Archive for June 25th, 2007

New TV Drama Course

25th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

FÁS Screen Training Ireland is organising a Television Drama Development course over two weekends: the 2nd – 3rd August and the 1st – 2nd September 2007, at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin.

The tutors are: David Nevins (Emmy-award winning producer and president of Imagine TV), Sarah Timberman (founder of 25C Productions), Ed Redlich (executive producer of the legal drama Shark), and John Yorke (controller of continuing drama series at BBC).

The course is designed for Irish professionals involved in producing, writing, development and script editing in the television and film industry. Participants should be involved in developing current television drama projects.

The aim of this course is to enhance participants’ understanding of television drama forms and formats, focusing on such issues as structure and character in TV drama, exploring the US Showrunner and writers room models, and evaluating successful TV drama concepts and ideas.

The course will cover the following:

  • Television drama structure
  • Character
  • Sourcing ideas and concept development
  • The creation of bibles, pilots and proposals for broadcasters
  • Working with writers
  • The development process: US/UK/Ireland
  • TV vs. feature film
  • New technologies/formats
  • Case Studies
  • TV drama audiences at home and abroad.
  • The commissioning process.

After the Television Drama Development course, participants will be invited to submit television drama proposals, either as individuals or part of a team. Eight people will be selected to participate in a follow-up, project-based Television Writing course that will run over two intensive modules from October to December 2007. Only participants on the TV Drama Development course will be considered for the Television Writing Programme.

Please apply online at the Screen Training Ireland web site. The deadline for applications is Mon 23rd July 2007.

Writing in Irish

25th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Guild is organising a conference at the Galway Film Fleadh on the issue of writing for the screen in Irish.

With the arrival of BCI money, and the Irish language television fund in Northern Ireland, the volume of TV drama in Irish has increased, and two (admittedly very low budget) Irish feature films have been produced. What are the prospects for production in Irish, and will more money mean more production or bigger budgets? How should drama in a minority language be supported?

The meeting will include speakers from French-speaking Canada, and from Wales, and will take place the morning of Friday 13th July in the Radisson Hotel in Galway.

Jordan at Royal Court

25th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

The BBC Writersroom, in association with The Royal Court Theatre in London, are holding an open and free event where screenwriter Tony Jordan (Hustle, Holby Blue, and Life on Mars) will talk with Kate Rowland, the BBC’s Creative Director of New Writing, about creating, writing, and sustaining popular television drama series.

Tickets are now available for this event from the Royal Court Box Office. Phone: 020 7565 5000.

Volunteer for Cheltenham

25th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Screenwriters’ Festival 2007 takes place in the Cheltenham Film Studios, UK, and runs from July 3rd – 6th 2007. It features speakers and discussions about the screenwriting industry, which are divided between topics of interest to the new writer, and those applicable to the established professional.

The Festival is expensive, however. If you’d like to attend, but can’t afford to do so, consider applying to become a volunteer for the event. Duties might include stewarding, driving, or being a runner, but best of all volunteers receive free entry to the festival.