Written on: 11/04/2012 by rcosgrove (1 review written)
I have attended some poorly executed and expensive one-day scriptwriting and filmmaking courses. Thankfully this was not one of them.
The day was extremely informative, going into detail about writing coverage for producers, and how it differs from giving feedback to writers.
The most important piece of the course was the business side of being a reader: where to find work, and how to approach companies, and what they expect from new readers. The homework of writing report on a script that gets evaluated was an added draw.
There were a couple of small factors that let the course down. Participants were told to bring laptops or tablets (like iPads) in order to download and view course material on the day. While this was very useful it did pose problems: over 15 people downloading a single 50MB+ file slowed the WiFi network to a crawl, and those with iPads couldn't view the material as it was contained in a Zip file. Given the tight schedule of the course, the 30 minute delay as participants tried to download the file could have been better spent. Making the file, or at least the files specifically needed on the day, available to download before the course so participants could have the material to hand when it started would have been a more practical solution.
After the course there were a couple of minor problems: the email containing the home included a dead link, which was meant to come to this survey, and the homework's deadline – which participants were told would be rigidly enforced – was given as Friday, 7 April; that Friday was the 6 April.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this course. The only problems were minor administrative ones.