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Paper Tease: Perspective – October Session (PT155)

Alex and Nick have another Paper Tease session and give feedback on five of your TV pilot teasers.

Plus, we share some big Austin Film Festival news and we reveal the date of our next live event!

Announcements

1 – Paper Team will be at the Austin Film Festival! It all happens Saturday, October 26. Nick’s panel “Breaking into TV” will be at 10:45AM at the Driskill’s Citadel Room. Alex’s panel “Structuring a Series” will be at 3PM at the Driskill’s Maximilian Room. We’ll also be having a Paper Team Meetup at the Driskill bar at 5PM on that same Saturday.

2 – Mark your calendars for our next live event on Wednesday, November 20! We’ll be doing a full table read of the pilot script from one lucky Paper Tease winner. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for all the ticket information.

Paper Tease Entries

“The Holy Cannolie’s” by Alissa Rivas
“Hotel Gramercy Park” by Max Weissberg
“Sensitive” by Katie Parisi
“Black Mold” by Jeremiah Lewis
“The Red Riding Hoods” by David Michael Quiroz, Jr.

Want to get feedback on the teaser of your TV pilot in an upcoming Paper Tease session? Find all the information you need at http://paperteam.co/teaser

If you enjoyed this episode and others, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

Writing Classic Multicams to Cable Darlings ft. Dan O’Keefe (Seinfeld/Veep) (PT154)

Alex and Nick invite Dan O’Keefe, writer on Silicon Valley, Veep, and Final Space, to talk about his experience writing on classic multicams, late-night comedy, and half-hour cable darlings.

What are the differences working on single-cam and multi-cam? How do you keep a consistent career in comedy writing? What is it like working on a serialized half-hour? How do you tackle the politics of late-night and comedy rooms? What is some advice for pitching and selling shows?

The Paper Team grins…

PT154 Dan O'Keefe

Content

Writing classic multicams, late-night, and cable comedy darlings, with Dan O’Keefe (00:39)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (54:21)

Links

Dan O’Keefe on IMDb
WGF Library

If you enjoyed this episode and others, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

Mindfulness, TV Musicals, and Development Hell – Paper Scraps Monthly (PT153)

Alex and Nick answer your TV writing questions about short-form content, musical scripts and the importance of mindfulness.

Plus, we tackle some of the TV writing news of the past month, including thoughts on writers’ rooms development hell, pay disparities, and a potential spec renaissance.

Content

Shout-outs and Austin Film Festival (00:35)
Audience Questions: Short-form content, TV musicals, and mindfulness (02:08)
TV Writing News: Pay disparity, WGA emails, specs, and development hell (19:11)

Links

“Zen in the Art of Writing” – Ray Bradbury
“The War of Art” – Steven Pressfield
“Crazy Rich Asians Co-Writer Exits Sequel Amid Pay Disparity Dispute” – The Hollywood Reporter
Mike Royce’s Twitter thread on TV spec scripts
TV Writing for Comedy & Drama ft. Michelle Badillo & Caroline Levich (PT115)
“Book Of Enchantment Disney+ TV Series Not Going Forward” – Deadline

If you enjoyed this episode and others, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]