FROM COMMISSION TO SCREEN
Most successful TV and film screenwriters have cut their teeth working on soaps and long-running TV series – it’s an established way into the business and a great way to build your reputation and contacts.
This two-day, hands-on course (running over two consecutive Sundays) will reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of how TV drama series operate, enabling you to move forward with confidence when you secure a writing gig on an existing show and equipping you to develop professional TV drama series projects of your own.
You will be introduced to the professional processes common in the industry, with plenty of practical experience along the way - paying particular attention to the technical issues you would face in the real world including those of continuity, logistics, cast and budget.
On Day 1 you will be:
· Discovering how a real commissioning document evolves into a finished episode
· Planning the storyline and “beat-sheet” for a mini-episode of an existing series
· Writing a “commissioned” scene (with tips and professional feedback given)
· Exploring character development – what makes a great drama series character?
You will then be given the brief for your homework, to be prepared in time for the next session.
On Day 2, you will go on to co-create:
· The characters and stories for an original “precinct-based” drama series
· The storyline for a mini-episode
· A beat sheet for the mini-episode
You will then write a scene for the new series, and your characters and stories will be brought to life with a table read of the mini episode.
Some preparation work will be required in-between the two sessions.
Please bring paper, pens, a laptop and your imagination.
Sundays 11 and 18 June
Registration 10.00 am
Workshop 10.15 am - 5.00 pm
(With some prep work required in-between dates)
27 Newman Street
£170 (concessions £150*)
Max 10 people
Email or phone 07989 382549
*We offer the concessionary rate to all usual Concessions as well as to members of these affiliated organisations. If you are a member of one of these organisations, please book at the concessionary rate and show your membership card to the course tutor at registration.
Anji Loman Field has been writing drama for television, radio and film for over two decades. A former contract writer for EastEnders, she has also written for BBC’s Holby City and Doctors. She penned 40 episodes of Taste of Life for BBC Media Action in Cambodia and was the creator and show-runner of House of Many Windows, set in Vietnam. She has taught at the London Institute (LCP), West Herts College, the RCA and the Central Film School. Her former students include Mike Bullen, creator of Cold Feet and writer/producer/director Sean McConville (Deadline; The Quiet Hour).