TV Writing: The Original TV Pilot

Intermediate—Spring

This class builds upon TV writing fundamentals learned in the fall class or from another course in spec scriptwriting. Students will generate beat sheets and pages to create and write original one-hour and half-hour shows (no sitcoms). Focusing on engineering story machines, we power characters and situations with enough conflict to generate episodes over many years. In conference, students may wish to develop another spec script, begin to develop characters and a series “bible” for another original show, or work on previously developed material. Students are expected to have an extensive working knowledge across many genres of TV shows that have aired domestically during the past 25-30 years.