"LIKE GREAT ARCHITECTURE,
GREAT SCRIPTS NEED TO BE DESIGNED"
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF TV DRAMA
A ONE DAY EUROSCRIPT WORKSHOP
Raise your screenwriting game - and give TV drama development executives something to feel warm and fuzzy about with your next script.....
Most people who watch drama on television are unaware of the multiple messages their senses are receiving; the layers of storytelling that are unfolding before their eyes (and ears). They take it all in, almost subconsciously, just enjoying the story.
But in order to write good TV drama, we need to take our viewing skills to a whole new level. We must learn to separate the flesh from the bones – and to get right inside the head of the writer.
In this one day workshop, a forensic analysis of an episode of a popular TV drama series will explore how it was put together, identifying the decisions the writer made along the way - about character, the story world and setting as well as the story structure and turning points.
What do we learn about characters - not just from their words and interactions but from the way they move, the decor in their house, the clothes they wear, the music they listen to, the secrets they keep? How will they change, once the story kicks in? What's their emotional journey? What will their dilemma be by the end of episode one?
By deconstructing an episode, participants will gain a clear understanding of the techniques used in developing a compelling opening episode of a drama series. If it's going to end with a gripping cliffhanger, how should it start? What journey will the characters be on and how can you play with the viewers' expectations to keep them engaged?
This is an entertaining, interactive workshop, with creative challenges and practical exercises throughout the day. You'll get feedback on your individual work and there'll be time for Q&A with your tutor before the session ends.
HOW COULD IT HELP YOUR SCREENWRITING CAREER?
Development executives are the gatekeepers of television drama.They read a huge number of scripts, which they really do WANT to like. Their hope - with each new title - is that they're about to strike gold; that This One will tick all the boxes and pave the way to their first whiff of a BAFTA nomination.
Those dreams are often shattered by page 5. Because - even when you have a great concept, and a fantastic pitch - if the script itself doesn't match up, everything else will fall apart.
This workshop provides insights to help you overcome the common pitfalls to write a script that makes the reader's heart sing - rather than sink!
WHO’S IT FOR?
This workshop is designed for anyone interested in screenwriting for television, script-editing or developing scripted drama for TV.
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Anji Loman Field is an established writer, script editor, storyliner and producer. She has worked in film, television and radio drama in multiple genres across three continents.
Most recently, she worked as storyliner and lead writer on THE DEVIL'S PROMISE, currently the Number One TV show in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East, and expected to stream on global platforms soon. A 6 x 50' episode English/Arabic supernatural thriller, it co-stars Paula Patton (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - Ghost Protocol) and was created by Tony Jordan (Red Planet) for MBC (Dubai).
Anji has written for several established British shows including EASTENDERS, HOLBY CITY & DOCTORS and for several BBC Media Action drama series & films in S E Asia, where she also founded and ran successful production company INDEVELOPMENT PRODUCTIONS. Her plays for BBC Radio 4 have starred Penelope Wilton, David Tennant and Lucy Benjamin and her comedy work includes the 8 x 50' comedy drama series SINGLES for ZDF, a TV movie EM@IL TO GOD for Pro Sieben and Cambodia's first ever romantic comedy movie STAYING SINGLE.
More on Anji's website here.
DATE: Friday 21 October 2022
TIME: 10.30am – 5pm
PRICE: Full Price £99
Partners and Concessions: £89
BECTU members £79
VENUE ADDRESS: New Prospect House, 8 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
NUMBER OF PLACES: Max 15 participants
EMAIL: For further information