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Media & Film: Creative Media Production – How Do Actors & Directors Read Film Scripts? University Tutorial With Christabelle Dilks From University of East Anglia

3rd October 2022 @ 15:35 - 16:20

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Join Christabelle Dilks for a fascinating in-depth Headliner as she explores the importance of the Script in film and television drama. Imagine you’re a producer or a designer: what clues can you find in the script to help you do your job? Christabelle has a long track-record working for the BBC and Channel 4 and in the Headliner recorded resource which sets the scene for the live tutorial (see below) she explains to students Who’s Who on a Film Set, and demonstrates how the script contains vital clues.

Then, in a live tutorial on Monday 3rd October at 3:35pm, Christabelle invites students to imagine they are actors preparing to perform the central roles in a popular recent TV drama series. Students will learn how to analyse a short scene from the script to discover the hidden structure and character clues it contains. Would-be directors will be invited to imagine how they would direct the scene. An essential session for all budding actors and filmmakers! (See Preparation/Pre-Reading below to download the scene).

The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Christabelle Dilks worked as an actor at the National Theatre before training as a film director. She worked in film and television for many years as a writer and script-editor before teaching screenwriting and media production at UEA.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying Media & Communication, Film and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and, afterwards, as per the instructions in the Headliner, please consider Scene 20 from (Click Here) Normal People Episode 1 Script and have this to hand for the live tutorial (NB, we will focus on Scene 20 though you are welcome to read the whole episode).

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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3rd October 2022
15:35 - 16:20
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