Screenwriting -- Writing a Pilot
When it comes to writing.
I don't think there's any one way of doing it.
But if you're considering having a go at writing a pilot or two. Or more.
This might help.
This is the way I do it.
And may be the reason why I watch so much TV.
You can read all the books on writing, but I personally think the best way is to do this.
1. Get your hands on some pilot scripts. There are plenty of them on the internet. After watching so many TV shows this year, I wish the streaming services and networks would release the pilot scripts for them. Not sure if that's possible, but it would be awesome. There'll be a list of some pilots that you should definitely read below.
2. Once you have a number of these pilot scripts. Ten would be a good number to start with. DON'T READ THEM YET.
3. Find where these series are being shown. Streaming services. Networks. Or you could just buy them on Blu-ray. Then watch them.
4. Then read the relevant pilot script.
5. Look at how the story unfolds on the page, then compare the script to how the action and dialogue unfolds on the screen.
6. Look at the act breaks.
Does the show have a TEASER?
How many acts does the show have?
Is it four or five acts?
Do they stick a tag on the end?
How long are the scenes?
How many scenes are in an act?
7. But the most important questions for me personally?
Does the pilot hold your interest?
Are the characters interesting?
Are the characters asking questions at the end of the pilot?
Is the storyline interesting?
How are the characters introduced?
Is the story familiar, but also different to what you've watched before?
8. What type of series is this?
A limited series with a limited number of epsiodes.
Is this idea one that will last for more than one season?
There are plenty of pilot scripts, but these are good ones to check out.
Watch pilot. Read script. Watch pilot.
Break them down.
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