By KLTV Newsdesk –
A collaboration between Screen Yorkshire and MetFilm School Leeds has given a young student her first experience of co-writing a script.
22-year-old Molly Bailey, from Lancaster, is studying MA Screenwriting at MetFilm School Leeds.
Alongside trainees on Screen Yorkshire’s COSE:Y craft courses, MetFilm School Leeds students worked on content for the three-day shoot.
As well as co-writing the script, Molly was also the Script Supervisor on set as well as taking a brief break to direct a scene of her own.
Molly said: “The Screen Yorkshire project was really interesting. It’s allowed me to have my first experience of co-writing with a fellow MA Screenwriting student, Conor Guilar.
“Plus, the brief for the project left a lot of space for creativity – the only thing we needed to fulfil was to make it complex for the set designers and make-up artists. As a result, we’ve done a trip through the decades.”
Molly says directing a scene allowed her to be more in tune with what was going on during production.
“I know the script so well after drafting and redrafting that I know how the scenes should sound, and that allows me to direct actors and monitor the script much more easily,” Molly shared.
“I also feel much better about making any changes needed on set under the role of director since it’s only changing my own script.”
Molly’s main inspiration for her script for the Screen Yorkshire collaboration was having something influential from each decade.
“From Elvis Presley’s death to the release of Star Wars Episode VI, to welcoming in the new millennium, the several events that we’ve included allowed for us to fulfil the brief and to have fun writing about decades we never actually experienced,” Molly added.
Throughout the collaboration with Screen Yorkshire, Molly has managed her own team; she said: “To all be on the same page before a project starts has been invaluable, and the communication from people at Screen Yorkshire has been amazing for going into production.”
Molly fell into scriptwriting during her BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing.
“After doing my own personal research into some of my favourite scripts, I realised how much I preferred writing scripts compared to prose.
“I knew I wanted to do an MA degree before venturing into the industry, and when I found the new MetFilm School Leeds campus, I thought it fitted me perfectly.
“So it was the personal passion that I had for writing in general that led me to discover this School and the craft of screenwriting overall.”
If, like Molly, you have a passion for scriptwriting MetFilm School has recently launched two 2023 Aspirant Writers Scholarships.
For more information go to: Aspirant Writers Scholarship – MA Screenwriting in Leeds – 2023 (metfilmschool.ac.uk)