360º Script Writing Festival 2014

BBC Northern Ireland & Tinderbox Theatre Company | Deadline: January 22, 2014

Nothing is wasted everything is relevant to the story. Mark Catley

An opportunity to attend some inspiring workshops offering skills and industry knowledge.

360º is an annual festival of inspiring and professional workshops offering craft skills and industry knowledge across the different mediums: TV, Screen, Radio and Theatre. The festival is one of the best opportunities throughout the year to meet likeminded and industry people in Belfast.

Date: 22nd - 24th Jan 2014

PROGRAMME

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

11.00 – 13.00: TV TALK & Q&A

GETTING ON IN THE INDUSTRY with Terry Cafolla

Even as a child, television was a source of fascination to Terry Cafolla. As he grew older this blossomed into what he himself would describe as a ‘trainspotter’ like obsession, and Cafolla is particularly passionate about the finely honed work of American screenwriters on shows such as Six Feet Under, 24, The West Wing and The Sopranos. Do not miss Terry talking about what inspires him and his experience of working as a writer in Belfast.

13.00 – 14.00: LUNCH BREAK

14.00 - 15.15: THEATRE WORKSHOP

WRITING NARRATIVES FOR INTERACTIVE AUDIENCES with Hanna Slattne

More and more performance events are inviting audiences to interact and contribute to the story and the performance. What does this mean for you as a writer? This workshop will look at the different ways of working with audiences, how to shape your process and what to take into consideration when you write for interactive performances? A practical workshop with Hanna Slattne, Dramaturg, Tinderbox Theatre Company

15.15 – 15.30: BREAK

15.30 – 17.30: RADIO – WORKSHOP

GETTING THROUGH THE RADIO DRAMA COMMISSIONING PROCESS with Jimmy McAleavey

In this workshop we will listen to excerpts from radio plays and look at why these stories were suitable for radio and why they were commissioned. We will look at the BBC commissioning guidelines for radio and see how you tailor your ideas accordingly and how you pitch and present your ideas through out the commissioning process.

Thursday 23rd January 2014

11.00 – 13.00: TV DRAMA TALK

WHY DO WE TELL STORIES? with John Yorke

“First learn to be a craftsman; it won’t keep you from being a genius.” – Delacroix

We all love stories. Many of us love to tell them, and even dream of making a living from it too. But what is a story? Hundreds of books about screenwriting and storytelling have been written, but none of them ask 'Why?' Why do we tell stories? And why do all stories function in an eerily similar way?

13.00 – 1400: LUNCH BREAK

14.00 – 16.30: TV DRAMA WORKSHOP

CREATE A DRAMA SERIES with John Yorke

John Yorke’s practical workshop about how to make a great TV drama series

John joined Company Pictures from the BBC in 2013 where he was Controller of BBC Drama Production. As both Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production John has worked on popular prime time series such as Hustle, Spooks, Casualty and Holby City alongside award-winning drama such as Bodies, Omagh, Sex Traffic, Not Only But Always and The Curse of Steptoe.

16.30 – 16.45: BREAK

16.45 – 17.45: NETWORKING 1-2-1’s

Speed dating networking - sign up for a short 1-2-1 meeting with Sarah Stack (BBC Northern Ireland Drama), Hanna Slattne (Tinderbox) and loads of other industry professionals. There will be representatives of theatre companies, TV productions companies and various development agencies. Lists will be available throughout Wednesday and Thursday at the festival for you to sign up for a time slot with representatives of the producers or new writing in Northern Ireland and beyond.

18.00 – Onwards: PUB

Continue to chat and network with peers and industry folk over a well-deserved drink.

Friday 24th January 2014

11.00 – 13.00: TV WORKSHOP

GETTING YOUR SITCOM SCRIPT NOTICED with Vanessa Haynes

A workshop on the serious business of writing comedy for television with particular focus on the all-important pilot or calling card episode.

13.00 – 14.00: LUNCH BREAK

14.00 – 16.25: TV TALK & Q & A

SCREENWRITING TOP TIPS with Henry Swindell

Ever wondered how to send your script to the BBC and what happens when you do? How do they assess your work? What grabs them and what puts them off? If you’re after some tips, this is a session not to miss. Henry Swindell, Development Producer BBC Writersroom North, will provide you with some invaluable tips and answer any burning questions you may have about screenwriting.

16.25 – 16.30: BREAK

16.30 – 17.00: TV Q&A

WHAT MAKES FOR A GREAT WRITER/PRODUCER RELATIONSHIP?

What is the right way to approach a producer? How should you approach a feedback session? What should you be looking for in a relationship with a producer/ script editor or director? How can you prepare yourself? And what does it feel like from the other side of the table? What do script editors/ producers struggle with? How can you help to get the best out of them?

Friday 24th January 2014 – Alternative Session

09.30 – 17.30: ALL DAY SCRIPT EDITING WORKSHOP

SCRIPT EDITING with Henry Swindell

We have 2 places available for this exciting opportunity to explore script editing for TV. The course runs on Friday 24th January 2014 and will start at 9.30am to 5pm. This means that you will not be able to attend any other sessions on the Friday. In addition you will need to read a script in advance of the course and prepare script notes. If you are interested in one of these places please send a separate e-mail to Sarah Stack (sarah.stack@bbc.co.uk) with a paragraph about yourself and your work in writing and producing and one paragraph on what you are hoping to learn from the course.

Deadline for applications for the script editing course is 3pm 15th January 2014.

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