How NOT to Write a Sitcom: 100 Mistakes to Avoid If You Ever Want to Get Produced

How NOT to Write a Sitcom: 100 Mistakes to Avoid If You Ever Want to Get Produced

by Marc Blake
     
 

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Script mechanic and sitcom-writing instructor Marc Blake strips down the sitcom into its component parts and provides a one-of-a-kind how-to guide for aspiring writers and media professionals for one of the most difficult and demanding genres on TV.

The book first identifies the known pitfalls in concept, characterization, plotting, and dramatic/comedic writing

Overview

Script mechanic and sitcom-writing instructor Marc Blake strips down the sitcom into its component parts and provides a one-of-a-kind how-to guide for aspiring writers and media professionals for one of the most difficult and demanding genres on TV.

The book first identifies the known pitfalls in concept, characterization, plotting, and dramatic/comedic writing that cause the thousands of scripts submitted every year to producers to be sent to the rejection pile. Then each component point is illustrated with an example of both the error and with practical suggestions and exercises for the writer to apply the proper technique to their scripts. Also featured are insightful interviews with successful TV producers and other practitioners of the craft.

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“Shows examples of pitfalls in concept, characterization and plotting so you can create your own slice of sitcom gold.” —DVD & Blu-Ray Review
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Shows examples of pitfalls in concept, characterization and plotting so you can create your own slice of sitcom gold.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408130858
Publisher:
A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Series:
Writing Handbooks Series, #46
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Marc Blake is a script consultant, writer and teacher of writing for sitcom. At City University he taught Sitcom and Comedy writing for fifteen years and launched the careers of many BBC producers.
He has sold three sitcoms to ITV and the BBC and his TV two-part Drama 'The Swap' (ITV) was broadcast in 2002 to great acclaim and nine million viewers.

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