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BTEC First: Media
Paul Baylis, Philip Holmes, Guy Starkey
138, 194-198
Recording Studio
Field Recording

Creative Media Production Level 3
Paul Baylis, David Brockbank, Andy Freedman, Ken Hall, Dan Morgan, Pete Wardle
185 – 192
A beginners guide to field recording Pt.1
Westlee Brent Latta

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  • 1. Ben Arnold Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production Assignment IG1 Task 1.2 Screenwriter’s role (research) Second submission work Screenwriter’s role Screenwriters (scenarists or scriptwriters) are people in a film crew who write/create the scripts, which films and TV shows are made. Speculation is often the beginning of a scriptwriter’s career, it involves writing a script, whilst not being hired or paid. When said script is sold it is branded as a ‘spec script’. Spec scripts then potentially lead to the writer being employed by the company that originally bought the piece, (if they like it enough). Scripts written on assignment, are screenplays that have been created under a contract with a studio, Production Company, or individual. Many script writers work as Script Doctors, a script doctor is someone who modifies an pre-existent script to suit the needs of the client, for example, if the dialogue is too weak, or the motivation for the characters is unclear, the script writer is called in to perf- ect it, as far as the client expects. Script doctoring can be very profitable, especially for better known writers with a good reputation.Scriptwriters are needed here. And here. Second submission work
  • 2. Ben ArnoldExtended Diploma in Creative Media ProductionAssignment IG1Task 1.2Screenwriter’s role (research)Second submission work Modified diagram of figure Screenwriting Jobs: 4.1 on page 138 of the BTEC First, Media textbookSpec script writing:A spec script is basically a draft idea that a person, usually already a successful scriptwriter, produces an idea for a film company, under no commission, employment, orauthorisation.Feature assignment writing:Assignment scripts are a form of spec writing, but occur when the writer is under contractby the Production Company, or individual.Rewriting and script doctoring:90% of movies are re-written at a later stage in the production process, script doctors areusually well known script writers such as the Coen brothers and Simon Beaufoy. Scriptdoctoring is a great way to build reputation, and is highly profitable.Television writing:A freelance television usually uses spec scripts or their previous credits to get their wayinto a television show, this results in them writing more episodes for the show itself.Writing for soap operas:Much like Television writing, but as soaps are very popular, the production need toproduce enough episodes the for 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, that’s over 260 scriptsto be written, and over 240 script doctoringprocessesVideo game writing:Video game writers produce dialogue, story,characters, settings and main ideas for thelarger game development companies to puttheir ideas into fruition and make them areality.Second submission work
  • 3. Ben ArnoldExtended Diploma in Creative Media ProductionAssignment IG1Task 1.2Screenwriter’s role (research)Second submission work StagesThe production of any film happens in a minimum of five stages..... o Development: The script is designed, either by an in house scriptwriter, or one that has been hired by the certain company just to write, and doctor the script in later stages. o Pre-production: All of the necessary preparations for filming are found, such as location, set, cast and crew, so that the director and producers can organise what’s going to happen, and when. o Production: The film is recorded, all of the shots are taken, and all of the raw footage is sent to the editors. o Post-Production: The editors get to work on the film, the dialogue is recorded, and sound effects, scores and music tracks are composed/found. All of the special effects, CGI and scene transitions are sorted out by the editing team at this stage and the shots are organised into the order of which the script portrays. o Sales and distribution: The movie is sent out on all forms of media for the consumer, either through cinema first, or as a straight to DVD movie. Most of the films that receive the biggest hype, and hold the most potential for a box office hit, go to cinema first, to build up a following amongst fans, while a certain team organises everything else that’s needed for the DVD to come out onto shelves a couple of months after the films first cinema screening. “Fundamentally, the screenplay is a unique literary form. It is like a musical score, in that it is intended to be interpreted on the basis of other artists performance, rather than serving as a "finished product" for the enjoyment of its audience. For this reason, a screenplay is written using technical jargon and tight, spare prose when describing stage directions. Unlike a novel or short story, a screenplay focuses on describing the literal, visual aspects of the story, rather than on the internal thoughts of its characters. In screenwriting, the aim is to evoke those thoughts and emotions through subtext, action, and symbolism.”Theories on writing a screenplay AuthorSecond submission work
  • 4. Ben ArnoldExtended Diploma in Creative Media ProductionAssignment IG1Task 1.2Screenwriter’s role (research)Second submission work ConclusionIn conclusion I think that the script writing process seems like a hard industry to go into,considering it is all based on word of mouth and reputation, if the spec script writerdoesn’t impress his first production company, he may have no work for a remarkably longtime.Second submission work