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Creating An Original TV Drama Series

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OMGchrism:

You should follow the ScriptAngel blog. Lots of great articles like this, and several times a year, she posts a current list of upcoming screenwriting contests.

Originally posted on Scriptangel's Blog:

We all know that writing a killer feature film script is hard but how about creating a pilot script for a drama series; something that will be compelling not just over an hour, or a series of hours, but over years?

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I’ve been working a lot recently with a couple of talented Script Angel clients who are creating original tv series on spec. Developing a new series is an ambitious undertaking and not something I’d usually recommend early-stage writers to attempt. After all, creating a single protagonist story over ninety minutes is challenge enough. But my writers love television drama; they are avid viewers, know the medium and envisage a career writing for it. In the UK you can’t impress a television exec with a spec of their own show, so writers have to create something original in order to demonstrate their abilities both to create original shows and to…

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New Sitcom Pilot Completed!

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“It’s a multi-cam!” said the nurse.

——- First time writing one of these, for both me and my writing partner Jamie Nash.

Keeping logline and stuff under wraps for a bit, while we get some peer feedback, but will post soon enough.

Jamie is a repped WGA writer, which opens up a few new avenues (for me) in taking the project out. My personal marketing has been limited to pitching prodcos through places like Virtual Pitchfest and Amazon Studios, entering contests and posting it to a CompuServe Bulletin Board — admittedly, that last one is a bit outdated.

Feels good to get a script under the belt this year. Took a long time to put my webseries online (well, half online), and it ate up a lot of writing time in the spring.  I’ve got a half-finished pilot and a feature to get back to and if either of those can be completed, this would be a good year. Better would be getting optioned. Even better, a date with Jessica Chastain.

This is my third writing project with Jamie, who also directed my webseries Click!. We pitched an open assignment to Amazon Studios a couple years back (didn’t get it) but the dark comedy we wrote Cordially Invited did win Best Film for the 48 Hour Film Project (Baltimore).

Maybe the third time is the one that gets me… that date with Jessica!

Screenwriter Social Media Posts and Their Subtext

 Anyone have experience pitching to BIG NAME PRODUCER/STUDIO?

I know anyone who could actually answer this isn’t reading our shitty forum, but I wanted to humblebrag about my big meeting

— Fuck You!

Just so thankful to God I’m able to write for a living. #ScreenWriterLife

I go to church and live off a trust fund

— guess that means God hates me, so #FuckYou

Just so thankful to God I’m able to write for a living. #ScreenWriterLife

My wife is a lawyer and supports my hobby

— #FuckYou #Atheist

Story is structure

My girlfriend got me one of those writing quote-a-day calendar things, and this is today’s

— you’re too old to break into screenwriting – 90’s Throwback Fuck You!

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Latest Sketches

So, these were the two sketches/scenes I entered into this year’s ABC & NBC Writer’s showcase.

If you ever wanted to see my writing style and sense of humor, these 5 pg pdfs are it.

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FIT TO BE BOLO TIED (PDF)

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FLUSH… AH AHHH! — (PDF)

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