Gardner's Guide to Television Scriptwriting: The Writer's Road Map / Edition 1

Gardner's Guide to Television Scriptwriting: The Writer's Road Map / Edition 1

by Marilyn Webber
     
 

ISBN-10: 1589650042

ISBN-13: 9781589650046

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: Garth Gardner Company


The writing exercises provided in this guide are designed to get teleplay ideas or episodes for an already existing series down on paper in the television industry format. The "Writer's Road Map" includes information on the different television genres, the basic four act structure, plot gimmicks, character types and motivations, scene construction,

Overview


The writing exercises provided in this guide are designed to get teleplay ideas or episodes for an already existing series down on paper in the television industry format. The "Writer's Road Map" includes information on the different television genres, the basic four act structure, plot gimmicks, character types and motivations, scene construction, dialogue devices, themes, prose, and rewrite lists. Advice is also given on the proper format and how to pitch an idea once it is written.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589650046
Publisher:
Garth Gardner Company
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
Gardner's Guide Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvi
Author! Author!vii
About the Author
Introductionix
Chapter 1TV Tunnels11
Popular Television Genres
Tunnel Vision
Chapter 2The Premise23
What You as a Writer Want to Say
Chapter 3Universal Appeal27
Why Does the Audience Care?
Chapter 4The Central Idea31
What Is The Story About?
Three Basic Plots
Story Road Flags
Series Road Flags
The Hook
Chapter 5Dead End Ahead--The Central Question43
What Question Drives Your Story?
What Question Drives Your Series?
Chapter 6TV Bibles47
Rules Of The Series
TV Writing Fines
Chapter 7Graphing57
Introduction
Graph Of West Wing
Graph Of Gilmore Girls
Graph Of 24
Chapter 8Introduction to Plot77
Writer's TV Road Map
Falling Rocks
Parallel Streets
Ticking Clock(s)
Rest Areas
Plot Gimmicks
Elements Which Affect Plot
Chapter 9TV Characters91
The Driver(s)
Solo, Duo, Or Ensemble Cast
Types Of Drivers
Pedestrians & Passengers: Supporting Characters
Road Rage - Types Of Villains
Chapter 10Character Development101
Identification Please
Character Dipstick
Character Compass Traits
Character Trinity
Character Arc
Character Tics
Character Tags
Recap
Chapter 11Act One115
The Teaser
Tow-away Zone - The Catalyst
Green Light - The First Turning Point
On-ramp Signposts
The City Blocks Of Act One
Recap
Chapter 12Act Two129
U-turn: The Midpoint
The City Blocks Of Act Two
Chapter 13Act Three137
Road Of No Return: The Obligatory Scene
The City Blocks Of Act Three
Chapter 14Act Four145
The Climax
The Resolution
The City Blocks Of Act Four
The Cliffhanger
Chapter 15Themes151
Winding Roads
Chapter 16Checkpoint Charlie155
TV Road Map Checklist
Chapter 17Dialogue159
Television Dialogue
Dialogue Style
Dialogue Devices
Dialogue Signposts
Chapter 18Prose: Your Information Highway183
Prose Signposts
Screen Directions
Chapter 19The Scene189
Writing The Oblique Scene
Chapter 20The Rewrite195
Structure Checklist
Character Checklist
Scene Checklist
Dialogue Checklist
Prose Checklist
Everybody's A Critic
Chapter 21One TV or Bust201
The Query Letter
The Script Submission
The Pitch
In Conclusion
Glossary205
TV-ography & Filmography209
Road Map Form222
AppendixOne Hour Teleplay: Family Creede223
Index287

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