Review the standards for a strong, professional pilot or an effective spec
Analyze your script drafts to identity areas of strength and opportunities for improvement
Engage in focused rewriting as part of a larger revision plan
Hone your premise and further develop characters, conflicts, and craft elements like dialogue and scenework
About this course:
Whether you've written a pilot or a spec of an existing half-hour comedy, your goal is the same: to dig deeper, raise the stakes higher, stretch your characters further to make your script one that will leave an indelible mark on its readers. If you're writing a pilot, have you introduced us to characters and situations that we want to come back to week after week? If you're writing a spec of an existing show, have you been true to the characters and situations as we know them, and still told a story that is somehow new? In this course, you review the choices your characters make, the consequences of those choices, and how to make those consequences more dramatic. You look at your actions, your pacing, your tension and your stakes, among other things. The goal: to improve your script until it's a story that demands the reader's attention.
SCRIPT X 422.2 Half-Hour TV IV, or SCRIPT X 422.2N Half-Hour TV Intensive IV, or SCRIPT X 422.8 Dramedy TV IV or department approval.
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.
No refunds after January 31, 2023
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