Television Screenwriting: Business and Technical Learning

Learn structure, terminology, and business of television writing and move toward being a professional.
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

Understanding formats, commercial breaks, dialogue, screenwriting software, characters, The Writers Room, and studios are among the expansive list of items needed to break into the business as a television writer.  Upon completion of this course you will understand the various components associated with television writing and how to proceed toward becoming a professional television writer. 

Industry Expert

Illunga Adel Television Writer

Illunga has written and/or produced on many of the most  renowned sitcoms in television history. Sanford and Son, 227, Married with Children, Different World, City Guys, My Brother and Me,  and Moesha are among his credits.   Illunga is a member of the Writers Guild of  America.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to structure television scripts for 1/2 hour, 1 hour, and TV movies
  • Understand television terminology
  • Learn how to protect your idea
  • Learn how to submit a spec script
  • Learn about developing characters and stories

Who is the target audience?

  • Aspiring Television Writers
  • Individuals aspiring to work in television production
  • Producers
  • Directors
  • Entertainment Industry Enthusiast

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Section 1: Television Screenwriting - Express
Course Introduction
Writing for television is quite different than writing for feature films.  The assumption for writing screenplays in general could be that the same format is used for television and film.  However, the formatting for writing for television is not the same as the formatting for writing a screenplay for a film.  In this lesson, you will learn the differences between the two.
Have you ever heard the term teleplay?  It is important to understand the terminology and jargon used within the television writing community.  In this lesson, you will learn the terms.
Teleplays must be properly formatted in a manner that is excepted in the entertainment industry.  Contrary to what novice teleplay writers may assume, teleplays do not look like novels.  In this lesson, the format of a teleplay is clearly defined and explained.
Now that you know the format for writing a teleplay, there is various software available for assisting in creating this format.  Within the industry, there are format standards that are required.  By not abiding by format guidelines, you could give a producer the excuse to not read your teleplay.  Listen and learn about software to assist in this process.
Section 2: Comedy vs. Drama vs. TV movies vs. Reality TV
The structure for writing a comedy, a drama, or a tv movie has differences worth noting.  Be sure to document the structural differences in your workbook as you listen to this lesson and the subsequent lessons.
Here more about the structure of a comedic television show.
Here more about the structure of a television drama.
Here more about the structure of a made for television movie.
Reality TV has completely changed the landscape for television writers.  However, Reality TV shows are more "scripted" than the novice viewer would assume.  Learn how reality television shows are attracting television writers for creating and crafting entertaining scenarios.
Section 3: Elements of the Screenplay
Now that you have learned about acts, scenes, structures, how do you physically start your teleplay?  This lecture will give you the tips needed to begin writing your teleplay.
Script formatting is so important that it bears repeating.  Many details are required for formatting the script and for establishing scenes, characters, and other elements.  Learn more in this segment and write down the tips for accurately formatting your script.
It is time to create your first draft.  In this lesson, you will receive direction as to how you may become inspired to begin the first draft of your teleplay.
Now that the first draft has been created, how do you move on to the second draft?  When moving from the first draft to the second draft, you must receive feedback.  Incorporating this feedback and determining what to alter and what to keep is crucial.  Learn more about this process in this section.
Polishing your draft will take place over and over again.  Until your script is produced, it will continuously undergo re-writes.  So how do you appropriately "polish" your script without performing major re-writes constantly?  Learn how to accomplish this task in the lesson.
Now that you have created your script, it is time to protect your intellectual property.  How is this done?  There are entities that you should register with in order to protect your creative work. Learn how to accomplish these steps.
Now you are ready to get paid for your script!  Well...hold that thought.  It is rare to get a script sold, especially your first script.  What typically happens when you are ready to sale your script? Learn more about the process of selling your script in this lesson.
So how much do television screenwriters get paid?  It depends; however, you need to ensure that you are being compensated appropriately for your teleplay.  In this lesson, you will receive practical knowledge on compensation.
Course Conclusion

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Featured Industry Subject Matter Experts:

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Tiffany Dean, Celebrity Stylist

Carolyn Thompson Goldstein, Talent Agent

Jeffrey Reddick, Screenwriter

Alejandro Seri, Final Draft Inc.

Kris Sheets, Line Producer

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