TVWRITER™ NEWSLETTER – Fall 2016
A WORD FROM LB
It’s been quite a summer. Busy, busy, busy with new projects at a time in my life when I fully expected to be winding down. And all that personal “life” stuff. Holy crap!
Houseguests! Freak rain storms! Adventures in China and Thailand! Interweb service interruptions! Yikes!
Now that Fall is here, I’m not seeing any let-up. With the closing date of this year’s PEOPLE’S PILOT less than two weeks away, the contest is taking up more and more of my time, a situation that will continue for another couple of months of reading and judging and critiquing and arguing and…well, you get the idea.
Then there’s the politics thing. A Presidential election campaign with a tone straight out of a Philip K. Dick short story, a Douglas Adams novel, or what now strikes me as the most prophetic film I’ve ever seen: Idiocracy.
But stress and anxiety are basic parts of life, right? Why else would God have given us Xanax? And why rest now when there will be so much more time – absolutely guaranteed – to do nothing later on?
So I’ll be pushing myself for awhile, doing my best to clear current obligations in order to take on future ones.
My main obligation, be it past, present, or future is to continue to poke and prod and push everyone who comes to TVWriter™ to work your butts off to make your writing dreams come true.
In other words, don’t just sit there – write, dammit! Create!
The world needs your artistry and idealism now more than ever. Don’t ever give up on the magical effect of your words.
PEOPLE’S PILOT CONTEST UPDATE
The 2016 PEOPLE’S PILOT opened for entries March 1st and will be open until the very last minute of November 1, 2016.
In other words, it’s closing pretty damn soon. In less than two weeks!
If you’ve been coming to TVWriter™ for any longish amount of time, you almost certainly know that the PEOPLE’S PILOT is one of the web’s premier TV writing competitions. But must in case you’re a newbie, or haven’t been keeping track of the changes, here’s a brief synopsis:
This year we’ve updated the PP to match recent changes in the entertainment scene and make the contest not just a “television writing” thing, but one for shows intended for any and all electronic entertainment media.
Whether the series you are creating is intended for broadcast TV, cable and satellite, TV, home entertainment/video game consoles, Big Media interweb outlets like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, or indie web channels and venues like YouTube, Vimeo, Funny or Die, or the show’s own website, it’s eligible for the new PEOPLE’S PILOT.
Similarly, we’re open for entries regardless of what length you envision the episodes being or how many episodes you foresee it having.
Genres also are entirely open. Whether you’ve written a drama, comedy, action, dramedy, anthology script for adults, for young adults, for children, or, what the hell, for opossums, the PEOPLE’S PILOT wants to see it. Is your pilot intended for live action? Great. And just as great if you see what you’ve written as being animated, or starring puppets, or little balls of clay, whateves. Are you hoping for your series to last forever? Envisioning it as a mini or limited series? It’s all good to us. We welcome everything you can think of.
Category-wise, we’ve expanded from two to three. These are:
1) Scripted Series 1/2 Hour or Less (no matter how much less)
2) Scripted Series Longer than 1/2 Hour (up to 1 Hour long)
3) Scripted Series Longer than 1 Hour
In other words, scripts for shows about anything. intended to be broadcast anywhere, and with a playing time from, oh, a few seconds to several hours long are cordially invited!
Especially welcome in the “Scripted Series Longer than 1 Hour category are series deliberately designed to be binge-watched. (Can any other contest say the same?)
UPDATE! Especially welcome in all categories are screenplays that present characters and situations that would make terrific ongoing shows. Yes, we know that pretty much applies to any well-written screenplay, but, hey, that’s the point.
Other changes include:
TVWriter™ is now offering over $20,000 in prizes and entry bonuses, including:
We’ve had free Feedback for awhile now and are constantly hearing how valuable it’s been. We think the Feedback alone is worth more than the price of admission and believe you’ll agree!
FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK
All entrants will receive a PDF file of Larry Brody’s Storytelling Patterns in Genre Films booklet. Available nowhere else, Storytelling Patterns is a guide to outlining your scripts by using timeless story patterns and scenes that have proven time and time again to be invaluable to successful storytelling.
NEW ENTRY FEE SCHEDULE
You’ve missed the Early Bird Special fee, but the regular entry fee is $50 for each submission, with a new Duo Discount that eases the pain by allowing you to pay for 2 entries at the same time for a total payment of only $85. As in past years, you don’t have to upload your submission immediately upon paying the fee. You can send it at any time until the contest closes.
The PEOPLE’S PILOT website is HERE
The full list of Prizes is HERE
The Enter Page is HERE
Email LB personally with any questions HERE
Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™’s past contests are or have most recently been on the staffs of WESTWORLD, LETHAL WEAPON, NARCOS, MOM, CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, COLONY, GREY’S ANATOMY, ONCE UPON A TIME, SMALLVILLE, ROME, THE LEFTOVERS, and THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER, to name just a few. We’d love to see you join them!
TV WRITER UNIVERSITY UPDATE
LB’s schedule has been a real killer so far this season, with the result that for now all online classes are on hold. (Blame it on his involvement with Thai animation studio startup Southeast Asia Animation. But how could he say no when one of the initial investors was also one of his first students during sabbatical he took from writing-producing way back in the early 1990s?
LB assures us that as soon as things calm down he will be resuming both the Advanced Online Screen and TV Writing Workshop and his Master Class. But if you’re really Jonesing for his open, honest, and very professional tutelage, it couldn’t hurt to get in touch with him HERE
Meanwhile, if you’re curious, you can find out more about everything TVWriter University is currently offering HERE
That’s it till next time. Keep those stories spinning!
Larry Brody – Head Dood
Gwen Brody – Head Muse
Munchman – Keeper of the Faith
Cara Winter, Herbie J Pilato, Peggy Bechko, Kelly Jo Brick – Contributing Editors
Diana Vaccarelli – Critic at Large
Kathryn Graham, Cassandra Hennessey – Contributing Writers
Various Volunteers – Mucho Appreciated Scapegoats