This new edition builds on the book's reputation by bringing the very latest information, insights, and advice from major writers and producers. It is a complete resource for anyone who wants to write and produce for a television drama series or create an original series, as well as for teachers in screenwriting classes and workshops. Offering practical industry information and artistic encouragement, the book is both nuts-and-bolts and inspiration. The Third Edition leads readers into the future and engages provocative issues about the interface between traditional TV and emerging technologies and endless possibilities. • New interviews with major show-runners and a network president. • A new chapter on "dramedy." • A new chapter on Reality TV. • An updated and expanded section on Procedural Dramas. • An updated and expanded section on Pilots. • A new chapter on Internet, web, international, and future potentials. • Updates throughout on current shows and innovative opportunities. • New advice for breaking in and working in the industry. • Fresh voices from emerging writers "in the trenches."
A Complete Writer's Guide to Series, Serials and Soaps
Author: Yvonne Grace
Publisher: Oldcastle Books
Category: Performing Arts
A no-nonsense, direct down-the-lens look at the television industry written from the point of view of a television drama producer who's been there, done it, fought some battles and won the odd award. Written in an engaging, anecdotal tone, Writing for Television provides advice on: Getting an agent The type of writer television's looking for The tool kit a television writer needs The writer/script editor relationship How to structure a storyline How to write good treatments and outlines Packed full of useful insights, links and information, the book includes interviews with successful television writers working today, pointers on how to work collaboratively in the industry and how to make good contacts with the people who can further your career. 'Yvonne delivers a practical, accessible, no-nonsense guide to the world of writing for popular TV' - Mal Young, Producer, writer and former BBC Controller of Drama Series 'A very comprehensive and informative book on TV script writing. Yvonne covers every conceivable point that will help writers wanting to break into writing for the small screen, whilst at the same time creating a very accessible read' - Tony McHale, Sanctuary Films
The book's journey into the future of television begins with “You Are Here,” delving into “The Great Convergence” of television and Internet and the vortex of change we all inhabit now. Then, glancing back, we explore “The Old World” of broadcast television to understand how we got to this moment of transition. Next, traveling “Between Worlds,” we visit cable television and see how the boundaries between network, cable, and Internet are mutating. After that, we enter “The New World” that ranges from empires like Netflix and Amazon down to Kickstarter-funded web series, and all the creative expressions that abound. Finally, we look ahead to the “Far Frontier” of interactivity and transmedia and a distant, fantastic future. All these experiences are focused on how a writer, producer, director, or entrepreneur can use the emerging possibilities to create original television now and in the coming decade.
Offering unique insights into the writing and production of television drama series such as The Killing and Borgen, produced by DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Novrup Redvall explores the creative collaborations in writers' rooms and 'production hotels' through detailed case studies of Denmark's public service production culture.
This collection of essays, by well known writers on the subject of writing for television, is divided into three sections, with the first one devoted to the debates on quality television. The second one focuses on literature and television. The final section examines 'Science on television', with series editors from Britain and Germany giving first-hand accounts of the scope for serious science reporting on television.
Learn to craft smart, original scripts and teleplays for a variety of television formats, including comedy, animation, drama, movies of the week, pilots, reality television, TV news magazine, and children's programming. Using the tools the author provides: checklists, sample outlines and treatments for each format, sample script pages, war stories from writers and executives, and a sample query letter to introduce finished script pages to agents, you'll avoid common pitfalls and come across as an industry veteran. Benefit from the experience of pros: 45 luminaries contribute their experience and wisdom, including Jay Leno, Mike Wallace, Norman Lear, Paul Haggis, writers for "Grey's Anaatomy," "Desperate Housewives," and more! With twenty-five years of industry experience as a television writer and producer, Martie Cook teaches you not only how to hone your craft but also how to break into the industry. Guiding you through the often confusing television hierarchy, Write to TV offers practical advice on important issues such as how to get an agent, how to write a query letter, how to network, even how to "do lunch". By learning how to craft smart scripts for a variety of television formats and how to get your foot in the door and keep it there, this invaluable book will help you get that big idea out of your head, onto the page, and then to the top of the heap. Learn how to craft smart scripts for a variety of television formats and break into the business through: * Examples: In addition to examples of common pitfalls, book includes sample outlines for various formats. * Industry wisdom: Benefit from the advice of an experienced writer. But you don't have to take her word for it--the book is filled with advice, stories, and examples from people currently working in the TV industry. * Practical advice: Business section offers practical advice on important issues like getting an agent, how to write a query letter, and how to network your way into a job.
A professional TV writer's real-world guide to getting paid to write great television "No need for me to ever write a book on TV writing. Alex Epstein has covered it all . . . along with a few things I wouldn't have thought of. Save yourself five years of rookie mistakes. Crafty TV Writing and talent are pretty much all you'll need to make it." —Ken Levine, writer/producer, MASH, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Wings, Becker Everyone watches television, and everyone has an opinion on what makes good TV. But, as Alex Epstein shows in this invaluable guide, writing for television is a highly specific craft that requires knowledge, skill, and more than a few insider's tricks. Epstein, a veteran TV writer and show creator himself, provides essential knowledge about the entire process of television writing, both for beginners and for professionals who want to go to the next level. Crafty TV Writing explains how to decode the hidden structure of a TV series. It describes the best ways to generate a hook, write an episode, create characters the audience will never tire of, construct entertaining dialogue, and use humor. It shows how to navigate the tough but rewarding television industry, from writing your first "spec" script, to getting hired to work on a show, to surviving—even thriving—if you get fired. And it illuminates how television writers think about the shows they're writing, whether they're working in comedy, drama, or "reality." Fresh, funny, and informed, Crafty TV Writing is the essential guide to writing for and flourishing in the world of television.
TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot
Author: Daniel P. Calvisi
Publisher: ACT Four Screenplays
Category: Television authorship
Story Analyst Daniel Calvisi brings his Story Map screenwriting method to television as he breaks down the structure of the TV pilot, citing case studies from ground-breaking hit television shows like GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, TRUE DETECTIVE, SCANDAL, MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD and HOUSE OF CARDS. Story Maps: TV Drama offers the first Beat Sheet for TV shows for screenwriters.This is the structural template for TV pilot scripts that aspiring and professional TV writers have been looking for. TV pilot screenplays and TV drama scripts follow a detailed structure template that is defined in this book in a clear, step-by-step manner. How to write a TV pilot has never been easier. Story Maps: TV Drama also offers definitions of the key terms and formats used in the television industry in Hollywood, citing examples from many current series. This is a great crash course in the format, structure, industry standards and writing methods of Hollywood TV pilot scriptwriters. A TV script can present a difficult challenge for a screenwriter who is used to feature screenplay format and structure, but "Story Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot" offers an easy-to-follow, practical method to write a pilot that adheres to Hollywood standards.
A guide to writing and selling TV and radio scripts
Author: William Smethurst
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Performing Arts
This book provides professional tips and techniques for those wishing to break into writing for TV whether it's a soap, series drama, or situation comedy. It covers all aspects of script writing such as structure, plotting, characterization and dialogue and is packed with advice on presenting and selling scripts. It also includes a chapter specifically on writing for radio.