Archive for June, 2007

Theatre Methods 07

26th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

Theatre Methods 07 is an International conference-festival that examines the overlap between traditional and contemporary performing arts. It takes place in Bovec, Slovenia from July 30 – August 2, 2007, and full details about the programme and participants are available on its web site.

Fleadh Programme Online

26th June 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Fleadh (10th – 15th July) launched its programme last night, which includes a Polish Season, discussions on cinema, a tribute to Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan, actor Jeremy Irons, screenwriter Terry George, and German director Volker Schloendorff, industry events, masterclasses, the pitching award, a celebration of LBGT films, and premiers aplenty.

There will be a one-day conference on Thursday, called the Real Deal, which will look at how to get movies made in a merciless market. It features panel discussions, market analysis, and case studies.

Full details are on the web site.

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.