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
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Meet the Author: William Rabkin
Veteran TV writer/showrunner is the author of the best-selling Writing the Pilot and the forthcoming Writing the Pilot: Creating the Series. He is an associate professor of television writing and producing at Long Island University-Brooklyn’s TV Writers Studio, an assistant professor of screen and television writing at University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts and in Stephens College’s Low Residency MFA in TV and Screenwriting. Twice nominated for the Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, he is currently developing and writing a 12-episode “puz...