Writing for Television II offers students who have succeeded in Writing for Television I the opportunity to conceive and develop their own hour-long television program, from the creation of a "show bible" to the completion of a full-length spec script of the pilot episode.
Taking into account the growing popularity of pilot spec scripts in the industry, Writing for Television II is a focused study of pilots and how to create one's own show. Students study and review well-known pilots and pilot specs that have been produced (Mad Men, Dirty Sexy Money, etc.) with an eye towards how they accomplish the goals of a pilot: to tell a good stand-alone story while creating the potential for a whole world of continuing stories and characters that can be sustained throughout a season. They then compile a 6-7 page "show bible", a document that is frequently involved in pitching a new show comprised of a pilot synopsis, character profiles and future episode ideas, then produce a beat sheet for the pilot episode and, finally, a first draft of the pilot spec. During the course, students often will be involved in workshop sessions, critiquing one another's work.
Students are expected to actively participate in classroom discussion, produce a 6-7 page "show bible" for their original series, write a 10-12 step outline of their pilot, and complete a 60-page spec script of their pilot.
SAC majors with an interest in a television career.
Small class discussion with weekly screenings during class.