NFTS Scotland: Script Editing Today Online
Duration 2 weeks
Commitment 10.00 - 16.00
Course dates 26 Apr 2021 - 07 May 2021
Application deadline 22 Apr 2021
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Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed by Zoom
We recommend that you have experience in Script Reading and Reporting before taking this course, or have undertaken our Script Reading and Reporting course.
The current boom and global expansion of high-end TV Drama has opened a new era of opportunity. ‘Script Editing Today’ will introduce you to the role of the script editor in TV Drama today. The course will provide you with an understanding of the tools and skills that are needed by the industry today. It will take you through the process of the script editor’s work from assessing a first draft of a TV pilot to planning future episodes. Throughout, participants will work independently on scripts with the tutor but also collectively as editors in the heat and excitement of an online writers’ room.
The course is led by Peter Ansorge, ex-Head of Drama at Channel 4 who began as a script editor in David Rose’s ground-breaking drama department at the BBC. Peter’s award- winning career includes: A Very British Coup, Traffik, GBH, The Politician’s Wife, Tales of the City, Brookside and The Camomile Lawn.
His NFTS course ‘Writing the TV Pilot’ is sponsored by All3Media; six of the scripts completed on Peter’s recent courses at NFTS Scotland and Beaconsfield are in development with leading production companies including Amazon Studios, Company Pictures and Sam Mendes’ Neil Street.
The course will include sessions working with writers on original scripts from ‘Writing The TV Pilot’. The emphasis will be on practise not theory. Developing and improving a script and engaging with the writer in the room.
You will be assigned scenes from an original script to read as homework each evening. The morning and afternoon daily sessions will involve analysis and discussion of the scenes with the whole group led by Peter. You will also work in breakout groups learning how to analyse a script and come up with different ideas on how to improve and develop it.
In the second week you will work in pairs. You will meet and work with a new writer on a project in development, involving group discussions, breakout sessions with the writer and outlining ideas for new episodes of a TV Drama series. By the end of the week, you will be required to submit a script report but throughout the course, the emphasis will be on your verbal notes and dialogue with the writer.
The course will include sessions with guest speakers: a producer will give their perspective on the role of the script editor and its importance in the creative and production process, and an established writer and script editor will share their experience of working together.
Previous participants said:
'The course was excellent; the range and material we were exposed to exceeded my expectations and gave all of us a strong handle on script editing as well as insight into the part editing plays when scripts are in development. The group discussions represented a useful approach to understanding what goes into a script, the thinking behind the writing as well as the ideas to progress it, and ultimately how to have a constructive discussion with a writer about their work...
..(The highlight of this course was) seeing incredible work, meeting writers at an early stage in their career and having time with industry professionals to discuss the changing role of script editing in the production process. The writers were incredibly generous in sharing their work with the group and being open to discussing it as a way for us to learn, and the amount of time each writer spent with us taught us a lot about the different approaches to working with a writer and understanding their thinking and development of a script.' (Mali Purkayastha, November 2020)
'I learnt what was expected of a Script Editor and how to develop my transferable skills and acquire new ones. I gained a much clearer understanding of the process and the confidence and desire to feel I could pursue it as the next stage of my career. All of the speakers were wonderful. I found the course extremely interesting and just the right level of challenging (in a rollercoaster kind of way). I learnt a lot from Peter and his encouragement has given me confidence to pursue script editing.' (Penelope Chong, November 2020)
How to apply
Application deadline: 22 Apr 2021
Please complete the application form to apply. As part of the application process for the course, you will be asked to write notes on a scene, which we will send you after you have completed your online application.Begin your application