If you’re interested in developing your skills as a writer, working with other people is a must. And there’s no better opportunity for that than having your work filmed.
This course is all about gearing up for working as a professional in order to create scripts for a programme that will be broadcast on NottsTV. You’ll experience what it’s like to see your work evolve with the input of a script editor, director, and actors. Get used to that now, and you’ll be better prepared for the reality of work in tv, film, radio and theatre.
Two one-day workshops to be held on Sunday March 29 and Saturday 25 April, plus the opportunity to attend rehearsals, will lead to a filmed performance in mid-July.
You’ll be creating pieces up to 3 minutes long for up to 3 actors, and about 30 meeting the standard required will be performed at an industry showcase later in the year at Antenna. The event is organised by The Actors Workshop, and will be filmed and broadcast by NottsTV.
The first one day workshop will be an overview of some of the skills that go into creating short pieces that get noticed, and participants will get to experience some of what an actor looks for and experiences.
The second workshop is about developing work further with the input of others using perspectives that directors and script editors will use to assess your writing. There’ll also be additional support out of the classes to hone your script so it’s as good as it can be and ready for possible further changes at the hands of the people who will bring it to life.
Adrian Reynolds will lead the group. As well as writing for BBC TV, he has scripted short films, and has industry interest in feature film and animation projects. He is also a script editor and trainer. In a project undertaken with Spool Films, writers and directors who did a 1 hour session with Adrian tripled their chances of being shortlisted for a film commission.
“I have used Adrian’s script doctoring services on a number of occasions and found his input to be invaluable. His technical skill, coupled with a real understanding of what makes a story sing, have always helped me to move my writing forward. I would highly recommend him.”
Award-winning YA writer Caroline Green
“Adrian offered up more in the way of what he terms ‘coaching’ than a strict reader’s report which suited me just fine. A couple of Adrian’s suggestions really resonated, and I’ve used his sage words as fuel to inform a second draft, essentially a page one rewrite. His script report was excellent, as it happens.”
Screenwriter Chip Smith
The workshops will cost £90 for NWS members and £120 for non-members. Participants get two one-day workshops on scriptwriting, script advice from Adrian, and the opportunity to attend rehearsals and take part in the development of their scripts for the stage/screen.