How To Structure A Great TV Pilot: Mad Men Case Study
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
A STRONG FAMILY OF CHARACTERS AND A FASCINATING ENVIRONMENT ARE OFTEN KEYS TO A GREAT TV PILOT SCRIPT. BY CAREFULLY STUDYING THE MAD MEN PILOT SCRIPT, WRITERS MAY GROW THEIR TV WRITING SKILL SETS IN CRUCIAL WAYS.
Through the essential DNA embedded in its pilot script, Mad Men became one of the great TV series of all time and never wavered from its initial vision. By closely studying the structure, characters, plot details, emotional flavors of Matthew Weiner’s pilot, writers will expand their skill sets for creating their own spec pilot scripts.
The ground has shifted under all screenwriters in the last 5-10 years. Television has gotten much better. As screen size in the home increases, the price of those home theaters seems to shrink. Meanwhile, opportunities for screenwriters are expanding in response. An original half-hour or one-hour pilot script(or a half-hour script) can be a great calling card for a screenwriter to open many doors in TV and in features. Those 30 or 60 pages have to be potentially great television – a well-structured script with strong characters and a compelling story that could unfold over many episodes.
There is an art to it. And there is a craft. A learnable craft. Studying the best work in television carefully is a fantastic way to learn to write TV dynamically and successfully.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:
- Learn how Matthew Weiner shaped his Mad Men pilot script using time-tested TV craft methods
- Creation-Construction of the World of Your Show
- Building Out a Solid Family of Characters for Your Series Concept
- Structuring the Episode Stories in Your Pilot Script
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Beginning to Advanced Screenwriters Seeking to Build Out TV Craft Skills
- Writers from Other Disciplines Seeking to Expand Into TV
- Fans of TV Who Want to Understand the Medium Better
- Actors, Directors, Filmmakers Who Want to Understand the TV Realm in Greater Depth
- Date available: 03/20/2014
- Publication date: 03/20/2014
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Meet the Author: Tom Benedek
Tom Benedek wrote the screenplay for Cocoon, The Adventures of Pinocchio, and other films. In addition to teaching the craft of screenwriting, Tom has interviewed dozens of agents, managers, production execs, working screenwriters for his Network Hollywood class at ScreenWritingMasterClass.com. He has written screenplays for Robert Zemeckis, Lawerence Kasdan, Lili Fini Zanuck and Richard Zanuck, David Brown, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Richard Rush, Harold Ramis, Lauren Schuler Donner and Richard Donner, Ray Stark, and many more.
He is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America, West and the Writers’ Branch of the Academy of Moti...