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"Having worked with Jan in a variety of capacities over many years I am quite sure she is one of the most original and creative script consultants in the business. We began working together when she was
writing her first film scripts and subsequently in the development of a production MA with very strong
screen writing component at the Northern Media School and finally at European Audiovisual

She has developed a methodology which takes the writer on a deep and constructive journey to
contact the source and strength of their work. In other words she first works on the most crucial and
fundamental issue: the writer’s relationship to his/her own work. She then goes deeply into character,
motivation and social context as well as structure. Through this work the writer is enabled to both de-
construct and re-construct their work. Sometimes a demanding journey but one through which the
writer is helped to really find themselves and their creativity as a precondition to writing a good script.

In my experience Jan is immensely supportive of the writers and producers with whom she works and
brings to them over twenty years of analytical and critical thought and passion about how to work with

Alan Fountain, Chief Executive, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE)

“I studied under Jan Worth at MA level and her unique approach to scriptwriting equipped me with a
greater understanding of story, motive but above all, of character. Under her tutelage, my protagonists
found more depth, more humour and humanity. I think this is because Jan encourages you to examine
yourself and your reasons for writing and so what follows is an intimate knowledge of your characters
and a confidence to write their stories.”


Claire Dix, Writer and Film Maker

“Everyone has the story to tell but you always need to know the right way of storytelling. Jan’s
mentor approach of teaching showed me that way to creates depth in my storytelling. She understands
the cultural differences and always encourages you to believe in yourself. It is because of Jan I was able
to build the skill of content analysis and understanding of subtext. Scriptwriting is the art of discovering
yourself and Jan knows how to transfer that art to her students.”

Fawwad Khan, Writer Film Maker and Senior Producer for GEO TV Network Pakistan

“Filmbase were delighted to have worked with Jan Worth as a Script Reader on the Catalyst Project
2007. The scheme was an innovative feature film training and production programme which ultimately
saw three teams of filmmakers awarded production funding of €275,000 for their low-budget feature
films. Filmbase was a partner on the scheme which also involved the Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting
Commission of Ireland, Screen Training Ireland, TV3 and the Arts Council.

Despite being handed a mountain of scripts to assess with a fast approaching deadline, Jan was able to
provide informative analysis and well prepared reports which were invaluable to us in our decision-
making and short listing process. Throughout the whole process we found Jan to be enthusiastic,
dedicated, sharp and insightful. Her reports were also requested from many of the applicants and many
of them found the objective assessments of their scripts useful in re-working their projects.

I would happily recommend Jan as a script reader and I hope that there will be more opportunities for
us to work together in the future.”

Alan Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Filmbase

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