Writing for Television II|
Spring 2015 not offered
This advanced course requires that each student act as writer, producer/network executive as well as lead discussant on one of the professional scripts we read. Students will be responsible for two meetings with the professor during the semester, two to three meetings with their producing partners, and one meeting with their actors (who will perform a short scene from the student's script at the end of the semester.) Each student will conceive of and pitch three story ideas in the first classes, winnowing down to one idea for which they will write a story area, an outline, and a final script (which will go through three major revisions). Students are expected to come to class with a background in creative writing, focusing on character and dialogue as well as having completed one TV screen play.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(FILM-MN)(FILM)
Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin, SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION WRITING
Alex Epstein, CRAFTY TV WRITING
Tom Stempel, STORYTELLERS TO A NATION
Linda Seger, WRITING SUBTEXT
TV glossary handout
|Examinations and Assignments: |
We all read six pilot scripts: two on the air, two cancelled, two that didn't get to pilot. Teams of students will present and discuss the scripts, with an eye to improving them. Students produce on schedule: Story Area. Outline. Screenplay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Interview required for this course. Please contact Amy Bloom (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Izzy Rode (email@example.com) to make an appointment, anytime during the fall semester.
1. Permission of Instructor
2. Cover letter about your favorite television show as a child and currently
3. Understanding the requirements and role of dialogue, character and plot
4. One of the following:
a. Creative writing sample and previous creative writing instruction OR
b. At least one completed TV screen play.
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