Course DescriptionAnyone who wants to work as a professional television writer has to be able to submit top-notch original material to agents and showrunners. In this fast-paced course, you take your idea for a one-hour TV series and turn it into an outline, write intensively, and get feedback from the instructor and fellow participants every week. Throughout this process, you learn how to envision the world of your show, create characters and conflict, build a storytelling engine, and nail down your show's structure, tone, story, and act breaks. By the end of course, you have strong act breaks, a full beat outline, and a critique of the first 10 pages of your original one-hour pilot script. This course counts toward the 4-course Writer's Fellowship Prep Specialization.
Develop the world, characters, tone, and story engine for an original TV series before developing an outline and your script's first act.
Course may be taken as a certificate program core requirement or elective.
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PrerequisitesX 430.4 Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec I and X 431.4 Beginning Writing for the One-Hour Spec II, or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Directing : Elective
- Entertainment Studies : Electives
- Feature Film Writing : Electives - Feature Film or Television Writing
- Film and TV Development : Electives
- Screenwriting: Film and TV Comprehensive : Electives - Feature Film or Television Writing, Defined Sixth Requirement
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required
- Television Writing : Defined Third Requirement, Electives - Feature Film or Television Writing
- TV Writers Fellowship Prep : 3rd Course