Script Editing Today

Short course

Overview

Delivered out of our London premises in Golden Square

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 which is run in a writers room environment,  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.

Six scripts completed on one of Peters other courses ‘Writing The Pilot’ are currently 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.

Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.  In order to gain the maximum from attendance participants should ideally have Script Reading and Reporting experience.

Freelance Rate: £1000

Corporate Rate: £1765

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 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.”

“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.”

How to apply

Application deadline:

If you experience any problems making your application please contact us shortcourses@nfts.co.uk 01494 677 903

Face-to-face delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place  In the event that in-person training is not possible we will adapt the content for online delivery

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