Led by expert development and production script editor Philip Shelley (Waking the Dead; Inspector Morse), this small group workshop is aimed at established TV professionals who want to learn the skills of script editing for drama.
Intended to train up script editors to meet the demand for increased drama production throughout the UK, this course will uncover the real day-to-day role of the script editor, look at how screen drama works, explore how to improve scripts, plus explain how to deliver a punchy impressive script report.
Presented by Grand Scheme Media and Northern Film & Media, funded by the Creative Skillset Skills Investment Fund and European Regional Development Fund, this small group two day course is open to a maximum of 15 delegates.
Learn about the vital role of the script editor from a real expert. The two-day workshop explores the vital role of the script editor, including how to analyse screen drama, how to deliver a high quality script report and how to develop your own career in the industry.
Issues addressed include:
See below for a full course breakdown
Who is this for?
This workshop is suitable for TV, film and digital media staff and freelancers who are already working in drama as writers, script readers, storyliners, producers or directors.
Please note that this is not a course for new entrants or beginners. Delegates must meet at least one of the following criteria:
(* Role-appropriate = credit as a writer, script reader, storyliner, producer or director
When, Where and How to Apply/Register
Date: Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 April
When: 10.15am registration for a 10.30am start. Ends 5.30pm.
Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Level 3), Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA. For a map and transport/parking info please click here.
Cost: thanks to the support of Creative Skillset tickets are priced £100 (unsubsidised price: £200). Booking is now closed for this course.
Please note that cancellations made within a week of the event will not be refunded.
Lunch and tea/coffee are included on both days.
DAY ONE 10.30 - 17.30
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A SCRIPT EDITOR?
Interactive discussion on the dynamics and key aspects of the role.
SCRIPT ANALYSIS & DRAMATIC NARRATIVE
Looking at how film and TV stories work. The principles and techniques of dramatic storytelling.
SCRIPT EDITING: PRODUCTION CASE STUDY
An in-depth examination of the script editor’s role on a specific TV series in production.
Writing a script report. Writing & presenting script notes – delegates give script notes on course script one.
(Overnight homework – script reading & preparation of notes)
DAY TWO 10.30 - 17.30
How the industry works. Who hires script editors? Production script editors / Development Executives.
DISCUSSION OF COURSE SCRIPT TWO.
WRITER / SCRIPT EDITOR NOTES SESSION
Delegates give notes to guest writer, Michael Chaplin (Monarch of the Glen, Grafters, Foyle’s War, Just Henry).
WRITER’S PRESENTATION ON FINISHED FILM / EPISODE
Tutor gives feedback to delegates on note sessions.
About Philip Shelley
Course leader Philip Shelley has worked as a development and production script editor at Granada TV Drama and at LWT Drama, working on Medics (Granada, ITV), Staying Alive (LWT, ITV) and The Knock (LWT, ITV). He spent seven years at Carlton TV Drama, initially as Head of Development, then as Producer. At Carlton he script edited the last two Inspector Morse films, Kavanagh QC, Anybody’s Nightmare and many other shows. He has since script edited two series of Waking the Dead (BBC), A Good Murder (SHP, ITV). Philip currently runs his own script consultancy and initiated and runs the annual Channel 4 course. For more about his work click here.