Script Editing for TV and Film Drama, with Philip Shelley

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.

 

Course content:

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:

  • What does the script editor do? What is the job? What qualities do successful script editors need? Does the script editor work for the writer or producer?
  • Analysing how screen drama works, with clips.
  • Case Studies: looking at the role of the script editor on particular productions.
  • Script Reading: how to write a script report.
  • Giving Script Notes: interactive exercises in which delegates get the opportunity to give script notes.
  • Getting work as a script editor in the film and TV industry – and where to find work as a script editor.

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.

 

Eligibility

Please note that this is not a course for new entrants or beginners. Delegates must meet at least one of the following criteria:

 

  • 1 role-appropriate broadcast television credit, or
  • 1 role-appropriate credit on a theatrically released film, or
  • 2 role-appropriate screenings at key festivals screenings, or
  • Have worked in the industry on a paid basis for at least 2 years

 

(* 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.

 

Course Breakdown:

DAY ONE 10.30 - 17.30

INTRODUCTION

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.

LUNCH

SCRIPT EDITING: PRODUCTION CASE STUDY

An in-depth examination of the script editor’s role on a specific TV series in production.

SCRIPT SURGERY

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

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

How the industry works. Who hires script editors? Production script editors / Development Executives.

DISCUSSION OF COURSE SCRIPT TWO.

LUNCH

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

CONCLUSION

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.

 

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