WRITING FOR AN EXISTING LONG-RUNNING TV DRAMA 2

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMW821955
Module Leader Ann Marie Di Mambro
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module provides students with the opportunity to write a 30 minute draft 'shadow' script for an episode of an existing long-running drama on British / Scottish TV such as a soap opera or medical drama. Students will learn the importance of writing successive drafts of an episode for an existing long-running TV drama and how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of successive drafts. They will also gain an understanding of the importance of ensuring consistency of tone, characterization and story across different episodes through script editing.

Syllabus

The development of a first draft script from a storyline. The assessment of strengths and weaknesses of first draft scripts. The writing process for the second draft script. The review process for the second draft. The third draft script and the reading of third draft episodes of other writers. The story conference discussion to ensure consistency of tone, characterization and story across all episodes. The rewriting process for individual episodes in light of group conference discussion. The script-editing process and how to criticise effectively and constructively the work of others. The nature of reflective response and redrafting using the script-editing notes/reports of others.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate critical knowledge and evaluative understanding of the relevant current TV fiction industry techniques for writing an episode of an existing long-running TV drama, together with a similar understanding of the role script editing can play in the creation of episodes of these type of dramas. 2. Reflect critically on their own professional development and practice in the creation of existing long-running TV drama both through the appropriate reflective incorporation of or response to others' script editing notes on their own work and being able to make informed independent judgements on the long-running TV drama work of others.3. Use the principal skills, techniques and practices associated with the creation of episodes of an existing long-running TV drama in order to write a shadow episode to the standards and requirements of the contemporary TV fiction industry.4. Demonstrate originality and creativity in the application of knowledge, understanding and practices with respect both to the drafting of a shadow episode of an existing long-running TV drama and to script editing and responding to the work of others.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Mock story conferences to discuss students' episode script drafts and to ensure consistency of tone, characterisation and story across different episodes. Practical workshops on drafting scripts from storylines, rewriting and script editing for existing long-running TV drama; Tutorials on script drafting and script editing assignments; Formative assessment incorporating reflective elements alongside practical exercises; Summative assessment of final written script draft, script editing notes & evidence of reflective incorporation or

Indicative Reading

Douglas, P. (2007), Writing the TV Drama Series: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV. Los Angeles: Michael Wiese Productions. Egri, L. (2004), The Art of Dramatic Writing: It's Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives, rev. edn., New York: Simon & Schuster. Evans, M. (2002), Hollyoaks: The Official Companion, London: Channel Four Books. Friedmann, J (1994), Writing Long-Running Television Series Vol.2, Luton: University of Luton Press. Goldberg, L. and Rabkin W. (2003), Successful Television Writing. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Transferrable Skills

Self-confidence; Self-discipline; Self-reliance; Awareness of strengths and weaknesses; Written communication; Creativity; Independence; Ability to reflect; Commercial awareness; Ability to prioritise tasks; Time management; Interpersonal skills; Ability to work in teams; Innovation; Ability to apply knowledge; Problem-solving.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 32.00
Practicals (PT) 22.00
Assessment (PT) 32.00
Tutorials (FT) 14.00
Tutorials (PT) 14.00
Independent Learning (FT) 82.00
Practicals (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (PT) 82.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 0.00 100.00 50% 100% Coursework e.g. 2x draft scripts.