Training Courses

BFI Film Academy Lab:
Film Editing with Jack Casey and Lily Slydel

27/01/2022 - 27/01/2022

4:30pm - 5:30pm

BFI Film Academy Labs are online events for 16 – 25 year olds to gain industry insight and get professional advice and support to develop their own film programming and film making practices. Programmed by the Young Film Programmers’ Network (South East) they are delivered as practical masterclasses, workshops and networking sessions.

About the session

This month, we’re delighted to be joined by script editors Jack Casey and Lily Slydel. It can take months of redrafts and revisions to get a script into shape, and often, the person working most closely with the screenwriter to make that happen is a script editor.

In this session, Lily and Jack will share their different paths into script editing, what exactly the role entails and how they approach it, how they build relationships with writers and writer-directors, as well as offering advice to those considering script editing and film development as a career.

This session will be live-captioned, we will provide instructions on how to access the captions at the beginning of the event.

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27/01/2022 - 27/01/2022
4:30pm - 5:30pm




Jack Casey

Jack Casey is a London-based script editor, producer and new talent consultant. Having begun his career at Lifesize Pictures on the UK Film Council’s short schemes and the Virgin Media Shorts Competition, he has worked in talent development for BAFTA, BFI NETWORK and the BBC, and as a reader for companies including BBC Writersroom, Film London and Short Circuit. He has developed a wide range of short films that have screened in competition at festivals including Sundance, SXSW and the BFI London Film Festival, and have been BAFTA and BIFA nominated. He is currently script editing on features in development with companies including Netflix, BFI, BBC Film, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Screen Ireland, alongside several television projects.

Lily Slydel

Lily is an experienced story developer, currently working as Development Editor at indie production company Greenacre Films (Been So Long, Riches) and as a Script Editor on the 2022 Channel4 Screenwriting talent scheme. Lily started their career in Development and Acquisitions at production company and film financier New Sparta Films (Miss You Already, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Tale of Tales), before moving to the British Film Institute, where they were the Associate Producer on the Born Digital: First Cuts short film collection, which broadcast on BBC Four in 2019. Lily has a Script Development Diploma from the NFTS and attended the 2019 Torino Film Lab as a Story Editor, and alongside their work in development, has produced short films that have screened at Bafta & Oscar-qualifying film festivals.

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