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Words and Pictures: A Commentary Writing Workshop

Tutors: Patrick Uden, Executive Producer

Date: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Duration: 1 Day

Venue: Galway TBC

Cost: €75

Course Profile:

In this one-day masterclass in association with the Galway Film Centre, good factual commentary writing is explored structurally: not just as a practical how-to, but also as a key component of film language, as integral to story-telling as good directing, good interviews and good music.

The course is discursive and interactive bringing together history, criticism, producers’ responsibilities, influences and resources with a wealth of clips and examples. It is ideal if you find commentary writing tough and unrewarding. It also provides insights into why some commentary works while some doesn’t.

The course is structured around reviewing clips, discussion and practical exercises so that you will come away confident of understanding both the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of writing better scripts.

This course is part of a series of seminars/workshops on Writing For Non-Drama Television. Upcoming Events include:

• A Day of Case Studies of Irish TV Series & Documentaries. Contributors will include Andrew Gallimore and Gerry Hoban. (February 5th, 2016 TBC)

Participant Profile:

This course is aimed at Producers, Directors, Assistant Producers, Edit Producers and Writers seeking to enhance their skills in narration and commentary writing for factual and entertainment (non drama) television.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at For further details contact Mary Deely at Galway Film Centre. Ph: (091) 770748. Email: Deadline for applications: Wednesday 16th December 2015.

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