The commissioning process

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The commissioning process

  1. 1. The Commissioning Process
  2. 2. <ul><li>To commission: ‘…to put in or make ready for service or use’ </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas are chosen for production </li></ul>What Is It?
  3. 3. The Job Roles
  4. 4. Commissioning Bodies <ul><li>Corporations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. BBC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Independent Production Companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. Bedlam Productions Ltd </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Independent Directors and Producers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. J Blakeson </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organisations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. Independent Cinema Office </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Competitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. The Sunday Times: First Light </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Pre-production planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What needs to be accomplished throughout production, before it has started </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Script editing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In order to fit the target audience etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Director/producer involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice and opinions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shooting script </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Camera movements, angles etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Production </li></ul><ul><li>Page lock-down </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The final plan – what will and what will not be produced </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adjustment during shooting stage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How can what has already been produced be made better? </li></ul></ul>The Role Of A Writer
  6. 6. Becoming A Writer <ul><li>Agent representation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For press conferences etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Royalty payments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid to the larger companies so that their work can be produced </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Time management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadlines, meetings etc. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Copyright </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Law suits/legal action can take place if material breaches copyright terms and conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bias </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Particularly in factual pieces, views/opinions need to be balanced. It is unethical and prejudiced to present one point of view and not the other. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Censorship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content is removed so that it can be made suitable for younger audiences i.e. sex/violence etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Watersheds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>After this time, content containing sex/violence etc. can be shown </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Libel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If a programme mocks/openly insults another party, that party may take legal action if they deem the content offensive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plagiarism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presenting another’s work/ideas as your own. Again, legal action can take place </li></ul></ul>Legal And Ethical Considerations
  8. 8. Your Task <ul><li>Explain The Commissioning Process For Writing For Television And Video. What Is The Role Of The Writer In This Process? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the commissioning process? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the job roles within it and what do they involve? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is a commissioning body? Give real examples. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the role of the writer throughout the production? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To become a writer, what needs to be considered? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the legal and ethical considerations? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deadline: End of the day! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Good Starting Points For Research <ul><li>www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning </li></ul><ul><li>www.theproductionguide.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.channel4.com/info/commissioning </li></ul><ul><li>www.skillset.org/film </li></ul>
  10. 10. Learning Objectives <ul><li>Everyone will know about the commissioning process </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone will have completed ‘Task One: The Commissioning Process’ </li></ul><ul><li>Most of you will have started to generate ideas for your short film </li></ul>
  11. 11. Doodlebug <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WhKt_CkXD0 </li></ul>
  12. 12. John Wayne, Je’taime <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3b0M-YsQjU </li></ul>
  13. 13. Useful Site <ul><li>http://shortsbay.com/ </li></ul>
  14. 14. Homework <ul><li>Generate Ideas! </li></ul><ul><li>Loglines (the plot in one sentence) </li></ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul><ul><li>Locations </li></ul><ul><li>How might the above become a new idea? Generate story ideas </li></ul><ul><li>What research will you need? (i.e. if one of your characters has a medical condition, research it!) </li></ul>

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