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TV Structure for Pilot Writing

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Start Date:

Sat, Jul 22, 10:00am - 1:00pm Pacific Time

Location:
Interactive Online Classroom
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Description
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 9
System Requirements: Here are the system requirements for to use our web conferencing software depending on what device you use. You need:
  • A Windows or Mac computer (or iPad)
  • A strong internet connection
  • A microphone and speakers
  • (usually built-in to your computer or USB headset) or a phone
  • A webcam to use HDFaces
  • (most newer laptops have them built in)
Most computers have built-in microphones and speakers, but you will get much better audio quality if you use a headset or handset. For sound, you can also call in on your landline or mobile device.

Windows
  • Operating system: Windows 2003 Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Processor: Any 1 Ghz single core processor or better
  • RAM: 2GB or more
  • Internet: DSL or better
  • Bandwidth: 700Kbps or more for simultaneous screen sharing, video and audio conferencing
  • Browser: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 4.0 or newer, Google Chrome™ 5.0 or newer
Mac
  • Operating system: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8/(Snow Leopard) or later
  • Processor: Any 1 Ghz single core processor or better
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internet: DSL or better
  • Bandwidth: 700Kbps or more for simultaneous screen sharing, video and audio conferencing
  • Browser: Safari® 3.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 4.0 or newer, Google Chrome™ 5.0 or newer
IPAD
  • Device: iPad® 2 or newer, iPhone® 4 or newer, iPod® Touch (3rd generation) or newer
  • Operating system: iOS 7 or newer
  • Internet: WiFi recommended for VoIP
  • Additional software: FreApp from the App Store
Class Delivery: Make a pot of tea, hop on the couch, and whip open that laptop! Through our new, live web video conferencing system, you can access the best writing teachers, a sense of community and great classes — even if you live in Lincoln, Nebraska. All you need is a strong internet connection and a Mac, PC, or iPad that has a webcam to use the HD Faces application
Teacher: Alicia Carroll

What you'll learn in this tv writing class:

Note: This is primarily a lecture class with some in-class exercises but not everyone will get to share their writing for feedback due to the seminar format.

Writing a TV pilot is a tall order for anyone and without firm footing, your feet are as good as clay. Fortunately, whether you’re writing a thriller set in outer space or an angsty teen romance set on a Montana ranch there’s a set of basic principles that will help you consistently arrive at “the end.” In this one-day structure clinic, TV writer Tyler Dinucci (American Gods, Drop Dead Diva) will help you apply the toolset of the scribe to root your story in a clearly defined genre, give it a rock-solid spine and compelling arcs that launch your pilot firmly into series.

Through inspiring lectures, fun writing exercises and Q & A, you’ll learn how to craft an irresistible spine that will never lead you astray. By the end of the class, you’ll have all the necessary tools at your disposal to put your TV series on firm footing! Topics include: Act breaks, ABC Stories, reversals, twists, arcs, weaves, cliffhangers, blows and more.

32 padders have been staffed & 16 won fellowships at ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC after taking our TV classes.


Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

All sales are final and there are no refunds.

Credit may be offered based on class availability. If you can’t come to class, call or email us as far in advance as possible. We will do everything we can to fill your spot, but we can’t make any guarantees. Credit eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your credit request and our ability to fill your spot. If we find someone to take your place, you will receive class credit minus a $25 processing fee for 1 day classes and $50 processing fee for long classes. In that case, your class credit will be good for a year from the original sign up date and will expire after that. Otherwise, you will forfeit your payment/payments.

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