20 credits at level HE7
This module is designed for writers who want to enhance their writing skills for TV, Radio and Multi-Platform Production. This module follow on from Team Writing – Development in which you developed an episode outline. In this module, Team Writing – Script, you will write your episode. You will participate in a range of activities to help you learn about how to write as part of team for TV, Radio and Multi-Platform Production. Some of these activities will be provided by employers who make drama programmes. You will develop scripts in teams as learning activities. The module will help writers to enhance their career prospects by giving them experiences in team writing practices.
Working to a brief for a series or strand of a programme
Team writing practices
Devising scripts (episodes) for TV, radio and multiplatform production (e.g., format, conventions)
Audiences (e.g., identifying audiences for your work, audience expectations, involving audiences)
Researching the background context for your ideas (e.g. characteristics of culture, society, customs, motivations)
Working to the series "bible" you will create a script for a particular episode or strand
Feedback (e.g., giving and receiving peer feedback, responding to feedback from others such as peers, tutors, and professionals)
Writing professional scripts effectively (e.g., uses of characterisation, dramatic development, pace, tone)
Critical commentary (e.g., on popular story telling, dramatic conflict, audiences, your engagement with the scripting process, research undertaken etc.)
Transferable skills (e.g., teamworking; communication; presentation)
The module is managed by the University via an online learning facility and you will participate in online activities, tutorials and discussions and maintain a blog using this facility. You will also attend workshops and masterclasses at the University and at industry locations, at least one residential event, and participate in team writing activities. You will also be expected to produce at least two drafts of your script and to keep a blog which details the scripting process.
The assessment work which will contribute to you grade for the module is your second draft script and a critical commentary (approximately 2000-2500 words) on your work.
You will also have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your script and critical commentary when it is work-in-progress.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to script an episode for either TV, radio or
1. 1 Write an effective script for either TV, radio or multiplatform production showing you can:
(i) clearly construct an effective dramatic world;
(ii) develop dramatic structure, characterisation, character action, and theme;
(iii) create original ideas;
(iv) fully research material for script;
(v) create effective dialogue for characters;
(vi) create effective scenes and scene progression;
(vii) produce work of a professional standard suitable for commission.
(viii) produce work which is keeping with the contributions of other writers to the project.
|2.||Understand popular story telling and be able to critically evaluate your drafts and writing processes.||2.1 Demonstrate evidence of your understanding of popular story telling through a critical commentary of your script work and analysis of your achievements. Your commentary could include aspects such as character development, dramatic conflict, audiences, research undertaken, and awareness of authorial voice.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2nd draft script plus 2000-2500 critical commentary on your work|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Aston, P. (2011) The Calling Card Script. London: A & C Black
Batty, C. and Waldebeck, Z. (2009)Writing for the Screen.
Brody, L. (2003) Television writing from the inside out : your
channel to success. London : Applause
Friedmann, J. (ed) (1994) Writing the Long Running TV series. London: BFI
Handler Miller, C. (2008) Digital Storytelling: Mass, Focal Press
Seger, L. (1994) Making A Good Script Great. London:
Journal of British Cinema and Television
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