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Comedy v. Drama II: Blurred Lines (PT143)

Alex and Nick revisit the topic of one of their seminal episodes: Comedy versus Drama. Should you still declare a major in the age of dramedies and blurred formats? Are boundaries and page-count still relevant as a TV writer? How should you approach staffing and your writing samples in today’s era?

Content

1 – What we covered three years ago and what prompted this episode (00:33)
2 – How these blurred lines have affected TV staffing and the industry (11:52)
3 – How this evolution has impacted our own TV writing (21:30)
4 – Frequently asked questions (31:26)

Links

Comedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major (PT02)
TV Writing for Comedy & Drama ft. Michelle Badillo & Caroline Levich (PT115)
Paper Scraps Monthly – Records, Routine, and Resolution (PT140)

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

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Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
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How to Take Feedback (PT142)

Alex and Nick discuss how to take feedback in your TV writing. Whether you’re on staff or working on your own projects, why and how should you take notes, and when should you say no?

Why is it important to be malleable with your TV scripts? What are the differences in approaching notes as a staff writer and with your own material? How do you deconstruct feedback and understand what needs to be fixed? How should you take a note? When is it worth saying no? How do you reject a note?

Content

1 – The mindset of receiving criticism (00:23)
2 – Why and how to take a note (07:26)
3 – Deconstructing feedback and “the note behind the note” (15:10)
4 – Why and how to reject a note (20:16)
Takeaways and Next Week On (27:28)

Links

Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08)

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]

Performing In and Out of the Writers’ Room ft. Charla Lauriston (Hoops/People of Earth) (PT141)

Alex and Nick welcome Charla Lauriston, writer on Hoops, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and People of Earth, to discuss pitching in the writers’ room and working as a stand-up comedian.

How can you be effective in a writers’ room? Should you gauge your own pitches? How does stand-up translates to TV writing? What is the process of writing a comedy routine? How do you sustain a TV writing career beyond that first job?

The Paper Team is a laugh riot…

PT141 Charla Lauriston

Content

Performing In and Out of the Comedy Writers’ Room with Charla Lauriston (00:30)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (46:33)

Links

Charla Lauriston
Charla Lauriston on Twitter
Charla Lauriston on Instagram
Hoops on Netflix

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]