As we get nearer to the closing date for our Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios, we turn to SparkPlug playwright and actor, David Judge, for inspiration and to give us his top tips on pitching for TV.
– Be big. Be brave. Be honest.
– Why tell this story now?
– Who is the story for?
– What do you want this story to do?
– I heard someone somewhere say, the story starts when the stranger comes to town – like in a country and western – the horse back cowboy riding into town. Don’t spend too much time setting up the history of the world – let us discover it.
– Watch and read as much as possible – Be aware of other shows similar in theme, ambition, and execution. Reference points will help with creative dialogue and making your vision clearer.
– A rubbish shirt has generic buttons with no identity. A top shirt has specific buttons with the makers mark on each of them. Make sure all the buttons on your shirt have their makers mark.
– Above all, be yourself. Write for yourself. Enjoy yourself.
~ David Judge, playwright and actor
Want to see David in action? Check out his brilliant PlayMakers Masterclass: Exercises for Creative Muscles.
If David’s got your creativity flowing, you’ve got until 6 November to get your applications for our ScreenPlay Award in. We look forward to reading your submissions!