Developing Ideas for TV Drama – Creation, Character and Production
This pragmatic, creative, skills and confidence building course is delivered by experienced and engaging Development Producers with a successful background in producing drama.
The course will develop the skills and strategies to produce successful drama ideas. Throughout this course participants will analyse and interact with a range of dramatic genres and formats and look to match personal working and learning strengths with the parameters of commissioners and broadcasters to deliver great storytelling on screen.
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The relatively recent upsurge in the production quality and quantity of UK and US Drama has had a huge impact on viewing habits. The expansion in platforms commissioning work and the raised expectations of storylining and character development from an ever more savvy audience have changed the ways that Drama is developed and created. Other territories are beginning to work in a similar fashion.
This course is a practical programme working through the methodology and potential techniques for developing a TV drama series and serials. At the end of the process the students will have the tools for working individually and collaboratively to develop ideas. During this process participants will work collaboratively to develop and pitch ideas for the drama project they will work on throughout the course.
The focus will be on the overall story, individual episode, character, world and storyline development. This will be scaffolded with a consideration of Character studies, breakdown sheets and mood boards. As development reaches lockdown the emotional world of each character is also created. Development of the characters means discussion of likely storylines can begin. Participants will learn the skills needed to storyline, script edit and be part of a successful drama production team from concept onwards.
Course Tutor - Ric Michael
Rich Michael is an innovative and experienced media writer, producer and media trainer with a successful track record of ground-breaking work in music, live literature, comedy and television. As Head of Development at leading UK TV production company, Baby Cow, he established a reputation for bringing through and nurturing new talent – skills he uses in delivering creative media modules at Salford University’s digital MediaCityUK campus.
Overview of script development process and story brainstorms. The world in which we are working.
Day 2 & 3
Selection of script and outline story.
Why and how drama has changed – thematics and what to avoid.
Developing individual characters
Storylining; Putting together a pitch
Creating episode storylines, mood boards and locations
Developing detailed episode breakdowns. Pitch development
Pulling together the development process and drama portfolio. Pitching and personal portfolio
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On successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the range of genres within onscreen drama and of their progression routes from concept to delivery.
- Critically analyse this range and their context within the commissioning and broadcast environment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to use a range of platforms and formats to tell a story.
- To work within a production team at each stage of a programme’s development and production