Writing the 1-Hour TV Drama

Writing the 1-Hour TV Drama

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The big opportunity for screenwriters has shifted dramatically from film to television, and there is no better way to get in the game than to have written a professional, bulletproof one hour pilot script! The television market demands far richer, deeper characters, darker dilemmas, more complex storylines, conflicts, and time-shifts. Learn what makes an idea “work,” and what a good concept, pitch, and pilot script looks like and more.

This carefully curated bundle of 9 digital products includes the following OnDemand Webinars on writing for television, led by experienced instructors such as Peter Russell, Jeffrey Alan Schechter, Daniel P. Calvisi, and Erik Bork.

Creating The Next True Detective: How The One Hour TV Drama Works Right Now (OnDemand Webinar) The TV market is white hot, and it demands far richer, deeper characters, darker dilemmas, more complex storylines, conflicts, and time-shifts. Sparking this shift is the ever more ‘wide open’ Internet studio venues -- it’s the most exciting time in television history to be starting out. Your guide to understanding how to create this story in this OnDemand webinar is Peter Russell, who works as a story doctor in Hollywood and an award winning professor at UCLA and Pepperdine. His vivid style of teaching you these patterns will help you learn quickly, will inspire your story-telling, and give you practical tools you can apply directly to your own script - as soon as class is over. ($79.99 value) 

Structuring the Bulletproof One Hour Pilot Script (OnDemand Webinar) The big opportunity for screenwriters has shifted dramatically from film to television, and there is no better way to get in the game than to have written a professional, bulletproof one hour pilot script. In this OnDemand webinar, award-winning television producer, screenwriter, and author Jeffrey Alan Schechter will show you how to structure the bulletproof one hour pilot script, teaching you a system you can use immediately to make your scripts professional and memorable. ($79.00 value)

The One Hour Drama: How to Structure An Episode In Detail (OnDemand Webinar) Learning how to construct the 28 beat of all great TV drama and how they fit into a four-act structure is the vital workhorse of nearly all hour story writer's rooms. Peter Russell introduces you to that world in this OnDemand webinar and takes you through how some of the greatest TV writers have created the very best stories using this form. But these secrets and forms don't often get taught in school. Using big recent hits like MR. ROBOT, STRANGER THINGS, PEAKY BLINDERS, Peter teaches you by vivid example just how hit hour-long drama works. ($79.99 value)

TV Writing for Feature Screenwriters (OnDemand Webinar) Every aspiring professional screenwriter today must be well-versed in television format and structure, not just features. This OnDemand webinar will not only help you to apply your feature writing skills to the form and format of television, but it will also show you how to adapt one of your feature screenplays into a TV pilot. After you learn the key characteristics that must be present in a concept to work on television, both in the half hour and one hour forms, your instructor Daniel Calvisi will review the structural secrets of the television pilot that have made his webinars and books so popular. ($79.99 value)

What Makes a Great TV Idea? Learn What Hollywood Looks for in a TV Idea and Pilot Script (OnDemand Webinar) After having the good fortune of launching a professional screenwriting career with the HBO miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, writer-producer Erik Bork was introduced to the world of creating series ideas, pitching them, and writing pilot scripts by his television agents at CAA. In this OnDemand webinar, Erik will share all the key things he’s learned about what makes an idea “work,” and what a good concept, pitch, and pilot script looks like. ($79.00 value) 

Inside the TV Drama: Writing the Best Shows on Television (OnDemand Webinar) Serialized storytelling is a different animal than feature screenwriting, which is why Daniel Calvisi, creator of the Story Maps system, adapted his method to break down and analyze the one hour drama series. He will take you on an exploration and dissection of many great shows, using examples from The Sopranos, Homeland, Dexter, The Bridge, The Americans, The Good Wife, The Closer and more. ($79.99 value)

How To Structure A Great TV Pilot: Mad Men Case Study (OnDemand Webinar) Through the strong family of characters and a fascinating environment embedded in its pilot script, Mad Men became one of the great TV series of all time and never wavered from its initial vision. By closely studying the structure, characters, plot details, emotional flavors of Matthew Weiner’s pilot, writers will expand their skill sets for creating their own spec pilot scripts.

The Television Plunge: The Winning Structure of Breaking Bad (OnDemand Webinar) Through the essential DNA embedded in its pilot script, Breaking Bad became one of the greatest TV series of all time and never wavered from its initial vision. By closely studying the structure, characters, plot details, emotional flavors of Vince Gilligan’s pilot, writers will expand their skill sets for creating their own spec pilot scripts. You'll learn creation-construction of the world of your show, building out a solid family of characters for your series concept, and structuring the episode stories in your pilot script. ($79.99 value)

First Ten Pages of Your Drama Pilot (OnDemand Webinar) In this OnDemand webinar, Peter Russell shows you, using script and video examples from stories like SNEAKY PETE, OZARK, MR. ROBOT, OA, STRANGER THINGS, TRUE DETECTIVE, RAY DONOVAN, and others, just how the first ten pages of a pilot can go off like a bomb in your audience's mind, hooking them for the next hour (and entire season and entire run). Peter also shows you how to wrap these devices in the form of a TV beat that grabs the audience. ($79.99 value) 

Offer ends August 31, 2022 | 11:59 PM PST!

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