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Analyzing Great TV Pilots: Case Studies of Alias, Community, Homicide, The O.C., Scrubs and 3rd Rock from the Sun (PT54) - Paper Team

8/16/2017
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Alex and Nick break down six iconic TV pilots to look at what makes them great TV scripts (Alias, Community, Homicide, The O.C., Scrubs and 3rd Rock from the Sun). What makes a memorable TV pilot work? How do they introduce characters in unique ways? How do they set up the world and engine of the show? What rules do they bend or follow, and why? What TV writing lessons can you learn from them? Plus, we discuss how seriously you should take glowing feedback from screenwriting competitions....

Duration: 01:06:22


Weaving Storylines: A/B/C Stories (PT53) - Paper Team

8/7/2017
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Alex and Nick discuss the importance of weaving A, B and C stories in TV writing, and interesting ways of doing it in TV scripts. Why is it important to cut between storylines in TV? When should you start and end each storyline? Which storylines should you spend more time on in your TV script? ...Related posts:Act Breaks (PT15) From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28)

Duration: 00:38:05


TV Production Coordinating and On-Set Producing ft. Mary Bonney (Running Wild with Bear Grylls/The 5th Quarter) (PT52) - Paper Team

7/31/2017
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Alex and Nick invite Mary Bonney, production coordinator on NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Go90’s The 5th Quarter, to talk about on-set producing and being a production coordinator in television. What is the role of a production coordinator and on-set producer in TV? What is production’s relationship with scripts? What are the differences ...Related posts:How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09) TV Budgeting and Line Producing ft. Maggie Herman (Bosch) – On the Road at SDCC...

Duration: 00:49:07


TV Dialogue 101 (PT51) - Paper Team

7/24/2017
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Alex and Nick look at the importance of dialogue in TV writing, and give an overview of what makes it stand out. What can you use dialogue for? What makes good or bad dialogue? How do you introduce character quirks in the dialogue? What are some common pitfalls in dialogue writing? How do you fix ...Related posts:Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) Exposition in TV Writing (PT24)

Duration: 00:40:00


The Paper Team 50th Episode Special (PT50) - Paper Team

7/17/2017
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Alex and Nick celebrate the fiftieth episode of Paper Team with a special look back at the first year of the podcast, including updates on past episodes, guests, and other news. What are some of our own favorite moments and episodes? What are the most popular Paper Team episodes? What new lessons have we learned ...Related posts:TV Budgeting and Line Producing ft. Maggie Herman (Bosch) – On the Road at SDCC 2016 (PT10) Introducing Paper Team – A podcast about television writing (and...

Duration: 01:16:32


Current Programming at a TV Network ft. Dana Bramble (The CW) (PT49) - Paper Team

7/10/2017
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Alex and Nick invite Dana Bramble, coordinator in current programming at The CW, to discuss the ins-and-outs of working in the scripted side of a TV network. What happens after a pilot gets picked up? How is current programming different from development? What notes do network executives give? How does staffing season operate for current ...Related posts:Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26) TV Spec Script 101 (PT34)

Duration: 00:36:52


TV Prose and Scene Description 101 (PT48) - Paper Team

6/26/2017
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Alex and Nick discuss why scene descriptions in TV scripts are so important, what to focus on in your TV prose, and treading the line between writing a script as a technical document versus a reading experience. What makes good or bad prose? What are some examples of compelling scene descriptions? Should prose be efficient ...Related posts:From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28) Act Breaks (PT15)

Duration: 00:33:45


Breaking in & Writing From “Outside the System” ft. Hilliard Guess (The Screenwriter’s Rant Room) (PT47) - Paper Team

6/19/2017
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Alex and Nick invite writer/producer Hilliard Guess for an in-depth discussion about his experience in the industry, working as a writer, and his involvement in the WGA and his Screenwriter’s Rant Room podcast. How do you build a writing career without the traditional assistant or fellowship route? What are key differences in being a producer ...Related posts:Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) Diversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne...

Duration: 01:18:04


TV Characters 101 (PT46) - Paper Team

6/12/2017
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Alex and Nick discuss one of the most important parts of television writing: creating compelling characters. Why are characters so vital to television shows? What are some key elements to watch out for when writing characters in a TV script? Why are character introductions so important in screenwriting? How can you create interesting people that ...Related posts:Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) TV Pilot 101 (PT30)

Duration: 00:34:34


TV Stunt Specs ft. Billy Domineau (Family Guy) (PT45) - Paper Team

6/5/2017
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Alex and Nick invite Billy Domineau, writer of the popular Seinfeld 9/11 spec script and staff writer on Family Guy, to talk about the pros and cons of writing a TV stunt spec. When should you write a stunt script? What is the process of making and distributing one? How can a TV spec get ...Related posts:Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12)

Duration: 00:56:14


TV World-Building 101 (PT44) - Paper Team

5/22/2017
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Alex and Nick discuss the importance of world-building in television writing and TV pilots. What is the point of world-building in TV shows? What are some good and bad examples of mythology? How can you implement world-building effectively in your own writing? What are some common pitfalls to avoid falling into? The Paper Team sets ...Related posts:Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08) Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)

Duration: 00:32:13


Assisting TV Comedy Writers ft. Gary Sundt (Superstore/The Goldbergs) (PT43) - Paper Team

5/15/2017
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Alex and Nick invite Gary Sundt, writers’ assistant on NBC’s Superstore and ABC’s The Goldbergs, to discuss the ins-and-outs of assisting TV writers in comedy. How do comedy writers’ rooms operate? How do those experiences in the room help your own writing? When and how should you navigate asking your boss to read your content? ...Related posts:Writing Adult Comedy Animation ft. Alison Tafel (BoJack Horseman) (PT39) Supplemental Income for Writers (PT35)

Duration: 01:20:46


TV Viewing Habits: Writing for the Binge (PT42) - Paper Team

5/8/2017
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Alex and Nick discuss how television viewing habits impact the writing and enjoyment of TV shows. How does the way you consume a show influence the audience? How have changes in viewing habits transformed television writing itself? What are some ways to use that paradigm shift in your own writing? The Paper Team binges in ...Related posts:Writing Adult Comedy Animation ft. Alison Tafel (BoJack Horseman) (PT39) Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36)

Duration: 00:47:53


Writing Children’s Animation ft. Steven Darancette (Lalaloopsy/Tumble Leaf) (PT41) - Paper Team

5/1/2017
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Alex and Nick invite Steven Darancette, writer on Amazon’s Tumble Leaf and Nick Jr.’s Lalaloopsy, to discuss writing for TV children’s animation. How does a non-primetime animation writers’ room work? What are some of the distinctions in TV age-groups? How strict are censorship and regulations for children’s content? What are unique challenges in writing for ...Related posts:Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)

Duration: 00:45:12


TV Procedurals (PT40) - Paper Team

4/24/2017
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Alex and Nick discuss television procedural shows and how they work, from writing them to reinventing the genre itself. What kind of procedurals are there on TV? How do you juggle between the characters, the overall story, and the case-of-the-week? What are some common tips for writing a procedural? How does the structure evolve between ...Related posts:From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28) TV Pilot 101 (PT30)

Duration: 00:32:57


Writing Adult Comedy Animation ft. Alison Tafel (BoJack Horseman) (PT39) - Paper Team

4/17/2017
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Alex and Nick welcome Alison Tafel, staff writer on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman, to discuss writing on an adult comedy animation TV show. What is the BoJack Horseman writers’ room like? How different is writing for animation from live-action? How do writers interact with animators? How much is planned in advance of the season? How are ...Related posts:Being a TV Script Coordinator ft. Franklin jin Rho (The Exorcist) (PT21) TV Pilot 101 (PT30)

Duration: 00:51:20


TV Writer vs. Fandom: Writers’ Rooms and Fan Interaction – Paper Team Live at WonderCon 2017 (PT38) - Paper Team

4/10/2017
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For the first Paper Team Live event, Alex and Nick go to WonderCon 2017 to host a panel on the dialogue between TV writers and their fans. This relationship has become a vital tool for many television shows — and one that is often very fickle. That’s why we’ve invited writers and assistants from several ...Related posts:Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26) Diversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT14)

Duration: 01:02:09


Visual TV Storytelling in Buffy’s “Hush” & “Restless” ft. Evan Schmitt (PT37) - Paper Team

3/27/2017
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Alex and Nick are joined by Buffy the Vampire Slayer expert Evan Schmitt to discuss visual storytelling in television writing through the prism of two episodes, “Hush” and “Restless”. How do you convey information visually? How can you use imagery to illustrate story and character? What does exposition look like without dialogue? How creepy are ...Related posts:TV Pilot 101 (PT30) Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36)

Duration: 00:59:56


Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36) - Paper Team

3/20/2017
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Alex and Nick discuss the importance of themes and values in television writing, and how you can use them to your advantage in your own TV scripts. Why are themes and values important in television writing? What are some examples of both? How do you work them in scripts? How do you avoid preachiness in ...Related posts:The Influence of TV: Scratching the Surface (PT11) Exposition in TV Writing (PT24)

Duration: 00:30:19


Supplemental Income for Writers (PT35) - Paper Team

3/13/2017
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Alex and Nick discuss how to make supplemental income and getting side-jobs while working in TV or breaking in. How do you stay financially secure before and after breaking in the entertainment industry? How should you balance work and writing? What are some freelance jobs worth pursuing as a writer? What are the benefits and ...Related posts:How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09) Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26)

Duration: 00:40:50

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