Make Your TV Script's First Ten Pages Count

Hosted by Marla White

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Marla White

Webinar hosted by: Marla White

Former Head of TV for Emmy Award Winner Peter Tolan's Fedora Entertainment

Marla is former head of TV for Emmy Award winning writer & producer Peter Tolan's Fedora Entertainment with experience producing prime time series and award nominated television movies in multiple genres. She's worked with writers who have sold pitches to Fox, TNT, CBS, NBC and ABC, have been staffed on premium cable dramas. Clients include writers who have won awards including a Nicholl Fellowship finalist, as well as published novelists. Companies like CAA and Oxygen rely on her skills as a story analyst and story development expert for people who are ready to take their writing to the next level. Full Bio »

We've brought in veteran development executive Marla White to give you an ultimate guide on dissecting the first 10 pages of a TV script. Marla has worked with writers who have sold pitches to Fox, TNT, CBS, NBC and ABC and have been staffed on premium cable dramas. By looking at specific examples from great scripts like “Justified,” “Weeds,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family” and more, she's going to break it down for you why and how those pilots succeed where others failed.


What You'll Learn:

Case studies referenced in this webinar: “Justified,” “Weeds,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family” and more.

What Your Character needs -

  • Clarifying who the main characters are
  • Establish their sustainable, unsolvable conflict
  • How to handle the ensemble cast

How to make your opening compelling -

  • Avoid tacked on explosive opening
  • Building to grab the reader’s interest
  • A solid cold open can sell your series

Lean in to your genre -

  • Network comedies should have at least one laugh in the first ten pages
  • Serialized doesn’t mean slow
  • Put the grit into your gritty drama

Prove Sustainability -

  • Clarify from the opening how your series can go on for hundreds of episodes
  • Bring on the opposition!
  • Even comedies need conflict

Storylines -

  • Flashforwards & flashbacks; when to use then and when not to
  • How to establish side stories even in the cold open
  • Introducing side characters to drive side stories
  • Be sure the reader at least thinks they know what the main story is about.
    • Aka the “ooh, that’s an interesting twist” vs “what the ef is this about?”

Dialog -

  • Have at least one amazing line of dialog
  • Establish the main character’s voice
  • Remember dialog means two people talking to each other
  • Use it to establish tone, time and place!

Description rules!

  • How to make description work for you
  • Using description to reel in the reader
  • Make it visual!

Plot twist around page 10-

  • Make sure your main character’s life takes a sudden, unexpected turn
  • Be sure the twist is grounded
  • Make it compelling enough for the audience to want to go along for the ride
  • Be sure to end on a strong act out

 

 


About Your Instructor:

Marla is former head of TV for Emmy Award winning writer & producer Peter Tolan's Fedora Entertainment with experience producing prime time series and award nominated television movies in multiple genres. She's worked with writers who have sold pitches to Fox, TNT, CBS, NBC and ABC, have been staffed on premium cable dramas. Clients include writers who have won awards including a Nicholl Fellowship finalist, as well as published novelists. Companies like CAA and Oxygen rely on her skills as a story analyst and story development expert for people who are ready to take their writing to the next level.


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