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Seminar: The Practical Side of Factual Writing for TV

Tutors: Anne Roper, Andrew Gallimore, Gerry Hoban
Date: Friday, February 5th 2016
Duration: 1 day
Venue: The Harbour Hotel, Galway
Cost: €50

Course Profile:
This seminar is the last of three events on writing for non-drama TV. During the day, there will be three talks each looking at different aspects of writing for factual TV from different aspects. They are as follows:

Talking the Talk(or, getting to the heart of visual—not verbiage-laden stories)
Speaker: Anne Roper
•    ·Who’s telling the story and how? How soon will they get to the heart of the action?  It’s all in the editorial & production planning…
•    TV scripts aren’t essays or newspaper articles: when & why a programme or documentary needs words and what kind?

Structuring your Content for TV Format and Feature Length Cuts
Speaker: Andrew Gallimore
By looking at projects that Andrew has worked on, the following areas will be covered:
•    To voice-over or not to voice-over – when it works and how it works.
•    Setting the tone – the voice-over driving the narrative, not filling in the gaps.
•    Re-editing through words.
•    The evolution of the script – from conception to the final cut.

Writing Shooting Scripts and PTCs
Speaker: Gerry Hoban
By looking at shows that Gerry has worked on, such as Guess Who’s Dead?, Who Do You Think You Are? and Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide, the following areas will be covered:
•    From Idea to Shoot (Creating a Shooting Script, identifying/planning PTCs, making sure the presenter ‘owns’ the programme)
•    From Edit to End (shooting PTCs After the Event, the interaction between PTC & Voice-over)
•    Writing for Celebrity Presenters (tightly scripted & controlled vs the improvised & emotional here and now)

Participant Profile:
This course is aimed at Producers, Directors, Assistant Producers, Edit Producers, Researchers 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: Friday January 29th.

Anne Roper
Anne has been a writer, TV producer, director & documentary maker for over 25 years. As well as working in an Executive TV Producer role and as the Head of the RTÉ TV DOCUMENTARY UNIT, she’s produced radio, published fiction and newspaper columns for The Irish Times and The Irish Independent, magazines and more.  She originates award winning documentary and other TV formats as well as having contributed to the RTÉ independent commissioning assessment process. She also originates, teaches and facilitates training both in and out of RTÉ including courses for TV Producers, Directors, Assistant Producers, documentary makers, journalists & researchers. Short courses include a programme making boot-camp, visual storytelling, current affairs story-telling, story sequencing, ideas to screen, prepping for a shoot, planning a production, scripting to pictures, directing, format production (including multi-platform) and more—plus her passion for story and their power in shaping democracy means she continues making at least one documentary a year…

Andrew Gallimore
Andrew Gallimore was educated at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and the University of Oxford where he was part of the Reuter Foundation Fellowship Programme for International Journalism. A former print journalist, he became a television reporter working on several news and current affairs programmes in the United Kingdom. Andrew set up an independent production house in 1996 and has directed documentary films for the international market for the past nineteen years. His programmes have been distributed to over forty countries. In recent years, he has directed a series of feature length documentaries which have collected best film awards at festivals around the world, including IFTAs for ‘A Bloody Canvas’ and ‘In Sunshine Or In Shadow’.

Gerry Hoban
Gerry Hoban is a director with more than 20 years of international experience with a range of work for broadcasters such as RTÉ, BBC & Channel 5. Intimate & engaging documentaries on Alzheimer’s Disease, Teenage Suicide and Mail Order Brides stand alongside a range of popular sports, arts & music documentaries. As well as directing, more recently, Gerry has acted as Story Editor on major series such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, ‘Ireland’s Greatest’, ‘Hostile Environment’, and ‘The Obesity Clinic’. In 2014, Gerry directed the acclaimed ‘A Parting Gift’, about the body donation programme in the Anatomy Department of Trinity College Dublin, the popular Channel 5 series ‘Secrets of Great British Castles’, and the equally well-received ‘Guess Who’s Dead’, in which Ardal O’Hanlon investigated the Irish fascination with death notices.

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