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Elephant Bucks An Insider's Guide to Writing for TV Sitcoms

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ISBN-10: 1932907270

ISBN-13: 9781932907278

Edition: 2007

Authors: Sheldon Bull

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A comprehensive guide to writing a highly commerical and saleable spec sitcom script and launching your career as a TV sitcom writer. Includes det ailed inside information on how to choose the right series to spec, how to pick the right story, and detailed, step by step instruction on how to write the scripts that will get you work.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Publication date: 5/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 266
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Bull has been a professional tv sitcon writer, producer, and director for thirty years. His career included: writing for MASH, developing writing and producing the hit CBS sitcom Newhart; writing and producing the ABC hit Coach starring Craig T. Nelson; and producing, writing and directing the ABC hit series Sabrina-The Teenage Witch.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Elephant Bucks
How Did I Get Elephant Bucks?
How Do You Get Elephant Bucks?
It Worked for Me!
Something You've Always Dreamed of Doing
Breaking In
Staying Successful
How Do I Know That You'll Be Successful?
What You Need Right Now!
My Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Solid Spec Script
Those Amazing Spec Scripts!
What's a Spec Script, Anyway?
The Shortest Route to Your Lucky Break!
The Joy of Knowing What You're Doing!
One-Trick Pony
"What Else Have You Got?"
Ready to Roll
Calling Cards That Keep on Calling!
A Portfolio of Solid Spec Scripts
Picking the Right Series to Spec
The Show That You Know and Love!
"Hear It in Your Head"
Beyond Seinfeld
Scripts That Producers Want to Read
Too Soon to "Hear It in Your Head"
Planet MegaMall
The Web
Picking the Right Story
Story Is Everything
The Right Story Is in Front of You
Write to the Premise
Write the Main Character
Write the Formula
The Paints Are Already in the Tray
Don't Reinvent
Don't Break New Ground
No New Characters
Use the Regular Sets
Test the Premise
Write It Real
See How Easy That Was?
Structuring Your Story
Seven Plot Elements
Using the Seven Plot Elements to Develop Your Story
Two-Act Framework
Six-Scene Template
How We Did It on Coach
Going to Work on Your Story
Turning Plot Elements into Scenes
Familiar Sets
"B" Story
Multiple Story Lines
Runners
Trust Your Instincts
Outlining Your Story
Why Bother with an Outline?
The Whiteboard
How I Write an Outline
Writing Scenes
Move the Story Forward
Much of the Work Is Already Done
A Different Way of Writing Scenes
Write It as a Drama First
Roughing Out a Scene as Drama First
Now for the Jokes
Making the Humor Easier to Find
Page Count
Getting Off to a Great Start as a Professional Sitcom Writer
Your Finished Masterpiece Now What?
Now What?
"Who Cares What You Think?"
Someone Who Is Actually Going to Read It
"I Really Liked It Except for the Part Where..."
"There Is Truth in Even the Dumbest Note"
Three or Four People
"What Else Have You Got?"
May I Have the Address of That Show Biz Contact, Please?
Your Friend in Show Business
The Sitcom Universe
Where to Go in the Sitcom Universe
Fish Off the Company Pier
Farmer's Market
Your First Pitch Meeting
Your Lucky Break Has Arrived
They're Doing You the Favor!
Preparing for the Meeting
Six Stories, Six Notions
How to Pitch a Story Idea
You Don't Need Perfect Pitch!
Pitch Meeting Supplies
Keep It in Perspective
Your First Assignment
The Story Meeting
Getting Home
Day Two
Day Three and Beyond
Notes on Your Outline
The Bad Story
Your First Draft
The Second Draft
Cut Off
They Rewrote Me!!
Go Ahead and Have the Party!
Getting That Second Assignment
Working on Staff
The Sitcom Writing Staff
The Production Season
The Production Week
Single Camera Series
Your Primary Job as a Staff Writer
The Other Writers
Actors
The Producer's Chair
Creating Your Own Series
Your Personal Life
Agents & Executives
Agents
Picking an Agent
A Business Relationship
Never the Biggest Fish
Grow at Your Own Pace
Not a Parent
Again, Trust Your Instincts
Chinatown
Executives
Be Nice
Everything Can Be Fixed
The Kernel of Truth
"We Have a Huge Problem in Act Two"
"We Have Just One Tiny Little Note"
Why Make Enemies When You Don't Have To?
Learn from the Best
Where to Look
Websites
Speaking of Museums
What to Watch
The Current Hits
Conclusions
I Wish All of This for You
About the Author