Screenwriting : Spec Script by Kelly Brotman

Kelly Brotman

Spec Script

Hi everyone, I have been working on a Family Guy spec script and I am confused on how many pages go into the spec script.

Richard Banton

It's a half-hour comedy that runs approx. 22 minutes with commercials so your best best is 20 - 25 page spec. Look at similar pilots for the format online to get a better idea.

Dan MaxXx

I'm confused by your question - I am guessing we have different definitions of "spec script."

Why don't you just read Family Guy scripts and mimic their formatting & page count?

Katherine Anne Fairfoul

Nobody accepts spec scripts based on existing series anymore. That died out with streaming and the desire for original, authentic content. Write your own stories, don't waste your time on a dead trope.

Kelly Brotman

You don't know that for a fact, unless you tried it and failed. I have great ideas for that show and this script will be great. Katherine I'm sorry to sound snappish but I still believe in doing spec scripts. I know you have been into business for awhile but I always wanted to work for television and who knows maybe I can still p itch this spec script. It was how I was taught how to get into the business, one of the ways anyway.

Katherine Anne Fairfoul

I've learned otherwise but everyone has their own path. Good luck to you.

Kelly Brotman

Thanks for understanding Katherine. I love your sit eta you have, it has helped me make connections. If you interested about my writing, I can send you some of my writing samples.

William Martell

Have you read a few FAMILY GUY scripts? Whatever the average number of pages of the ones you read is.

Jay Han-San

Katherine Anne Fairfoul The speculative script for an existing TV show is one thing, totally agree. What do you think about a feature-based TV proposal (I did this one couple of day ago on DEJA VU movie from 2006 (Tony Scott), I know that nobody's going to produce it but I decided to give it a shot (2 days spent reimagining the time-travel): https://www.stage32.com/loglines/32781

Katherine Anne Fairfoul

I hear you on time travel. I suspect a trying to sell a series based on an existing feature is legally problematic. However, if you change the plot enough and the title, basically use it as inspiration only, you can do it. My series, Lydia Lost, is inspired by a series of books and films from the thirties that I wasn't able to get the rights to in order to reboot it. So I reimagined it but kept the setting and relationship between the two main characters intact. Nobody would ever suspect its connection to the originals.

Katherine Anne Fairfoul

I hear you on time travel. Very tricky. Since you asked, don't base your series directly on the film. You're setting yourself up for a world of legal trouble if you try to sell it. My series, Lydia Lost, is based on a series of novels and films from the thirties but I couldn't get the rights to the original. Damn you, Johnny Depp. So I reconceptualized the entire story. I retained the detective element, the era and the relationship between the leads, but otherwise, nobody would ever make a connection between my version and the original. If you're only doing this as a writing exercise for yourself, so be it. But if it's a great idea reimagined, put your own stamp on it and go for it.

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