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Alex and Nick invite Miranda Miranda Sachetta, composer for Transformers: Prime Wars and The Voice, to discuss writing music on scripted and unscripted television shows.

What is the process of writing a piece of music for a television show? How does the communication between the composer and creatives work? How are motifs and themes used? What can TV writers learn from music composition? How does music for scripted shows differ from unscripted?

The Paper Team takes a cue…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Starting in TV, process of composing, communication with creatives, addressing notes, temp tracks, motifs and themes, working with an orchestra, what writers can learn from composers, composing for interactive formats, post-processing (00:31)
Resources and Next Week On (34:10)

Links

Miranda Sachetta
Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy
The Eagle Huntress
Nobuo Uematsu
Neon Genesis Evangelion
My Hero Academia

Special thanks to Chris Anastasi for helping us edit this episode.

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Alex and Nick offer tips and tricks to solve common TV writing obstacles. From procrastination, prose, and loglines, to characters, dialogue, and scene work, get actionable advice to troubleshoot your screenwriting problems.

Can’t find time or discipline to write? Having trouble coming up with ideas? Is your TV show premise unexciting? Does your TV script not have enough conflict? Are your characters uninteresting? Is your dialogue not working? Are your scenes running too long or too short?

Plus, we offer feedback on two more Paper Tease entries and crown June winners.

The Paper Team helps you out…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Paper Tease Session (00:49)
1 – Problems with productivity, ideas, and procrastination (17:49)
2 – Macro script problems (24:55)
3 – Problems with character, dialogue, and prose (34:35)
4 – Scene problems (46:25)
5 – Problems after the draft (53:02)

Paper Tease Entries

“Duende” by Matt Sorensen
“American Monarchy” by Bo Liu & Nick Ruck

Links

Bringing the TV Writers’ Room Process Home (PT06)
Gary Provost
Rewriting Your TV Script (PT90)
“25 ways to kick exposition’s ass” – Terrible Minds

This episode brought to you by Roadmap Writers’ JumpStart Writing Competition

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

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

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

Alex and Nick invite J. Holtham, writer on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, to discuss breaking into the TV industry later in life, and writing on a comic-based series.

What is some important advice for people wanting to pursue TV writing later in life? How can breaking in older help in the writers’ room? What is the process of writing for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger? What can writing plays teach you about screenwriting?

The Paper Team powers up…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Breaking in older, getting noticed, staffing on Pitch, being a playwright, the first staff writing job, working for Marvel, working on Cloak & Dagger, adapting existing IP, moving to LA, advice for people pursuing writing later in life (00:51)
Resources and Next Week On (44:21)

Links

J. Holtham on Twitter
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger on Freeform
Screencraft Fellowship
PAGE AwardsHumanitas Prize
Pitch
Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood
Doom Patrol

Resources

Amy Berg’s Twitter thread about being staffed

This episode brought to you by Roadmap Writers

Use code ROADMAP to get $15 OFF your first Roadmap Writers Program

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

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

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

TV Writing For You

Alex Freedman

I'm Alex Freedman, the writer behind TV Calling.


I started this site in 2008 to chronicle my own journey in television writing.

748 posts and 9 years later, TV Calling has also become a comprehensive resource dedicated to the full TV writing industry — from spec to success.


Everything here is written by yours truly (unless otherwise credited), so feel free to blame me for any missed deadlines.


I hope you'll answer your television calling, and join me in this creative journey.


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