This highly praised two day training session is of genuine use to anyone who wants to learn the art of script editing television drama or who is generally interested in working in the genre.
Supported by the HETV Levy Fund, through Creative Skillset, and expert-led by Philip Shelley, the course provides you with genuine insight into the art of writing, producing and script editing Drama for the screen.
Now in it's second year, feedback for the course has been amazing. Students have found it "a fantastic opportunity to hear about Drama Script Editing from an experienced professional in a creative environment". It is also considered a great "opportunity to script edit and gain immediate, positive feedback" and a chance to "meet and network with other writers".
This is an informal and collaborative workshop that uncovers the real day-to-day role of the script editor, looks at how screen drama works, and explores how to improve scripts. It will help you devise marketable ideas for Television. Philip also explains key skills in layout, plotting, character development and writing script reports.
You will be expected to read the work of a TV writer and then give that writer notes!
It is definitely of use to TV & Digital creatives in the industry who are looking to extend their skills and pick up new tips. It will appeal to people who love narrative and are keen to try their hand at high end Drama. It also suits TV professionals looking to transfer their skills to a new genre. And it 's a really fun way of finding out more about the genre, given it's current status across the broadcast world.
SCRIPT EDITING: Learn about the vital role of the script editor, with practical sessions on how best to assess scripts and deliver notes to writers. We will look at the role of script editors on particular productions.
WHAT MAKES GREAT DRAMA: Philip analyses how the best screen drama works, with clips.
SCRIPT REPORTING: Detailed advice on how to deliver a high quality script report.
SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT: How scripts develop through the early writing phase and the different formats writers need to understand - outlines, treatments, scene-by-scenes, and one page pitches.
THE ART OF WRITING STORY: The importance of storytelling, including clarity of character and narrative.
WORKING IN TV: What are the new developments in Drama? How is the industry changing and what are the opportunities for work?
CREATING NEW IDEAS - AND PITCHING THEM: An opportunity to collaborate on devising a new Drama idea and to then pitch it to the group.
Philip Shelley runs the annual Channel 4 Screenwriting course and is a highly experienced trainer; one of the most highly regarded in this country. He has worked as a development and production script editor for Granada TV Drama and LWT Drama. He has worked on MEDICS (Granada \ ITV), STAYING ALIVE (LWT \ ITV) and THE KNOCK (LWT \ ITV).
He spent seven years at Carlton TV Drama, as Head of Development, then as Producer. At Carlton he script edited the last two INSPECTOR MORSE films, KAVANAGH QC, ANYBODY’S NIGHTMARE & many other shows. He has since script edited two series of WAKING THE DEAD (BBC), A GOOD MURDER (SHP\ITV).Producer credits: MARGERY & GLADYS (ITV), MAKING WAVES (ITV) and FIRST SIGN OF MADNESS (Carlton/ITV), which won awards at the New York TV Festival, Worldfest Houston, and the Columbus Ohio TV festival.
He runs his own independent screenwriting courses and has also run screenwriting courses for Central St Martins / University of the Arts, London, Bath Spa University, Arab Film Studios, Abu Dhabi and script editing courses for the Indie Training Fund, Northern Ireland Screen, Screen Training Ireland, BBC and the Singapore Media Academy.