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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    Paper Quality Better Than the Content

    As a novice trying to figure out how tv writing works, I'm disappointed with this book. The quality of paper that's used for printing is great but the content is disorganized and seems to be geared toward someone with some tv writing experience.

    The author does a good job in defining types of shows, their approximate script length, restrictions of the medium, and basic industry terms.

    But after that, there are big holes that have left me seeking another book to explain the basics that were skipped in how many scenes make up an act? How to differentiate between story A, B, C, etc? How to break down a scene? How to write a treatment?

    A lot of the examples that are used are old show that aren't running any more or script ideas that were never sold even though this version is supposedly "updated."

    The advice for pitching is good but when we're not given a solid grasp of how to begin working on a basic script and the details of the format, the guidance is too far ahead of the process.

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