Script Development and theCommissioning ProcessKate Mather
BBC Writers RoomThe BBC’s Writers Room is an online site where script writers can upload their work.The scripts are then assessed by a team of experienced readers and if they are goodenough and meet the standards they are accepted and later may be used for a BBC TVprogramme. How they have 6 steps in which the scripts are assessed, they are;Step 1 - Send script to the writers roomStep 2 - Script loggingStep 3 – Script siftStep 4 – Script readStep 5 – Invite next/Second readStep 6 – Meet and developThe BBC Writers Room say that they read all the scripts as it’s a ‘calling card of awriters talent because its our job to find and develop rather then ideas to make,’They have special guide lines in which to follow before you can send your script in.‘We look for original voices - and original scripts that express those voices. We donot look for more of the same – we look for something new.’
BBC Writers RoomWe accept scripts for:FilmTV dramaTV ComedyRadio dramaRadio comedyChildrens dramaChildrens comedyWe do not accept any of the following:• - Scripts written for existing or previously produced shows/characters – we only want to see your originalwork.• - Short film scripts – we only read scripts longer than 30 pages/minutes.• - Samples or extracts from scripts – we only want to see a full script or episode• - Novels, unpublished prose manuscripts, or another writers work you wish to see adapted.And many other things that you can find at http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/send-a-script/terms-and-conditionsThey say you should only send them a copy of your script and not the original draft as they BBC can not be heldresponsible for the safe return of the script.
Screen WritingScreen writing is a web page which helps you if you are new with screenwriting and Ifyou want to start writing screenplays and scripts.‘Learning how to write a screenplay involves many facets but I hope this basicinformation will give you a head start on your endeavours, including practicalinformation to help you get your scripts read. And hopefully turned into movies.’The site gives you 22 links to different subjects inscript writing to help you start writing scripts and toalso help you improve your script to make up to abetter standard. This includes pages about how towrite a script for action, the different dialogues andthings like titles and opening credits.It also tells you what makes a good story and gives youan idea of what to write and what to leave out in orderto write a good script/screenplay.http://www.screenwriting.info/
The TV Writers VaultThe TV Writers Vault is an online site that anyone can access and use.‘The TV Writers Vault is the television industrys project scouting database used by leading ProductionCompanies and TV Networks seeking original TV show ideas and scripts for production in all genres oftelevised programming.’They explain that they help people with original script ideas make them into reality and turn them into TVshows.‘Our Industry Members scout and produce for all major networks and cable networks. New show formatsand ideas may be submitted by anyone with an original concept for a new TV show.’http://www.tvwritersvault.com/creating/Create_and_Pitch_Reality_TV_Shows.aspOn this page they give you a list of questions they have answered in order to help you create and produce yourown reality TV show. Showing you one way of many on how you can write scripts for pretty much anything andhow it can help you in setting your career in script writing off.
Length of a Short Film‘A short film can be anything from thirty seconds to thirty minutes in length –and this means they can do and be a great many different things. However, ifyou want to get your short into a festival, then keep it to no more than tenminutes. Remember: you can tell a great story in as little as 30 seconds. Andchances are, the longer the short, the more expensive it will be to produce.’http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/writing/tips_shortfilm.shtmlThis quote gives you information’s on how long a short film is supposed to be. Itsays if its longer then 30minutes the chances are the film will cost more toproduce, so from this quote I know that the longer the film shots the longer thefilm the more it will cost to produce the film.
Writing for a Short Film‘I think the crucial thing to bear in mind is that a short may require as muchplanning as a much longer film. It means less time writing out the script,obviously, but the vast majority of the time spent writing a screenplay is spenton laying the foundation work. Working out what to leave out can be moredifficult than working out what to put in.’http://www.robinkelly.btinternet.co.uk/shorts.htmThis quote tells me that even though you’re only writing a script for a short film, itwill take as much time to write it as it would to write a long film script. Because it’sonly going to be 30 minutes long you have to put more effort into planning whatyou’re going to put into it and what you’re going to have to leave out.
Storyline of a Short Story‘Film is about telling stories in pictures, which is the most economical way oftelling a story – and in the making of shorts, economy is everything. Rememberthe golden rule of filmmaking: show, dont tell. The idea and story can be focusedenough in scope to exist entirely in the viewers head, and so logic and time canplay a much smaller role in the journey from beginning to end than in otherformats.’http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/writing/tips_shortfilm.shtmlIn this quote it tells you, you don’t tell the story you show it. If the storyline is goodthen the viewer will be able to tell the story easily. The better the picture the moreclearly the story will be told and will be easier to understand.
Screenplay for a Short Film‘It is crucial to remember that film is a VISUAL medium. You dont tell your audience yourstory, you SHOW them. You must learn to write a screenplay VISUALLY. Write what they willSEE and what they will HEAR. You might love your characters and know what they arethinking, but the discipline of screenplay writing is how to show it on a screen. When ithappens, it may be just done with a look, often improvised on the movie set. So just writethe pictures, sounds, and speeches, and leave the rest for the filmmakers.’http://www.screenwriting.info/01.phpThis quote tells me that you do not always need to tell the story, you can tell a story withpictures too. In the script writing you have to write what they will see and hear. You will haveto make the story line clear so that the viewer can tell what the story is about.
Writing a Short Film Script‘Although seen stories have unique qualities to film, screen stories for both shortand long films often share characteristics with other kinds of story telling.’Writing The Short Film Third EditionThis quote tells you that behind a story there is a meaning. Also it says it is harderto write a script for a short film as it would for a normal film, because you have tocut straight to the point whereas in a film you can drag things on and have longerscenes. To me this means you have to have a beginning middle and end which cutsstraight to the point for the short film, and the story line has to be clear so that theviewer gets the story behind the film.
Writing the Short Film page 32This quote says that sound is also important toshort films as it creates a whole dimension ofmeaning for visual images of a scene. Thisquote tells me the sound can make a sceneseem more intense or can give visual imagesof the scene.Writing The Short Film Third EditionBy Pat Cooper, Ken Dancyger
The ScreenplayWhen you write a screenplay it has to be from your ownexperience and it can change when finished, because the thememay be totally different. You wont know the final story until itscompletely written.
Writing About Your Own ExperienceThis quote says write from your own experience because if you are 40 yearold woman and you write about a teenage boy it wont be as realistic as youhave never been a teenage boy. So your writing about a 40 year oldwoman would be more realistic as you are a 40 year old woman and hadhave experience.
ConclusionAfter using books and the internet to research how to write a short film script, I now havemore information and understanding about writing scripts for short films. I know how longthe short film should be, how much you have to put into writing a short film and itsometimes takes longer to write and decide what to put into the script and what to leaveout as it would for a long film. How clear the film should be for the viewer to understand thestoryline. I found out it is better to write about your own experiences as you will have moreof an understanding then it would be to write about something you havent had experienceof.