FTVM 411 - Writing for Television II: Pilots
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FTVM 311.
Advisory Prerequisites:
FTVM 290 and 310.
May not be repeated for credit.
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"Writing for Television II: Pilots" offers students who have succeeded in Writing for Television I the opportunity to conceive and develop their own television program, from the creation of a "show bible" to the completion of a full-length spec script of the pilot episode. Students study and review well-known pilots 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 over multiple seasons. They then compile a 6-7 page "pitch bible", consisting of a series overview, character profiles, and future episode ideas, then produce two drafts of the script. During the course, students will often be involved in workshop sessions, critiquing one another's work.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to actively participate in classroom discussion, produce a 6-7 page "pitch deck" for their original series, write a 10-12 page outline of their pilot, and complete a full-length spec script of their pilot.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in working in, or a sustainable career in, any aspect of Television and/or Film. Students in this class are chosen from FTVM 311.

Class Format:

Class meets for three hours once a week. The semester begins with discussion and analysis of successful TV pilots and then in the following weeks becomes a workshop where students develop their original idea for a television show as a pitch and two drafts of a pilot script.


FTVM 411 - Writing for Television II: Pilots
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001 (LEC)
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Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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