How To Write For Television
TV Writing the Right Way!
In this guide for every student of the small screen and every scriptwriter dreaming of breaking into the business, writer-producer Madeline DiMaggio hands you the tools of the trade. With dozens of examples from today's hit shows, as well as perennial classics, DiMaggio walks readers through the scriptwriting process, from learning how to watch TV like a writer to developing your script, pitching it, and eventually sealing the deal. DiMaggio answers the questions on every aspiring television writer's mind, with chapters on:
DiMaggio combines her own experience with advice to writers from others in the trade, including agents, producers, animators, and more. This readable, reliable book has been a trusted reference for nearly two decades and is now revised to include the most up-to-date information from today's television climate, from writing for cable, reality, and TV-movie formats to the ever-evolving face of the sitcom. A must-read for anyone aiming to write for TV, How to Write for Television will continue to help budding writers reach their small-screen goals and will prepare them for working in the rapidly changing world of TV.
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THE TOOLS OF SCRIPTWRITING
RESTRICTIONS OF THE MEDIUM AND
THE HOOKS THAT SELL
THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE WRITING
WRITING THE HALFHOUR SITCOM
WRITING THE HOUR EPISODE
DEVELOPING AN EPISODE STEP BY STEP
THE TELEVISION PILOT
MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND CABLE
DEVELOPING THE TWOHOUR MOVIE
ADAPTATIONS COLLABORATIONS AND
SO ITS WRITTEN WHAT DO I DO NOW?
A FINAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
HOW TO CREATE RIVETING CHARACTERS
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