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New Course: On-Air Drama - Writing for radio
Radio and other audio platforms offer a huge opportunity for new drama writers to pursue unusual and ambitious projects with a realistic prospect that they will be produced. This one-day course focuses on the special demands of writing for radio, exploring the best ways to turn those voices in your head into intriguing and suspenseful dramas.
- What kinds of stories work best for the ear?
- How does a writer grab the audience’s attention from the very beginning of a story?
- What are the best ways to to create distinctive characters and sustain suspense?
We also cover how to structure and present radio drama scripts, and how to go about pitching stories to commissioners and producers, both in the indie sector and at the BBC and Audible.
The course is led by writer Hugh Costello, and includes a session with Boz Temple-Morris of Holy Mountain Productions. Hugh is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter who has written more than two dozen audio dramas, and has worked with indies such as Big Fish and Whistledown Productions. Boz is a leading audio producer/director and recent winner of Best Drama Producer at the Audio Production Awards .
Joint masterclass: Beyond Infinity: Working in Radio and Audio Drama.
RIGtrain has joined up with The VoiceOver Network for this special Audio Drama Masterclass with a distinctly Science Fiction feel. The venue is the Century Members Club on Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of London.
Andrew Mark Sewell (award winning independent film-maker who now produces dramatic, widescreen audio stories. His most recent project is the Dan Dare audio adventures, based on the popular Eagle comic strips of the 1950s), Nicholas Briggs (Actor, Director and Producer, well known voice of Daleks and Sherlock Homes in the Audio Series), Richard Kurti (award-winning writer who recently adapted Ray Bradbury’s collection of stories The Martian Chronicles, and dramatised Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Audible).
- Date: Friday 24th February 2017
- Time : 18:00 - 23:00 (talk will be 19:00-21:00)
- Venue: Century club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, Westminster, London W1D 6LQ - MAP
- What's included: 1 drink and some nibbles
- Ticket price: RIGtrain price is £5 - BOOK NOW AT v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
Capacity: sorry fully booked - but you can still join the waiting list
Take Control of Your Media Career
Back from holidays and thinking about career choices and job possibilities?
You can increase your chances of promotion, seize new opportunities, give your cv a boost, improve your motivation and job satisfaction with the RIGtrain Career Development Scheme. This is a completely confidential service offering 'one to one' sessions that help you develop your career, talk through your aspirations and strengths while assessing your aims. Wherever you are in the profession and however experienced it’s essential to work through a plan for where you are now, where you want to get to and how to get there.
Specialist media training company Quattrain is offering four one hour sessions per individual that will focus on your requirements over the next four months - £78 per session incl VAT (ie £65 + VAT). These can be via Skype or in person depending on location. Caroline Elliot and Natasha Maw are experienced business coaches with a background in broadcasting, a range of contacts across the industry and an extensive knowledge of the media.
It’s time to invest in you, whether you are a freelancers or an employee of a RIG company, £75 a month will be a sound investment.
Course: The Radio Doc Will See You Now
A one-day course to get you started with some of the key techniques of radio documentary making. We’ll cover editorial essentials such as spotting an idea, building a narrative structure, finding the right contributors, using sound creatively to grab the ear, creating a big opening, avoiding the pitfalls. There’ll also be tips and sessions on pitching ideas. You’ll hear lots of inspiring audio, analyse the techniques used, and explore the form.
Course tutors: Deborah Dudgeon and David Prest of Whistledown.
Where: Central London. Venue tba
When: Friday 31st March 2017
Cost: £130 + VAT
Book your place at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
Course: Journalism for factual radio ...
A day course on journalistic principles as applied to general radio programme making. Principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it.
Date & time: 28th April 2017, 0930-1700
Venue: Central London, TBA
Places and prices: 18 learners, £130+VAT
* To book and pay for a place please go to the Bookwhen site at https://v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain, but please check your eligibility on this page before booking
Radio Journalism isn't all about hard news and breaking the story first. In this one day workshop, Husain Husaini of Wire Free, and David Prest of Whistledown will convince you that sound journalistic principles should be a part of every programme maker's approach to radio production. Telling the story straight, getting it right, being fair to all parties and still trying to push the boundaries isn't always easy and, occasionally, things can go badly wrong. We'll cover principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it. We'll also cover new and recent case studies, talk about the current journalistic environment and entertain with tales of daring do.
Who's it aimed at? - feature makers, producers, reporters, researchers (freelance or staff). The course will be designed as a good refresher for those already in the industry, but will also be inspirational for those wanting to break into it, or make a career change.
for more information about this course, please click here