Understanding of Script Commissioning IG1 – Task 2By CharlotteBracken
IntroductionIn this report I will show understanding of script commissioning is and also describe in detail of what process a script writer will go through to the development of a script to be forwarded for production using second hand resources such as books, magazines and websites which will contain all the information I will need.
“Each offer sent to the BBCCommissioning is clearly stated on the BBC for any Commissioning team isscreenwriters wanting a clearer understanding. It automatically and securelyexplains what will happen to an idea which has been logged with a unique reference number for yoursent in to the BBC Commissioning team. The BBC is records following yourstraight forward and gives specific details which submission. e-people will find very helpful. It gives a section on Commissioning enables thewhether a person is eligible to register or not. It is BBC to handle the huge volume of proposals itone of the main places where people can freely send receives faster and morein scripts which can give many people an opportunity effectively so producersto start their career, if they had one in the media submitting proposals to the BBC receive a quickerbusiness. I think the BBC is good for what it does as response” (Online)it is one of the worlds largest broadcastingorganisations.
“ITV today announced three major new drama commissions for 2011, written and created by three of the UK‟s leading screenwriters Peter Morgan, AnthonyITV‟s commissions part of the website seems Horowitz and Sallymore complex than the BBC‟s. It talks about Wainwright” (online) “ITV Director of Television,three new commissions which have been placed Peter Fincham, said: “ITV isin ITV by “three of the UK‟s leading screenwriters increasingly building a reputation for working withPeter Morgan, Anthony Horowitz and Sally the very best writing andWainwright” (Online). The ITV doesn‟t seem to acting talent. These threelook for new talent in the screenwriting yet they new commissions, written by three of the UK‟s mostseem set on using the very best writing talent. acclaimed screenwriters, joinThis gives no one outside of ITV to show off what an impressive and variedthey have. range of drama for 2011, alongside the likes of The Oaks, Monroe, Kidnap and Ransom, and the return of Primeval.” (Online)
Channel 4 offers people to a chance to have script “We were looking for 12 talented, original andthey have wrote seen to and decide whether it is diverse writers whooriginal and good or it‟s copied another TV series with currently have nothe narrative. This offer is open every year for a broadcast credit but wishlimited time only as they look for a certain amount of to write for television drama” (Online)people who have talent of writing original scripts. Thisgives newly formed talented writers a chance to workwith professional writers and develop new skills andthe chance to get „in‟ to the industry. Channel 4 in myown opinion has set up a good idea and a greatchance for people who enjoy doing script writing andwhich to get a career out of it. Not many stationswould give this opportunity only a few.
Screenwriting can be one of the easiest things in the world, if u have anatural talent for it or an understanding of the structure and layout.Some people need to develop their skills more when writing a script byresearching it within depth to get a more clear understanding. There aremany sources in the world which can help you undertsand more abouthow to script write to professional standards via magazines, websitesand even books which I, myself have also used throughout mypresentation. The development of a script can seem very complicatedas you have to think of a main story line which involves the beginning,middle and end what will hold a plot within. A main protagonist(Character) is also important as most stories evolve around thatcharacter because that single character will be in most scenes and willhave the plot, or story line based around them and their life. It helpsestablish a story which can be more detailed and specific lining up thenarrative for the audience to follow. Some people in the world do notget that successful in script writing where others go on to make TVprograms or soaps which are watched by a whole nation.
“a story is composed of three sections: a beginning introduces a complication of a character‟s life, launching the story. The middle section presents developing action, a series of revolutions and discoveries, which drives the story forward. The end resolves the story conflict, often through a reversal of fortune for the main character!” (Book)This section of a book resource which I have looked at explains a brief explanationwhich everyone seems to know about stories or screenwriting. If an idea of a storydid not have a beginning, middle or end then there wouldnt be no story so thinkingof the basics is one of the first main things to do. Each of the three main sectionshave to be set with in detail to set the story, getting a better narrative for someonereading the script is a better start as they can base a small image in their mind onwhat the story will most likely look like and predict what will happen to decidewhether its good or not.
“Developing a character through story provides the quickest way to a narrative spine and therefore, a potential main story. However, developing story through character will provide you with a clear understanding of the character‟s motivations and, therefore, a potential plot and ultimately a main story. Both routes work and both are regularly used by different writers to arrive are essentially the same position” (Book)This quote can give the script writing a main direction on where to go. Having a main„narrative spine‟ and having the main protagonist put into place and basing the storyaround the character can often help people as its the quickest way to get a story. Agood script which will get looked at should have a main story and a good plot to keepthe reader of the script interested. Clear indications of what is expected of a script isvital as a script needs to be the best it can be.
“If your script is „optioned‟ by a producer – where they buy the rights to exploit that property for a set period of time- it will go into „development‟. Here the producer will discuss the script with you and properly give you „notes‟ asking you to rewrite or change certain parts to their suggestions (if amicably agreed) or demands (if not).” (Book, Page 5)When a script has been chosen, a„collaborative process‟ will take place wherea producer will read it and possibly makesome changes. These changes must beagreed before anything else happens. Thissection of the source I have chosen gives abrief insight on what is expected. The writemust be open to changes in the script.
“being a visual medium, these „sometimes‟ are visible actions and desires that can be seen on the screen – they form the action of your story. Expressing your story concept will help you achieve clarity about your characters and the action of your story” (Book, Page 44)This source gives the same information as most of the other sources Ihave used. It is all based on screenwriting breaking it down and givingindividual tips which can help someone further along the way. Writing ascript to professional standards is not easy and straight forward as its thelittle details you have to look out for. Again, the quotation taken from thesource talks about the character in the story as it the story is alwaysbased around the character as it helps get an in depth feel on what thestory will be about and whether its original or not.
“Developing new ideas is the first essential part of working as a screenwriter. Most professional screenwriters have upwards of seven projects in various stages of development at any one time. A writer submitting storylines to an existing television writers will be expected to arrive with a minimum of five ideas and may well work through fifteen before one is accepted for the series.” (Book)Writing a script doesnt always come to someone as easy as it does withothers. So using a book like “The Art and Science of Screenwriting, PhilipParker” is a good place to start as it helps the person work and understandfrom a professional screenwriters perspective. Giving the person a better feelfor screenwriting. Writing a script professional standard can be tricky as youhave to learn what not to do.
“The success of a show does not hinge solely on casting; HBO (Home Box Office), for example invest heavily in their writers, many of whom are established Hollywood scriptwriters. Writing is considered integral to the authenticity and integrity of the show” (Magazine)This section of the magazine shows and highlightsthat the writers are very important during the creationof a program. For a show to be a success, there hasto be a decent, well thought script behind it. Withoutthe script there would be no show. The Home BoxOffice or the HBO invest in script writers especiallyHollywood scriptwriters. This can show people thatyou have to have skill in script writing and haveprofessional standards. Starting off little can help yougo bigger. Hollywood seems to be a place whereeveryone would like to end up someday as its one ofthe main places who have the best programs andeven films.
ConclusionAfter conducting all of this research, I have found out many things in orderto write a script and submit it to a broadcasting organisation. It can be verysimple, or complex depending on the organisation. To script write you needto be very creative and open minded to write a good story which may lateron be changed slightly. Talent is one of the key ways in which to write agood script. Even if you are not sure on what exactly to write or evenstructure your script there is help all over which people can access. In myown personal opinion, organisations just like the BBC, have openedopportunities to many people in the public who have a gift or even want tolearn. Knowing there is a place where people can hand something of theirown work and for it to be chosen and read by professionals gives morepeople hope in that they can do it. Reading all of the sources I have used inmy presentation of understanding of script commissioning, I have someunderstandings in which the BBC has helped me more as the website Ihave used gives detailed specific information which people will need fortheir script. The books go in depth of what is expected in script writing anddoesnt give much on commissioning itself but still is very helpful and usefulin many more ways.