Television networks are so desperate for new voices and fresh ideas that for the first time in history they’re buying spec pilot scripts and turning them into series. Today’s aspiring writer can be tomorrow’s showrunner. But it’s not easy. Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script. You’ll learn how to identify a concept that can carry one hundred episodes or more; how to create characters who will stay interesting year after year; how to design the unique world those characters will live in; how to identify the essential elements that will set your series apart from everyone else’s; and most importantly, how to capture it all in one 60-page script. Riverside-Palm Desert’s low residency MFA program.

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  1. Anonymous

    In our digital age, it is clear that forms of entertainment are rapidly changing. TV series that used to be looked down upon as a minor form are now hot while Hollywood, once the Queen of entertainment has a hard time keeping up. Novels – even in the ebook format – are beginning to look like they’re coming in last, even behind video games. It is time therefore for writers to look at what is happening on TV and learn how to do it.This is why “Writing the Pilot” is such an…

  2. Anonymous

    I loved everything about this book. I was already familiar with some concepts of screenwriting because I follow Film Crit Hulk’s blog but Rabkin summarizes the important concepts of screenwriting so well and with so many good examples of bad and good screenwriting that you simply can’t go wrong with buying this book.I’d just like to point out to some typos in the book:Page 43: Missing punctuation mark between “role” and “It”: …he begins to move into the…

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