Script Writing Class to Commence in Denmark

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The University of Southern Denmark will be commencing a new academic-based script training course. Heidi Philipsen, who is assisting in building the program, has recently been on a study trip to the University of California Los Angeles, which will also be a future partner for SDU.

“The idea came about as a natural consequence of the fact that there is a great lack of screenplay writers in Denmark,” explains one of the founders, Michael Obel. “I see the problem as a serious threat to Danish film’s reputation and continued success, and have discussed the bottleneck problem of people around.”

“In my opinion, we can learn much from the Americans, but they can most certainly learn a lot of Danish films., We stand on the shoulders of, among other Strindberg and Holberg, where Hollywood stands on the shoulders of Disney and F. Scott Fitzgerald. I produced film in Hollywood with the Weinstein brothers from the former company Miramax, and I have produced films with Erik Balling at Nordisk Film. Both balling and Weinstein brothers wanted to make quality films to a large audience. But even if the goal immediately was the same, came far different movie out of it. In Denmark, we can deliver something original and different., We are writing on a Danish storytelling tradition, combined with a sense of audience, and a desire to reach the audience. This is the recipe that will ensure Danish film safe position nationally and internationally in the future. ”


Read the full article over at the Danish Film Institute (Danish)

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.