Course DescriptionA key component of every television writing portfolio is an original writing sample which illustrates both the "voice" and saleable capabilities of a new writer. This workshop guides students to develop a half-hour comedy premise that combines their original vision with network and cable protocols. Designed for students to advance their study of comedic writing, students learn the professional and creative requirements involved in pitching and writing an original half-hour episode of a situation or animated comedy, completing a draft for a comedy series pilot and series bible.
- Comedic structure, comedy premise, timing, jokes, and punch-ups.
- How to develop a popular half-hour comedy within a “writers room” setting.
- How to write an original one-sentence logline, character descriptions, an outline, and a first draft.
- How to use one’s original ideas and vision, and combine them with standard industry protocols and requirements, in order to create a sitcom that is both original and professional.
- Students get to experience the “writers room” environment and use its capabilities for developing their own creative ideas.
- Students hone their comedic craft while furthering their appreciation for the business of comedy writing for television including networking and breaking in.