I’m reading more network pilot scripts this year than in years past, so I can’t say whether this is a new trend or just something I was unaware of: What’s with all the swearing?
Today’s First Person comes from Daniel Thomsen, a television writer who’s worked on staff at Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and Melrose Place.
Several readers questioned my advice to write a TV spec, even if feature screenwriting is your primary goal.
A writing team is getting good response to their first script — but it’s their only script.
Jay Faerber is trying to transition from writing comics to writing TV, and is doing so with the help of the Warner Bros TV Writers Workshop.
Mary McNamara has an article in the LA Times about married TV showrunners.
Roddenberry’s 1964 outline is the same kind of write-up TV writers use today.
If you’re writing the pilot episode of a TV series, you have a choice to make: will this episode be more-or-less typical for the series, or will it be The Beginning?
Three quick answers on writing camera angles, formatting TV scripts and choosing a pen name.
Really, wireless radio devices don’t need to be touched to work.
Writers are making less money, and it’s part of a bigger shift in the industry.
The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on the Cablevision case, allowing the Second Circuit Court’s decision to stand. Cablevision can begin introducing its service.
Any sort of application, whether it’s for a grant, for college or for a job, needs to do exactly three things.
Jonny Sommers has a job many readers want — or at least, think they want: the assistant to a successful and busy TV showrunner.
Josh Friedman recounts the cancellation of his excellent show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
With an adapted screenplay, it’s not altogether obvious what awesomeness came from the screenwriter, and what came from the underlying material.
A site featuring tons of TV pilot scripts.
The thin line between unlimited DVR and video-on-demand.
A clip from my 2003 pilot, directed by Kim Manners.
Mourning one of TV’s great directors: Kim Manners.
How technology could upend the economics of filmed entertainment.
Knowing the answer is part of the craft, just like a cabinetmaker promising a delivery date.
Two unrelated questions answered. 1. Clarifying young and old versions of characters. 2. How much research to do before writing.
The survival of dayplayers benefits us all.
My agent leaves me to head HBO. Yeah Sue!