What screenwriters' say about Pilar - 2017


'I had so many ‘aha!’ moments where pieces of my script-in-progress slotted into place.  I’m going home with fresh vigour for my project.  Pilar makes everything so clear and accessible and fun.  I learnt a lot'.
Julie Mayhew, Actress turned Novelist turned Screenwriter


'I came here with just an idea and now have a logine, sequences, beats and two scenes!  Bring on my first feature!'
Karlina Veras Reid, Writer


'I crafted a long time elusive character which transformed my script.  This was an amazing 48 hours boot camp in which I learned a tip for every possible script writing problem'.
Mary Oliver, Writer


'If you’re not sure whether to do this class or not – do it!  I booked last minute and have no regrets whatsoever'.
Laura Graham, Screenwriter


'This is the best practical screenwriting course that will get you writing'.
Leslie Lee, Film/TV Producer


'Taking Pilar’s very freeing templates I played with the structure of one of my oldest pieces of work that has never made it to the ‘fade out’.  Now I have found the map that has been eluding me and I can’t wait to write it.  An altogether inspirational and insightful day lead by the kind of professionals we all want to be'.
Rebecca Johnston, Screenwriter


'The course completely changed how I think about the second act and will forever make it easier to write it.  I literally left hospital just to make sure I caught the afternoon of the second day'.
Chris Sutcliffe, Writer & Script Consultant

 

'To paraphrase Mark Andrus and James L Brooks – Pilar, you make me want to be a better writer'.
Kerry Reynolds, Writer


'This class has made me realize that I can do it, I can follow my dream.  Revelatory!  So, so worth it'.
James Page, Filmmaker


'Pilar is the Jesus of screenwriting!  Her book is my bible'.
Line Jette Johannssen, Writer & Film Editor


'An inspiring course – made me really believe I can pull off this first script (and I’m well under way now thanks to Pilar and her process)'.
Adam Gee, Producer


'My last screenplay took me 6 years to write. On Sunday I wrote the entire beat sheet for a new feature. On Monday I wrote a two page synopsis. First draft is on it’s way!'
Annas Eskander, Writer

What screenwriters' say about Pilar - 2015


‘Pilar is great! I’m no longer daunted by the prospect of rewriting, and confident I have the tools to make my script great!’

Adam Spring, Screenwriter

 

‘I’ve left feeling confident in my story and secure knowing the techniques Pilar’s given us will elevate it to the next level’

David Jacobson, Writer and Filmmaker

 

‘I have new energy for writing my script. I didn’t know where to go from here, and now I can’t wait to go home and just do it’

Helene Withington, Screenwriting

 

‘You go in with mince and come out with steak’

Lynda Kennedy, Writer

 

‘A fantastic weekend, I can’t wait to get back home and those techniques. Pilar has the absolute gift of breaking down every day writerly obstacles into plain talking chunks of wisdom’

Michelle Carr, Writer

 

‘Pilar’s class is the most important workshop I’ve been to for those taking their script through the scary waters of the rewrite’

David Jacobson, Writer and Filmmaker

 

‘I know here to go next. I know what to do next. I know how to make my script a 100 times better!’

Liz Coward, Writer

 

‘Unless you’ve got producers banging your door down begging to make your film, you NEED Pilar’s rewrite’

Lynda Kennedy, Writer

 

‘So many questions answered, even ones I didn’t realise had’

Janine Meston, Writer

 

‘I feel like the material from the book brought to life made it more three dimensional and easier to engage with and explore’

Kiss Sprules, Writer

 

‘A Lightbulb switched on above my head and I know how to improve my script’

Dorothee Kuepers, Writer/Actor/Director

 

‘The most polished script advice from the most polished educator’

Alexis Howell-Jones, Writer

 

‘It made me a better storyteller. Pilar rocks!’

Diane Larowska, Writer

 

‘If it stopped at coffee time the first day it would be worth the money’

Carl Bennett, Writer

 

‘I’d recommend this course because it enables you to see the art of screenwriting from a number of angles and perspectives, opening up your mind to explore the limitless possibilities’

Kiss Sprules, Writer/Actor/Director

 

‘An essential tool-kit for anyone serious about screenwriting’

Catriona Wright, Writer

Feedback from London 2014 Event


‘Exceeded all my expectations – a must for any writer, no matter how experienced!’
Natasha Pring – Actor, Writer

 

‘Jam packed with practical tools and effortless insight – brilliant teaching from a very generous expert’
Giselle Boucher – Writer

 

‘Listen to Pilar! Everything she says is based on hard won experience and she doesn’t waste a moment on bullshit!’
David Gilhooly – Writer

‘First Draft With Pilar does exactly what it says on the tin – gives you all the tools and gets you started on the first draft from the first hour’
Joe Cawley – Writer, Author

 

‘I feel completely refreshed and renewed creatively, with a whole new toolkit for writing. Unbelievable value for money!’
Chris Hughes – Film Maker

 

‘Quite frankly Pilar’s workshop is the best event I’ve attended on screenwriting’
Richard Edwards – Writer

‘Pilar’s words of wisdom fire out at you like a machine gun!’
Ian Farr – Film Editor who wants to write

 

‘Getting the lightbulb moment of ‘Scene Intentions’ was absolutely transformational – that alone made it all worth while!’
Chris Drannick – Writer

 

‘I have come away with an outline for a film, which is amazing because all I had at the start was a title and a couple of characters’
Katy Segrove – Writer

 

‘My creative brain has suddenly come alive again!  My ideas are flowing! God, I have missed this feeling!’
Ramin Farahani – Writer

 

‘Pilar is a tiny training terrorist typhoon! She creates explosions in your writing brain and destroys the barriers you have built in your own mind and clears the way for a total rebuild from a fresh perspective’
Dee Chilton – Screenwriter

‘Pilar inspires with her incisive advice and gravitas. Full of ideas, practical advice and endearing audience rapport’.
Colin Akhurst – Screenwriter, Film Maker

 

‘I’ve been stuck in the middle of Act II. Now I can go home and finish it! Hooray!’
Marie Macneill – Writer, Director, Script Editor, Film Lecturer

 

‘I pretty much finished my episode outline in one weekend. A great leap forward after months of struggling with plot’
Christian Ward – Writer

 

‘I wrote dialogue for a character I’ve had in mind for a long time. Pilar’s structure and exercises helped breathe life into her so she could speak for the first time – amazing!’
Diana – Writer, New Director

‘I have written from nothing, a few pages of structure that will allow me to finish my film – amazing! Pilar and Chris have struck gold with this event!’
Uppili Raghavachari – Writer, Director, Producer

 

‘A great mix of structure, techniques and space to find your creativity’
Jeremy Caine – Writer

 

‘For years I have been frightened of making mistakes on my first draft, but plunging straight into story has given me the confidence to realize my ideas to the fullest’
Scott Davenport – Writer

 

‘Thanks to the networking opportunity at this event, I have been asked to contribute to a short film project’
Ian Martin – Screenwriter

‘Truly inspiring, my project has actually started! Pilar was very insightful and able to connect to every question asked of her – she cares!’
Jamie Pigott – Actor, Writer, Producer

‘I came from France just for this course; with no specific idea. In just two days I was able to draft a full outline on my story’
Anael Verdier – Writer

 

‘I’ve been working on a script for months but could not work out how to introduce my secondary protagonist. This morning (Day 2), Pilar’s character introduction section suddenly cracked it. Now I have her introduction…and 10 other scenes!  Everyone should do this course and come to LSF – it feels like home’
Nicola Walters – Screenwriter

 

‘I beat out all three episodes of my TV show after day one!’
Rachel Smith – Writer

‘Pilar just destroyed every obstacle that’s been hindering me. My words have been liberated!’
Jaymi Bandtock – Writer

 

‘Pilar is fantastic – grab any opportunity to see her, hear her and learn from her!’
Guy Lambert – Writer

 

‘A film degree in one weekend!’
Ian Allwyn – Writer

 

‘Out of this event a producer wants to see a pitch of my film! Pilar is phenomenal!’
Charlotte Essex – Writer

‘Pilar Alessandra is a giant amongst screenwriters!’
Sara Stamp – Writer

 

‘Being made to write on the spot was incredibly liberating and empowering to realize I have more ideas than I imagined’
Marie Farguharson – Film Maker, Producer

 

‘Pilar knows what she is talking about. Listen to her and you wont go far wrong – or if you are lost in the woods she’ll help you find your way back’
Fiona Tuohy – Writer

 

‘I’m actually making progress on a video game script now (which had been stalled for months) – despite this being a feature/TV focused event. Pay Pilar whatever she wants to get her back!’
Tom Bourner – Ghost Writer

 

‘I came in with a vague idea and am leaving with my acts plotted out, rounded characters and a completed opening scene… great job Pilar!’
Tamsyn Murray – Writer

 

‘I had an idea on Tuesday, booked my place on Wednesday and had an outline for my script by Saturday evening. Amazing – thank you!’
Kim Wheeler – Screenwriter, Poet

 

‘I came with old ideas to revisit. I left with two brand new ones and a sense of how to develop them both’
Carole Oldfield – Writer

 

‘Pilar’s methods are clear and effective and can be put to instant use – and frequently were!’
Shay Elliot – Producer, Writer

Feedback from London Screenwriters' Festival


‘Just bloody brilliant’
Mary Evans, Screenwriter

 

‘Perfect! Brilliant! Awesome!’
Gaile Garnelyte, Screenwriter

 

‘Pilar was AWESOME’
Dee Chilton, Screenwriter

 

‘Pilar is also very encouraging and clearly wants people to do well’
Vicky Hinault, Screenwriter

 

‘Brilliant, or to use her vernacular, awesome’
Kevin Drury, Screenwirter

 

‘Brilliant. She was warm and funny and had great insights to how it all works. A very enjoyable, informative day.’
Craig Griffith, Filmmaker

 

‘The workshop was an informative and entertaining experience. Pilar is an accomplished speaker, nothing fazed her and she made everyone feel comfortable.’
Amy Hardiman, Screenwriter

 

‘Invaluable’
Amy Amani, Screenwriter

 

‘Pilar was insightful, inspiring, witty and welcoming’
Scott Davenport, Screenwriter

 

‘An excellent workshop. Insightful, inspiring and jam packed with useful tools and information’
Janet Awe, Screenwriter

 

‘Brilliant! indeed, really useful...’
Elisa Della Scala, Screenwirter

 

‘Absolutely inspiring and stimulating!
Giordano Trischitta, Screenwriter

 

‘Pilar’s workshop was filled with ballsy woman confidence.’
Alison Down, Writer

 

‘Pilar Alessandra’s enthusiasm for her craft was infectious!’
Marie Amaler, Writer & Script Developer

 

‘I am now applying what I learned to my screenplay, making it not only more sellable, but also more engaging.’
Amy Hardiman, Screenwriter

 

‘A powerhouse session’
Paul Sukhija, Filmmaker

 

‘A wonderfully inspiring and informative session’
Donna Roa. Screenwriter