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How to Write for Television

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** Please note – this workshop will be in the Frankovich Barnes Screening Room at AFI. Building #3 in map here.**

Television is smoking hot these days, with some of the most creative and popular storytelling in its history. How do great TV writers like Vince Gilligan BREAKING BAD and Matthew Weiner of MAD MEN create such great shows?

Come find out, as UCLA’s Teacher of the Year, Peter Russell, founder of HowMoviesWork.com, breaks down the secret patterns and devices of these shows, as well as Aaron Sorkin’s NEWSROOM, network shows like THE GOOD WIFE, and explores the rise of the television anti-hero in shows like ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, GAME OF THRONES, and others. You’ll learn all the tricks of creating great suspense in shows like HOMELAND, and tools to write a powerful TV pilot, including the specific plot structures, characters, and story devices used by these great artists and more!

Who should attend: writers, directors, producers, actors, editors

Requirements: something to take notes

By the end of this class you’ll know how to:

  • Know the different television forms and how to write them.
  • Understand how to create characters that can go for seasons and seasons.
  • Amp up the emotion, drama, and excitement using secret story tools.

About the Instructor: Peter Russell’s lectures are famous for their vivid incisive and original insights. UCLA’s Teacher of the Year in 2009, Peter also runs a film school in Venice with his far smarter partner, Ceciia Russell, called HowMoviesWork. Find him online at howmovieswork.com for more details.