Short course

Overview

Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed by Zoom, over two consecutive Fridays

"The highlight (of this course) for me was actually tackling a Script Report for the prescribed course script, hearing other course members observations about the script - some chimed with what I felt and others offered different opinions and perspectives which all added to a very rounded learning experience. The follow up one to one feedback from Deanne was positive, constructive and invaluable". (Tonyia Dowling, May 2020)

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. 

BURSARY INFORMATION 

A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. 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 can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date. 

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

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline:Book Now

This course is currently fully booked. We are operating a waiting list. You may still apply to secure a place in the event that one becomes available. 

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