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Crafty TV Writing Thinking Inside the Box

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ISBN-10: 0805080287

ISBN-13: 9780805080285

Edition: 2006

Authors: Alex Epstein

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Description:

Alex Epstein, a professional TV writer provides an authoritative, essential guide to the entire process of television writing, both for beginners and professionals who want to go to the next level.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 5/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.64" wide x 8.19" long x 0.92" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why You Want to Write TV
Thinking Inside the Box
The Hidden Structure of a TV Series
What Makes Great TV?
A Hook
An "Attractive Fantasy"
Characters We Never Get Tired Of
A Place Where Stories Walk in the Door
Episodic vs. Serial Stories
Demographics and Networks
The Show Bible
Great Episode Ideas
The Springboard
What Makes a Great Springboard?
How to Come Up with Great Springboards
What Makes a Bad Story Idea
Mixing and Matching
Themed Shows
Writing the Script
Teasers and Tags
Act Outs
Breaking Story
Time Compression
Weaving Stories Together-The Beat Sheet
No Hand Waving, Please
The Most Powerful Screenwriting Tool in the World
Mix It Up
The Rule of One
Tracking Expectations
Treatments
Going to Pages-the Script
Dialogue
Action
The Writer's Toolkit
Bad Writing and How to Fix It (Or at Least Get Away with It)
When Is Your Draft Done?
Contracts and Drafts
Taking Criticism
The Flavors of Bad Writing
Pulling vs. Pushing
Geography
Suspension of Disbelief
Offscreen Story
Go-Tos
Point of View
Communicating Without Dialogue
Bringing the Funny
What's So Funny?
Great Comic Premises
Plausible Surprise
Funny Word Last
Commitment
Juxtaposition
Squiggy
Comedy Is in the Characters
Comedy Is in the Pauses, Too
Don't Break the Frame
Joke on a Joke
Bric-a-brac
Up and Back
Trivia
Underwriting
Overwriting
Learning to Be Funny
Stand-up Comedy
Working in TV Land
Preparing to Be a TV Writer
Writing Partners
Film Schools and Classes
The Free Alternative Film School
Seminars and Workshops
Awards and Competitions
The Spec Script
Spec Pilots as Samples
Screenwriting Software
Breaking In
Getting an Agent
Staffing Season
L.A., the Big Nipple
The Back Door
Other Back Doors
Getting Hired
Killer Story Pitches
Be Fun
Just Do It
Be Flexible but Passionate
Writing Your Freelance Script
Multiple Jobs
Moving up the Food Chain: Writing on Staff
Who Are All These People?
Story Editors
Your Master's Voice
Credit Where Credit Isn't Due
Production Notes
Playing Nice with the Other Kids
How to Run a Writing Room
Surviving Getting Fired
The Holy Grail: Creating Your Own Show
Spec Pilots for Real
Pitching Festivals: Any Use?
The Pilot Episode
Coming Up with a TV Show
Enjoying the Process
A Parting Word
Resources
Writing Contests and Fellowships
Final Draft vs. Screenwriter
Scale Payments
Samples
Script Pages
Glossary
Notes
Index