WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? — 6 Key Ways Developing a Pilot is Different than a Feature Script

Event Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 || Speaker: Ellen Sandler|| Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

A Pilot is different from other dramatic or narrative story telling forms.  With a feature, a play, or a novel, you tell a single story, albeit with many complications and a few side trips, and then you’re done.  A series pilot also tells a story and at the same time it must be a template for many more stories.  What that means for you, the writer, is you must create not one story, but a story telling engine.  In this seminar Ellen Sandler shares her insights on six significant ways a pilot differs from a feature and the specific tools you can use from the earliest point of your creative process to develop an original idea or adapt your screenplay (or other narrative) into a story telling engine that can run a series—in other words, a pilot. See more details below.


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Check-in begins at 12:30 pm.
Event starts at 1:00 pm.

No Refunds. No Credits.


More details: 

TV Writer/Producer, ELLEN SANDLER received an Emmy nomination for her work as a Co-Executive Producer of the CBS hit series, Everybody Loves Raymond. She has a long career as a writer/producer on staff of many prime time half hours,* and she has pitched, sold and developed more than a dozen pilots for all the major networks. Her company, Sandler Ink, www.SandlerInk.com is a leading consultancy providing script development and career strategies for professionals and emerging writers in the television industry. Her clients include staff writers and creators of current network and cable series, studio executives, agents, actors and stand-ups as well as TV production companies in Europe, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Israel, Japan and China.
She is a member of the Writers Guild of America and holds an MFA from The American Film Institute. She is the author of The TV Writers Workbook, a top selling handbook for writers and is used as a text in screenwriting programs at UCLA, USC, NYU, Stamford, Columbia, Northwestern and many other film schools both in the US and abroad.
*complete credit listing at www.imdb.com/name/nm0761968/


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