40 credits at level HE7
This module is designed for writers who want to enhance their writing skills for TV, Radio and Multi-Platform Production. It is a module for writers who want to enhance their career prospects in these areas.
In this module you will participate in a range of activities to help you learn about how to write for TV, Radio and Multi-Platform Production. Some of these activities will be provided by employers who make drama programmes. You will write scripts on your own and in teams as learning activities.
• Forms and genre of TV writing, radio writing and writing for multiplatform
production (e.g., series, serials, single dramas, soap)
• Devising proposals for TV, radio and multi-platform production (e.g. developing
new and original ideas; writing treatments, proposals and outlines (e.g. format, conventions)
• Audiences (e.g. identifying audiences for your work, audience expectations)
• Pitching your ideas (e.g. how to present yourself and your ideas to varied audiences such as industry, producers and commissioners)
• Researching the background context for your scripts (e.g. characteristics of culture, society, customs, motivations)
• Practical writing skills developed through writing and rewriting scripts (e.g. the world of the story, dialogue, developing characters and characterisation, stories and plot, theme, and workshopping scripts)
• Feedback (e.g. giving and receiving peer feedback, responding to feedback from others such as peers, tutors, and professionals)
• Working with your mentor to further develop your writing skills
• Writers and their work (e.g. career paths, funding, industry practices)
• Critical commentary (e.g. on popular story telling, dramatic conflict, audiences, your engagement with the script, research undertaken, awareness of authorial voice)
• Transferable skills (e.g. teamworking; communication; presentation and pitching)
The module is managed by the University via an online learning facility and you will participate in online activities, tutorials and discussions and will maintain a reflective 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 both individual and team writing activities. In addition, you will have a designated mentor (from industry and/or the University) to help you develop your writing skills.
You will present your work for assessment in the form of a portfolio of evidence which will contain:
(i) a 3rd draft script based on your idea, and
(ii) a critical commentary of your work.
This work will be formally graded (summative assessment).
You will also be expected to produce:
At least two drafts of your script and a reflective blog which details the script writing process. You will receive formative feedback on this work from your mentor or tutor but these tasks will not be used for formal grading (formative assessment).
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to write a script for either TV, radio or multi-platform production.||
1. 1 Write an effective script for either TV, radio or multi-platform production showing you can:
(i) clearly construct an effective dramatic world
(ii) develop dramatic structure, characterisation, character action, appropriate dialogue and theme
(iii) create original ideas
1.2 Produce work of a professional standard suitable for commission.
|2.||Understand popular story telling and be able to evaluate your script, drafts and writing processes.||
2.1 Demonstrate evidence of your understanding of popular story telling through a critical commentary on your work and by analysing your achievements.
2.2 Comment critically on aspects such as dramatic conflict, audiences, engagement with the script, research undertaken, awareness of authorial voice.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||3rd 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:
Blum, Richard A (2001) Television and screenwriting : from concept to contract. Oxford : Focal Press,
Brody, Larry (2003) Television writing from the inside out : your channel to success. London : Applause
BFI Film & Television Handbook 2006
Friedmann, Julian (ed) (1994) Writing the Long Running TV series. London: BFI
Lavery, David (ed) (1995) Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks. Detroit: Wayen State UP.
Batty. C and Waldebeck. Z (2009)Writing for the Screen. Hampshire: Plagrave
Quinn, Eileen and Counihan, Judy (2006) The Pitch. London: Faber & Faber
Seger, Linda (1994) Making A Good Script Great. London: Samuel French
Journal of British Cinema and Television
|Host Subject Group:||Theatre and Film Studies|
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