In this Stage 32 Next Level webinar, Jordan Barel (Development, for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures) will teach you paragraph by paragraph exactly what is included in the standard writer's contract. He will cover three different types of contracts: purchase agreement, option agreement, and negative pickup. Jordan will discuss terms in both a legal and practical matter so that you get the information needed to be prepared to negotiate your next agreement. Such things will include material and boilerplate terms, what can or can't be negotiated, and how lawyers themselves will be reading and reviewing your agreement. This will be an in-depth legal discussion walking you through each sentence of a standard purchase and option agreement. You'll also use template agreements as examples to give you a better sense of what these agreements should look like. **All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about certain types of contracts within the entertainment industry. The information presented is not legal advice and is not to be acted on as such, please consult your lawyer for issues specific to your contract.
As screenwriters, it is our job to create well-rounded stories. That means not only having a main character whose journey we follow but also including supporting characters and stories. The addition of strong supporting characters and subplots allows the audience to feel as if your story actually has a life outside of the confines of your script. This is the difference between being a professional screenwriter and someone who writes as a weekend hobby. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Jordan Barel (Development, for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures) will teach how to bring your supporting characters to life. You will learn how to create characters that are integral to the main plot and the shape of your screenplay. He will walk you through using your support characters to subtly deliver key exposition and give insight into your protagonist. In addition, Jordan will show you how to use your subplots to strengthen your second act and keep the action moving along. You'll break down various film genres to show how each utilizes supporting characters and subplots so you can apply it to your projects. You will walk away with the tools necessary to deliver a fully developed script!
Learn directly from Jordan Barel, TV Dept. at Abominable Pictures (Burning Love and Children’s Hospital on Adult Swim)! Once you’ve written the script and you’re ready to get your show idea in front of production companies and executives, it’s important to know how to pitch your TV pilot correctly. A good pitch is often the deciding factor of a show getting picked up or passed on. Aside from knowing how to pitch in the most effective way, an important aspect of pitching your TV pilot that often gets overlooked is knowing how to tailor your pitch to the network you are pitching to. Cable networks all have their niche. For example, AMC has really honed in on intense dramas, such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men; USA focuses on character driven mystery dramas such as CSI, House, and NCIS; TBS centers around comedy sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory, Ground Floor, and Cougar Town; ABC Family focuses more on sitcoms relating to family, such as Melissa and Joey, Baby Daddy and The Fosters. Knowing how to tailor your pitch to a specific cable network opens up immense opportunity for your TV pilot. Every cable network can be a real home for your work - it’s just a matter of the how, when, and why. Knowing how to appeal to multiple networks gives your pilot a better chance of getting picked up! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Jordan Barel will teach you both how to pitch your pilot and how to tailor your pitch to the right cable network. In addition, he’ll go over what kind of shows live on each network currently, and what may be the right fit for you. You will walk away with a clear understanding of how to pitch effectively (information you can take with you over to the Happy Writers Pitch Sessions!) as well as a clear understanding of how to make your pilot what each network is looking for. Your host Jordan Barel currently works for Paul Scheer through his producing deal at FOX, working on development with his projects as well as bringing in new writers for him. Jordan also works at Abominable Pictures in their comedy and TV department. Previously, he worked as the Television Coordinator for Verve Literary Agency, producing the company's staffing video which lead to a 200% increase in the company's staffed writers. While there he also vetted all new TV and film clients. Jordan knows what will make your pitch stand out and is here exclusively for Stage 32 to help guide our writers toward success!
The Stage 32 Happy Writers is thrilled to bring you this online, 7 week intensive writing lab How to Write a 30 Minute Sitcom Pilot - From Concept to Written TV Script hosted by Development Executive Jordan Barel. Under the direct guidance of Jordan, during the 7 weeks you will learn how to: Create a high concept idea that stands out in the marketplace Incorporate dynamic and memorable characters into your story Successfully structure your TV script outline Pitch the TV pilot you've written during the lab You will meet with Jordan online in a class setting every week, and you will also have private phone calls with him to intimately discuss your pilot and get feedback! You will leave this lab with a clear understanding of the sitcom structure, how to write specifically for sitcoms, and have a written pilot to show for it. Even better, Jordan will discuss the next steps for your show after writing the pilot - pitching it! About Your Instructor, Jordan Barel Jordan Barel currently works for Paul Scheer through his producing deal at FOX, working on development with his projects as well as bringing in new writers for him. Previously, he worked as the Television Coordinator for Verve Literary Agency, producing the company's staffing video which lead to a 200% increase in the company's staffed writers. While there he also vetted all new TV/film clients. Jordan is a California State Attorney, starting his career in Business and Legal Affairs at New Line Cinema, Generate, and AMC. He also owns and operates a Graphic Novel publishing company, Loaded Barrel Studios, which produces original IP that can be flipped into film projects. Several lines are now sold internationally. Testimonials About Jordan Jordan covered a lot of ground. High marks for knowledge. Communicates with enthusiasm and passion. Shot down a lot of common misconceptions. All very helpful. Thanks again! - Dan M. Very knowledgeable and easy to follow. Great information! - Debbie O. [He] was extremely helpful as a newbie outsider to understand the true process flow at the various networks and what should be involved with a pitch. Good job! - Matthew M. Jordan was natural and engaging, and very informative. - Wade C. Excellent presentation. Solid information provided in an ordered manner. - James S. Class Schedule (4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18,5/25) Week #1 Introduction (4/13) Jordan will introduce himself to the class. He will talk about his experience, his company and the marketplace overall. You will learn: What the market is looking for and what the market is straying away from. Sitcoms overall, including some of Jordan's favorite sitcoms and why they are his favorite. Different engines of sitcoms and the importance of characterization. Jordan's personal experience of a sitcom he saw come into fruition from script to screen and the trials and tribulations throughout the journey. Jordan will take a popular sitcom and dissect it, giving an overview of all the different elements (i.e. tone, characterization, dialogue, joke set ups, types of jokes, frequency of jokes, etc). Single camera vs multi-camera. The importance of the basic backdrop of your story (New York City in Seinfeld, Los Angeles in Episodes, a restaurant in 2 Broke Girls, etc.). Week #2 NO ONLINE CLASS THIS WEEK- PRIVATE CALLS WITH JORDAN (4/20) Each writer will have a private call with Jordan discussing their concepts. Through this dialogue between Jordan and the writer, a concept will be chosen. Week #3- Characterization (4/27) Jordan will discuss personal experiences where he had to mold the characters in a project to make them pop off the page more and how he did so. You will learn: Why characters and dialogue are the most important elements in a sitcom. What kinds of archetypes are usually found in sitcoms and which ones to avoid. Cast sizes. How to write a sitcom with a large cast. How to write a sitcom with minimal characters. Week #4 Outlining (5/4) Jordan will discuss the structural skeleton of writing for sitcoms. You will learn: A break down of each element (i.e. the teaser, act breaks, the tag). The importance of setting up set pieces at the top of each episode. How to carry set pieces throughout the episode. The evolution of set pieces. Page counts and how long each element should be. Jordan will give his own personal way he structures a script. Week #5 Punching Up Jokes (5/11) Jordan will talk about dialogue and the fluidity of jokes in sitcoms. You will learn: How often a joke/humorous line should appear. How Jordan personally amped up the humor on the page in different scenarios. How to keep the laughs coming. When the comedy should subside for character work. Week #6 NO ONLINE CLASS THIS WEEK - PRIVATE CALLS WITH JORDAN (5/18) Jodan will read your teaser before the call and have a private call with you to give you notes on your outline and teaser (including dialogue and characterization). Jordan will give you final advice before you write your sitcom. Week #7 Finishing Your Pilot (5/25) Jordan will answer any questions the writers have. You will learn: Advice on punching up dialogue and tightening plot lines. Pitching advice on how to successfully pitch your sitcom. How to market your sitcom when completed. Tips on how to get an agent. Productivity steps. How to increase the value of your material. Finding networks, filming a short, etc. Case studies on how other careers got launched.
Ever read something in the paper you wanted to make into a movie? Got a great novel you absolutely love and think you should make it into a film? Well, before you do you'll want to make sure you can legally pursue this path. There are many aspects to securing the rights to an intellectual property but they don't have to stop you! In this jam-packed Stage 32 Next Level webinar, Breaking Down IP (Intellectual Property) For Development, Jordan Barel (Development, for Producer/Actor Paul Scheer and Abominable Pictures) will provide you a thorough examination of the legal aspects of trying to find and build your story. He walks through the hurdles, pitfalls, and aggravations you can avoid if you look for stories the proper (read: legal) way. In addition, we'll look at great ways to keep those stories safely in your hands and how you can make the next Robin Hood! Your host, Jordan will tackle securing various IP rights from screenplays to books to comics and new articles. Teaching you the difference between each and what kinds of stories you should pursue. Also, he'll cover where so many people go wrong and what stories you should steer clear of. Then he'll go into life rights and public domain to help give you an understanding of what public stories/figures you can cover and how to search for free intellectual property. You'll walk away from this webinar with the knowledge of how to approach stories you find interesting without getting yourself in a legal bind. You'll find out what you need to know to be able to protect your work and focus on the creative development of your projects.
Learn from Lee Jessup, Screenwriting Career Coach and author of best selling book 'Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide to A Screenwriting Career'! First impressions are everything. And in today's industry, where screenplays are not easily read and many writers are competing for every rep's or executive's attention, screenwriters deliver their best first impression with their loglines, one-sheets, pitches and all-important personal narrative. This is how an executive becomes interested not only in reading a particular script, but also in working with the content creator behind it on assignments, adaptations, or future works. True story: One of my coaching clients was pitching via Happy Writers. His material was strong, but represented some subject-matter challenges right out of the gate. However, he kept getting screenplay requests. I called up one of the managers who requested to read the work, and asked for her impression. "The work has issues" she said "but the presentation was so strong, the writer's identity was so clear, I just wanted to read for voice." Careers are rarely built on any one script these days; instead, they are build on the writer's identity and voice, and nowhere are those more powerful than in the materials you use to introduce yourself. In today's shifting industry climate where single script sales present a challenge, agents, managers, development executives and producers are seeking to get involved with content creators who will deliver again and again, complete with a strong understanding of not only how to market their work, but also how to position their personal narrative and brand, the sort that executives want to work with, and reps want to sell. Remember: Executives get in business with people, not with a piece of paper. They want to know that you understand how to present both your material and yourself. In order to take you on as a client or a creative partner, they want to know that they can send you on a general meeting or a pitch assignment in which you will thrive and impress. Those are the skills that will get you into the room again and again. Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is excited to present Developing Your Marketable Identity: Loglines, One-Sheets, and the Critical Personal Narrative presented by Lee Jessup, career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters. Lee is the best-selling author of Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide to A Screenwriting Career, whose clients include television fellows, contest winners, produced screenwriters, and more. Lee will discuss the various materials you should prepare for meetings, pitches and events, and provide practical examples and guidelines for each. She will also explore the often-under-prepared personal narrative, which will allow you to effectively communicate who you are as a person and a writer, and the critical life events that inspired you to explore the specific themes, wounds and worlds that will set you apart in your work. This webinar is for screenwriters aiming to present their work to the professional space, be it via Skype or in-person pitches, general meetings or screenwriting events.