Short course

Overview

Fully COVID-19 compliant face-to-face delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing
In the event that face-to-face delivery is not possible we will deliver this course in the Virtual Classroom.

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Delivered over two consecutive Saturdays

Script reading and reporting is often one of the first steps to breaking into the TV drama or film industry. But it’s an incredibly important job, with readers playing a crucial role in whether a script is accepted or rejected by a production company.  Get it right and you can forge great relationships with producers and execs, as well as potentially bagging yourself that elusive first job in development.

But how does one go about writing a successful report? How do you analyze a script if you’ve never worked in drama before? What are companies looking for and how can you make yourself stand out?

This course aims to demystify the process of script analysis, sharpen your report writing skills and help you on your way to getting your first job in the industry.

This intensive, practical course covers:

  • An introduction to the key elements of script and story analysis
  • An overview of the role script reports play in the industry 
  • Looking at what production companies want from a successful report
  • How to write a report – looking at style, content, and format.
  • A practical exercise involving reading a script and writing your own report
  • Feedback on the submitted reports
  • Discussion of how to break into the industry through script reading

The course is aimed at anyone interested in working in TV drama, with no previous experience necessary.  Specifically, this course is for anyone who would like to learn more about the art of writing script reports.

The course runs over two days, with teaching sessions between 10 am and 4 pm. You will be required to do some homework between the two days of the course, and offline exercises during the course. 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £350
Corporate Rate: £575

The course fee advertised is subsidised for freelancers by ScreenSkills with support from the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy; as part of work to diversify the screen industry workforce, this year there is also a further reduction in fees of up to 50% available for freelancers with disabilities and/or who are from black, Asian or minority ethnic groups. Please advise in your application statement if you are eligible and are applying for this reduction. 

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible. 

BURSARY INFORMATION

If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

The bursary deadline for this course is 5th April 2021 at 9am.

Please note that bursary funding availability from NFTS Scotland is limited and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding as well. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to scotland@nfts.co.uk.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

 

 

NFTS Scotland Hardship Fund 

With support from Screen Scotland, a new fund aimed at practitioners who have experienced significant work and financial loss as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19 is available for our online courses from May 2020 onwards.

This fund is available to those who are not able to evidence their eligibility for the NFTS Scotland bursary fund with the required supporting documents, but who now meet the income threshold criteria. 

It is a small, discretionary fund aimed at supporting those most in need. You should only apply if you are a Scottish resident and your finances have been directly affected by loss of work in March 2020 and beyond as a result of COVID-19.

To apply for support, please complete this application form and submit it to scotland@nfts.co.uk at the same time as making your course application.  

How to apply

Application deadline:

Please complete the applicaton form to apply. You will also be asked to upload your CV. 

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