Writing Television Sitcoms

Author: Evan Scott Smith
Publisher: Perigee Trade
ISBN: 9780399525339
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Describes the writing method called premise-driven comedy, examines how comedy affects character development and story structure, discusses guidelines on script layouts, and offers advice on establishing a career

How NOT to Write a Sitcom

Author: Marc Blake
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408130890
Format: PDF
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The craft of sitcom is possibly the hardest of all screenwriting genres, demanding a complex set of skills that must all be present to succeed. How NOT to Write a Sitcom is a troubleshooting guide aimed at both the novice and the practising sitcom writer. It illustrates and explains the many pitfalls in concept, characterisation, plotting and dramatic/comedic writing,which pepper the hundreds of scripts submitted every year. Each point is illustrated with an example of the error and each section contains practical suggestions and exercises for the writer to apply to their own writing. The book takes makes no assumption of the reader other than an interest in the form. It contains interviews with current producers as well as interviews with successful practioners of the craft. Marc Blake is a script consultant, writer and teacher of writing for sitcom. In this book he acts as a `script mechanic' and offers a full `MOT for writers' - stripping a sitcom down to its component parts, isolating the faults and fixing them. What script editors and producers are looking for are scripts that work. Naturally they want a genius in embryo, but above all they first want to see something that is roadworthy.

Elephant Bucks

Author: Sheldon Bull
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781932907278
Format: PDF, ePub
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This comprehensive guide is for those who want to launch a career as a television sitcom writer and features detailed inside information on how to write scripts that will get noticed.

Writing Television Comedy

Author: Jerry Rannow
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Veteran television writer/producer Jerry Rannow gives aspiring and experienced comedy writers a humorous and eye-opening guide to conceiving, writing, and marketing a winning TV sitcom. Drawing on more than twenty-five years' experience, he tells how to construct a story outline, structure and format scripts, develop character and dialogue, pitch to producers, collaborate with other writers, and work with network and studio executives, producers, directors, agents, writers, and stars. Full of laughs and profitable tips for making a living in the business, this book is an invaluable tool for any writer who wants to break into TV comedy. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

Writing Comedy

Author: Ronald Wolfe
Publisher: Robert Hale Limited
ISBN: 9780709074137
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An indispensable guide to comedic scriptwriting for television, radio, film and stage.

Successful Sitcom Writing

Author: Jurgen Wolff
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780312144265
Format: PDF
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Sitcoms have never been hotter in Hollywood, and the demand for writers has never been greater. With fees starting at $16,000 for a half-hour script, sitcoms can be a lucrative option for freelancers. The hundreds of shows produced every year, each of which needs a team of writers, provide a tremendous opportunity to break into the industry. But successful sitcom writing begins long before Act I, Scene I. Hollywood insider Jurgen Wolff will start you off right. He'll show you why some ideas are promising and some should be rejected immediately, even when they're funny. You'll learn how to analyze and develop characters. And you'll find out how the pros punch up their work with subplots, physical comedy, and timing. The technical ins and outs of the sitcom format are also explained, including act structure, subplots, sets, entrances, and exits. You'll learn the manuscript formats the networks use, so your work will look as professional as it reads. And you'll get solid advice on how to find an agent, take a pitch meeting, and land your script on a producer's desk-- even if you don't live in Los Angeles. Novice and veteran sitcom writers alike keep Jurgen Wolff's book handy. Read it, and you'll see why.

Scott Sedita s Guide to Making It in Hollywood

Author: Scott Sedita
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 097706414X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Scott Sedita's Guide To Making It In Hollywood lays out everything an actor needs to know to launch a career in the entertainment capital of the world! Tapping into his 25 years of experience in the business, renowned Acting Coach, Author and TV personality Scott Sedita breaks down the Three Steps to Success -- Talent, Confidence, Perseverance -- and shows how these elements work together to build a successful acting career. Further, Scott takes a unique approach in highlighting the many Obstacles actors face when pursuing their dream in Hollywood. Scott explains how actors must identify and avoid the Three Steps to Failure -- Distractions, Addictions, Wrong Actions. With his bold, humorous, no-holds-barred approach, Scott guides the reader with practical, easily accessible advice as well as numerous Success Stories of famous actors he's worked with and how they made it to the top!

Writing the Pilot

Author: William Rabkin
Publisher: Moon & Sun & Whiskey, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780615533612
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Sitcom Writers Talk Shop

Author: Paula Finn
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1538109190
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This is a collection of interviews with writers, creators, and show runners of some of the greatest sitcoms of all time, including The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, Frasier, and The Simpsons. The writers discuss their experiences working on some of the most popular—not to mention funniest—shows ever.

Mediabistro com Presents Small Screen Big Picture

Author: Chad Gervich
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0307450147
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Take On Hollywood and Make It as a Television Writer. From mediabistro.com, the media industry’s most well-respected source for jobs, professional development, and community, this inside-the-business guide gives you the knowledge and tools you need to infiltrate Hollywood and land a job as a TV writer. That’s right—Small Screen, Big Picture gives you a competitive edge over millions of other aspiring writers who share your talent, creativity, and determination . . . because after reading these pages, you’ll have the one thing they lack: an understanding of the business of television. This journey into Hollywood’s inner workings not only details how networks, studios, and production companies work together, it teaches you how the process affects the creation and writing of TV series, how shows make money, and—ultimately—how you can use this information to break into the industry. You’ll learn: • What really goes on in the inner sanctum of the writers’ room—and how to be a part of it • How today’s TV business model works—and how rapidly it’s changing • Who has the power to buy a show idea—and how to pitch your own • How new media formats are changing television—and how to use them to your advantage • Which jobs will kick-start your TV writing career—and how to get hired • And much more . . . Armed with this solid foundation of knowledge, you’ll be ready to plan your entry into the industry and begin your successful TV writing career. From the Trade Paperback edition.