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NED2: Script Workshop

Posted: December 6, 2013 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 12_14, Creative Media Production
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At this workshop writers & actors will meet each other and begin the creative process. The aim of the day is to develop a viable, interesting idea for a short film.

As Writers, we need to create:

  • A relationship with the actors – ie decide who we want to work with. To do this, we will find out as much as we can about each other.
  • We will meet the characters that the actors have developed – gathering the information to make character profiles. We can film this
  • Discuss scenarios – what situation will we put the characters in? Our job is to keep this visual, The actors job is to make it believable.
  • Workshop these ideas in front of the camera – it is important that we see how the performance might work in front of the camera and capture mistakes that might well be good.

At teh end of the day, you will have:

  • Actors Contact detials
  • Characters
  • Story
  • Treatment
  • Script ideas

Since a few of you have been asking what is happening, I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of what is happening. You will get a brief soon, but over the next few weeks we are focussing on basic skills to prepare you for the Project itself which, in short, is collaborating with actors to produce a short film about living in a small town.

You will help to develop a story around their characters, script it, plan it and shoot and edit. They will be available for a 3 week window of shooting (including Half Term), and for pick-ups and sound work.

You will need to manage it!

4/11  Assessment Week
11/11 Scripting Basic

Structure, Character & Formatting,

18/11 Testing a script: Opportunities & Describing for the camera.

Describe what you see…

25/11 Project Briefing: Mike Leigh & The Small Town.

And Role of the Writer

2/12 *Friday 6th* All Students!

Gathering Research for Script

Screen test of Characters

Workshopping the story

9/12 Story & Script Workshop
16/12  No sessions: Thursday / Friday off.


6/1 Final Script

Reading Workshop

(Each reader takes notes on each script read)

13/1 Commissioning Board

Green light best scripts

All to Pitch & Proposal

20/1 Pre Production & rehearsals

Blocking Workshop & Storyboarding

27/1 Pre production & Rehearsal

All folders complete

3/2 Filming Window
10/2 Filming Window

(Rome Trips)

Half Term & Filming Opportunities

24/2 Post

Pickups, ADR

3/3 Post

Pickups, ADR

10/3 Post

Pickups, ADR

17/3 Final Submission and Screening


Role of the Writer

Posted: October 30, 2011 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 10_12
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So, we start the scriptwriting unit. Finally.

In this unit you will be writing scripts for Actors to perform as part of their acting for TV Unit. You will meet with them, find out what they want, research it and write it for them. Then film it to test how well you can write.

But first, as always, there is the essay. You have 3 weeks to research “The Role of the Writer in the Commissioning Process”.

Luckily, we have some primary information – we will be visited by a Scriptwriter on 8th November. He will be able to answer a lot of questions for us. So, we need to prepare. 

You need to go out and find out the basics. Trawl the internet, look at books in the library, Read the brief on blackboard… all the usual stuff you do at the last minute. But do it so that when you have access to a professional, you don’t look like an idiot.

What is a commission? Look at the BBC Commissioning site, gather information to define what a commission is and how it works for the BBC.

How do you get Commissioned? This all looks very well, but how would I go about preparing all this stuff?

What is an Agent? Do I need one? How much do they cost? Do they pay me?

What is a pitch? How do I Sell the idea?

How does the writer fit into all this? What is the writers actual job? What does the writer actually have to do, other than just write?


So, go away and find out that basic information. Then we can pick a profesisonals brains!