Aims and Objectives
Course: On-Air Drama - Writing for radio
(this is the original listing, archived for reference only)
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 .
Course: The Radio Doc Will See You Now [1st]
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 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 4th November 09.30-17.00
Cost: £130 + VAT
Book your place at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain - currently fully booked, but you can add your name to the waiting list on that page
Making Radio Safely
This course is designed to give you a broad overview of the health & safety issues to be considered when making a radio production. After the course you will be able to identify hazards that might be encountered in a production. You will also know what organisational procedures rules and guidance are in place to deal with them in a safe manner.
While we can't guarantee indies a "pass" from BBC Radio on the H&S questionnaire, we have discussed this course with them, and agreed that attendance will demonstrate a level of understanding of the issues that should be sufficient for most straightforward radio programme making
Who is it for?
Those working in production from producers through to sound engineers will benefit. Essentially any one who could be responsible for, or is tasked with, the completion of a Risk Assessment Form.
1st Option Safety Group, who RIG has long recommended as the radio indies' source of health and safety instruction and advice. It claims, with justification, to be "the leading provider of safety advice, support, training and equipment to the media and entertainment sector"
Date, time and duration
The course is a half day presentation, on Wednesday 14th September, from 1pm to 5pm (no lunch provided, so please eat beforehand!)
Flat rate of £78 per attendee (please see footnote re cancellations, and VAT). Book your place(s) at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain
1st Option Safety Group, 16 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JL
*Nearest underground stations are Goodge Street and Oxford Circus
Aims & Objectives
- To provide delegates with an overview of health & safety legislation with a view to demonstrate what are the responsibilities of the employers & employees
- Demonstrate what procedures are in place to implement the above requirements
- Help delegates develop the required skills in hazard recognition, use of guidance via the intranet and the completion of risk assessment forms
- The recognition of hazards or situations which require additional information or specific competence and where to obtain it
The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely managing a radio production and this is conveyed by:
- Syndicate exercise of actual production scenarios accompanied by discussion of specific safety issues and how they could be managed
- Safety rules and how they relate to criminal and civil law - a simple introduction including the concepts of risk assessment and the duty of care
- Accident reporting procedure and the specific legislative requirements
- The selection and control of contractors
- Brief introduction to health and safety legislation to give an overview of the requirements placed on employers and employees
- How to complete a risk assessment, when it should be completed and who keeps records.
Fee refunded less £10 administration charge if cancelled with at least 7 days' notice. With less than 7 days's notice, refund only if replacement booking is found. The fee equates to £65 + 20% VAT, however we cannot show that amount on invoices until RIG Events Ltd is registered for VAT (currently underway). If you need a VAT invoice, RIG Events Ltd will issue it retrospectively following registration.
How to get your Radio or Audio Drama commissioned
(archived - course delivered)
How to develop an idea, to negotiate the radio drama commissioning process, and bring your script to fruition.
Date & Time: Weds 9th March 2016, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Venue: Equiano Room, Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1
Places & prices: 12 learners, £40 non-member. £25 for RIG member/ associate
To book a place please go to the Bookwhen at https://v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain but please check your eligibility here first. Note also that this course is NOT suitable for people who attended the recent 'Writing for Radio Drama' course.
How to develop, pitch and script ideas for radio drama ...
- How does radio drama work?
- How can your own creativity best match what the BBC (or other platforms) are looking for?
- And how can your ideas take shape on the page?
- Introduction – the nature of radio drama and how we experience it.
- The essentials of the medium.
- Nuts and bolts of radio-scripts, do’s and don’t’s of audio-drama.
- Create and pitch an idea and develop a treatment.
- Rough out a sample scene with individual tuition.
- Review what works.
Allegra Productions is an independent production company based in Suffolk. We provide high quality scripts and radio drama productions, audio drama and voice overs - www.allegraproductions.com
Robin Brooks is a playwright and dramatist with twenty years experience of writing original plays and adaptations for BBC Radio. Notable works for Radio 4 include a six hour dramatisation of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Robert Graves’ I Claudius and Claudius the God, and last year The Sea, The Sea (starring Jeremy Irons). And for Radio 3, Boccacio’s Decameron Remixed and Solzhenitzyn’s August 1914 . He has also written many original dramas and series. He has worked with many producers, both in-house and independent, as well as running his own production company, Allegra Productions with Fiona McAlpine. He recently adapted Carmilla for Audible Originals, starring David Tennant, Phoebe Fox and Rose Leslie and is currently writing a new drama about Coleridge for Drama on 3.
Fiona McAlpine is a radio drama producer and director and will be facilitating the course with Robin. Last year for Allegra Productions, she produced nearly eight hours of drama for Radio 4 and Audible. She also freelances as a producer/co-ordinator.
Course: Journalism for factual radio [1st]
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: 23rd March, 0930-1700
Venue: Penthouse B, Wallacespace Clerkenwell Green, 18 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DP
Places and prices: 12 learners, £40 full price, £25 RIG members /associates
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.
Intros and welcome.
How to be a safe pair of hands - HH
Exercise – making the right judgement - all
Fairness and balance - DP
Guest: Ceri Thomas: "The Journalist's Mindset"
Exercise – tbc - all
Guest: Case Study - tbc
Husain Husaini is the founder of Wire Free Productions, and a former BBC Executive. David Prest is a journalist and programmer maker, who is Managing Director of Whistledown Productions.