Script Editing & Story Development

BAFTA screening of short film THE BIND, with writer-director Caroline Bartleet & producers Helene Sifre & Marie-Elena Dyche

I began working in Script Development over 15 years ago as part of my job at animation production company Right Angle.  Projects I was lucky enough to work on went on to win BAFTAs, Emmys and an Oscar nomination.

I’ve studied courses with the Script Factory under Lucy Scher, and in 2014 graduated with a distinction in the Script Development Diploma from the National Film & Television School (NFTS).

As well as script editing and developing Bridge to Industry Films in my role as Executive Producer at the NFTS, such as The Bind by BAFTA winning writer-director Caroline Bartleet (pictured above), I also work with a small number of writers and directors, analysing scripts and providing feedback via notes and meetings, helping them develop engaging stories.

“Venetia script edited a screenplay that I was commissioned to write called Sakerama.  She has a natural ability to get to the heart of a story and the characters and ask questions that take the script to the next level. From the notes that she provided and the discussions that we had it was obvious that she had been around writers and filmmakers for a long time. In short, she speaks the language of writers, that we understand and can respond to. It was a pleasure to work with her and look forward to working with her again.” – Maurice Caldera, screenwriter

“Working with Venetia was a fantastic and rewarding experience.  Her understanding of story, characters and audiences is second to none.  Working closely with her on my script was incredibly valuable and she really helped elevate the story and my writing to a much greater place.”James Sharpe, writer & director

“Venetia was generous, insightful and provocative in her acute recognition of the problems and generating ideas on where the script could go in further drafts.  It was a detailed and thorough reading of the story and there was no stone unturned.  It was just what was needed to commence on another draft. I found new energy from the rigorous critique. I recommend her highly.”Roland Kennedy, writer & director

“Venetia provided us with incredibly constructive feedback that allowed us to push the story in the right direction. Her attention to detail and outside the box thinking really influenced our later drafts. The script is now where it needs to be and we can’t thank Venetia enough for all her help getting it there!” Liam Harris , writer & animation director

“Venetia worked as a script editor for a feature film my company was developing. She worked directly with myself and the writer/director. Her approach to the job was second to none; providing personable, creative and thoughtful notes on the script and it’s subsequent development. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a script editor” – James Boyle, Producer & Founder, Park Road Pictures

It was an added pleasure to have my NFTS Script Development Diploma awarded by Ken Loach: