Copenhagen, Denmark: Helping Danish writers identify their brand. Oct '15.

Asked by the  Den Dansk Forfætterforening (Danish Association of Authors) to work with their writers to help them communicate themselves and their books. Focused on the 'fit' between what they create, above and beyond their writing output and the needs of the different target groups.

The event was set-up by Anna Bridgwater and those present were:

Lotte Kirkeby Hansen, Julie Hastrup, Iben Claces, Stine Reintoft, Lise Bock, Lulu Marie Pedersen, Susan Skovborg Roed, Line Leonhardt, Birgit Lynge & Christine Gasbjerg.


Riga, Latvia: Presenting method to European Script Meeting. Oct '15.


Photo - Andrejs Strokins

First time to Latvia. asked to present the Handling ideas technique for mapping story universe and characters journeys out to participants and audience of the European Script Meeting in Riga.



Helsingborg, Sweden: Mapping character journeys and story logic for fresh talent. Oct '15.

Got the chance to nip across the Great Belt to work with BOOSTHBG and Film in Film i Skåne as they support five new film makers. My role was to work through each story and to help the writers sense check their own story world logic and the consistency of their characters in terms of their needs and wants.


Herrsching, Germany: Training Mentors for European Screenwriters and Filmmakers. SOURCES2. Oct '15.

Third time to work on SOURCES2 Training for Mentors programme, but eighth time working with the Berlin based organisation. The four day workshop is geared towards 'professionals working in the position of mentors for screenwriters and filmmakers in the field of script and story development (fiction and documentary), such as screenwriters, developers, consultants, script editors, producers, commissioning editors, trainers, and decision makers.' I spent a couple of hours with each group, introducing them to the way mapping can help screen writers deal with their stories. One of the regular group leaders, Michael Seeber (pictured left) said of the process last time "Paul Tyler`s approach has amazing impact for the writer. Paul just puts the story out of the writer`s head and maps it with objects on the table. And all of a sudden something unforeseeable happens: there, on the table, it is not anymore the writer`s story - it is just a story with it`s own truth and reality. What a relief for the writer who is now enabled to catch a fresh and clear look to it and its material."

The effects can be mind-blowing!

Paul Tyler`s approach has amazing impact for the writer.Paul just puts the story out of the writer`s head and maps it with objects on the table.And all of a sudden something unforeseeable happens: there, on the table, it is not anymore the writer`s story - it is just a story with it`s own truth and reality.What a relief for the writer who is now enabled to catch a fresh and clear look to it and it`s material.The effects can be mind-blowing!



London, UK: Pitch training & Think Tank design and facilitation for Power to the Pixel. Oct '15.

Fourth time back working with London based Power to the Pixel, to carry out two roles. Firstly to provide pitch training for the Lab participants I met back in Scotland, in July, as they prepared to compete for the Power to the Pixel prize. Secondly to design and facilitate their yearly Think Tank (register for a free copy of the report).


Venice, Italy: Group leader for Venice Biennale College Cinema. Oct '15.

Second time back to work with the Venice Biennale College Cinema, on the beautiful island of San Servolo. Each year, twelve teams made up of a writer and producer, come to Venice to get input into their low budget film in the hope of securing one of three cash prizes. 150,000 EURO is on offer to get three of the films made in time for next year’s festival. The twelve teams are split up into three groups, each supported by a group leader, scrip consultant and line producer. The last time I came to Venice I was invited as an external expert, this year it was to head up one of the groups as leader.


Batumi, Georgia: Handling Ideas runs sessions for Alternative Wave initiative. Sept '15.

First time to Gerogia, where I worked with feature writers and documentary makers from Georgia, Turkey and France. Seven projects were selected to attend this four day workshop next to the Black Sea.


Copenhagen, Denmark: University Startup world cup kicks off with Handling Ideas session. Sept '15.

My focus: My focus: "how we sense-check our concepts and communicate them in the most effective way." A two hour talk with Q&A to help the young entrepreneurs focus in on the core of their projects and to help them hone in on the benefits rather than the features and functions.

Point of contact: Maja Thorslund



Roskilde, Denmark: Team Danmark asks Handling Ideas for innovation input. Sept '15.

Client need: set out tools and methods that drive innovation within an organisation such as Team Danmark.

Ran the morning session for Team Danmark's innovation away day. Demonstrated the advantages of the interview and mapping technique that is core to my work. Gathered a small group around a table and worked with them in front of the whole organization to deconstruct a scenario where Team Danmark plays an active role. The point of the exercise was to show that by breaking down and analyzing existing practice places us in the best position to identify areas where we can innovate, where critical thinking leads to creative thinking.


Lund, Sweden: Bringing mapping to Øresund entrepreneurs looking to develop within eHealth sector

I was invited in to the MHBC/Nordic Connected Health Star Track community meeting to showcase my approach for mapping out business strtageies and customer lifecycles. The invited start-ups can then call upon my services as part of the support provided by regional development body Teknopol.

Teknopol support innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new ideas into useful solutions on the market. 


Helsingborg, Sweden: Mapping out a business activity to enable effective communication. Sept '15.

After having their website hacked, Boost asked me to come in and help them and the communication team that aim to rebuild their online presence get to the core of what the organisation does. This was a perfect example of where mapping out an organisation's activities alongside the needs of its target groups helps both shape the communication strategy.


Kristiansand, Norway: Mapping out interactive component to documentary. Sept '15.

Second time working with Kristian Mosvold (first time was on 1989). This time it was to bring his team together and reveal the core of an interactive offering which will work alongside an ambitious documentary project they are close to complete.


Munich, Germany: Caligari Films requests development input on live-action, doc & web-series. Sept '15.

Spent the day working with independent TV and film company Caligari in their Munich office on the development of a live-action sitcom, a real life documentary and an interactive web series for pre-teens. The focus for the sitcom was mapping out the character constellation and identifying the relationships between the characters. The doc required exploration of the how the audience's understanding of the subject matter might effect the storytelling and the web series focused on mapping out the engine, filters and showcases that are the foundations of any successful and truly dependent user-generated show.
Gabriele Walther, Founder and managing director.
Bettina Josmann, Producer Entertainment.
Friedrich Steinhardt, Producer Documentary
Stefanie Schibille, Producer Coordination
Djamila Baumann, Development Assistant
Friederike Nickel, Marketing
Sophie Werdin, Business Affairs

Helsingborg, Sweden: demo'ing Handling Ideas method for team running innovation fund. Sept '15.


According to their website, Visionfonden is for those who have big and small ideas to develop Helsingborg towards Vision 2035. Helsingborg city wants to become even better at helping those who want to do things for and in the city to creative a vibrant, common, global and balanced city for people and businesses.

That's why their team, headed up Development Manager and Deputy Director, Linda Fastén wanted to experience a session to see how mapping out a concept helps teams get to the core of what they're doing, particularly helping to qualify need in respect to the people it's trying to target.

The session was initiated by Peter Eriksson, Projeltledare Kulturhotellet.

Copenhagen, Denmark: 4th time providing pitch training for the best of the bunch across the Nordics. Aug '15.


Nordic Talents is an initiative run by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond "to introduce graduating students from the Nordic film schools to the Nordic producers and financiers, and - equally important - to give the producers and financiers the opportunity to meet the future talents." (see official website).

This is the fourth year I've been asked to work in parallel with DR's producer Karoline Leth to provide two days of intensive support, helping the students sharpen their pitches to present to the great and the good from the industry.

Taken from Nordisk Film & TV Fond's news page

"Stuck in Dundalk, the feature debut project by Icelandic born Thordur Pálsson (pictured below) won on Friday the coveted NOK250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize at a ceremony held at the National Film School of Denmark. Pálsson just graduated from the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK with the 23 minute social drama Brothers.

The jury of the 15th Nordic Talents said in a statement: “The Nordic Talent Pitch Prize goes to a project that impressed the jury by a fluent, well-structured and most of all, personal story. The winner’s graduation film shows tremendous talent in narrative and visual storytelling as well as special skills in convincing character performance. The winner has a clear vision of the up-coming film and a professional attitude in developing it. The jury believes in the director’s personal voice.”

The second Pitch Prize or Special Mention was handed out to director Gustav Möller and producer Lina Flint from the National Film School of Denmark for their project The Guilty. The jury said:“The Nordic Talents Special Mention Prize goes to a team who knows how to capture the attention of the audience. The theme of the  graduation film [In Darkness] is repeated in the new project, challenging us to face our own demons. The jury saw a skilful presentation and well-executed graduation film and is convinced that this team has the potential to realize this exciting and ambitious project.”

Copenhagen, Denmark: Worked with Mærsk human resources. Sept '15.

Spent the morning working with an employee from Mærsk to map out their career path in order for them to explore opportunities in the near future. Helped them gain an overview of the different positions they've held and most crucially to explore the environments, incentives, must-haves and triggers that have had most influence on their progression both inside and outside of the organisation. A good example of one-to-one coaching where plotting the different activities over the past 15 years can help identify a route for future self-development.


Copenhagen, Denmark: Demonstrating interview & mapping technique to Danish TV Industry at CPH TV Festival. Aug '15.


Was asked by Pernille Redder, Program Editor, Copenhagen TV Festival to present my approach to format development to the great and the good at this year's event. A packed house of around 300 watched on as a team from the state broadcaster DR put themselves forward to act as my guinea-pigs. Over the course of just 45 minutes, I asked them questions and got them to map the background to a format that they've been working on and off for past six months.

The session went well considering that they had around 600 eyes on them. However there was slight resistance to the approach by one team member who felt that I was neglecting the actual format and that I was in danger of mishandling the delicate 'creative flame' that struggles to maintain itself at the early stages of development. His intervention gave me the opportunity to put forward my view that programme/format development needs to go backwards first to ensure that the underlying founding premise for the idea is consistent and shared across the group members. This is particularly important when there is an internationalist approach on behalf of the TV producers. In this case the programme wanted to investigate what would happen when you set up a 'shared economy' system on a Danish Island. Had we had time, we could then have go on to map out how the format would explore this founding premise.


The DR team consisted of: Lars Ostenfeld, Martin Sundstrøm, Thomas Skov Gaardsvig & Claus Skytte.

“Hang on, could you just rewind a little...” 

When you’re developing a project there’s often a strange reluctance to go back and double check that the stuff you’re being told right now fits with the stuff you were told earlier. “Hang on, could you just rewind a little,” or “can you remind us what you said at the beginning” somehow suggests you weren’t paying proper attention or not able to keep up.

Yet this is key to development. Being able to constantly refer back and check continuity enables you to sense check the logic of the project and reveal the strengths or weaknesses of all new ideas as well as your initial goal. If people only focus on going forwards to prove that they’re getting somewhere, you’ll end up nowhere.

Asking the right questions as you go along and mapping the answers in a form that enables you to constantly refer back is the secret to really moving a project forward. It’s also the secret to what I do when I visit a team.


Øverbygd, Norway: Story coaching for 15 feature and documentary projects in development. June '15.

Seventh time back to work with SOURCES2 and second time to Film Camp. As per last year, I was asked to work across all of the projects attending their Script Development Workshop. We spent the time exploring the story logic of their projects, in particular the relationships between characters, setting and theme.


Cologne, Germany: Handling Ideas identifies the stakeholders' needs within a pitch. June '15.

Fouth time back to work with the Entertainment Master Class this time to add to their Pitching Ideas masterclass. With a session titled "What’s Your Narrative: Visualizing The Pitch Story" I set out to show how important it is to understand your project in the context of the needs of those from whom you need airtime and money. This session sat within a workshop that had been designed by veteren television executive, David Lyle