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Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight discusses upcoming project A Christmas Carol in drama masterclass

Steven Knight (right) (Credit: Teresa Bogan)

The early December event – organised by BBC Birmingham in partnership with RTS Midlands – celebrated the writer’s latest project, a three-part adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a highlight of BBC One’s festive schedule.

The Dickens classic has been adapted countless times, which is why Knight said he undertook a detailed study of the original text in search of a fresh take on a familiar story.

Making professional productions on the go

Deirdre Mulcahy at the University of Westminster (Credit: RTS London/Phil Barnes)

The freelance producer and trainer gave a demonstration of the smartphone’s filming capability at an RTS London event in early November.

“No matter how big the tool, it comes down to the person who is actually using [it],” said Mulcahy. “Storytelling is about where the focus is – and understanding how you shoot.”

Jed Mercurio shares his writing tips at RTS Futures NI Careers Fair

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More than 350 people attended a series of workshops, masterclasses and panel events run by industry professionals from across the creative sector.

BBC Studios talent manager Julie Forbes and BBC NI senior resourcing advisor Nicola McConville ran a CV masterclass. The duo offered advice on how to break into the competitive TV and film industries, and gave one-to-one “creative clinics” to hone interview skills and CVs. Their tips included: “Never send the same CV twice – get to know the companies around you.”

Leeds hosts RTS masterclasses with Hollyoaks production team

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More than 150 students from 20 universities heard Lime Pictures’ Hollyoaks production team and a panel from Leeds-based factual indie True North give two masterclasses. Both panels stressed the importance of work experience placements as a way in to the industry.

 

True North development producer Eleanor Wight, editor Luke Rothery and Hollyoaks editor Jake Whiston were all snapped up as a result of successful placements.

 

RTS Masterclass: How to create a hit TV drama

Shakespeare & Hathaway (Credit: BBC)

How do you go about creating a new TV drama for a worldwide audience? “It has to have something recognisable globally; it has to show good old England – you need to harness a global brand,” reckoned Jude Tindall.

The writer and producer Ella Kelly were sharing their secrets with students at an RTS Midlands masterclass at the University of Wolverhampton in mid-February.

RTS Scotland: TV Fight Club

Join RTS Scotland as we explore the relationships between TV directors, fight directors and talent in the company of David Goodall.

As a fight director, David worked on Red Road with Tony Curran, That Old One with Kevin McKidd and Dog Altogether with Peter Mullan. His experience includes long running commitment to Scottish network productions like Rebus, M.I. High and Taggart.

Ed Stafford: Treat the camera like your friend

Ed Stafford spoke to the Cavendish Conference Centre in Marylebone about his experience as a self-shooting adventurer and presenter of survivalist programmes.

His hit series Naked and Marooned saw him spend 60 days in total isolation, without any tools, on a tropical island. The RTS Futures event saw former Discovery Channel commissioner Elizabeth McIntyre quiz Ed on how he got started and his tips for the RTS Futures audience.