How to Be a Sitcom Writer

But is it? If you've ever said 'I can do better than that', then this is the book for you. How to be a Sitcom Writer will encourage, test and pull you through the comedy boot camp that is writing narrative-led character comedy for radio/TV.

Author: Marc Blake

Publisher: Auk Authors

ISBN: 1783339381

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 130

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Everyone loves - and hates - sitcom. On TV it's the goldmine genre, the one watched by millions. There's a special place in our hearts for Fawlty, Frasier, Blackadder and Brent. An absurd predicament, witty banter, a group of hilariously dysfunctional people: it all seems so easy. But is it? If you've ever said 'I can do better than that', then this is the book for you. How to be a Sitcom Writer will encourage, test and pull you through the comedy boot camp that is writing narrative-led character comedy for radio/TV.

How To Be A Sitcom Writer

But is it? If you've ever said 'I can do better than that', then this is the book for you. How to be a Sitcom Writer will encourage, test and pull you through the comedy boot camp that is writing narrative-led character comedy for radio/TV.

Author: Marc Blake

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781849893091

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 142

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Everyone loves - and hates - sitcom. On TV it's the goldmine genre, the one watched by millions. There's a special place in our hearts for Fawlty, Frasier, Blackadder and Brent. An absurd predicament, witty banter, a group of hilariously dysfunctional people: it all seems so easy. But is it? If you've ever said 'I can do better than that', then this is the book for you. How to be a Sitcom Writer will encourage, test and pull you through the comedy boot camp that is writing narrative-led character comedy for radio/TV.

How NOT to Write a Sitcom

Marc Blake is a script consultant, writer and teacher of writing for sitcom. In this book he acts as a `script mechanic' for writers - stripping a sitcom down to its component parts, isolating the faults and fixing them.

Author: Marc Blake

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408130896

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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The craft of sitcom is possibly the hardest of all screenwriting genres, demanding a complex set of skills. How NOT to Write a Sitcom is a troubleshooting guide aimed at both the novice and the practising sitcom writer. It illustrates and explains the many pitfalls in concept, characterisation, plotting and dramatic/comedic writing,which pepper the hundreds of scripts submitted every year. Each point is illustrated with an example of the error and each section contains practical suggestions and exercises for the writer to apply to their own writing. The book makes no assumption of the reader other than an interest in the form. It contains interviews with current producers as well as interviews with successful practioners of the craft. Marc Blake is a script consultant, writer and teacher of writing for sitcom. In this book he acts as a `script mechanic' for writers - stripping a sitcom down to its component parts, isolating the faults and fixing them. What script editors and producers are looking for are scripts that work. Naturally they want a genius in embryo, but above all they first want to see something that is roadworthy.

How To Be A Comedy Writer

This new ebook edition has been specially formatted for today's e-readers.

Author: Marc Blake

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781849892315

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 112

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Think you're funny? Writing successful comedy isn't just about having a gift for gags; you need to hone your talent and polish your humour to earn a living from making people laugh. If you want to write stand-up comedy, sketches, sitcoms or even a comic novel or film, How to be a Comedy Writer tells you all you need to know and more about the business, the structure of jokes and the nuts and bolts of a craft that can be learnt. This new ebook edition has been specially formatted for today's e-readers.

How To Write Comedy

This hands-on book will take you, step by step, through the stages by which most successful comedy writers develop their craft and careers This practical but inspirational book guides new and more experienced writers through the process of ...

Author: Tony Kirwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781845285616

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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First you have to come out with a flow of ideas and decide which ones will work. Then you must give them a tight structure, and then write crisp dialogue which builds in constant laughs. This practical but inspirational book guides new and more experienced writers step by step through the process of each comedy genre. It gives space for your creativity to shine as you gradually build your skills. Beginning with sketches, the basic building blocks of comedy, you’ll find how you can quickly create great premises, and then structure them into two-minute slices of hilarity. The same techniques will help you write a string of jokes and one-liners. · A practical guide to comedy as you write it, from creating mindmaps from which to glean your new material, to techniques of structure, characterisation and dialogue which work. · Covers the distinct techniques and mindsets needed by each genre in turn, in the usual progression of a writer’s career - from jokes and sketches to sitcoms. You’ll also learn how to find outlets for your work, from submitting to the BBC to staging your own show or filming comedy for the internet.

The Gospel According to a Sitcom Writer

'What are you writing?' 'I'm rewriting,' said the man at the desk, whose name was Sitcom Writer. 'I was given notes.' 'It is good to seek excellence,' said ...

Author: James Cary

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 9780281085996

Category: Humor

Page: 160

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Maybe Jesus was joking, the disciples didn't know what they were doing and the New Testament is a lot funnier than you might think. You would think it weird if someone suddenly ascended into heaven, right? Reading between the lines, do we detect a touch of rivalry between Peter and John? And surely the lack of parables in the latter's mystical tome is simply crying out to be redressed . . . In this sparklingly witty book, BBC sitcom writer James Cary gives us a new and liberating way of looking at the gospel as he entertainingly relates it to a modern context, with references ranging from Charles Dickens to The Vicar of Dibley. Cheerfully playing around with the text, he takes the Bible seriously but allows us to laugh at our own petty vanities and foibles - and be enlightened in the process. The Gospel According to a Sitcom Writer is ideal for anyone wanting to liven up their Bible reading and looking for new ways to be thrilled by this sacred text. It's also perfect for priests, pastors, youth leaders and all those involved in ministry and giving sermons, as James Cary shows using comedy and humour is a brilliant way to communicate the gospel. Warm, funny and full of brilliant insight and Christian humour, The Gospel According to a Sitcom Writer will make you laugh out loud and shake your head in awe. You'll never read the Bible the same way again.

Masterclass Writing Comedy

Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing.

Author: Lesley Bown

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 1473602181

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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" ?Masterclass: Write Great Comedy will reveal to both beginners and experienced writers the distinctive features that mark out comedy from other forms of creative writing. Having identified these, it will help you then to unlock your inner anarchist, and explore the different elements of comedy, using a combination of practical exercises, insight and creative inspiration. Whatever your preferred comic genre, you will find guidance on everything from wordplay and visual humour to plots, comedy characters and different styles. A section on performance will help you to hone stand-up skills, while chapters on stage and screen will give techniques and tips on how to craft a sitcom or create a sketch show. Finally, there is a uniquely frank but useful section on the realities of the markets, and the actualities of going it alone with self-publishing and self-promotion - or the tools you need to successfully pitch an idea or comic manuscript.? "

the little book of SITCOM

Ready to write? Ready to have fun? THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM is the big little book for you.

Author: John Vorhaus

Publisher: Bafflegab Books

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 122

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Writing situation comedies isn’t really that hard. So much of what you need to know is already defined for you. You know that your script needs to be a certain short length, with a certain small number of characters. You know that your choice of scenes is limited to your show’s standing sets and maybe one or two swing sets or outside locations. You know how your characters behave and how they’re funny, either because you invented them or because you’re writing for a show where these things are already well established. Sitcom is easy and sitcom is fun. Sitcom is the gateway drug to longer forms of writing. It’s a pretty good buzz and a pretty good ride, a great way to kill an afternoon, or even six months. And now, thanks to comedy writing guru John Vorhaus (author of THE COMIC TOOLBOX: HOW TO BE FUNNY EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT), writing situation comedy is easier than ever. In THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM, you'll find a whole trove of tools, tricks and problem-solving techniques that you can use -- now, today -- to be the sitcom writer of your wildest dreams. Ready to write? Ready to have fun? THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM is the big little book for you.

The Secrets to Writing Great Comedy

The Secrets to Writing Great Comedy will show you how to unlock your inner anarchist and write fantastic comedy, using a combination of practical exercises and creative inspiration.

Author: Lesley Bown

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444136456

Category: Humor

Page: 192

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The Secrets to Writing Great Comedy will show you how to unlock your inner anarchist and write fantastic comedy, using a combination of practical exercises and creative inspiration. Whatever your preferred genre, from sitcom to sketch show, you will fi nd guidance on everything from wordplay and visual humour to plots, characters and different styles. There is even detailed coverage of how to submit, copyright and, most importantly, get your work noticed.

Vault Guide to Television Writing Careers

Get the inside scoop on exciting film careers with this new Vault guide to writing for television, the largest employer of writers in the world.

Author: David Kukoff

Publisher: Vault Inc.

ISBN: 9781581313710

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

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Get the inside scoop on exciting film careers with this new Vault guide to writing for television, the largest employer of writers in the world.

How To Write For Television

Updated with fifty percent new material, a guide for aspiring television writers draws on examples from some of today's most popular shows and includes coverage of such topics as developing a script, the process of transforming a script ...

Author: Madeline Dimaggio

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416570455

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 323

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Updated with fifty percent new material, a guide for aspiring television writers draws on examples from some of today's most popular shows and includes coverage of such topics as developing a script, the process of transforming a script from the page to the screen, and evaluating a submission from a buyer's perspective. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Television Writing

A practical guide to writing for television which describes the conventions, format and everyday running of television writing. Australian author.

Author: Linda Aronson

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1741763096

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 71

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A practical guide to writing for television which describes the conventions, format and everyday running of television writing. Australian author.

Write to TV

This new edition has been updated to include: Tips and techniques from industry vets Jay Leno, Norman Lear, Paul Haggis, David Magee, Susan Rovner, Tal Rabinowitz, Jonathan Littman, Peter Jankowski, Steve Stark, and Doug Herzog that you can ...

Author: Martie Cook

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781134648290

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 402

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Learn to craft smart, original stories and scripts for a variety of television formats and genres, including comedy, drama, pilots, animation, made-for-TV movies, late night, and reality television. Hear directly from studio and network executives, agents, and managers on what they’re looking for in new writers and how to avoid common pitfalls. Gain access to sample outlines, script pages, checklists, and countless other invaluable resources that will help you break into the industry and put you on the path to immediate success. In Write to TV, Second Edition industry veteran Martie Cook offers practical advice on writing innovative television scripts that will allow you to finally get that big idea out of your head and onto the screen. This new edition has been updated to include: Tips and techniques from industry vets Jay Leno, Norman Lear, Paul Haggis, David Magee, Susan Rovner, Tal Rabinowitz, Jonathan Littman, Peter Jankowski, Steve Stark, and Doug Herzog that you can immediately apply to your own projects Expanded coverage of writing pilots, pitching, writing webisodes, writing for tweens, writing for late night, and rewriting Useful advice for navigating the confusing television hierarchy, including how to network, get an agent, land that first writing job, and even "do lunch" 25 new interviews with writers and producers of hit shows such as New Girl, Parks and Recreation, The Blacklist, Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and many more An all new companion website (www.writetotv.com) featuring blog updates, industry trends, a Q&A discussion forum with the author, and many other resources

Sitcom Writers Talk Shop

... and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy Paula Finn. Have you ever been stuck with a particularly tough case of writer's block? My problem is the opposite.

Author: Paula Finn

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538109199

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

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This is a collection of interviews with writers, creators, and show runners of some of the greatest sitcoms of all time, including The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, Frasier, and The Simpsons. The writers discuss their experiences working on some of the most popular—not to mention funniest—shows ever.

Gay TV and Straight America

Ehrenstein, however, also argued that gay writers imbued the era's slumpy sitcoms with a decidedly gay sensibility.“Since current comedies are positively ...

Author: Ron Becker

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813536897

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 283

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Drawing on political and cultural indicators to explain the sudden upsurge of gay material on prime-time network television in the 1990s, this book brings together analysis of relevant Supreme Court rulings, media coverage of gay rights battles, debates about multiculturalism, concerns over political correctness, and more.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Comedy Writing

In this guide, comedian, writer, and teacher Jim Mendrinos explains the principles of comedy and how to apply them to forms from stand-up to sitcoms- including fiction, film, speeches, articles, essays, and more.

Author: James Mendrinos

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440696206

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Comedy is serious business - and serious money. In this guide, comedian, writer, and teacher Jim Mendrinos explains the principles of comedy and how to apply them to forms from stand-up to sitcoms- including fiction, film, speeches, articles, essays, and more. He also includes exercises designed to hone the craft, break through writer's block, and tailor a piece to its intended audience.

Elephant Bucks

This comprehensive guide is for those who want to launch a career as a television sitcom writer and features detailed inside information on how to write scripts that will get noticed.

Author: Sheldon Bull

Publisher:

ISBN: 1932907270

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 266

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This comprehensive guide is for those who want to launch a career as a television sitcom writer and features detailed inside information on how to write scripts that will get noticed.

Starting Your Television Writing Career

In this essential guide, Abby Finer and Deborah Pearlman of the Warner Bros.

Author: Abby Finer

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815608314

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

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In this essential guide, Abby Finer and Deborah Pearlman of the Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop reveal insider tips and tricks aimed at paving the way to better scripts by new writers. The book focuses on all aspects of writing for television, from the definition and importance of sample material to what it takes to be a successful TV writer. In particular, the authors provide instruction on troubleshooting scripts—with a do and don't list. For the novice scriptwriter, they include advice on how to research, brainstorm ideas, choose the right show, as well as write a beat sheet and outline in order to achieve a polished draft. Filled with practical advice and up-to-elate industry information, each chapter provides strategies and insights that will jump-start a fledgling writing career toward success.

100 Writing Tips for TV and Film

He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the UK industry including Neil Gaiman, Russell T Davies, Tony Jordan, John Yorke, Mal Young, Simon Ashdown, Tony Garnett and Jamie Hewlett among others.This handy-sized collection of ...

Author: Si Spencer

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781445277776

Category:

Page: 54

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A collection of tips on the rules, disciplines and processes of writing for film and television from a writer with over ten years of hands on experience working on the UK's most popular shows. Si Spencer has worked on extensive runs on hit shows such as Grange Hill, The Bill and Eastenders. He is also a critically acclaimed graphic novel writer, having worked on Judge Dredd, 2000 AD and Tank Girl, as well his own series 'The Vinyl Underground'. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the UK industry including Neil Gaiman, Russell T Davies, Tony Jordan, John Yorke, Mal Young, Simon Ashdown, Tony Garnett and Jamie Hewlett among others.This handy-sized collection of tips is not a dry, boring theoretical training course in script-writing; it's a fun and easily accessible collection of bite-sized hints on how to avoid the common mistakes, how to use simple techniques to improve your screenplay and even the actual physical process of how to write and sell your work.

Writing for TV and Radio

Part 3 offers practical advice on technical aspects of writing for TV and radio including character development, structure and dialogue.

Author: Sue Teddern

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441195906

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Leading writers from such hit shows as House of Cards, Peep Show and Doctor Who offer practical advice and inspiration on writing successfully for TV and Radio.