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Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your TV Scripts (PT148)

Alex and Nick discuss the many common mistakes to avoid in your TV scripts. From structure and character to dialogue and formatting, we go over the frequent problems we’ve encountered, and our advice on fixing them.

Content

1 – Before the draft (01:41)
2 – Macro mistakes: structure, acts, stories (13:54)
3 – Micro mistakes: scenes, dialogue, prose (28:37)
4 – On the page (42:07)

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

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Paper Team Mentorship IV – Staffing Update With Paul (PT147)

Alex and Nick catch up with their first mentee Paul Chang, recently staffed on a Disney animated series, to hear about what he’s been up to and get his perspective on being a new staff writer in television.

How do you prepare yourself for staffing opportunities? How do gauge which representation is right for you? Why is it important to celebrate all the wins? How do you deal with imposter’s syndrome? How do you stay present and useful in the writers’ room?

PT147 Mentorship 4 Paul Chang

Links

Paul Chang on Twitter
Paper Team Mentorship I – “Mid-Death Crisis” Overview (PT128)
Paper Team Mentorship I – Paul’s Update
Paper Team Mentorship II – “Mid-Death Crisis” Beat Sheet (PT134)
Paper Team Mentorship II – Paul’s Update
Paper Team Mentorship III – “Mid-Death Crisis” Outline (PT138)
Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08)

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

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

TV Business Resources We Use (PT146)

Alex and Nick share the many TV business resources they use for networking, meetings, contact management, writing news, and everything to navigate the television industry.

We go over our personal recommendations we’ve used over the years, and why they matter to us.

Content

1 – Books (00:42)
2 – Apps/Software (11:34)
3 – Hardware/Tools (28:57)
4 – Websites (35:39)
5 – Podcasts (55:23)

Links

“Small Screen, Big Picture” – Chad Gervich
“How to Manage Your Agent” – Gervich Chad
“Hollywood Game Plan” – Carole Kirschner
“This Business of Television” – Howard J. Blumenthal
“Producing Animation” – Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi
“The One-Hour Drama: Producing Episodic Television” – Robert Del Valle
“Desperate Networks” – Bill Carter
“Make Your Contacts Count” – Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon
Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)
Airtable
Contacts+
Teamweek
Trello
Boomerang
Slack
Discord
WhatsApp
Line
WeChat
Google Voice
@Voice Aloud Reader (TTS Reader)
Evernote
Google Keep
Venmo
Vistaprint
Moo
Stickermule
Whatshalfway
Doodle
IMDb Pro
Studio System
Variety Insights
WGA Find a Writer
Screenwriters Rant Room
The Business
Industry Standard
The Treatment
WGF Podcast
Australian Screenwriters Podcast
Screen Australia Podcast
Happier in Hollywood
3rd & Fairfax
The Writers Panel
Scriptnotes
Children of Tendu

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]