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Writing television sitcoms

Author: Evan S Smith
Publisher: New York : Perigee Books, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Television comedies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Evan S Smith
ISBN: 0399525335 9780399525339
OCLC Number: 41223940
Description: xiv, 281 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part One. Writing Premise-Driven Comedy --
1. The Game Plan: --
Career Paths --
Getting Started --
2. First, Some Theory --
Characteristics of Comedy --
The Importance of Tension --
3. Putting Theory Into Practice --
Consistency --
Comedy Output --
The Traditional Approach To Sitcom Writing --
A Different Approach --
Premise-Driven Comedy --
4. Level One --
Comedy in the Story Premise --
Character Mix --
Style of Comedy --
Casting --
5. Level Two --
Comedy in Sequences and Scenes --
Stir Up the Character Mix --
Mix and Match --
Three Things To Remember --
6. Level Three --
Comedy in Dialogue and Actions --
Setups --
Punch Lines --
Funny Actions --
Miscellaneous Comedy Tips --
About All of These Labels --
Developing Your Comedic Voice --
Part Two. Writing a Professional Script --
7. Doing Your Homework: --
Why Write Spec Scripts --
Which Series To Pick --
Researching the Series --
Studying the Premise --
8. Developing an Episode Premise: --
Advice From Our Producers --
Dreaming Up Stories --
Turning Ideas Into Springboards --
9. Developing the Story --
Creating A Beat Sheet --
Story Structure --
Linear Vs. Thread --
Story Threads Vs. Subplots Vs. Ensemble Stories --
Stories Without Endings, and Serialized Stories --
Character Arcs --
Story Tips --
Comedy's Impact on Story --
Dramatic Structure Vs. Broadcast Format --
Creating Funny Characters --
Remember the Mix --
Character Types --
How the Production Process Affects Your Script --
Nail the Story, the Rest Is Easy --
10. Writing an Outline: --
Writing To Sell, Not Educate --
Building an Outline --
How It Should Look on Paper --
Stylistic Tips --
Rewriting an Outline --
Advice From Our Producers --
A Sample Outline From "Home Improvement" --
11. Writing the First : --
Just Do It --
Writing Scenes --
Harvesting Comedy Built Into the Premise and Scene Levels --
Professional Script Formats --
Writing Scene Descriptions --
Writing Dialogue --
Miscellaneous Tips --
Planting Exposition --
Advice From Our Producers --
When That First Draft Is Finished --
Rewriting the Script --
When Rewriting By Yourself --
Advice From Our Producers --
Once the Script Is Finished --
Part Three. A Battle Plan for Launching Your Career --
12. Step One --
Developing A Strategy --
How the Writer Fits in --
A Writer's Work Week --
Writing Is A Business --
Ageism --
Putting Food on the Table --
Must You Live in Los Angeles? --
13. Step Two --
Landing an Agent: --
Do You Have To Have an Agent? --
Developing an Agent Hit List --
Before Picking Up the Phone --
Making the Call --
Submitting Your Material --
Testing the Waters If You Don'T Live in L.A --
If You Fail To Land an Agent --
You Get an Offer! --
Signing the Contract --
Once You Have the Agent --
14. Step Three --
Getting Your Work Out There --
Hiring Windows --
Working With Your Agent --
Which Scripts To Send --
Being Picky About Jobs --
Cold-Calling Producers --
Keep Writing --
Writing in Teams --
Rejection --
Dealing With Writer's Block --
Protecting Your Work --
Who Keeps the Copyright? --
Joining the Writers Guild of America --
15. Step Four --
Pitching for Assignments: --
The Call Comes in! --
Preparing for the Pitch --
The Pitch --
Advice From Our Producers --
What Might Happen --
The Contract --
The Money --
16. Step Five --
Landing A Staff Job: --
Landing A Staff Writing Job --
Office Politics --
Roundtable Writing --
Advice From Our Producers --
Contracts and Compensation --
17. Step Six --
Climbing the Ladder --
Moving Up:the Care and Feeding of Agents --
Taking A Development Deal --
How Do You Sell A New Series? --
In Closing --
Appendix A. SCRIPT FORMAT GUIDELINES (for film, tape, and animation) --
Appendix B. Additional Resources.
Responsibility: Evan S. Smith.

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