Writing the Drama Pilot in Six Weeks
Television pilot writing was once a carefully guarded inner sanctum limited almost exclusively to showbiz insiders. With the recent explosion of successful cable dramas and Internet viewing, it’s now possible for writers without a strong track record or network connections to get producers and executives to read and sometimes even buy their pilot scripts. If you sell a pilot, you’ve reached the pinnacle of TV writing success. It’s extremely satisfying to see your brainchild come to life on the screen, and it can lead to an extremely lucrative career in writing, production, or “show-running.”
In this workshop, you will learn the tools professional screenwriters use to finish high-quality scripts under deadlines. By the end of this workshop, you will have completed a script for your drama pilot.
This workshop is offered in two formats. The budget-friendly On Demand option (which is for sale here) gives you the option to work on the same great workshop materials as the Online option, only without instructor feedback. You'll immediately receive our comprehensive course in PDF format, which provides instructions and exercises on specific skills you will need to succeed as a screenwriter. You can purchase the On Demand option here. To get the Online option with instructor feedback and online discussions with other students, please click here.
In this course you will learn:
- The steps to follow to crank out a strong pilot script for dramatic TV
- The structure and pacing of a strong drama pilot
- Tools writers use to write consistent, high-quality scripts
- How to amp up the stakes for your protagonist(s)
- How to write strong, satisfying resolutions
Session One: Intro to the Pilot
- What makes a great pilot script?
- Your pilot’s logline
- Character lists
- First act outline
Session Two: TV Acts
- Act list
- A pilot’s middle acts
- Setting up your calendar
- Dramatic structure
Session Three: The Final Act
- What is a resolution act?
- False victories
- Satisfying ‘unhappy’ endings
Session Four: The Writing Process
- How to crank out good scripts
- Hooking viewers
- Keeping your script lean
- Writing good narrative
Session Five: The Middle Acts
- “Generative” mode versus “Editing” mode
- How to ‘earn’ feelings
- Soft resolutions
Session Six: Polishing the Final Act
- The dual purpose of ending acts
- Episodic final acts
- Writing natural resolutions
- The right type of surprise for dramatic TV
- Publication date: 03/20/2014
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