COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
In line with the UK Government and Scottish Government’s public health advice, we are sad to announce that we have had to decide to postpone our forthcoming courses and workshops. We are gutted as we have had the most amazing time teaching you all, however health and safety must come first at this time
We will be in touch with everyone who has already booked a place on courses to issue a refund.
We look forward to a brighter time when we can re-open and our courses can bring us all back together.
Script Editing 101 (8 wks)
TUESDAY EVENINGS 6.30pm to 8.30pm for 8 weeks starting Tuesday 30 March finish Tuesday 18 May 2020
Industry employees: £500.00
Script writing, they say, is rewriting. The art of script editing is a key skill in developing screenplays ready for production (or submission to commissioners). This new 8-week course gives you the skills of script assessment, development, editing and rewriting.
Perhaps you are a screenwriter and want to know how to get to the best draft. Or maybe your ambition is to work in film or TV production in script development. This course is good for both writers looking to improve their own screenwriting and those looking to pursue script editing as a career.
This course will demystify the process of analysing a script, editing for rewriting, and working with writers:
The important things to look for in any screenplay
How to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses
How to write coverage reports
How to work with script development notes
How to help the writer to write their story and connect with their audience
We will cover both film and television. Students will work with real scripts (provided) and get the chance to act as both writers and script editors – giving you experience of both sides of the development table. We will look at some case studies too of examples where the script has worked and some where it hasn’t – giving us the chance to be problem solvers.
Writers will be able to transfer these skills to their own screenplays; and potential developers will be able to use these skills to springboard their careers as script editors or creative development producers.
The course schedule looks like this:
Week 1: how to read a screenplay – what to look for and how to pinpoint what is working or not working
Week 2: how to write script reports
Week 3: the key principles: concept
Week 4: the key principles: structure
Week 5: the key principles: character
Week 6: getting to the good stuff – how to ask the right questions and approach the rewrite
Week 7: workshopping scripts
Week 8: working in development – how to be a professional writer; how to get started as a script editor
By the end of the 8-week course, screenwriters will be able to write better drafts of their scripts; and others will have the right skills to pursue work as a script developer.
Who should attend this course? Screenwriters looking to improve their scripts and battle through rewrites. Anyone looking to work in creative development, production or script editing.
Tutor: Douglas Dougan began his career writing for series television at BBC, Channel Five & ITV (Casualty, Family Affairs, Doctors, River City, The Bill, Kingdom). In 2006, he set up his own independent production company based in Edinburgh. Among their credits are the BAFTA award-winning Run, Tony, Run! and BBC Three Award winner Mono. Douglas works regularly as a script editor and script consultant on UK film and television productions including the multi-BAFTA award winning dramas Margaret, Small Island, Five Minutes of Heaven, Occupation, Sex ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock & Roll and '71.