenomenal! I see us keeping a relationship going for years to come. Our group has grown pretty tight and I hope that we maintain our connection and collaborative energy long after the close.
Amy Amani
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I’ve made massive progress with my story thanks to the highly supportive personnel and framework of TC both collectively and also within our smaller group. When I complete my first draft I reckon it’ll be in the region of 12 weeks quicker than had I been writing it independently of the program. The calibre of industry professionals I’ve had access to is quite simply incredible.
Mark MacNicol
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The highlights have been being taken seriously and getting script requests though Pitchfest, and developing a supportive, inspiring peer group.
Poz Watson
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Really great course with lots of knowledge learnt and experience gained. The mentoring outside of the Talent campus sessions has been the most rewarding, and its great to have a mentor as well as be in a smaller group of writers to chat to and get feedback from about our specific projects.
Gary Thomas
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‘The whole experience took me to places I would never imagine going. It shifted me to the next level and re-ignited trust, confidence, hope and gave me wings to fly. It was life changing.’
Deborah Hodgetts, Screenwriter
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‘It’s hard to put into words the impact you and your brilliant team had on every aspect of me’
Angela Gregory, Screenwriter
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‘Talent Campus has utterly transformed the way I think about myself and my writing. I did not expect to do many of the things I ended up doing and did not expect to feel the way I did when I completed them. In short this has been a life changing experience and I don’t feel scared about my future now’
Anthony Pickthall, Screenwriter
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‘I came into TC with a daily physical pain – and by the end it had gone’
Jacob Holmes-Brown, Screenwriter
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‘It was an amazing experience with at least 2 of the sessions individually worth the admission price alone’
Gary Thomas, Screenwriter
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‘I came into TC genuinely ready to consider quitting on my dream of screenwriting in favour of something “sensible” – I was deeply tired, broke, defeated and feeling like an island in very unfriendly seas. TC has pointed me back to the simple and edifying joy of writing, pointed me back toward my voice and deeply challenged that feeling of defeat.’
Jacob Holmes-Brown, Screenwriter
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‘Chris. Thank you for the stratospheric last few days. Your energy is indefatigable. The whole concept of TC6 is that of an evil genius. Are you sure you’re not building a “Death ray” out the back there at Ealing? I am now looking forward to every second of the next month!’
Keith Slott, Screenwriter
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‘Talent Campus provides a safe way to explore an essential part of being a screenwriter. Whilst craft and talent are important, it’s increasingly obvious to me that the relationships we build are actually what provides the springboard to success. Inevitably, being a writer, we spend much of our time in our own delightful and self-serving world – our imagination – which is the safest place for each of us to be. Familiar, comfortable, responsive to our whims. Even the monsters, the murderers, the antagonists do as we wish. But out in the real world is where success happens. Venturing out into the real world is, quite possibly, the biggest challenge of all. And Talent Campus provides a safe, fun, and delightful way to break down and break through the barriers. Combining the interactive needs of a successful screenwriter (pitching, working with producers, taking notes, etc.) with some REAL LIFE (“Holy sh*tballs, did I just do that?!”) situations really helps to put things into perspective. Now, I’m living in the real world – and I can do anything!’
Sharon Axcell, Screenwriter
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‘A mind-blowing ignition and immersion weekend in on the London Screenwriters Festival ‪#‎TalentCampus held in Ealing Studios, that was inspirational and educational rocket fuel.’
Dee Chilton, Screenwriter
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‘The motivation and inspiration were superlative. I love the holistic approach of this course. So many pennies dropped it was like winning the jackpot on the slot machine.
KT Parker, Screenwriter
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‘Stephen Follows’ presentation on trends and data was hugely useful.’
Mark MacNicol – Screnwriter
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‘I significantly amped-up my vision and goals for my career, spelled them out and committed to them by telling everyone else. John Yorke’s talk was super-useful as it’s virtually impossible to find anything on TV structure.
Kristina Day – Screenwriter
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‘I tweeted a photo as part of the live tweet exercise and a producer saw it, remembered my pitch to him at LSF two years ago and asked for me to get in touch!’
Phil Peel, Filmmaker and Screenwriter
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‘I’ve re-ignited and I’m getting back in the game! John Yorke gave us the best explanation on story structure I have EVER heard’
Mike O’Reilly, Screenwriter
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The Talent Campus exclusive sessions have also been absolutely incredible – John Yorke, Kate Leys, Lucy Hay, Chris Jones, Julian Friedman, Pilar Alessandra – all giving us their insights and advice on our individual projects. Plus special sessions with Chris McQuarrie and Carl Gottlieb. I’m not aware of a screenwriting course where you can get that kind of intensive input from such an experienced bunch of people, who are currently active and working in the business.
Rachel Paterson
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It was a wonderfully, enriching experience where I have further developed my knowledge of the craft, but also I have made twenty-odd new friends who I’m confident will remain friends for life now.
Sarah Cassidy
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The Talent Campus has pushed me further, faster, than almost any other experience I’ve had in my screenwriting career to date. So as a way to fast track a career, I have to say this is unparalleled.  
Liz Holiday
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‘Utterly transformative week. I am so tired I could (and may) sleep for a week, but my god it’s been monumental’
Angela Clarke, Author
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‘It was creative, intense, emotional and at times terrifying. And absolutely worth it’
Mathew White, Screenwriter
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‘Jump in. The water’s cold till you get right in. Then you won’t want to get out.’
Teresa Bailey, Screenwriter
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‘It’s like a glass of Beroca with an espresso chaser’
Merlin Goldman, Screenwirter
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‘I have never felt so awake. Talent Campus 5.0 was a life changing experience. I’ve learned so much and made such amazing friends over the past six days, and discovered truths about myself that never occurred to me. By the end I felt like Ebeneezer Scrooge waking up on Christmas Day – a better writer and better person!‘
James Alexander, Screenwriter
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‘I had expected something demanding and challenging. What I experienced was way beyond what I could have imagined. The demands and challenges, it emerged, were all to do with my own fears of my limitations as a writer. I have never been through such a thought provoking and stimulating event where, along with fear, I experienced holding in mind and containment as never before. My confidence as a writer has bloomed way beyond what I thought I was capable of.’
Teresa Bailey, Screenwriter
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‘I was thrilled to get into Talent Campus after my friends had raved about it. I never anticipated what a major impact it would have on me. Talent Campus is not just a screenwriting course. It’s a life-changing experience! It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. It’s made me conquer my fears and left me thinking: if I can do this, what else am I capable of? Talent Campus has pushed me to take myself seriously as a writer. I believe in myself as a writer in a way that I didn’t before. My fellow Campers are the most amazing people and we have become such a tight-knit group – our own screenwriting community. I know I’ve made a lifelong connection with these amazing people. I haven’t stopped raving about Talent Campus since it began! It’s simply been one of the best experiences of my life! If you’re thinking about applying, do it. I couldn’t recommend it enough.’
Liz Slade, Screenwriter
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‘Talent Campus gives you a bunch of buddies who will root for you and pick you up when you stumble, just as you would do the same for them. It’s a collaboration of kindness, willingness and motivation. Do it, you’ll surprise yourself. I know I did.’
Mari Vindis, Screenwriter
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Feedback for The Crucible

‘The Crucible was a game changer for me. As a direct result I’ve been approached for a script editing gig, been booked to work on a feature with a director (that a BIG producer has subsequently asked to see), found a producer for another feature I’m working on, and I’m in talks with an agent. Just writing that all down makes me realise how insanely things have changed within a short space of time! That’s the magic of TC!’
Angela Clarke, Screenwriter
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‘I now network like crazy, and make it look easy, which is all down to the training.’
Mari Vindis, Screenwriter
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‘I loved the Crucible! It gave me the confidence to manoeuvre around a room full of people from the business and talk to them like normal human beings. I had the tools in place to steer the conversation discretely towards my work and gained contacts along the way.’
Mark Renshaw, Screenwriter
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‘I love how much the Crucible shifted my energy around networking. It helped me understand what a positive and natural-feeling experience ‘working a room’ can be.’
Aydrea Walden, Screenwriter
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‘As a result of the Crucible, I have received 3 script requests and a Producer has also asked for a meeting.’
Fionna Hunniset, Screenwriter
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‘I used to consider networking a dirty word. The Crucible completely changed my attitude and since then and after networking I’ve had producers and directors asking to see my scripts. I’m now treating that side of my writing career with more respect than ever before.’
Robert Taylor, Screenwriter
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‘The Crucible and the training around it has made me feel much more confident about networking and presenting myself as a writer to producers and directors. A producer that I met at the Crucible asked for a one-pager the next day and since then has said that they would love to work with me to develop a feature script. The process has made me feel far more able to have professional discussions and I now feel entitled to be a part of the conversation.’
Desi Lyon, Screenwriter
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‘One thing we learned at the Crucible was to become the connector, the facilitator during networking events. I introduced two of my fellow campers to a director that they both connected well with and things are really accelerating for one of them. So, I might just get a ‘Special thanks’-credit and an invite to release party!’
Susan Vermeer, Screenwriter
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‘The Crucible was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned how to network as never before and I have got three requests for my one-pagers and another for one of my scripts.’
Lorenzo Colonna, Screenwriter
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Photos From Past Talen Campus Events