Friday, April 11, 2008

Schemes & Opps

There seems to be a lot going on at the moment with regard to various schemes and opportunities. The deadline for the Met Film School Writer's Scheme recently passed (which looked good) and three other schemes have popped up that will probably be of some interest:

The BBC Drama Series Writers Academy is going again. "The next generation of TV writers are being sought by the BBC for its prestigious Drama Writers Academy, a unique course that equips writers with the skills to work on BBC flagship continuing drama programmes. The Academy is the only course in the world that guarantees writers the opportunity to work on prime time television." Paul Campbell is a recent graduate (currently working on his first Casualty, I believe) so check his blog for all the insider details.

Guiding Lights is a feature film mentoring scheme. "Lighthouse and Skillset are pleased to announce another round of the Guiding Lights film industry mentoring scheme. We are seeking applications from filmmakers across all sections of the community and from a range of film industry disciplines. Directors, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers, talent agents and professionals working in sales, distribution, exhibition, marketing, publicity and business affairs are all eligible to apply."

And BBC have launched a College of Comedy to help comedy writers find attachments with existing sketch shows and sitcoms. "The scheme will take six writers and train them over a year by attaching them to sitcoms and sketch shows, giving each a mentor for original work, and running a series of masterclasses in all aspects of comedy writing."

All the relevant details can be found through the links. Good luck with whatever you choose to enter, if not all three!

9 comments:

Lucy said...

You going for any of these Danny?

Sent my apps off for The Met School scheme (anyone know when we should hear on that btw?), The BBC College of Comedy, that Hollyoaks comp and I will be going for the Writing Academy again, maybe I'll even get an interview this year! Woooooooooooooh! ; )

Plenty going on though, I don't see how writers can complain about lack of opportunities and whatnot.

Danny Stack said...

Might give 'em a shot!

Robin Kelly said...

Congrats on the Sofia's Diary pick-up by Five!

Jason Arnopp said...

Yes, well done, sir. And on the show's online viewing figures: 500,000 views per episode. Not too shabby, my friend!

Danny Stack said...

Thanks! It's exciting, but I know as much as you do at the moment so I'll keep you posted on any developments...

Stuart Perry said...

Thnaks for drawing my attention to these, Danny. Had completly missed any publicity on Guiding Lights running again. Shame I can't commit to the dates they'll be running workshops.

And congrats on Sofia's Diary's success. Yay!!

Lucy said...

Well: crashed and burned for the Hollyoaks Comp, BBC College of Comedy AND Met Film School... Not too bothered about previous two, but a bit gutted about the latter to be honest. Going through the inevitable "Want do they want, BLOOD, first born son, etc etc?" stage at mo, but will get over it.

Sent off an application to Guiding Lights though and sent mine in for Writers' Academy on first day it opened... Surely by the law of averages SOMETHING's gotta come my way eventually? And if not, homicide is always an option.

Danny Stack said...

Unlucky! I didn't get Met Film School either. No matter, on to the next!

Lucy said...

Totally, onwards and upwards...

Once the bloodshed is over, mind. I have a hacksaw Danny, so if you could bring a hammer we'll have all the bases covered.

Damn I'm speaking (typing?) aloud again, aren't I?