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RAINDANCE LA & ROUGH DIAMOND PRODUCTIONS
TV PILOT WRITING
Give Yourself a Shot at
Writing a Pilot to Sell
Or Get Hired as a TV Writer
DAVID A. WEINSTEIN
Lucky 7, Unreal, Kyle XY, Chicago Med
Defiance, Cult, S.W.A.T., Chicago P.D.
American Dad, Family Guy
TAKE THE CLASS:
IN PERSON in West Hollywood
LIVE ONLINE with Streaming Video
(If you live outside LA you can watch from ANYWHERE on your computer, smart phone, or tablet)
VIDEO-ON-DEMAND after Each Class
(If you can’t make it at class time, you can still watch afterwards with a VOD link of the class sent the next day)
TUESDAY, MAY 8th, 2018
6pm to 8pm
and continuing for
5 Consecutive Tuesday evenings
through Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
ABOUT THE COURSE:
Back about 10 years ago, you needed to pick your favorite TV show and write a “spec” version of it to break into TV as a writer. BUT NO MORE! Gone are the days of the great “NYPD BLUE” spec getting you a job.
Now, all agents and TV shows are looking for are FRESH PILOTS. Original pilot scripts, either one-hour or half-hour, are now the way that writers are introduced to producers and the TV community. Pilot scripts need care, commitment and logic – along with original characters, fresh situations, and a fertile setting that is ripe to grow episodes from. The way to do that is to create a pilot with a mechanism in place to tell stories that will work for your future episodes.
During this 5 WEEK INTENSIVE TV Pilot Writing Workshop, we’ll show you how to take your TV pilot ideas off the ground. Write a pilot script that has the potential to win script contests, get you an agent or manager, get read by production companies to be developed into a series, or that you can present as a writing sample for a staff writing job on a series.
Get Feedback each week from Weinstein, classmates, and industry professionals to create a wonderful pilot that will help you kickstart the television writing career you are after.
WEEKLY COURSE OUTLINE:
WEEK 1: THE IDEA (Tuesday, May 8th)
Bring your ideas! On day one, Weinstein will talk to you about his journey from unemployed writer to working TV writer. After that, let’s hear your ideas! You are expected to bring at least 2/3 ideas so that you can get feedback on which one would make the best pilot for you to write in hopes of using it as a selling tool for yourself. Leave the first day knowing that you have an idea in hand.
Assignment for Week 2: Prepare an informal pitch of your pilot’s story with its beginning, middle and ending, as well as characters and idea for the series’ first season arc.
WEEK 2: THE STORY (Tuesday, May 15th)
Get ready to informally pitch your pilot you are setting out to write. This pitch should include characters, a beginning, middle and an end as well as where the series can go. You will get suggestions on adjustments before you start on the “BEAT SHEET” assignment for the following week.
Assignment for Week 3: Now that you’ve talked about your story, prepare a “beat sheet” that course tutor can further evaluate before going into the outline. The beats will be talked about and modified before you are sent to outline, just as in a writer’s room.
WEEK 3: THE BEATS (Tuesday, May 22nd)
Bring your beat sheets that you’ve worked on. A basic “beat sheet” is something TV writers do before getting into an actual outline so that they can make further adjustments. You will get examples of what producers tend to look for. By the time you leave on Week 3 you should be ready to write your outline.
Assignment for Week 4: You are almost there! Bring your outline before you start writing your pilot script.
WEEK 4: THE OUTLINE (Tuesday, May 29th)
Now that you had feedback on your beat sheet, bring an outline of your pilot to the class. Course tutor will go over your outline and make some more tweaks before you are sent off to write.
Assignment for Week 5: You’re now ready to write that script. Bring the first 5 pages of your script for next class.
WEEK 5: FIRST 5 PAGES OF YOUR SCRIPT (Tuesday, June 5th)
Yup. The first 5 pages. And then the instructor and 2 guest speakers from the TV industry are going to read those pages and give you feedback.
These pilots are the most important tool to have when it comes to breaking into the TV writing business. By the end of the course you will have the first 5 pages of your script as well as your outline and beat sheet, and all the tools you need to continue writing and the best chances of creating a TV pilot that you can get representation with or sell to a network.
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Course Location for LIVE EVENT:
Rough Diamond Productions
1424 N. Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Information for Online or VOD:
Provided upon registration.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR / GUEST SPEAKERS:
DAVID A. WEINSTEIN is a true journeyman TV writer. Born in Brooklyn, NY, David came out to write for film and ended up in television based on advice from an agent who read his work and thought his sensibilities lent themselves more to continuing drama than to screenplays. Starting with an episode of SILK STALKINGS, David has written for almost every TV genre there is. His first staff-writing gig was on a show called SLEEPWALKERS for NBC, and then he stayed in drama writing for such shows as SOLDIER OF FORTUNE , KYLE XY, and THE CLOSER. After deciding that he wanted to try other avenues in the business, he took a job writing for JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE that lead to gigs on CHELSEA HANDLER, THE STEVIE RYAN SHOW and DEATH VALLEY for MTV. At that point David headed east and took the WWE up on an offer to write wrestling for a year, until he realized that drama was his true love and returned to LA for runs on LUCKY 7, UNREAL, and CHICAGO MED. David lives in North Hollywood with his two cats, Misty and Munchie. He’s currently working on a one hour pilot as well as teaming up with a well-known animated comedy writer for a half-hour pilot – meaning that David is still straddling the fence on genres. He’s also managed to sell six different pilots in the last few years and is ready to share some of his know-how.
CRAIG CORE came out of North Carolina with dreams of writing one hour drama. He teamed up with a partner, Tim Walsh and together they got jobs on SyFy’s DEFIANCE and CULT. Soon Walsh and Gore caught the eye of super-producer Dick Wolf who put the team on CHICAGO, PD. Starting out as Story Editors, Gore/Walsh quickly rose through the ranks to become the fastest Co-Executive Producers in recent memory as just three seasons and over 20 episodes written, they worked together as a team for the show’s fourth season. After splitting with Tim, Craig moved on to the CBS show S.W.A.T., where he serves as Executive Producer under showrunner Shawn Ryan. It’s been a steady ascent for Craig, who has also sold pilots to many networks and is always cooking up new interest in his original pilots.
MIKE BARKER is a writer and producer who co-created the animated series AMERICAN DAD, and served as showrunner for nine seasons. The show, which debuted on Fox in 2004, is currently in its 14th season on TBS. Before creating AMERICAN DAD, Barker wrote on the first three seasons of FAMILY GUY, where he created such iconic characters such as Joe Swanson and the Evil Monkey. Barker got his start by writing for Don Rickles on the 1993 Fox sitcom, DADDY DEAREST. After that, Barker wrote on a string of short-lived series, including HARDBALL, THE LAST FRONITER, HOMEBOYS IN OUTERSPACE, and OFF CENTRE. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Barker eventually escaped to study philosophy at the University of Arizona. He scrapped plans for law school his senior year, and instead moved to Los Angeles to pursue stand up comedy before discovering his true love for writing.
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