The Industrial Scripts Family Tree
Befitting our collective obsession with Francis Ford Coppola’s endlessly remarkable GODFATHER films, we thought we’d break up the corporate monotony of the usual “About Us” pages littering the internet.
“I still don’t know how Coppola pulled it off”- Sam Mendes
So below is our “Family Tree” – a bit of fun that also tells the reader about us, how we’re structured, and who does what.
Just scroll down to read individual bios and for more information.
EVAN LEIGHTON-DAVIS, OWNER
Evan is the Owner of Industrial Scripts and Takedown Pictures. An ex-Ealing Studios executive and full-time industry script consultant, he analysed material for a range of producers, funding bodies and Hollywood studios. His script consulting credits include: Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal, Scott Free, Working Title, BBC Films, Pathe, See-Saw Films, StudioCanal, Dan Films, TalkbackThames, Intermedia, Mirage Enterprises, CinemaNX and Screen South. For 3 years he worked in development at Ealing Studios, reporting to Head of Development Sophie Meyer, and during his time there the studio produced films including ST. TRINIAN’S, EASY VIRTUE, DORIAN GRAY, ST. TRINIAN’S II and BURKE & HARE. In 2008, Evan was credited script editor on the first feature film financed exclusively out of Dubai (the $7m CITY OF LIFE starring Natalie Dormer & Alexandria Maria Lara) and he was also a story analyst for PEEP SHOW creator Andrew O’Connor, investigating at length the screenwriting theories of Save the Cat! author Blake Snyder. In total, Evan assessed over 3,000 projects for Britain’s leading film companies and funding bodies. In early 2010 he established Industrial Scripts to offer writers and filmmakers high-level, industry-trusted script development, training and promotion services, successfully brokering sponsorship deals with Paramount Pictures and talent agency Curtis Brown. Through Takedown Pictures Evan is producing several projects including sports drama WAR GAME with Bedlam Productions, producers of THE KING’S SPEECH and EXAM.
VICTORIA CARRINGTON, GENERAL MANAGER
Victoria has worked in broadcasting and high-end TV production for 14 years, through a variety of roles across radio, TV and online. She has covered both hard news and entertainment throughout her career – predominantly developing and writing for live programmes, managing high-level celebrity interviews and large “on-air” events. After moving into the film industry, Victoria now oversees the day-to-day running of Industrial Scripts and leads the company’s events, training and OVERDRIVE programmes, as well as managing our team of script consultants.
GEORGE HARDY, ASSISTANT
George works as a full-time assistant at Industrial Scripts, reporting to GM Victoria Carrington. With a background studying cinema and fine arts, George uses his not inconsiderable web skills to handle much of IS’ marketing and sales activity. With strong social media skills George has also oversees much of this area of the company’s activity.
Our Script Consultants
Industrial Scripts is the only script development company with hundreds of testimonials that are verified as genuine by 3rd party reviews websites. With that, comes pressure, and you can be sure that only the most consistent script readers make it on to our roster, and manage to stay there.
Like most script development companies of note, we choose not to reveal the identities of our consultants.
There are many important reasons why we choose not to do this, but we won’t bore you with all of them.
Instead, here are three:
– Reader Protection: believe it or not, in the US story analysts have actually been tracked down by irate writers who didn’t respond too well to criticism of their screenplays. One writer, if the tale is to be believed, even turned up at a script reader’s home when he was having dinner with his wife and kids. As far-fetched and exceptional as circumstances such as this may be, we have a duty of a care to our hard-working analysts and protect them accordingly.
– The Company (not the individual) as Star: as in any trade or profession, story analysts are not available indefinitely or on an absolutely exclusive basis (although some of our readers do the lion’s share of their work for us). As in any freelance trade, consultants sometimes move on, and at Industrial Scripts we strive for the company name, logo and image to be the star, not any individual. The Industrial Scripts name must stand for excellence and it’s vitally important to us that whoever works on a specific job is simply the temporary custodian of the overall company name.
– Retention of Talent: truly great story analysts are so few and far between, and as in any field of business it’s important to us to retain our top talent, wherever possible.