DarkRoom – How To Apply

How To Apply

To apply for this lab, you can fill out an application form here no later than the deadline of Wednesday 24th July at 5pm.

The form will ask you about yourself and your project, as well as what you hope to get out of taking part in this Lab. The application is an opportunity for you to show us how brilliant you are, so don’t be shy and please do inject your personality into it. It’s good to keep in mind that when assessors read an application they’re looking for reasons to say ‘yes’ and we’re not looking for reasons to mark you down. So try your best and believe in what you have to say.

As part of the application you will be asked to submit various materials related to your project. We don’t expect these documents to be perfect at this stage, particularly if you plan on working on them during the lab. We’re just trying to get a solid idea of what your project is about and a sense of your skills as a writer. 

You will be asked to submit: 

  • A treatment/outline of your project: Everyone has a slightly different definition of what a treatment is. What we’d like to see is no more than 5 pages which clearly outlines your story from start to finish, gives a sense of your characters and their journeys, and shows the tone and genre that you’re working in.
  • If your script is already at draft stage, we want to read an extract from it. We want to read what you feel is the best 10-15 pages of that draft. This can be from anywhere in the script that you feel best shows off the work. Just please do remember to include a couple of paragraphs of context so we know what’s happened before and after this extract.
  • An optional attachment you can include for your project is any additional materials such as moodboards or visual documents that show the vibe and tone that you’re going for. Also if your idea is based on existing materials (eg a play or novel you have previously written) we would like to see these.

The final attachment is up to three links to previous creative work. If you have not submitted a script extract for your project, you must include a writing sample here. It should be no more than 15 pages and can be a script for a film, TV show, play etc, but does not have to be something that has been made. You can also include additional links to any work that you feel is relevant to showcasing you as a creative. Where necessary, please make sure you credit what your involvement in a project was.