Drama Note

Our new series of Drama Script Editing courses for 2016 are under way. Expert trainer Philip Shelley will be travelling the UK meeting people interested in the skills and techniques required to work as a Script Editor on high end TV drama series.
With the explosion of production across the drama genre, there is an increased need for script editors. Philip’s course is a great introduction because he lays down the rules, explains how to write good script notes and reports, and he brings in a professional writer who will listen to the notes prepped by the group.
The course, which is part-funded by The HETV Levy Fund through Creative Skillset, runs for two days and we are keen to involve Drama Indies as mentors for our students.
All our courses can be booked through Eventbrite and more dates for Philips tour will be announced soon.

COURSES HAPPENING NOW

Our courses have been described as “Inspirational!” 

“I was craving for more”…“Incredibly useful”…“Fantastic course. Highly recommended”…“Thoroughly enjoyed it…learnt tonnes!”

Just some of the hundreds of positive comments we have had about our practical and fun training courses. Not only do Graham and Mark host a number of sessions on Development, Comedy Production, Pitching and Formatting, but they work with some of the best TV trainers in the business to deliver intensive and insightful sessions designed to inspire delegates to get more from their careers.

This autumn sees a new set of two day sessions on SCRIPT SUPERVISION FOR TELEVISION DRAMA and SCRIPT EDITING FOR TELEVISION DRAMA. All our courses can be booked on EVENTBRITE; there is a link below.

NEW COURSES BOOKING NOW!

HOW TO SCRIPT EDIT TELEVISION DRAMA

  • BIRMINGHAM 4 & 5 OCTOBER
  • NOTTINGHAM 18 & 19 OCTOBER
  • CARDIFF 1 & 2 NOVEMBER
  • BELFAST 15 & 16 NOVEMBER

Philip Shelley’s fabulous two day session enables you to find out exactly what it takes to be a script editor on high end drama. Funded by Creative Skillset, you will get fantastic training and inside knowledge. You will also meet a professional screenwriter and give them notes!

SCRIPT SUPERVISION FOR TELEVISION DRAMA

  • NEWCASTLE 21 & 22 SEPTEMBER
  • BELFAST 28 & 29 SEPTEMBER
  • NOTTINGHAM 5 & 6 OCTOBER
  • CARDIFF 11 7 12 OCTOBER
  • LONDON 25 & 26 OCTOBER

Caryn Langrick is our course leader. She is a highly experienced script supervisor and was responsible for running a number of training schemes for the BBC.

This two day course is set at introductory level, so will suit people interested in transferring to the Drama genre or gaining insight into the key skills required to work as a script supervisor. You will work with a cast and crew to run a scene, with continuity and script notes. The course will also give you an opportunity to meet highly experienced freelance script supervisors and directors.

 

GRAND SCHEME MEDIA deliver training on behalf of the National Film & Television School, The Indie Training Fund, BBC Academy, Creative Skillset and Guardian Masterclass. We are an independent training organisation, specialising in courses in creative skills for television.

We primarily deliver our training regionally, travelling across the United Kingdom to bring inside knowledge to the wider freelance production community.

We work with independent production companies, content agencies, brands, educational institutions and private clients to deliver incredibly popular and highly praised training in leadership, writing, team building, development, commissioning, pitching and programme making.

We are always looking for new opportunities in the training arena and have a roster of incredibly talented experts with a broad range of skills.

COMEDY TEAM WRITING INITIATIVE

The first team of writers has been selected for our Comedy Team Writing Initiative. Thank you to everyone who applied and our apologies for not being able to write back to you individually. We are keeping a list of everyone who did send scripts and are discussing the possibility of a second event with our funding partner, CREATIVE SKILLSET.

Across the past three months, our first group of writers have worked collaboratively to create six scripts for a situation comedy series.

The training programme has the support of HAT TRICK PRODUCTIONS and is funded by CREATIVE SKILLSET.

If you wish to be considered for future training initiatives, please contact mark@grandscheme.tv.

 

CLICK HERE FOR ALL CURRENT TRAINING COURSES ON ‘EVENTBRITE’!

BRING BACK TOP OF THE POPS

There’s an assumption that ‘watercooler’ conversations about TV are a thing of the past;  a natural result of our solitary, multi-platform viewing habits. Even a show like Game of Thrones can’t be discussed openly anywhere for fear someone nearby has yet to catch up with the last episode.

Typical conversations about Stranger Things (Netflix) involved cautious praise: “I really liked it, it’s kind of, well there’s a lot of movie references from the 80s, you should try it, maybe, if you like that kind of thing. I shouldn’t say any more…”

Apparently, people no longer watch TV together, so what does that say about the families on Gogglebox? Are they no more than a nostalgia-based, narrative construct devised by the producers?

Of course not. People do still watch TV together. It’s what they watch together that is important.

Television still has a unique ability to unify. We love to watch shows together and to argue about them. Such shows are essential in providing British people with something to talk about other that the weather.

That’s why we believe that, rather than surrendering to multi-platform, mainstream terrestrial television channels should play to their traditional strengths. That is, they should deliberately produce more programmes that bond the family and provide a communal viewing experience.

And that’s why the BBC should bring back Top of The Pops. Not because the viewers necessarily demand it, nor do we particularly need more music on TV, but TOTP was a TV show that lots of people watched at the same time. It provided us with something in common to talk about. Top of the Pops generated opinion. The fact that it kept a broad audience informed as to what was actually happening in the world of pop music was a bonus.

Top of the Pops was different every week (unless Bryan Adams was at number one for six months) and it got people talking: “Look at the state of that!” “Does that pass for singing these days?” “Is that a man or a woman…or both?”

Formatted, stripped entertainment programmes like Antiques Road Trip or Eggheads do not do the same job. They are decent schedule fillers but are never going to generate genuine  family debate or encourage group viewing. They are just there, in a vaguely charming, cheap, provincial library kind of way.

Come Dine With Me is a little different because we can at least bitch about the state of other peoples’ kitchens. It taps into British curiosity. We don’t necessarily go into our neighbours homes any more, so we feed that need by watching shows that take us into houses across the nation. There’s an element of that in Gogglebox, of course.

So, we very much believe there should be more shows like Top Of the Pops on the box. More shows that are fresh and different every week  and which provide a shared viewing experience that we can talk about as a community.

Bring back Top of The Pops. Pop pickers everywhere demand it.