Writing the Pilot
At a Glance
Television networks are so desperate for new voices and fresh ideas that for the first time in history they're buying spec pilot scripts and turning them in to series. Today's aspiring writer can be tomorrow's showrunner.
But it's not easy.
Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script.
- How to identify a concept that can carry one hundred episodes or more
- How to create characters who will stay interesting year after year
- How to design the unique world those characters will live in
- How to identify the essential elements that will set your series apart from everyone else's
- And most importantly, how to capture it all in one 60-page script
- Publisher: CreateSpace
- Date available: 05/10/2012
- Publication date: 08/29/2011
- Return policy: 30 days
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Meet the Author: William Rabkin
William Rabkin, co-author of best-selling book SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION WRITING, is a veteran showrunner whose executive producing credits include “Missing,” “Diagnosis Murder,” and “Martial Law.” He has most recently written for A&E's new hit show The Glades. His writing and/or producing credits also include "Monk," "Psych," “SeaQuest,” “Spenser: For Hire,” “Hunter,” “Baywatch,” “Sliders,” “The Cosby Mysteries,” and “Nero Wolfe,” to name a few. In addition, Rabkin has directed episodes of "Diagnosis Murder" and several short films. He has led writing seminars in Madrid and Stockholm, consulted for broadcasters in Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands...