Purpose

To help develop skills, knowledge and techniques in researching and writing scripts from commissioning stage to final draft, including constructing and pitching proposals, presentation and correct formatting.

Prepare and deliver a presentation/report on how a programme is commissioned in the UK, making specific reference to the commissioning process for a chosen broadcaster. 

Tasks and Grading criteria

Task 1 –  Create a page on your blog to document your idea development and research.

GC1 – Task 2

Prepare and deliver a presentation/report on how a programme is commissioned in the UK, making specific
reference to the commissioning process for a chosen broadcaster.

Evidence

Blog detailing research
5 minute Presentation

P – describe the writer’s role in the commissioning process using some subject terminology appropriately

M – explain the writer’s role in the commissioning process with reference to detailed illustrative examples and with generally correct use of subject terminology

D – comprehensively explain the writer’s role in the commissioning process with elucidated examples and consistently using subject terminology correctly

GC2 – Task3

Using self-directed study, you will research screenplay format, layout and terminology by analysing a range of
found scripts and reference material. Develop your ideas for your own short film scripts, including analysis of films made in similar genres or for similar audiences

Evidence

Blog detailing research on story structure and idea development + 5 minute presentation

P2 – collect and prepare suitable background materials for a scriptwriting project with some assistance

M2 – collect and prepare suitable background materials for a scriptwriting project with some assistance

D2 – collect and prepare excellent background material for a scriptwriting project to near-professional standards working independently to professional expectations

GC3 – Task 4

Develop your ideas in order to construct both a one-line premise and a treatment (between half and one page A4) of a narrative with a beginning, middle and end, appropriate to a running time of five to ten minutes. This document will become the basis of a proposal, which should include the story plus your intentions for narrative tone and filming style within the constraints of the brief

Submit a proposal and evidence of research including notes, url’s and reference bibliography

Evidence – Blog, Premise, Proposal (including treatment) 2 pages

P3 – produce script proposals for specific purposes working within appropriate conventions and with some assistance

M3 – produce script proposals for specific purposes showing some imaginations and with only ocassional assistance

D3 – produce script proposals for specific purposes showing creativity and flair and working independently professional expectations

Task 5 – GC4

Individually you make a 3 minute pitch to the producer and an audience of your peers. You may be asked to revise
certain elements before you can begin scripting.

Evidence – Blog, 3 minute pitch

P4 – pitch a prepared proposal

M4 – pitch a prepared proposal  effectively

D4 – pitch a prepared proposal  to a near professional standard

Task 6 – GC5

Apply your research, including feedback, to the construction of a draft script of 8-10 pages, reflecting the 1 page-1 minute convention (or longer should you decide to do a longer work). You will then meet with the producer to discuss the draft, and implement any changes that may be required.

Evidence – Draft script, final script

P5 – produce a script for a specific purpose working within appropriate conventions and with some assistance.

M5 – produce a script for a specific purpose competently showing some imagination and with only occasional assistance.

D5 – produce a script for a specific purpose competently showing some imagination and with only occasional assistance.

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