- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (May 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805080287
- ISBN-13: 978-0805080285
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 0.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box 1st Edition
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Epstein, author of Crafty Screenwriting (2002), draws on his experiences writing for the television shows Naked Josh and Charlie Jade to create an essential guide for those hoping to break into television writing. Epstein starts with the big picture by examining what great television series have in common: a hook that draws viewers in, compelling characters the audience cares about, and stories that unfold naturally on the small screen and make people want to return to the world of the show every week. From there he gets into the specifics of how to write a good script. Here he tells writers to create a beat sheet--something similar to an outline--of their episode before sitting down to write the script. After offering insightful writing hints and tips on how to write comedy, Epstein walks writers through finding jobs writing for television--and how to get along with everyone from story editors to show runners once one does. Enlightening and straightforward, this is a must for anyone who wants to write for television. Kristine Huntley
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No need for me to ever write a book on TV writing. Alex Epstein has covered it all . . . along with a few things I wouldn't have thought of. Save yourself five years of rookie mistakes. Crafty TV Writing and talent are pretty much all you'll need to make it.
--Ken Levine, writer/producer, MASH, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Wings, Becker
"After offering insightful writing hints and tips on how to write comedy, Epstein walks writers through finding jobs writing for television--and how to get along with everyone from story editors to show runners once one does. Enlightening and straightforward, this is a must for anyone who wants to write for television."- Booklist
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Further, he doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the difficulty of becoming a staff writer. He emphasizes the quality of writing is always foremost but that a professional attitude toward improving the script and the production is highly prized. In production, cost dominates. He explains how a spec script must be appropriate to the series template; and, an original spec script must be high concept, cost conscious and well written.
Included are appendixes on resources, contests, software, payments, samples, script pages, a glossary, notes and an index. In total, an insider's professional experience in the business.
Very helpful. I recommend it.