Script Development & the Commissioning Process By Nick McCabe


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Script Development & the Commissioning Process By Nick McCabe

  1. 1. STEPS- ‘BBC writers room is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers for a changing Britain. When we find them, we do everything we can to get their voice heard and their work produced for BBC film, TV and radio – for drama, comedy, and children’s programmes’ take in scripts and analyse them to see certain skills from a writer, if they produce goodenough work, there scripts will get sent back to the writer with feedback on the sheet. STEPS-
  2. 2. What They Accept And Dont Accept ‘Accept-Full unsolicited scripts (or episodes) for film, TV drama, radio drama, TV and radio sitcom. Also stage plays, but only as a calling card for a writers talent’ Don’t accept –‘Spec scripts for existing shows – we want to see your original work. Script samples, short stories, novels, sketches, or ideas/treatments for programmes. Scripts sent by email - we dont have the resources to print them or assess them on screen. Scripts for short films. Adaptations of other peoples work. Work sent in from overseas’ (online)I found out that to send in a script, you have to abide by the rules, which include all the above.Also you can NOT send copious amounts of scripts off to the BBC, only one will get analysedand sent back with feedback.BBC writers room gives writers a chance to become aprofessional and show there true writing skills.
  3. 3. What they look for.... ‘We look for the best new writers and best writers new to the BBC with the potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast.’ ‘We look for what the script tells us about the writer. We see all scripts as a calling card of a writer’s talent, ability, and voice. ‘ ’We look for what a writer can deliver in script form rather than ideas to make.’ found that there clearly passionate about who writes for them and what potential they can see in a writer. Also rather then idea generating the focus is on what they can deliver...
  4. 4. Scripted Projects –(TV Movies, Mini-Series, Drama Series, Sitcom) ‘When considering to pitch a script or idea for a TV show that would be scripted (Sitcom, Movie, Drama Series, Mini-Series) its important to understand the process that an executive or TV Producer undertakes in getting a television show produced. Knowing this process will help you bring the most valuable elements within your ability and resources to any Producer that would consider purchasing your screenplay or treatment Knowing how a producer creates these films , in order to get the write written script, it’d help if the producer can relate to the script and work with it , that’s when you’re in the spotlight for writing and get the right “elements within your ability.
  5. 5. Loglines - Loglines- The Short Pitch! The one-liner that tells what your show is- A "Logline" is a one or two sentence description that tells the basic premise and purpose of a TV show idea’ ‘Loglines for the sake of pitching a project are similar to a TV Guide description of a show, but more specific in describing the concept of the program. This is the catalyst for increasing the odds of selling a script or idea for a television show.’ To make a script more interesting this piece of information is useful, and I trembled along the fact that to make a script readable u need to pitch ure ideas (exiting) (Not boring)for your scripts then the actual TV show/film its self will enhance.
  6. 6. Ive found that to keep your story/scripts intactfrom the start, you need to have adilemma/situation thats interesting and readable ,maybe exitment,a twist etc. Violence, conflict. Alsoas well as the start, the ending needs to be asgood, for example at the end of tortured they findthat they have bin torturing the complete oppositeman witch creates a brilliant twist to the story.Other techniques used for resolutions are cliffhangers....witch are very effective for the script.
  7. 7. After reading about visual interest, it shows that itsnot all about a good idea , you have to have an ideathats creative , interesting and shows how the‘story develops’ .Simple techniques like usingpictures instead of words, allot of movement tokeep the momentum and try not to set thebeginning in an office or a dull setting. Make surethe setting is visually interesting and catches theviewers eyes
  8. 8. Dramatic tension iscreated in numerousamounts of ways , onemain way is to get theviewers involved in thestory and thecharacters and atechnique for that asquoted :”emotion-happiness, shock,tears. It is distressingbut people arefascinated by otherpeoples emotions. As astepping stone to havea dramatic Scripthumorous languageand gestures makeviewers feelcomfortable .
  9. 9. The key to plant an idea for acharacter is developingthroughout, there are 4 mainkey steps that helps :Character assassination-Character development-Thethought process-Characternames. If theres a situation inthe script and its looking dull,boring etc. Have thecharacters do somethingunusual witch catches viewerseyes and bring them into thestory easier and will “cause atemporary sensation”
  10. 10. Within the research I found out allot aboutscript writing , it mostly involves aroundkeeping the viewers keen and imaginativeminds for characterization. Also if I were towrite a script now , allot more help andtechniques can be developed with doingresearch and gathering information.
  11. 11. What I found out....By looking at various research sites & books such as (BBC Writers Room, How to write fortelevision &TV writers vault) most views and information is from a professionalperspective and that script writing is taken as serious as any other development withinwriting for television, films etc. To elaborate script writing takes allot of quality developingand idea generation so that the script becomes to the best standard it can be. as well aslooking on the internet to gather information , books are also a source of qualityinformation and help you understand how everything is done within the industry of scriptwriting. By conducting this research I now have more knowledge and an understanding.