Script Development

Film Oxford offers a consultancy service in script development for outlines, treatments and screenplays.

Want help with a screenplay?

  • do you have a story idea you’d like to develop?
  • or perhaps you’ve started and got stuck
  • or you’ve finished and are not sure what to do next

We can help…
Polly Biswas Gladwin and David Spencer run the New Screenwriters Workshop at Film Oxford. We have also been running weekly sessions of the ‘Oxford Screenwriters’ since 2010, and have experience with every aspect of screenwriting.

We can help you start…

  • focus on a theme
  • develop characters
  • structure a narrative

We can help you move on…

  • story development
  • trimming scenes
  • adding more drama

If your screenplay is complete…

  • we’ll place it with a professional script-reader
  • they’ll produce a detailed report
  • this will show you the potential for making it even better

The initial consultation is FREE…

  • an opportunity to discuss your ideas and your writing
  • say what you’re looking for
  • and see what we can offer

If you decide to take things forward, the standard fee is £70 per hour.
For this, you’ll receive one-to-one sessions with experienced consultants.

As a first step, please send an email to: screenwriters@filmoxford.org
(Please do not attach any copyright material)


Consultants: Polly Biswas Gladwin and David Spencer

Polly and David set up the weekly Oxford Screenwriters group in 2010; it became part of Film Oxford in 2013. The group runs workshops on all aspects of a screenplay: concept, structure, characters, plot, dialogue, etc.

Polly’s background is in TV and documentary editing. She took a degree in Film & Television at the London College of Communication, (part of the University of the Arts, London). Her graduation film won an award and was distributed internationally by the Arts Council. She subsequently worked abroad in corporate communications both as a camera operator and editor.
Back in London, Polly worked in editing for over 10 years, progressing from assistant to documentary editor. Her credits include several well-regarded TV strands: 40 Minutes, Timewatch, Horizon, and Arena. In Oxford, Polly helped set up the Oxford Channel where she was a producer and trainer. She has also run arts projects and courses in media and film.
In 2013, Polly’s screenplay ‘Love & Shame’ was workshopped by film producer and theatre director Victor Glynn. Polly is currently developing a new screenplay, ‘The Art Thief’, based on a true story.

David has had a varied career: offshore engineering projects, TEFL teacher, a tutoring agency. His involvement with writing began in the 1990s when he joined, and subsequently ran, a weekly writing group. This led to screenwriting at Oxford University (Rewley House), followed by courses at the ScriptFactory and Film Oxford. David divides his time between writing novels and screenplays, working with the Film Oxford Production Group, and script consulting. He is putting the finishing touches to his second novel ‘The Visitors’ and has begun work on the screenplay.

  • Contact

    54 Catherine St, Oxford, OX4 3AH
    Tel: 01865 792731 Email: office@filmoxford.org

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    Film Oxford is supported by Oxford City Council

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  • Supported by

    Oxford City  Council
    BFI Film Academy UK Network
    Arts Council of England