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The 30-minute TV Pilot Beat Sheet: From ABC to HBO to Amazon to Netflix

At a Glance

  • This exclusive webinar is for writers of the most dynamic and evolving format in television today: the 30-minute TV pilot.
  • Explore the first, exclusive beat-by-beat structural template of the 30-minute single-camera television series, using case studies from hit shows.
  • Learn how to identify the 4-5 act, 8-12 plot beat structure of the professional sitcom and how to put it into action!

Your purchase includes a FREE TV STORY MAP WORKSHEET!

Just Added: Purchase also includes a free Story Map of the pilot episode of UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, written by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock!

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

The 30-minute sitcom is not just for laughs anymore. The days of SEINFELD are over, and the “live studio” multi-cam sitcom format is becoming increasingly rare. The most dynamic and quickly-evolving format in television is the 30-minute single-camera comedy (a sitcom shot like a film), proven by a new wave of compelling shows that have attracted huge audiences to their unique mix of comedy and drama.

Comedies and “dramedies” in the 30-minute form employ several different overarching formats and genres (e.g., faux-documentary, workplace comedy, reality spoof, satire, “indie” film style) and come with different requirements than one-hour dramas. Aspiring single-camera sitcom writers must now reach higher to create a better, more cinematic, more heartfelt series than in the past, and yet, their original pilot script must also adhere to an industry-standard structure.

Whether you’re writing a family comedy like MODERN FAMILY, a workplace comedy like PARKS AND RECREATION or an edgy dramedy like HBO’S GIRLS or Amazon’s TRANSPARENT, you must utilize the industry’s template that binds the storytelling of all of these shows together.

Daniel Calvisi, a former major studio story analyst and the author of best-seller “Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay” and the new e-book, “STORY MAPS: TV Drama,” brings you the results of his deep analysis of the story structure behind the best half-hour series currently available in our multi-platform universe of ad-supported networks, pay cable and streaming content websites. In adapting his Story Map method to television, he has unlocked the major signpost beats and crucial characteristics that must be present in each act of your pilot. He will first introduce you to the key formats, genres and terminology of modern TV shows, and then he will take you step-by-step and page by page through the beat sheet, using specific examples from the best shows on TV.

Facing the blank page is tough for any writer, amateur or professional, but with a detailed roadmap it is infinitely easier. Armed with this beat sheet, you will be able to “pour” your unique story into this popular framework, creating an ironclad structural foundation to support your unique voice on the page.

Today, the ONLY requirement for a new writer to break into the television industry is a great pilot script. To create a fresh pilot, one must first look at how the pros do it, by dissecting hit shows currently on air. This webinar will reveal the shared dramatic devices and structural secrets of these incredible shows, and give you the path you need to create your own series.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The key formats and crucial characteristics of the modern 30-minute TV series.
  • How to use the comprehensive, easy-to-follow 30-minute TV pilot beat sheet.
  • How to apply the Story Maps method to the TV sitcom screenplay.
  • How to structure your sitcom pilot like the pros.
  • Analyze, beat by beat, several hit shows from multiple networks, including HBO, ABC, Netflix and Amazon.
  • The hidden structure of shows like NEW GIRL, MODERN FAMILY, VEEP and TRANSPARENT, to name a few.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who are writing a 30-minute TV pilot
  • Writers looking to determine if their concept is fit for a television series
  • Writers who want a more clear structural roadmap than is available elsewhere
  • Writers looking to save time and many drafts by crafting a pilot with the proper structure and format
  • Feature film screenwriters looking for a simple, step-by-step roadmap for writing their first TV pilot
  • Writers who have script ideas but need help implementing them
  • Writers with a completed pilot who want to locate issues in the structure

Product Details

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Daniel P. Calvisi

Daniel P. Calvisi is a writing coach, screenwriter and former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. He is the author of Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, Story Maps: TV Drama, Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays and Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan.

He teaches webinars on writing for film and television with The Writers Store and speaks at writing conferences. Daniel has taught screenwriting at the college level, including at the New School University in New York City. He is a graduate of the Film and Television program in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has been published in...

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