Screenwriting: Creating the Bulletproof 1 Hour TV Pilot
What you'll learn
- By the end of the course you will be able to craft a professionally structured 1 hour pilot script. In addition, you will have an understanding of the business aspects of television writing so you can make an informed choice exactly what sort of pilot you should write.
- Ideally, a professional screenwriting program such as Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriter
Pilot Season Never Ends!
The big opportunity for screenwriters has shifted dramatically from film to television, and the best way to get in the writing game -- TV & features -- is to write a professional, bulletproof 1 hour pilot script. A rock-solid 1 hour pilot script is not just a sample of your TV writing skills, but or your feature writing chops, too.
Thanks to cable, the Internet, and channels such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon the hunt for great shows is a year-round event. In this ONLINE VIDEO CLASS , Gemini award-winning television producer and two-time Emmy nominated TV writer Jeffrey Alan Schechter shows you how to structure the Bulletproof 1 Hour Pilot Script, teaching you the private system you can use to immediately to make your scripts professional and memorable.
In this online class you'll learn:
- The 3 questions you need to answer before you write your pilot script
- The 6 business reasons why an original pilot script is better than a sample episode of an existing series
- The surprising insight why a 1 hour pilot script is also a killer feature sample.
- The 4 reasons to write an episodic pilot and not a serialized one
- The differences between cable & broadcast pilots (and which one is better to write)
- The 5 essential steps to knowing your show
- The 7 distinct characters you need to round out your cast.
- A formula to quickly pitch your entire show (series, season, and episode)
- The 9 bulletproof plot points of your Teaser & Act 1.
- A step-by-step guide to tracking the A, B, and C stories through the entire script.
- The 3 essential plot points that make up the final act and reset the episode so viewers are back next week, eager for more of your show.
The online class includes lifetime access to:
- All lectures and updates, forever!
- A downloadable file of all the key slides used in the course (a master course in pilot writing all by themselves)
- The following downloadable breakdowns:
- CSI:NY (Season 5, Episode 22) - This is a very clean Teaser/4 Acts breakdown of an EPISODIC show.
- NCIS (Season 5, Episode 7) - One of the most popular shows on broadcast, this episode uses a Teaser/5 Act structure.
- Breaking Bad (Season 1, Episode 6) - Some of the best writing on TV, this is an excellent example of a SERIALIZED show that follows the Teaser/4 Act structure but with heavy character development .
- The following downloadable templates:
- Blank Structure Template - 1 Hour, Episodic, Teaser/4 Acts
- Blank Structure Template - 1 Hour, Episodic, Teaser/5 Acts
- Blank Structure Template - 1 Hour, Serial, Teaser/4 Acts
- Blank Character Template - A blank character chart to help you know which characters you need and what roles they play in your series.
You can find other courses that charge a lot more given by writers who work a lot less (sorry guys, you know it's true) but this is the only online course that packs this amount of current information into this concise a format with these many resources and all from a working writer who knows what you're going through and knows how to make it easier and better.
This course comes with a no hassle money back guarantee. After taking the class, if you don't think the information is worth it, tell us and you'll get your money back, no questions asked. And we'll still let you keep your access to the lectures, breakdowns, and templates. Just like Captain Kirk, we don't believe in the no-win scenario and neither should you.
Ready to get started? Good! Let's go write something AWESOME.
Who this course is for:
- Aspiring and professional television writers
- Screenwriters looking to increase their opportunities
- Television and film executives and assistants
- Anyone who loves television and storytelling
Jeffrey Alan Schechter is a WGA, WGC, Emmy, and BAFTA nominated writer, a Gemini-winning producer, a showrunner and executive producer, and a million dollar spec screenplay writer.
Jeff's worked extensively -- and constantly --in film and television over the last twenty years, and his unique and simple system of breaking down stories as well as managing the career of a working writer has not only been turned into the popular story development software, Contour, by Mariner Software, but is the subject of the bestselling book My Story Can Beat Up Your Story! published by Michael Wiese books.
Jeff has taught all over the world is an entertaining and engaging speaker, both funny and honest, and cuts through the background chatter of writing theory to present a simple and professional system of screenwriting.