Writing the Sitcom Pilot is for serious writers who want to develop an original sitcom pilot script. It is also for people who feel they have a great premise for a sitcom but don’t have a lot of writing experience. Selling a pilot for development to a studio is a major event in anyone’s writing career. This class allows you to develop your pilot while getting feedback from a working professional. There are a lot of pilots being shopped around in Los Angeles. Taking this class will ensure that your pilot looks and reads like a professional piece.
You will learn about story structure, outlining, formatting and character development. Learn about formulaic approaches to pilot writing and if that is right for your concept. You’ll also get tips about selling and pitching your pilot to studio executives.
During the class you will study and analyze successful pilots. You will also do a lot of writing. This class also requires a significant amount of out of class writing so come prepared with series ideas. You will have a first draft of your pilot at the end of the session.
Writing the Sitcom Pilot is for students who have completed Intro to Writing for TV & Film or with approval of the program head. The class meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. You will need to bring a laptop and a solid story idea to develop into a pilot. It would be wise to have a backup idea to develop as well.
This workshop is not offered every term. If you would like to be informed when it becomes available, please click here.