Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cold Open

I think I'm done with TV pilots, because they all seem to lean heavily towards the crappy side. I wasn't satisfied at all with my script for the FOX sitcom contest. Sitcoms are deceptively difficult. Throw a couple of attractive twenty-somethings together, cook up a silly but relatable situation, then toss in a few one-liners and the show practically writes itself, right? Not so much. Never mind the fact that I'm a genre guy, trying write something with "mainstream" appeal. A pretty humbling experience. Guess I'm going to stick with features for the foreseeable future — unless an incredible idea falls into my lap. I can't remember if I mentioned it before, but here's an excellent collection of TV scripts:

http://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/

Lots of current shows. Sitcoms and dramas. Great if you want to study format, Act breaks, script length, etc. Have at it.

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