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Sunday, September 04, 2005
In case you're new to this blog, here's a roundup of some of the higher signal-to-noise posts...
UPDATE: People keep asking about where to find scripts to read, and what a spec script does, and how to get a job in showbiz. My answers, dear friends, are below
. Yes, I have already blogged about many of the things you're asking me about. A glossary of tv writer terminology
SpringboardsChallenge your core cast's strengths
Beating Out the StoryHow do you get away with plotholes?Making plotholes funCharacters and their dumbass mistakesOn characters and the dumbass mistakes they make, part 2On calling for backup, part 2What can happen offscreen?Nothing can happen offscreenTime cutsTrain wrecks and telegraphingSecond thoughts on telegraphingAddressing viewer expectationsTracking expectationsLosing the audience's trustFully resolved by first act out?Suspense v. surpriseCompressed realityOn step outlinesThe Sucky PointGetting past the Sucky PointGoing for the gimmes in the 4400 pilot
Scene WorkHave uncommunicative characters explain each otherThe cut away from the predictable conversationThe conversation at cross purposesFormat warsGood playing dialog vs. good reading dialog
ComedyThree Tools from the Comic ToolkitWhere's the comedyComic commitmentSimple plots
RewritingOn taking notesWhen to pull the plugThe Writer Bomb
ProductionWriting It SmallWhy our producer doesn't like block shooting
The Writing RoomCredit the room, not the writerWhy you must have a writing roomWriting personnel titles
Your TV CareerYour foot in the door, or why you should internOn staffing seasonA few more words on TV spec scriptsWhy you must have specsWhy not just write the specs, already?Best Screenwriting School in the World
. And it's free, too.Be a back door man. Or womanScript coordinator vs. writing assistantGetting onto a showNever say "no"Contests and fellowshipsWorking with people who can't tell good from badWorking for less than scaleWrite a spec pilot?Why you need an agent, part 37
Pitches, Bibles and TemplatesThe attractive fantasyPitches & Pitch BiblesI just read a bad bibleTwo things any pitch needs to answerWhat network do you want your show on?What is Gilmore Girls's template?Blowing the template on Corner Gas?Why Tour of Duty sucksCharacter namesBackdoor pilotsNetwork first, or producer first?Who's core cast?What's the poster?Episodic vs. serial
Reading TVWhere to find tv scripts to readMore where to find scripts
Watching TVWatching with 9 year oldsCanadian SF?More sex pleaseCar wreck TVWhat naughty girls those L Word girls are24 has jumped the sharkWatching FireflyProject Greenlight, the fake break
Interviews with prosPaul Guyot, part 1
, part 2
, and part 3
A "guyot" is an underwater seamount, in case you're wondering.Shelley Eriksen, part 1
, part 2 Part 3
, part 4
and part 5Jacob Sager WeinsteinChris Abbott, part 1
, part 2, part 3
, part four
, and part 5
MiscellaneousCharacters in SF&FWriting Animal CharactersRemedial storytelling, or why Kerry lostSheherezadeOn telling the truthRedistricting, a modest proposal
. Nothing to do with TV, but I wish someone would pick up the meme and run with it.
Labels: spec pilots
Alex...do you know what the "hot" TV specs that lit. agents are telling their clients to write right now?
Is it the same old stuff... C.S.I.,Law and Order,etc etc
Or something else?
Thanks Alex. This is a really useful post.
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