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BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production: Writing for Television And Video

Rob Miller | Monday February 25, 2013

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Hot Entries, Television, Scriptwriting

General Information

At the heart of most successful television and video products lies a well-researched, effectively written and appropriately formatted script. The wide range of script requirements across television and video genres demand writers who are flexible and competent in effective written and verbal communication. This unit aims to introduce learners to both the skills involved in scriptwriting and the role of writers in the modern television and video production industry. Encouraging a vocational awareness through its coverage of the commissioning process, this unit also aims to give learners a holistic overview of the scriptwriting process. Work in this unit also allows learners to practise key presentation and pitching techniques, reflecting the broad range of communication skills needed for success in this highly competitive field.

For some time the industry has been moving away from the traditional commissioning process of ‘writing to assignment’ and now relies more heavily than ever before on writer-led systems such as proposal-based responses to commissions or unsolicited submissions. To reflect this, learners are encouraged to generate scripts from ideas of their own rather than to a commission, which will mean independent project instigation and management. The need to present a proposal in an appropriate format, along with the skills to verbally pitch a proposal and format a script in line with industry conventions, are also included to reflect this industry shift.

Summary of Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  1. Know about the commissioning process for writing for television and video
  2. Be able to research, collect and prepare background material
  3. Be able to produce script proposals
  4. Be able to pitch script proposals
  5. Be able to produce scripts for television and video production

Essential Resources

Learners will need access to plentiful research resources including, where electronic...

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