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Posted October 1, 2011
I'm not a screenwriter and have no desire to become one, but William Rabkin's "Writing The Pilot" ebook popped up on my radar, and because clients are badgering me for video scripts, I thought I'd take a peek (the price -- at $4.99 -- is right)
First, this is not a basic "how-to" book filled with formatting directions and an overview of the industry.
Instead, Rabkin's aiming directly at screenwriters with a command of the basics -- people who know how to write screenplays, but now want to write their way into a TV career courtesy their own spec script.
He suggests the industry is suddenly very willing to look at pilot scripts from freelancers, and the meat of the book tells you how to create (and write) not only the script, but also build a show with some legs.
Rabkin includes chapters about characters (lead and supporting), "The Conflict," "The Franchise" as well as "Why Write A Pilot" and even the very hopeful "The Fun."
It's a worthwhile read (and an affordable one).