"Dying is easy. Comedy pilots are hard..." Paraphrasing a little bit here, but we believe anyone who has ever written a comedy script would agree.
There are many different factors to keep in mind when writing a Comedy Pilot:
- Am I using a strong comedic voice?
- Are there enough jokes per page?
- Are my characters funny and relatable?
- Is there a compelling central theme?
- Am I telling an engaging, well-structured story?
- Is it hilarious? (or if it's a dark comedy) Is it insanely sad... and also hilarious?
In this 6-week class, Emmy nominated comedy writer Michael Poisson (ROBOT CHICKEN, RAISING DION) will work with a small group of writers to teach all the ingredients that go into creating a strong and exciting pilot script. Each week, Michael will lean an hour long lecture covering different aspects of pilot writing. Starting with the concept, logline, and characters, writers will work with Michael to continue on to writing outlines fo rhteir pilots, and then script pages. And finally, each writer will learn how to bring their story home with a powerful conclusion meant to not only give a sense of resolution to the pilot story, but to also open the door to an overarching plot that can last for year of future seasons.
Each week, Michael will critique the writers' assignments personally, and give notes on how best to move forward. By the end of the class, writers will have completed a full comedy pilot script, as well as a final one-on-one phone call with Michael. Lasting about 20 minutes, this final consultation will be used to discuss Michael's thoughts on the completed script, as well as how to get it out to the marketplace, and any other industry questions the writer would like to ask.
Leave this 6-week course with a first draft of your TV Comedy Pilot ready to market!
Cancellation Policy: You may cancel for a full refund up to 5 days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this period will be ineligible for refunds.
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