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Dramatic Screenwriting for TV 101

Film or TV, it's all the same, right? Interchangeable, even.

Nope.

In Dramatic Screenwriting for TV 101 we'll examine the purpose of a Television screenplay, break down the process of creating your own and examine some of the pitfalls I've made along the way.

Lectures
  1. **Our Classes wil be taking place here**

    If you wish to take part, please come join our Google Group

    Please note that the Google Group is currently accepting new members!

    We're just starting session three now, so there's still time to catch up.

    Thanks!

Prerequisites

1 - Most Important: You MUST be comfortable submitting your work onto an online forum. DO NOT submit any work you're worried about 'being stolen'. Start from scratch and take what you learn and apply it to whatever work you're working on. This will be a public forum, don't share what you're afraid to lose. [Not saying it will happen, but it's the internet and anything's possible]

2 - Write like you give a damn.

3 - Be Fair: Critiques must always be about the WORK SUBMITTED, not the author.

Syllabus

A specific syllabus will be decided in class as each brings forward their own needs.

We will definitely be covering:

The types of Dramatic screenplay

The Anatomy of a TV screenplay

The Beat Sheet

The Outline Process

The First Draft

Pitfalls to Avoid when Writing Your First Script

With more to come as requested.

Additional information

This is my first attempt at teaching a class, so please be gentle with me - we'll work out the rough edges together.

Teacher qualifications

As an emerging TV screenwriter who's yet to break out up here in Canada I've learned a few things over the last four or five years and I'm willing to share.

I've got 3 Spec 1-hours, 3 1-hour original Spec Pilots and a 2-hour backdoor pilot that are complete and pretty well received.

I am, by no means, an expert yet but I think I've got a pretty good footing -- If you're interested in seeing the quality of my work, you can check out the following below:

Spec Scripts: Battlestar Galactica: 'Reign' [Link: http://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B7dZ4QkfDJwYmRjNDg5ZmItOWIxYy00ODU0LWJhNWMtMzA0YWJiY2U4YTMz&export=download&hl=en] Chuck: 'Chuck Vs. The Game God' [Link: http://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B7dZ4QkfDJwOTdlOTcwNjctZTAxZS00M2EwLWJiZTMtMmEyYmQxY2ZlZjQ0]

Guide: 'A Newbie's Guide to Writing A TV Series Pitch Bible' [Link: https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1_AB2ZpzEz0PK2uRFuLc8-6fD5gnRrlISJXUZaHgCQN4&pli=1]

Cheers, Brandon

Latest Update
Sunday is last day to register with the Google Group (2012-08-26 02:01:53)

"All of our classes will be taking place on this page: http://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ds4tv101

So far it looks like about 1/4 of the 57 people who've joined our roster on the U of Reddit page have actually come along and signed up to the Google Groups page.

Just to note: After 12pm midnight this coming Sunday (tomorrow) I'll be closing registration and will not be accepting any more students into the class. If this is something you'd like to take part in, please make sure to put in your request to join by that time.

Thank you so much for the incredible amount of interest, hope to see you all on our Google group.

Cheers! Brandon"

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