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Doran - Screenwriter - Manchester, England, UK

Lawrie Doran

Manchester, England, UK




Screenwriter based in London currently developing my own slate of feature and TV projects - mainly character-driven drama or comedy, occasionally both.

Alongside my own projects I am also interested in script development. I have a solid grounding in what sells a film from three years as Research Manager for a social media market research company, specialising in the movie industry. This is coupled with a top academic background which means I believe I can offer a strong combination of analytical skills and business experience (and obviously an avid love of film!)

Since graduating with distinction from the London Film School's MA Screenwriting programme five months ago I've worked as script consultant on upcoming feature film Last Summer and have script edited half a dozen produced graduation films from MA filmmaking students. I've also had experience producing script reports for fellow screenwriters as well as tuition on coverage from Alexandra Stone (CMP Film) and Jon Gilbert (Industrial Scripts).

Work History

Research Manager


January 2010 - September 2012

As research manager I was responsible for all the business's entertainment sector clients in the US and internationally. Our main clients were the 'big six' Hollywood studios. Grew WaveMetrix entertainment practise from Tier C to largest revenue-generating sector for the company in 2011/12, including closing company's largest single deal - a suite of work for 20th Century Fox worth £1.1 million. Led a team of three executives in-office and ran teams of 5 - 30 analysts on complex international research projects, to tight deadlines. Broad experience pitching and presenting research to senior level movie/TV marketing executives in LA and London. Extensive report, copy and proposal writing experience

Production runner

Chief Productions / Daylight Moving Image

November 2009 - December 2009

Work experience for two independent Manchester production companies - Chief Productions and Daylight Moving Image. Responsibilities included couriering, prop buying, editing together rough cuts, marketing, researching contacts and assisting on location recces

Content producer

St. John's College Television

January 2006 - June 2009

Writing, directing and performing as part of a small team to create short films and factual pieces, aired twice each term to the student body. Experience camera operating and editing footage using Final Cut as well as production design, lighting and sound


London Film School graduation films

Script editor on 5 LFS directors' graduation films due for completion in 2014 (directors were Alex Birrel, Astrid Carlen-Helmer, Aslak Danbolt, Nathan Deming, Alyssa Stratton)


Writer of a sci-fi short film directed by Matthias Askeland about a future where in vitro lab-grown meat is commonplace and one scientist is driven to grow a sample of his own flesh. (Canon 5D, 18min, 2014)

The Trouble Downstairs

Writer of a black comedy short film directed by Casey Nimmer about a Sherlock Holmes aficionado hunting for the culprit behind his mysterious case of chlamydia (Canon 5D, 14min, 2014)

Last Summer

Worked as script consultant throughout shooting on 'Last Summer' - a feature film produced by J. Vigo and CinemaUndici in Italy, directed by Leonardo Serágnoli starring Rinko Kikuchi and Yorick van Wageningen. Duties included developing the script with the director during pre-production and necessary re-writes to scenes/dialogue during shooting. Also worked as dialogue coach to Rinko Kikuchi for three weeks of the production and assisted director in working with actors.

Qualifications & Certifications

MA Screenwriting

London Film School

BA English Language & Literature

Oxford University

Urmston Grammar School and VI Form

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