Less is More writer residency in Scotland

Less is More is one of Europe’s leading writer and project development programmes and Screen Scotland is offering the chance for 12 writers to take part in a LiM residency at Hospitalfield, Arbroath Monday 20 – Saturday 25 April 2020.

Less is More Scotland Residency

Less is More was set up to empower a generation of filmmakers intent on opening new avenues by tackling new issues.

LiM help writers turn creative limitations in to opportunities for innovation. Developed with low-budget feature production in mind, LiM supports writers to create successful scripts with limited characters, locations and crew by digging deeper into emotion, structure, themes and the power of the script’s story. LiM embrace limitations as a catalyst for exciting film experiences and in doing so, bring out a filmmaker’s unique imprint, enabling their work to stand out.

Less is More is a programme of Le Groupe Ouest who have been developing writers for over 10 years. Notable projects developed through LiM workshops include Cannes Camera d’Or winning Divines, Locarno Golden Leopard winning Godless and Cesar Award-winning The Innocents.

What will the Less is More Scotland Residency involve?

At Hospitalfield, LiM will be running a week-long residency for writers to develop their projects. The residency will be led throughout by two international script consultants.

This programme will focus on ‘pre-writing.' The idea that the more that can be explored and determined prior to the writing process beginning, the more successful a first draft will be.

Participants apply with an outline for a project and over the course of the residency the LiM tutors will use their story development methodologies to help the project reach its potential. The methodologies help to craft story, develop character and discover themes.

The workshop will focus on theatrical projects and is suitable for writers, writer/directors and creative producers. Writers from outside film writing are open to apply including novelists and playwrights.

Who is this residency aimed at?

This programme aims primarily to help develop new writers who may have written shorts, short content for television or potentially a microbudget feature but are looking to move in to feature film writing. However, the LiM methodologies are valuable to anyone working at any level so more experienced writers are also encouraged to apply.

The residency is open to anyone based in Scotland.

When will the residency take place and what does it include?

All successful participants will be expected to arrive at Hospitalfield in the late afternoon of Monday 20 April and will be based on side until the programme finishes on the afternoon of Saturday 25 April.

The residency includes:

  • accommodation
  • all meals catered
  • all sessions, workshops and direct support from the Less is More team during the week

Participants will be responsible for their own travel, but where appropriate a contribution to childcare and travel costs can be considered.

Arbroath has a train station which is a short taxi ride from Hospitalfield. More information about Hospitalfield can be found here: http://hospitalfield.org.uk/

How to Apply

To apply for the LiM Scotland Residency at Hospitalfield we require the following information:

  • a one-page project outline
  • a one-page motivation letter explaining why you want to attend
  • link to previous work (if relevant)

Alternatively, you can record a 4-minute video explaining your outline and motivation.

Please send these to screen@creativescotland.com with the subject header: LiM Scotland Residency Application.

The deadline to apply is Monday 16 March 2020 at 11pm.

Less is More at GFF Industry Focus

As part of Less is More’s programme of activity in Scotland, LiM’s co-director Antoine Le Bos will be at Glasgow Film Festival’s Industry Focus discussing ‘New Approaches in Script Development'.

In this Masterclass, Antoine Le Bos (Artistic Director of Le Groupe Ouest, European Film Lab) will delve into the script development process, looking at areas such as the difference between conception and writing phases, and methodological tools to boost the creative process. Antoine will also cover how the writer’s brain itself functions during the development phase, and how the introduction of healthy constraints can accelerate the script development process.

The session takes place 10 - 11.30am on Thursday 5 March as part of GFF Industry Focus and is open to GFF Industry pass holders: https://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival/industry/industry-programme/thursday-5-march

Supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, LIM | Less is More is a programme of Le Groupe Ouest who have been developing writers for over 10 years. Notable projects developed through LiM workshops include Cannes Camera d’Or winning Divines, Locarno Golden Leopard winning Godless and Cesar Award winning The Innocents.