Screen Skills Ireland in partnership with Screen Skillnet are seeking participants for Television Drama – Writing, Structuring, and Developing a Hit TV Show.
What are we going to do together?
A structured course that explores all the key components of storytelling and its application to television. Over five sessions in two and a half days, we’ll explore how stories work, why we tell them and go into concrete detail about the history and application of the theories of narrative structure. We’ll explore the relationship between hero and villain, the role of the method of consumption in dictating structure, but more importantly we will apply that knowledge into concrete application. Armed with a detailed knowledge of all the key ingredients, the attendees will put that into practise with the aim of creating perfect stories and perfectly structured shows. We’ll give you all the tools you need to convey your vision to broadcasters and buyers.
How many stages?
5 stages – each one half a day.
21 KEY ELEMENTS OF STORY TELLING.
The key rules of writing. An illustrated talk taking us through all the essential “rules” that underline great archetypal stories.
WHAT IS A STORY PART ONE – ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS
The primary colours of storytelling – Protagonist, Antagonist, Inciting Incident – we look at the essential ingredients all stories have in common and put them into practical effect in product promotion – how to put them across in documents such as the story bible.
WHAT IS A STORY PART TWO – STRUCTURE
The how and why of Structure. Exploration of narrative theory and how it works in practise – from Shakespeare to Netflix and beyond. The history, application and current usage of dramatic structure. Single closed narratives and their implication for television and beyond.
WHAT IS A STORY PART THREE – WRITING NARRATIVE DOWN– AND ALTERNATIVE STRUCTURES – WHAT WORKS IN THE MODERN AGE.
How to write narrative down and why that’s important i.e. communicating narrative for broadcasters and producers. This will also focus on the draft/notes process, and how to streamline effective communication between writer and producer. Advanced Structure – it’s application to modern TV landscape – platforms and their impact on structure.
Working in small groups we will ask you to devise a TV series for a particular broadcaster and pitch it to the other participants
You will then have the option to give a quick pitch of an original series idea.
Regarding IP and copyright, please be prepared to workshop an idea and share aspects of story development.
This course is aimed at experienced producer/writer teams along with individual development producers, writers and development executives who wish to gain further expertise in developing and writing for television drama. Participants must have industry track record with at least one paid professional producing/writing/development credit (which can be in television, film, theatre, radio etc.). The workshop will be for a cohort of 20-22 people.
Please apply online by 5pm on Thursday 18 July 2019 with your up to date CV. If applying as a team each team member must make an individual online application. If applying as a producer/writer team, in addition to your online application please also send one email per team to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming who the team partners are by the deadline, attaching both CV’s to the email.
Please note: the cost per person will be €250 when applying as a team.
For any further questions, please email email@example.com