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A day in the life : Writer -TV and Film Drama

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Career details: Writer -TV and Film Drama



What you do: The range of the job.

Career path: How you start and where you can go with it.

New Talent in Television Drama and Film

TELEVISION

COMING UP C4 drama talent production scheme www.channel4.com/4talent/national/opportunities/schemes/specific/comingup.html http://www.iwcmedia.co.uk/television/drama prog2

PAWS - Research and Development Grants offered by Public Awareness of Science & Engineering http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk

TV ARTS PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE www.tapsnet.org Shepperton Studios, Studios Road, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW1 OQD Tel: 01932 592151

The TV Arts Performance Showcase is acclaimed as one of the best ways for talented writers to break into TV. They run courses, set up networking events and present live showcases of writers work which they send to producers.

USEFUL ORGANISATIONS UK FILM COUNCIL www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk and www.mediadesk.co.uk

Strategic body for film with network of Regional Screen Agencies and funding for training, development & production. The Regional Screen Agency for the South West is South West Screen www.southwestscreen.co.uk

UK Film Council production schemes include: Digital Shorts www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/shorts/diqitalshorts/ Cinema Extreme www.thebureau.co.uk & www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/shorts/cinemaextreme/ Completion Fund www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/shorts/completionfund/ and www.lifesizepictures.co.uk First Light www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/shorts/firstliqht/ www.britfilms.com has directory of sources of training www.skillset.org covers both film and television www.raindance.co.uk training and resource organisation; also runs film festival www.aristadevelopment.com www,euroscript.com offers support for EU filmmakers, including feedback on scripts and the chance to develop scripts with a script editor. www.scriptfactory.co.uk a script development website with courses, events, tips and interviews. www.scriptonline.net www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/ the BBC writers website with guidelines for writing for specific shows, competitions and submission advice. www.arvonfoundation.org www.writernet.co.uk www.shootingpeople.org filmmakers network www.southwest-scriptwriters.co.uk

PUBLICATIONS & DOWNLOADABLE SCRIPTS www.broadcastnow.co.uk www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/ www.scriptwritermagazine.com www.screenwriterstore.co.uk www.focalpress.com http://www.simplyscripts.com/ downloadable scripts www.script-o-rama.com/

Both of these have an amazing selection of downloadable screenplays, treatments etc, mostly though not exclusively Hollywood. http://www.iscriptdb.com A script version of the Internet movie database www.screenwriterstore.co.uk A store that sells screenplays. In central London http://www.screenwritersutopia.com/ An online magazine with some excellent interviews at http://www.screenwritersutopia.com/interviews/ http://www.wordpIaver.com An excellent website run by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, writers of Shrek and pirates of the Caribbean, which contains articles on screenwriting and interviews with screenwriters. Also has a message board and online community. www.imdb.com The International Movie Database is the most comprehensive movie database available online and contains basic information about films, writers, directors and actors. www.Isw.org.uk This site contains good links, recommends other web sites and texts, and provides information on the Screenwriter's Workshop and the courses that they offer. Examines story, scene breakdown, structure etc, but huge swathes are only available in the book of the web site. www.bfi.org.uk Access to all British Film Institute services and through its Film Links Gateway, provides useful lists of organisations, libraries, script sites and competitions www.writers.org.uk/quild The Writers Guild of Great Britain www.mediaxchange.com An international media consultancy with offices in London and LA. www.scriptfly.com Formerly known as the writerswebsite.com, this site aims to provide information about development and marketing for screenwriters. www.teleport.com/—cdeemer/scrwriter.html The Screenwriters and Playwrights page offers advice for new writers, links to other sites and a What is New page. www.scriptsecrets.net Script guru tips on screenwriting, with an ever-changing daily script tip.

PUBLICATIONS & DOWNLOADABLE SCRIPTS www.broadcastnow.co.uk www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/ www.scriptwritermagazine.com www.screenwriterstore.co.uk www.focalpress.com http://www.simplyscripts.com/ downloadable scripts www.script-o-rama.com/

Both of these have an amazing selection of downloadable screenplays, treatments etc, mostly though not exclusively Hollywood. http://www.iscriptdb.com A script version of the Internet movie database www.screenwriterstore.co.uk A store that sells screenplays. In central London http://www.screenwritersutopia.com/ An online magazine with some excellent interviews at http://www.screenwritersutopia.com/interviews/ http://www.wordplaver.com An excellent website run by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, writers of Shrek and pirates of the Caribbean, which contains articles on screenwriting and interviews with screenwriters. Also has a message board and online community. www.imdb.com The International Movie Database is the most comprehensive movie database available online and contains basic information about films, writers, directors and actors. www.Isw.org.uk This site contains good links, recommends other web sites and texts, and provides information on the Screenwriters Workshop and the courses that they offer. Examines story, scene breakdown, structure etc, but huge swathes are only available in the book of the web site. www.bfi.org.uk Access to all British Film Institute services and through its Film Links Gateway, provides useful lists of organisations, libraries, script sites and competitions www.writers.org.uk/guild The Writers Guild of Great Britain www.mediaxchanqe.com An international media consultancy with offices in London and LA. www.scriptfly.com Formerly known as the writerswebsite.com, this site aims to provide information about development and marketing for screenwriters. www.teIeport.com/—cdeemer/scrwriter.html The Screenwriters and Playwrights page offers advice for new writers, links to other sites and a What is New page. www.scriptsecrets.net Script guru tips on screenwriting, with an ever changing daily script tip.

ONLINE NETWORKING UK Screenwriters Network The Script Factory runs two online networks with Shooting People: the daily Screenwriters Network and the weekly Script Pitch list. You can join these email networks to get news, views and information about screenwriting, and have the opportunity to ask screenwriter related questions and pitch projects. Go to: www.shootingpeople.org for details www.zoetrope.com Francis Ford Coppola's on line writing (including screenwriting) magazine/database. www.triggerstreet.com Kevin Spacey's on line filmmaking (including screenwriting) magazine/database. Both of these allow you to post your own work for review by other writers in cyberspace, once you have reviewed a certain number of screenplays by other people. http://www.creativescreenwriting.com/ A US screenwriting magazine http://www.writingtreatments.com/ Does what it says on the URL. http://www.screenwritersforum.com/ A forum for screenwriters http://www.lifeformz.com/idea/idea.cqi A random logline generator. Try it, play with it. Just dont use it for assessed work.

TRADE ORGANISATIONS www.pact.co.uk (Television Trade Organisation) www.bectu.org.uk (Broadcasting Union) www.writersguild.org.uk (UK Writer Magazine) www.wftv.org.uk (Women in Film & Television) www.bafta.org (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) www.rts.org.uk (Royal Television Society)

FILM FESTIVALS www.britfilms.com has a directory of International Film & Video Festivals www.edfilmfest.org.uk Edinburgh Film Festival www.Iff.org.uk London Film Festival www.screenwritersfestival.com runs programmes specifically aimed at new writing talent www.encounters-festival.org.uk Bristol's own: runs Depict 90' short film competition www.raindancefilmfestival.org

BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR SUCCESSFUL SCREENWRITING Story by Robert McKee - Methuen – 0413715604 Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman - Abacus The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri - Touchstone/Simon & Schuster 0671213326 Screenplay - The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field - Dell Publishing - no ISBN but available through Amazon. The Screenwriters Workbook by Syd Field Dell 0440582253 The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler - Pan - 0330375911 The Art and Science of Screenwriting by Phil Parker - Intellect - 1841500003 Alternative Scriptwriting by Dancyger and Rush - Focal Press - 0240802187 Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger - Samuel French Trade - 0573699216 Storytelling in the New Hollywood by Kristin Thompson - Harvard - 0674839757 Writing the Romantic Comedy by Bill Mernit - Harper Collins - 0060935030 Handbook of American Film Genres by Wes Gehring Hollywood Genres by Thomas Schatz Working Against Genre by Ken Dancyger Film Genre by Rick Altman Halliwell's Film And Video Guide and Halliwell's Who's Who In The Movies both from Harper Collins. A Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thompson - Andre Deutsch - 0233989536 My Indecision is Final by Jake Eberts and Terry Ilott - Faber&Faber - 0571148883 Monster - Living Off The Big Screen by John Gregory Dunne - Pan - 0330392468 The Egos Have Landed by Angus Finney - Mandarin - 0749319461 You'll Never Make Love In This Town Again by Robin, Liza, Linda and Tiffany - Pan -0330350870



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