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Commentary Writing Workshop with Patrick Uden | 19th January

Date: Tuesday, 19th January, 2016
Duration: Full day
Venue: Galway City, TBC
Cost: €75

In this one-day masterclass, good factual commentary writing is explored structurally: not just as a practical how-to, but also as a key component of film language, as integral to story-telling as good directing, good interviews and good music.

The course is discursive and interactive bringing together history, criticism, producers’ responsibilities, influences and resources with a wealth of clips and examples. It is ideal if you find commentary writing tough and unrewarding. It also provides insights into why some commentary works while some doesn’t.

The course is structured around reviewing clips, discussion and practical exercises so that you will come away confident of understanding both the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of writing better scripts.

This course is part of a series of seminars/workshops on Writing For Non-Drama Television. Upcoming Events include:

  • A Day of Case Studies of Irish TV Series & Documentaries. Contributors will include Andrew Gallimore and Gerry Hoban. (February 5th, 2016 TBC)

Participant Profile:
This course is aimed at Producers, Directors, Assistant Producers, Edit Producers and Writers seeking to enhance their skills in narration and commentary writing for factual and entertainment (non drama) television.

Application Procedure:
Please apply online at www.screentrainingireland.ie. For further details contact Mary Deely at Galway Film Centre. Ph: (091) 770748. Email: education@galwayfilmcentre.ie.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 16th December 2015.

About the Tutor:
Patrick Uden is one of the most influential and sought-after executive producers working in British television today. In particular, he is called on by broadcasters and Indies to hone and tighten the commentary on their key series, one of the hardest skills in filmmaking. After graduating from the Royal College of Art film school in 1969 Patrick became a Senior Producer in the BBC Science Department during which time he was nominated 3-times for a BAFTA. At Channel 4’s inception he left the BBC to build one the UK’s first independent production companies: Uden Associates Ltd. After 21 pioneering years he closed the company in 2004. Shortly after that he created his current micro-indie: Uden-Media Ltd offering his services to broadcasters and indies on programme structure and commentary-writing while exploring the emergent media of IOS app design through his other company Heuristic-Media Ltd. He won a BAFTA in 2006 for his innovative Channel Four documentary upload site, FourDocs and co-created the UK version of The Apprentice and Series II of The Restaurant. His website www.uden-media.com

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