Half-Hour TV I

SCRIPT X 421.1

Learn how to construct a story and write a script outline for an existing half-hour series in this introductory TV writing course.

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Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
In-Person
Remote
Hybrid (Remote)
Starting at $720.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Learn half-hour TV script story structure
  • Identify a show's unique spin and tone
  • Write in the voice of familiar characters
  • Craft your own episode story and outline

About this course:

This course teaches you how to create an airtight story and outline--the critical first step in writing a strong half-hour comedy script of an existing series and a process that makes writing your script much easier, faster, and more successful. You begin by learning how to pinpoint what makes any half-hour comedy show tick, studying the appeal and quirkiness of the main characters, and identifying the unique spin shows put on their stories. You then focus on your own script for a current show, finding the story and identifying the comedy in it, learning how to pitch it, and creating a workable outline from which to write. Instruction also covers the "need to know" business aspects of the half-hour show, such as the current use of spec scripts to get jobs and the basics of how a comedy writer works on staff, how freelance writers move onto staff, how a writing staff is structured, and how writers work collaboratively "in the room." All student projects must focus on current shows from a list provided by the instructor; no pilots. 

Winter 2023 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Available
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Instructor: Mike Dow
389842
Fee:
$720.00
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Location: Remote Classroom
ENROLL BY: Jan 18, 2023
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted.

This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. 
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after February 01, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Jan 18, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jan 25, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 1, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 8, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 15, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 22, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 1, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 8, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 15, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 22, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
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Wednesday 5:00PM - 8:00PM PT
Available
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Instructor: Tom Pinchuk
389850
Fee:
$720.00
Hybrid (Remote)format icon
Location: Remote Classroom
ENROLL BY: Jan 18, 2023
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted.

This a hybrid (Remote) format course which combines asynchronous online instruction with semi-regular, required live meetings held on Zoom. Please see the course syllabus for specifics. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after February 01, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Jan 25, 2023
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 1, 2023
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 8, 2023
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 15, 2023
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 22, 2023
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
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Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Available
See Details
Instructor: Chris Atwood
389804
Fee:
$720.00
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Location: UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
ENROLL BY: Jan 19, 2023
See Details
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted.

This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. 
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after February 02, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Jan 19, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B
Discussion
Thu Jan 26, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B
Discussion
Thu Feb 2, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B
Discussion
Thu Feb 9, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B
Discussion
Thu Feb 16, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B
Discussion
Thu Feb 23, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B
Discussion
Thu Mar 2, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B
Discussion
Thu Mar 9, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B
Discussion
Thu Mar 16, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B
Discussion
Thu Mar 23, 2023
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 121B

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