Over four sessions, this workshop will reveal ways to make commentary writing rewarding and enjoyable to do.
The course is aimed at edit producers and series producers and you must be able to commit to all four sessions in order to participate.
Patrick will start by offering examples of commentary – some good, some apparently good, but bad. And some very good. The week will end on an exercise that tests editorial judgement...and usually triggers a lot of discussion. In between, the sessions cover the history of commentary, where it came from; who got it right, and who experimented with words over pictures in the early days. There will be discussion on how to write for pre-titles and how to copy good practice. You will also look at the things that interferes with understanding words on film and how other writing disciplines offer clues to getting it right.
Chapter one (Tuesday): What commentary is for Chapter two (Wednesday): Signal to noise Chapter three (Thursday): A short history Chapter four (Friday): Less is more, and truth.
All sessions will be from 9am-10:15am.
Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with Patrick over the week, to get lots of advice and to ask many, many questions!
As there are only a limited number of places, tickets will be allocated via application. Please be sure you can commit to attending the full programme before you apply. Applications close at midnight on Thursday, 10th September.
Patrick Uden is an expert in long-form documentary for television and operates as a for-hire executive producer. His subject speciality is science and technology. Patrick also lectures to professionals and students on commentary writing, interviewing technique, programme structure and documentary directing for television.
This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.
This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.
ScreenSkills develops skills and talent to support the UK's screen industries.