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Alex and Nick discuss everything you need to know about rewriting your TV script. Whether you’re working on a spec or in a writers’ room, we look at reasons why you should rewrite and things to watch out for.

When should you rewrite? Why are notes a critical part of rewriting? What edits should you do on the page? What if your script still runs too long or too short?

Plus, we give feedback on four teasers in our inaugural Paper Tease session!

The Paper Team goes back to the page…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Paper Tease Session (00:45)
1 – When to rewrite (29:47)
2 – How to rewrite (35:59)
3 – FAQs about rewriting (50:00)
Takeaways and Next Week On (56:24)

Paper Tease Entries

“Chattahoochee” by Clint Williams
“Christian Cross” by James Creviston
“Conquer” by Katie Brown
“Mythos” by Will McGhee

Links

From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28)
Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08)
Bringing the TV Writers’ Room Process Home (PT06)
TV Dialogue 101 (PT51)

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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 welcome Tom Ruegger, creator of iconic TV series Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Pinky & the Brain, and Histeria!, to discuss the process of writing and producing animated television shows.

What is the process of generating and selling animated TV series? What makes for a great idea that can be succesful? What are the differences between storyboard-driven and script-driven shows? How was Animaniacs developed? How can you take established characters from franchises and give them a new take? How do you balance educational component and entertainment value?

The Paper Team gets wacky…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Getting started in animation, Working for Hanna-Barbera, differences between storyboard-driven and script-driven shows, coming up with ideas for TV shows, selling TV shows, animation versus live-action, developing Animaniacs and Pink & the Brain, using music, reinventing established characters, working on Batman, selling Histeria, and thoughts on the Animaniacs reboot (00:55)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (39:11)

Links

Tom Ruegger on Twitter
Tiny Toon Adventures
Animaniacs
Pinky & the Brain
Histeria!
Freakazoids!
The 7D
Hanna-Barbera
Filmation
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
The Premiere of Platypus Duck (Video)
Sport Billy
Yogi Bear
Batman: The Animated Series
“Hooked on a Ceiling” (1×04 – Animaniacs)
“This Pun for Hire” (3×08 – Animaniacs)

Resources

RhymeZone
Urban Dictionary

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]

It’s been nearly two years since Paper Team began, and we’ve decided to lean into our mission statement with a new, free competition — Paper Tease.

Every month, we read on air a few listeners’ teasers from their TV pilot scripts and offer feedback. The best ones even win prizes!

Paper Tease is open to any original teasers (or cold-opens) of up to 8 pages, of any TV format (one-hour/half-hour) and any genre (comedy/drama). No features though.

All the rules and prizes can be found on the official Paper Tease entry page.

Yes, it’s really free.

Do you have a TV teaser ready to go, and have read the linked rules on the Paper Tease page? Enter right here:

Required: *
I acknowledge the teaser script I'm attaching may be read and discussed publicly on the Paper Team podcast, and it could show up in full or in part online. This free entry isn't a solicitation of employment, or guarantee of compensation or response.
I do not hold Alex Freedman and Nick Watson liable for any comments made - all feedback is intended for educational purposes. Similar or identical ideas may already exist, and I waive any right to claim that they stole or copied this submitted material.

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.

744 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.


Write on.


P.S.: New around? You should start here.

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