I sold a TV pilot. November 12, by lisacullen I sold a drama pilot to CBS.
In Act One, set up the goal for the character.
Then your character runs into an obstacle. By the end of the act he should reach or fail to reach that immediate goal. Act One usually lasts about 10 minutes.
In Act Two, you'll complicate the character's mission, then raise the stakes. Be sure to move your subplots forward as well and raise the stakes again. By this point, your character is at his lowest point. This act usually goes for about 40 minutes.
By Act Three, your character, hopefully, will have reached a new level of determination. You will have made things even tougher for him, so he'll have to dig inside himself for more strength. Be sure to deal with your subplots and tie up loose ends. Finally, is the resolution or pay-off.
Depending on the series, there can be up to three storylines running concurrently.
The A story is the main plot, while the B story is the major subplot. The C story is called a runner or minor subplot, usually character developing. It usually occurs three times within the hour. Dialogue When writing dialogue, there are a couple of things to consider: The character ages, education, and background.
How do they speak when emotional or angry? It must move the story forward. They should be acted out. Be specific in your dialogue. Details are everything and they'll serve to enrich your characters. Beware of long speeches.
The thing about dialogue vs. Time expands when you talk. Break up speeches with interjections from other characters or actions pertaining to the scene. Don't let your characters talk to themselves.
If it's absolutely critical, do it sparingly, and only if the scene turns out better with it than without it. Situation Comedies Someone once said that "dying is easy, comedy is hard. If a joke is told badly, no matter how good the joke, it'll fall flat.
The opposite can be true as well. If a bad joke is well told, it could be funny. Format There are two types of sitcoms: Multiple camera format is the traditional form, and it started with shows like "I Love Lucy," and continues with "Everybody Loves Raymond," Will and Grace," "Frasier," etc.
Single camera shows are shot and formatted like films. No matter what type of show, it's important to find several actual scripts for the spec you're writing so that you can get really familiar with the format. Some shows have teasers and tags, some have two acts multiple camera format and some have three acts some, but not all, single camera showsand some have page counts that differ from industry averages.
A good example of that is Sex and the City. This is a single camera show in three acts that includes a key scene in every script where Carrie sits at her computer and asks the question that frames all the stories in the episode.
An analysis of past scripts would indicate this happens about minutes into the episode, but not always. Know the rules before you break them.Writing the Pilot - Kindle edition by William Rabkin.
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Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Writing the Pilot. Script analyst Diane House sheds some light on the structure and formatting of teleplays. Glossary A Page A revised page that extends beyond the original page, going onto a second page.
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