I don’t normally do this, but I’d appreciate all you lot’s POV on a dilemma I’m having.
The BBC Writers’ Academy want a writing sample submitted with the forms, etc. Only I can’t decide which to send. I’m thinking EVERYONE will send a drama spec script, so should I NOT to stand out? Or would I be a fool to not conform?? Mind melting.
Here are the choices:
HUSBAND AND FATHER, psychological drama. An immature youth must face upto his responsibilities and in turn, help his pregnant girlfriend confront her traumatic past. This script is presently at The BBC Writers’ Room, not heard back yet. It was my solicited script after they liked THY WILL BE DONE so much. I have received some good feedback about this script from Head of drama Development Lisa Osborne and from The Evening Play People, who passed it down to Belinda Campbell last year, with a view to my making an application for the Academy last year, but of course I’d just had the baby etc etc and didn’t even fill in the form on account on somebody running a car through my insides, ouch.
THY WILL BE DONE, supernatural thriller. A man loses his mind when his daughter goes missing… Or are Higher Forces at work? The Writers Room gave me some great feedback on this, as did BBC Wales. Whilst it’s not even vaguely anything to do with programmes like Casualty etc I do think it’s my best work and shows what I can do re: dialogue, arena etc. And people like it. And it might make me stand out from all the others, or may make me look like a tit.
KINGS OF THE CASTLE, family (first episode of a series). Two Twin boys leave the city when their father wins a derelict rural castle and turns it into a theme park. CBBC got back to me recently about this and they really liked it, giving me great feedback – but this is the one that someone reccommended I read bloody Robert McKee over because my dialogue “lost my story impact”, so confidence is shot to hell here, even though no one else has brought this up and I suppose it has been read by lots of others.
Which would you choose to send?