Archive for November 17th, 2010

Short Steps Announced

17th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Northern Ireland ScreenNorthern Ireland Screen has announced the filmmakers who have been selected for its inaugural Short Steps short film project.

COWBOYS AND DISSIDENTS
Writer/Director: Will Maloney

EMBALMING EDGAR
Writer/Director: Kristiina Kriisa

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAD DAD
Writer/Director: Caoimhe McLaughlin McIvor

I’LL BE HERE ALL NIGHT
Writer/Director: Andrew Parkhill

MAGGIE
Writer/Director: Caroline Brennan

MY FULL PROOF PLAN
Writer/Director: Gerard McKeown

PENNYINCH
Writer/Director: Lucy Caird

STAIG
Writer/Director: Colin Graham

THE MISSIVES
Writer/Director: Laura Graham

The scheme provides filmmakers with the resources and knowledge to make either a no-low budget short film or a financed short film. The scheme encourages a collective approach to short filmmaking, collaboration and networking amongst the peer group.

Primetime for NI Screenwriters

17th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

PrimetimeNorthern Ireland Screen is running a new scheme for Northern Irish screenwriters called Primetime. It will give local screenwriters the opportunity to have a one hour authored drama produced and broadcast in the 9pm primetime slot on BBC One NI.

How does it work?

Screenwriters submit a completed first draft script for a TV drama (approx 60 pages).

Four writers will be selected for a five month development scheme with Northern Ireland Screen and BBC NI.

Two successful scripts will then be selected for production, with a budget of £150K per project. These scripts will be produced by a Northern Ireland based production company and will be broadcast on BBC NI in 2012.

Before you apply

To help you get your script ready for submission, three workshops on writing for Primetime (and TV drama generally) will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday 23rd November 2010
Time: 6pm- 9pm

Place: BBC Blackstaff House, 62-66 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BB
Speaker: Tim Loane, BAFTA and Oscar nominee (Teachers, Dance Lexie Dance, Minder) will speak from his experience of writing for TV, with a focus on moving from idea to treatment, to script and the importance of premise.

This first evening will also include a panel session and opportunity for Q&A about Primetime with Northern Ireland Screen and BBC NI.

Thursday 9th December 2010

Time: 6pm- 10pm

Place: BBC Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HQ

Speaker: Rob Ritchie (Script Factory) will discuss writing the 1st and 2nd Act: the importance of the set up and that difficult middle act.

Thursday 13th January 2011

Time: 6pm- 10pm

Place: BBC Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HQ

Speaker: Rob Ritchie (Script Factory) will discuss writing the 3rd Act: the

importance of the climax and a resolution with meaning.

To register for each event contact:  Bronagh Taylor, bronagh.taylor@bbc.co.uk

Places are limited – register early to avoid disappointment.

What are we looking for?

  • A completed first draft script for an hour long drama (approx 60 pages); synopsis and a covering letter letting us know about any writing experience you have had to date.
  • 4 new writers (who have not had an authored piece broadcast on TV in the English language)

and most importantly:

  • Storytellers with original and imaginative scripts, depicting modern Northern Ireland
  • Character-centred stories with a strong local voice.

What are we NOT looking for?

  • Period pieces
  • High action/special effects
  • Previously produced work.

Who can apply?

The scheme is only open to Northern Ireland resident writers who have not had an original piece broadcast on TV in the English language.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 14th February 2011.

More guidelines and application forms can be downloaded from the web site.