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Film & TV Courses
Short course / 28 November-2 December 2022

Script Reading and Reporting

Course details

  • Location
    Online
  • Duration
    3 days
  • Commitment
    Full Time (delivered Monday, Wednesday & Friday with superviosed homework on Tuesday & Thursday)
  • Dates
    28 November-2 December 2022
  • Application Deadline
    October 10th 2022
  • Course Leader
    Clive Frayne

Overview

Under the guidance of NFTS’ highly qualified teaching staff, the students will be given an in-depth presentation of Script Reading and Reporting.

The course will give the opportunity to students to further develop their knowledge and skills to follow successful careers.

This course will be delivered by Clive Frayne who is a development executive for Script Compass, a London-based firm that provides development packages and profession development consultation to the independent film industry. He is an award-winning writer with decades of experience both as a screenwriter and as a development consultant.

He is also the author of the critically acclaimed screenwriting book, “The Process of Screenwriting.”

His job as a development executive is to provide script analysis and development guidance to independent producers, directors, and screenwriters.

Course Description

Written notes are a vital element in the development of any script/screenplay. They are the core of a good development process. A development process that will either make or break the project.

Script Development is the most demanding and least understood aspect of film making. Good development is the launch pad for every project. That is because without a great script a film or TV pilot is doomed before it even gets into production.

This means the ability to guide the development of the script, by using written notes, is one of the most important roles in the industry. It is a highly skilled profession that requires a broad knowledge of writing, cinema, the workings of the industry, and an intuitive sense of what makes a good story.

During this course, we will teach you the fundamentals skills needed to create professional script notes. The first day is designed to ensure you have the core knowledge and skills to accurately analyse a script and the ability to give relevant, useful feedback.

This will be followed by two follow up sessions where you will get feedback on notes you’ve development in two practical, homework exercises. By the end of the course, you should feel confident in your ability to read a script analytically, to generate industry standard notes, and to help formulate the development process of both short films and feature length scripts.

The course will cover:

  • How to write development notes
  • How to write coverage
  • How to analyse a script and identify issues
  • How to create constructive notes
  • The pitfalls and dangers to avoid – how to avoid development hell

This course will require approximately fourteen hours of home study to complete the homework exercises.

Entry requirements

Previous production experience is desirable. Applicants from other fields should demonstrate passion for pursuing a career in film or TV development team.

They would also need to be 18 years old or over and have a good command of the English language, as the course will be delivered in English.

How to apply

The applicants need to complete an online application form, in which they will elaborate on their professional background, education and experience and explain what their goals are and why they are applying for the course.

Application deadline: October 10th 2022

Maximum student numbers would be 15.

Fee

550 euros. Scholarships will be available.

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