The 1-Hour TV Pilot Beat Sheet: From ABC to AMC to HBO to Netflix
At a Glance
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
Countless screenwriting books have offered what is claimed to be the definitive structural paradigm, what you might know as the “classical structure beat sheet,” for feature films, but none have tackled the daunting task of defining a beat sheet for EPISODIC TELEVISION.
Daniel Calvisi, author of “Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay,” brings you the results of his deep analysis of the story structure behind the best series currently available in our multi-platform universe of ad-supported networks, pay cable and streaming content websites. 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 major signpost beats of a teleplay and the crucial characteristics that must be present in each scene, using specific examples from the best of our “Golden Age” of television.
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 like MR. ROBOT, GAME OF THRONES, SCANDAL, TRUE DETECTIVE, MAD MEN, THE GOOD WIFE, THE WALKING DEAD, DOWNTON ABBEY, HOUSE OF CARDS and BREAKING BAD. This webinar will reveal the shared dramatic devices and structural secrets of these incredible series, and give you the path you need to create your own series.
Facing the blank page is tough for any writer, amateur or professional, but with a detailed roadmap it is infinitely easier. Armed with this exclusive template, 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. To help you construct your pilot, you will receive two BONUS ITEMS: a FULL STORY MAP OF THE “MR. ROBOT” PILOT and an exclusive, printable WORKSHEET.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How to write a TV pilot script that follows the structural template used by the industry.
- The form, formats and key terminology used by pro TV writers.
- A step-by-step guide to “beat out” a TV pilot.
- The key elements of a properly structured episode.
- BONUS #1: Full Story Map beat sheet of the pilot of the breakout series “MR. ROBOT.”
- BONUS #2: Printable worksheet.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers looking to save time and many drafts by crafting a story for television with the proper structure and format
- Writers looking to determine if their concept is fit for a television series
- Feature film screenwriters looking for a simple, step-by-step roadmap for writing their first TV pilot
- Writers with a completed pilot who want to locate issues in the structure
- Writers who aspire to Emmy greatness
- TV junkies who want to delve deeper into their favorite shows
- Date available: 11/16/2015
- Publication date: 11/16/2015
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Meet the Author: Daniel P. Calvisi
Daniel P. Calvisi is a story analyst, speaker, screenwriter and the author of Story Maps: TV Drama and Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay. He is a former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films and works as a freelance Script Doctor. He coaches writers, teaches webinars on writing for film and television with The Writers Store and speaks at writing conferences. He holds a degree in Film and Television from the Tis...