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The Craft Of The Reader Report

Tutors: Eimear Markey Dearbhla Regan

Date: Monday, February 8th, 2016

Duration: 1.5/2 days

Venue: Dublin TBC

Cost: €140

Course Profile:

This 2-day workshop is designed to equip participants with the practical and analytical skills to write high-quality Script Reports for film, TV and other formats. A well-written Report is the first vital step in the script development process. And skilled script readers contribute to a culture of rigorous script development and, ultimately, stronger content.

These skills, beneficial to anyone working in script development, include;

– Producing efficient, incisive analysis through loglines and synopses.
– Understanding genre, audiences and the need for readers to be widely culturally engaged.
– How to channel the above into effective script reports and coverage.
– How to thoroughly analyse premise, character and story.

This workshop takes a practical approach to the craft. There will be pre and post-course assignments and a focus on workshop exercises, so that participants can apply the practice directly. There will be lots of useful industry information about reader report templates, who commissions reports, and what is expected of readers. We will also go through the differences between reports and script coverage, tips on the ‘dos and don’ts’ in a report, along with film analysis and other visual aids. There will also be short presentations from industry representatives who work with external readers.

About The Tutors:

Eimear is a highly experienced Script Editor and Reader. She began her career as a development assistant and researcher and has since worked as a Script Reader for a number of Ireland’s most successful production companies. As a Script Editor, she has a broad genre and format remit. She has a higher national diploma in films from Ballyfermot College and a FETAC and UCLA diploma in script development. Dearbhla has twenty years’ experience in the Film and TV industry as a Development Producer, Script Editor and currently as Creative Consultant with Screen Training Ireland. She has worked as an editor on a large number of Irish feature films and regularly delivers reader reports to funding bodies and production companies. She has also worked as a consultant at IADT, The Galway Film School and STI.

Participant Profile:

The course is aimed at development assistants and script readers, as well as those already working as script editors and development executives who may have gaps in their knowledge and wish to refresh. This is a workshop tutorial, so numbers are limited. We will be accepting up to eight participants.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at with your current CV. The Deadline for applications is 12 noon Friday 22nd January, 2016. For further information please contact

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