Short course

Overview

Script reading and reporting is often one of the first steps to breaking into the TV drama or film industry. But it’s an incredibly important job, with readers playing a crucial role in whether a script is accepted or rejected by a production company.  Get it right and you can forge great relationships with producers and execs, as well as potentially bagging yourself that elusive first job in development.

But how does one go about writing a successful report? How do you analyse a script if you’ve never worked in drama before? What are companies looking for and how can you make yourself stand out?

This course aims to demystify the process of script analysis, sharpen your report writing skills and help you on your way to getting your first job in the industry.

This intensive, practical course covers:

  • An introduction to the key elements of script and story analysis
  • An overview of the role script reports play in the industry 
  • Looking at what production companies want from a successful report
  • How to write a report – looking at style, content and format.
  • A practical exercise involving reading a script and writing your own report
  • Feedback on the submitted reports
  • Discussion of how to break into the industry through script reading

The course is aimed at anyone interested in working in TV drama, with no previous experience necessary.  Specifically this course is for anyone who would like to learn more about the art of writing script reports.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £345
Corporate Rate: £495

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible. 

BURSARY INFORMATION

If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to scotland@nfts.co.uk.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

 

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of dates as they become available.