I‘ve been in LA working on a TV show, and what I am seeing is that there is real opportunity to get shows made.
Based on the meetings and attending a panel where the creator of BoJack Horseman discussed his success, it seems that the best format to write in is the half-hour show whether comedy or drama. That’s because they are less expensive to produce, so a newbie has a real shot.
When I work with my private students developing TV shows, they learn how to write two episodes, an “origin” Pilot, and the first episode. There are several reasons for this:
1. Character development is essential to success, but by writing stories instead of character bios, we writers can maximize our time.
2. When writers make a sale, the producers may want a Pilot that reads more like an episode.
3. Being prolific is a key to success, so getting used to writing multiple episodes strengthens your writing muscles.
4. It increases the probability of you surviving and flourishing in the Writer’s Room.
This is a window that will close, so get busy!
Father’s Day is on Sunday, and it’s important to remember to connect with your father in some way. Mine is gone, but I remember how he used to show us movies and read to us when we were kids. I miss him, and want to honor his memory. I also want to honor my stepfather who raised us from age 14 on. He was a career Marine, who won a Purple Heart medal in Vietnam.
Here’s to your successful writing,
Professor Marilyn Horowitz