Paper Team http://www.paperteam.co Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3Paper Team is a weekly podcast about television writing, becoming a TV writer, and everything in between. Hosted by Alex Freedman (@TVCalling) and Nick Watson (@_njwatson), every episode alternates between topics on the screenwriting craft (pilots, specs, story, character, etc.), and discussions about the TV business itself (breaking in, representation, networking, staffing, etc.). This is a podcast for anyone working their way into the entertainment industry, and everyone passionate about television. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean Alex Freedman & Nick Watson ask@paperteam.co ask@paperteam.co (Alex Freedman & Nick Watson) A podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer. Paper Team https://www.tv-calling.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/PaperTeamANDirectional-443.jpghttp://www.paperteam.co TV-PG Los Angeles, California Weekly 12150826 Visual TV Storytelling in Buffy’s “Hush” & “Restless” ft. Evan Schmitt (PT37) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/visual-tv-storytelling-in-buffys-hush-restless-ft-evan-schmitt-pt37/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:10:11 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11761 https://www.tv-calling.com/visual-tv-storytelling-in-buffys-hush-restless-ft-evan-schmitt-pt37/#respond https://www.tv-calling.com/visual-tv-storytelling-in-buffys-hush-restless-ft-evan-schmitt-pt37/feed/ 0 Alex and Nick are joined by Buffy the Vampire Slayer expert Evan Schmitt to discuss visual storytelling in television writing through the prism of two episodes, “Hush” and “Restless”. How do you convey information visually? How can you use imagery to illustrate story and character? What does exposition look like without dialogue? How creepy are ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pilot-101-pt30/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Pilot 101 (PT30)">TV Pilot 101 (PT30) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/writing-themes-and-values-in-tv-pt36/" rel="bookmark" title="Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36)">Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick are joined by Buffy the Vampire Slayer expert Evan Schmitt to discuss visual storytelling in television writing through the prism of two episodes, “Hush” and “Restless”.

How do you convey information visually? How can you use imagery to illustrate story and character? What does exposition look like without dialogue? How creepy are the Gentlemen? What was the Cheese Man all about?

The Paper Team invokes the First Slayer…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – About “Hush” and “Restless” (01:39)
2 – Narrative structures of “Hush” and “Restless” (11:08)
3 – Visual storytelling in “Hush” (18:33)
4 – Visual storytelling in “Restless” (40:53)
Takeaways and Resources (56:37)

Announcement

Paper Team is going to WonderCon 2017! Join our panel “Writer Versus Fandom: TV Writer’s Rooms and Fan Interaction” on Sunday, April 2 at 4:00PM in Room 209.

Links

Evan Schmitt on Instagram
Paper Team panel at WonderCon 2017
Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD
“Hush” (4×10 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
“Restless” (4×22 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Shooting script for “Hush” (dated November 3, 1999)
Shooting script for “Restless” (dated April 8, 2000)
The Ascension
“Primeval” (4×21 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
“How Joss Whedon and the Buffy writers’ room broke episodes” – TV Calling
The Gentlemen
Cheese Man
“Beer Bad” (4×05 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
“Ozymandias” (5×14 – Breaking Bad)
Christophe Beck
Saint-Saëns’ “Danse macabre”
“The Zeppo” (3×13 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Ethan Rayne
“Band Candy” (3×06 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Ripper
Maggie Walsh
“Graduation Day” (3×21-22 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
“This Year’s Girl” (4×15 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Dawn Summers
Joyce Summers
Mr. Pointy
“The Gift” (5×22 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Resources

Buffy World’s episode index with shooting scripts
“Tough Enough: Female Friendship and Heroism in Xena and Buffy” – Dr. Sharon Ross
Dr. Sharon Ross (Columbia College Chicago)

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: ask@paperteam.co

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Alex and Nick are joined by BUFFY expert Evan Schmitt to discuss visual storytelling in TV writing through the prism of two episodes, "Hush" and "Restless". How do you convey information visually? How can you use imagery to illustrate story and character? How do you convey information visually? How can you use imagery to illustrate story and character? What does exposition look like without dialogue? How creepy are the Gentlemen? What was the Cheese Man all about?
The Paper Team invokes the First Slayer…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1 – About “Hush” and “Restless” (01:39)

2 – Narrative structures of “Hush” and “Restless” (11:08)

3 – Visual storytelling in “Hush” (18:33)

4 – Visual storytelling in “Restless” (40:53)

Takeaways and Resources (56:37)
Announcement
Paper Team is going to WonderCon 2017! Join our panel “Writer Versus Fandom: TV Writer’s Rooms and Fan Interaction” on Sunday, April 2 at 4:00PM in Room 209.
Links
Evan Schmitt on Instagram

Paper Team panel at WonderCon 2017

Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD

“Hush” (4×10 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

“Restless” (4×22 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Shooting script for “Hush” (dated November 3, 1999)

Shooting script for “Restless” (dated April 8, 2000)

The Ascension

“Primeval” (4×21 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

“How Joss Whedon and the Buffy writers’ room broke episodes” – TV Calling

The Gentlemen

Cheese Man

“Beer Bad” (4×05 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

“Ozymandias” (5×14 – Breaking Bad)

Christophe Beck

Saint-Saëns’ “Danse macabre”

“The Zeppo” (3×13 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Ethan Rayne

“Band Candy” (3×06 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Ripper

Maggie Walsh

“Graduation Day” (3×21-22 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

“This Year’s Girl” (4×15 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

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Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/writing-themes-and-values-in-tv-pt36/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:09:18 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11250 https://www.tv-calling.com/writing-themes-and-values-in-tv-pt36/#respond https://www.tv-calling.com/writing-themes-and-values-in-tv-pt36/feed/ 0 Alex and Nick discuss the importance of themes and values in television writing, and how you can use them to your advantage in your own TV scripts. Why are themes and values important in television writing? What are some examples of both? How do you work them in scripts? How do you avoid preachiness in ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/visual-tv-storytelling-in-buffys-hush-restless-ft-evan-schmitt-pt37/" rel="bookmark" title="Visual TV Storytelling in Buffy’s “Hush” & “Restless” ft. Evan Schmitt (PT37)">Visual TV Storytelling in Buffy’s “Hush” & “Restless” ft. Evan Schmitt (PT37) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/" rel="bookmark" title="Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)">Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss the importance of themes and values in television writing, and how you can use them to your advantage in your own TV scripts.

Why are themes and values important in television writing? What are some examples of both? How do you work them in scripts? How do you avoid preachiness in the writing?

The Paper Team shares their motifs…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – What are themes and values? (01:20)
2 – How to write themes and values in TV (14:12)
3 – Avoiding preachiness in your writing (23:10)
Takeaways and Resources (27:28)

Links

Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
“Far Beyond the Stars” (6×13 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Sons of Anarchy
Everybody Loves Raymond
Desperate Housewives
“Earshot” (3×18 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Danny Strong
Buffy Studies
“Beer Bad” (4×05 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Scorpius (Farscape)
The Outer Limits (1963 TV series)
The Outer Limits (1995 TV series)
“Chaos is a ladder” speech from Game of Thrones (Video)
“BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish”

Resources

“Philosophy of…” Books
“The Philosophy of The Simpsons” – William Irwin, Mark T. Conard, Aeon J. Skoble
Star Trek episodes with social themes

Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co

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The Paper Team shares their motifs…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1 – What are themes and values? (01:20)

2 – How to write themes and values in TV (14:12)

3 – Avoiding preachiness in your writing (23:10)

Takeaways and Resources (27:28)
Links
Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

“Far Beyond the Stars” (6×13 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Sons of Anarchy

Everybody Loves Raymond

Desperate Housewives

“Earshot” (3×18 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Danny Strong

Buffy Studies

“Beer Bad” (4×05 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Scorpius (Farscape)

The Outer Limits (1963 TV series)

The Outer Limits (1995 TV series)

“Chaos is a ladder” speech from Game of Thrones (Video)

“BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish”
Resources
“Philosophy of…” Books

“The Philosophy of The Simpsons” – William Irwin, Mark T. Conard, Aeon J. Skoble

Star Trek episodes with social themes
Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co
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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 30:19 11250 Supplemental Income for Writers (PT35) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/supplemental-income-for-writers-pt35/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:52:37 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11248 https://www.tv-calling.com/supplemental-income-for-writers-pt35/#respond https://www.tv-calling.com/supplemental-income-for-writers-pt35/feed/ 0 Alex and Nick discuss how to make supplemental income and getting side-jobs while working in TV or breaking in. How do you stay financially secure before and after breaking in the entertainment industry? How should you balance work and writing? What are some freelance jobs worth pursuing as a writer? What are the benefits and ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-be-a-great-production-assistant-pt09/" rel="bookmark" title="How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09)">How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/goal-setting-as-a-tv-writer-planning-your-year-ahead-pt26/" rel="bookmark" title="Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26)">Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss how to make supplemental income and getting side-jobs while working in TV or breaking in.

How do you stay financially secure before and after breaking in the entertainment industry? How should you balance work and writing? What are some freelance jobs worth pursuing as a writer? What are the benefits and drawbacks of being an independent contractor?

The Paper Team files their 1099…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – Benefits and drawbacks of finding supplemental income or freelancing (00:22)
2 – Ways of making supplemental income as a writer (12:26)
Takeaways and Resources (38:34)

Links

Managing Finances as an Assistant and Staff Writer (PT16)
Stage 32
Roadmap Writers
Virtual PitchFest
Gig economy
Friedman Agency
AppleOne
Care.com
UpWork
Chuck Tingle (NSFW)
“Easy and Healthy French Recipes” – Claire Rose
Swagbucks
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Patreon

Resources

r/BeerMoney (reddit)

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: ask@paperteam.co

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Alex and Nick discuss how to make supplemental income and getting side-jobs while working in TV or breaking in. How do you stay financially secure in the TV industry? How should you balance work and writing? What are some jobs worth pursuing as a writer? How do you stay financially secure before and after breaking in the entertainment industry? How should you balance work and writing? What are some freelance jobs worth pursuing as a writer? What are the benefits and drawbacks of being an independent contractor?
The Paper Team files their 1099…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1 – Benefits and drawbacks of finding supplemental income or freelancing (00:22)

2 – Ways of making supplemental income as a writer (12:26)

Takeaways and Resources (38:34)
Links
Managing Finances as an Assistant and Staff Writer (PT16)

Stage 32

Roadmap Writers

Virtual PitchFest

Gig economy

Friedman Agency

AppleOne

Care.com

UpWork

Chuck Tingle (NSFW)

“Easy and Healthy French Recipes” – Claire Rose

Swagbucks

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Patreon
Resources
r/BeerMoney (reddit)
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: ask@paperteam.co
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TV Spec Script 101 (PT34) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/tv-spec-script-101-pt34/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:26:27 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11243 https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-spec-script-101-pt34/#respond https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-spec-script-101-pt34/feed/ 0 Alex and Nick discuss the ins-and-outs of writing a TV spec script of an existing show. How do you pick the show? Why is researching the series beforehand important? How do you brainstorm ideas for specs? What are some dos and don’ts to break the mold? The Paper Team picks their spec… SHOWNOTES Content 1 ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/" rel="bookmark" title="Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)">Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/feedback-and-notes-building-your-reading-onion-pt08/" rel="bookmark" title="Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08)">Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss the ins-and-outs of writing a TV spec script of an existing show.

How do you pick the show? Why is researching the series beforehand important? How do you brainstorm ideas for specs? What are some dos and don’ts to break the mold?

The Paper Team picks their spec…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – What makes a TV spec, a TV spec (00:29)
2 – Writing the TV spec script (08:15)
Takeaways and Resources (25:39)

Links

TV Spec Script List
TV Spec Test
TV Writing Fellowships: The Bix Six

Resources

Ten Spec Writing Rules (and why you should care)
WGA Library

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: ask@paperteam.co

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Alex and Nick discuss the ins-and-outs of writing a TV spec script of an existing show. How do you pick the show? Why is researching the series beforehand important? How do you brainstorm ideas for specs? What are some dos and don'ts to break out? How do you pick the show? Why is researching the series beforehand important? How do you brainstorm ideas for specs? What are some dos and don’ts to break the mold?
The Paper Team picks their spec…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1 – What makes a TV spec, a TV spec (00:29)

2 – Writing the TV spec script (08:15)

Takeaways and Resources (25:39)
Links
TV Spec Script List

TV Spec Test

TV Writing Fellowships: The Bix Six
Resources
Ten Spec Writing Rules (and why you should care)

WGA Library
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: ask@paperteam.co
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TV Writing Competitions (PT33) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/tv-writing-competitions-pt33/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:57:48 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11217 https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-writing-competitions-pt33/#respond https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-writing-competitions-pt33/feed/ 0 Alex and Nick discuss television writing competitions, their personal experiences with them, and whether or not they’re worth participating in. Which TV writing competitions are out there? What should you consider before paying and submitting your script? What do you actually get out of them? What if you win and nothing happens? The Paper Team ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/australian-tv-ft-chris-corbett-pt18/" rel="bookmark" title="Australian TV ft. Chris Corbett (PT18)">Australian TV ft. Chris Corbett (PT18) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/joke-writing-stand-up-and-late-night-tv-ft-simon-taylor-the-tonight-show-with-jay-leno-pt22/" rel="bookmark" title="Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22)">Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss television writing competitions, their personal experiences with them, and whether or not they’re worth participating in.

Which TV writing competitions are out there? What should you consider before paying and submitting your script? What do you actually get out of them? What if you win and nothing happens?

The Paper Team submits their entry fee…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – What are screenwriting competitions? (00:32)
2 – Why you should enter TV writing competitions (01:56)
3 – Competitions that are out there and our own experiences (09:44)
4 – What you should consider before entering a competition (22:50)
5 – What if I win and nothing happens? What if my win is old news? (27:41)
Takeaways and Next Week On (31:42)

Links

Academy Nicholl Fellowships
Tracking Board’s Launch Pad
TrackingB
“Answers to the questions I’ve been asked” – Mickey Fisher
Austin Film Festival Competition
JHRTS Pilot Competition
How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03)
PAGE Competition
Final Draft’s Big Break Contest
Script Pipeline

Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co

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Alex and Nick discuss their experiences with television writing competitions and whether or not they're worth participating in. Which TV writing competitions are out there? What should you consider before entering? What do you actually get out of them? Which TV writing competitions are out there? What should you consider before paying and submitting your script? What do you actually get out of them? What if you win and nothing happens?
The Paper Team submits their entry fee…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1 – What are screenwriting competitions? (00:32)

2 – Why you should enter TV writing competitions (01:56)

3 – Competitions that are out there and our own experiences (09:44)

4 – What you should consider before entering a competition (22:50)

5 – What if I win and nothing happens? What if my win is old news? (27:41)

Takeaways and Next Week On (31:42)
Links
Academy Nicholl Fellowships

Tracking Board’s Launch Pad

TrackingB

“Answers to the questions I’ve been asked” – Mickey Fisher

Austin Film Festival Competition

JHRTS Pilot Competition

How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03)

PAGE Competition

Final Draft’s Big Break Contest

Script Pipeline
Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co
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Independent Producing ft. Jimmy Nguyen (Showrunners) (PT32) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/independent-producing-ft-jimmy-nguyen-showrunners-pt32/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:13:17 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11191 https://www.tv-calling.com/independent-producing-ft-jimmy-nguyen-showrunners-pt32/#respond https://www.tv-calling.com/independent-producing-ft-jimmy-nguyen-showrunners-pt32/feed/ 0 Alex and Nick are joined by Jimmy Nguyen, executive producer of the documentary Showrunners, to discuss independent producing, collaborating with other creatives, and lessons he’s learned over his years working in Los Angeles. What is the role of a producer? How did the documentaries Showrunners and Barista came to be? How does he approach creative ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-follow-up-without-seeming-desperate-pt07/" rel="bookmark" title="How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07)">How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/networking-101-how-to-talk-with-people-in-hollywood-pt05/" rel="bookmark" title="Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)">Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick are joined by Jimmy Nguyen, executive producer of the documentary Showrunners, to discuss independent producing, collaborating with other creatives, and lessons he’s learned over his years working in Los Angeles.

What is the role of a producer? How did the documentaries Showrunners and Barista came to be? How does he approach creative and professional collaborations? What are some tips to getting started and networking properly?

The Paper Team gets good at the ask…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – Moving to Los Angeles, connecting with people, and getting involved in Showrunners (00:37)
2 – Working as an independent producer, their collaborative role, and helping make Showrunners/Barista (08:39)
3 – Inspirations and other projects (38:04)
4 – Tips and advice for aspiring producers (47:15)
Resources and Next Week On (53:48)

Links

Jimmy Nguyen on Twitter
Showrunners (Documentary)
Showrunners (Book)
Barista
Comic Book Sunday
Des Doyle
Ryan Patrick McGuffey
Jason Rose
Wally Schrass
Irish Film Board
Jane Espenson
Damon Lindelof
The Pirate Tapes
Indie Game: The Movie
Charles Mruz
Going Clear
The Imposter
The Family
The King of Kong
Shut Up and Play the Hits
Helvetica (Documentary)
Searching for Sugar Man
Man on Wire
The Jinx
O.J.: Made in America
Mayor of Sunset Strip
The Kid Stays in the Picture
Heroines (Short)
The Big Short
Rachel Moore
The Champ
Search Party
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Trollhunters
Top of the Lake
Essen Game Fair
Roy Lee
“Adventures in the Screen Trade” – William Goldman
The Ring
Gravitas Ventures

Resources

“A Pound of Flesh” – Art Linson
“Save the Cat!” – Blake Snyder

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: ask@paperteam.co

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Alex and Nick welcome Jimmy Nguyen, executive producer of the documentary Showrunners, to discuss independent producing, collaborating with other creatives, and the lessons and tips he's learned over his years working in Los Angeles. What is the role of a producer? How did the documentaries Showrunners and Barista came to be? How does he approach creative and professional collaborations? What are some tips to getting started and networking properly?
The Paper Team gets good at the ask…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1 – Moving to Los Angeles, connecting with people, and getting involved in Showrunners (00:37)

2 – Working as an independent producer, their collaborative role, and helping make Showrunners/Barista (08:39)

3 – Inspirations and other projects (38:04)

4 – Tips and advice for aspiring producers (47:15)

Resources and Next Week On (53:48)
Links
Jimmy Nguyen on Twitter

Showrunners (Documentary)

Showrunners (Book)

Barista

Comic Book Sunday

Des Doyle

Ryan Patrick McGuffey

Jason Rose

Wally Schrass

Irish Film Board

Jane Espenson

Damon Lindelof

The Pirate Tapes

Indie Game: The Movie

Charles Mruz

Going Clear

The Imposter

The Family

The King of Kong

Shut Up and Play the Hits

Helvetica (Documentary)

Searching for Sugar Man

Man on Wire

The Jinx

O.J.: Made in America

Mayor of Sunset Strip

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Heroines (Short)

The Big Short

Rachel Moore

The Champ

Search Party

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Trollhunters

Top of the Lake

Essen Game Fair

Roy Lee

“Adventures in the Screen Trade” – William Goldman

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TV Writer Representation 101 (PT31) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/tv-writer-representation-101-pt31/ Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:02:49 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11184 https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-writer-representation-101-pt31/#respond https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-writer-representation-101-pt31/feed/ 0 Alex and Nick discuss the basics of getting an agent or manager representation as a television writer (also known as “TV Lit” representation). What are the main differences between agents, managers and entertainment lawyers? What will they do for you, and what will you be able to do for them? When are you ready to ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/" rel="bookmark" title="Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)">Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/australian-tv-ft-chris-corbett-pt18/" rel="bookmark" title="Australian TV ft. Chris Corbett (PT18)">Australian TV ft. Chris Corbett (PT18) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss the basics of getting an agent or manager representation as a television writer (also known as “TV Lit” representation).

What are the main differences between agents, managers and entertainment lawyers? What will they do for you, and what will you be able to do for them? When are you ready to be represented? Should you get an agent or manager first?

The Paper Team makes some calls…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – What is representation for TV writers? (0:35)
2 – The artist/rep relationship (2:00)
3 – Should you get a rep? (11:06)
4 – FAQs and common myths (21:38)
Takeaways and Resources (26:32)

Links

Mike Ovitz meeting in “The Late Shift” (Video)
The Geometry of the Deal
WGAW’s Signatory Agency List
Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)
How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07)
Getting Your TV Script Read (PT29)

Resources

“How to Get an Agent” – TV Calling
“How to Manage Your Agent” – Chad Gervich

Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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
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]]> Alex and Nick discuss the basics of getting an agent or manager representation as a television writer. What are the main differences between them? When are you ready to be represented? Should you get an agent or manager first? What are the main differences between agents, managers and entertainment lawyers? What will they do for you, and what will you be able to do for them? When are you ready to be represented? Should you get an agent or manager first?
The Paper Team makes some calls…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1 – What is representation for TV writers? (0:35)

2 – The artist/rep relationship (2:00)

3 – Should you get a rep? (11:06)

4 – FAQs and common myths (21:38)

Takeaways and Resources (26:32)
Links
Mike Ovitz meeting in “The Late Shift” (Video)

The Geometry of the Deal

WGAW’s Signatory Agency List

Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)

How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07)

Getting Your TV Script Read (PT29)
Resources
“How to Get an Agent” – TV Calling

“How to Manage Your Agent” – Chad Gervich
Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co
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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 28:56 11184 TV Pilot 101 (PT30) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pilot-101-pt30/ Mon, 06 Feb 2017 08:00:55 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11178 https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pilot-101-pt30/#respond https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pilot-101-pt30/feed/ 0 Alex and Nick go over everything you need to know to get started on writing your new pilot script, as well as some dos and don’ts for each step of the process. How do you juggle writing a compelling hour of television versus only writing the first hour of a television show? Who is your ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/" rel="bookmark" title="Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)">Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/from-outline-to-first-draft-pt28/" rel="bookmark" title="From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28)">From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick go over everything you need to know to get started on writing your new pilot script, as well as some dos and don’ts for each step of the process.

How do you juggle writing a compelling hour of television versus only writing the first hour of a television show? Who is your target audience? What concepts and story archetypes exist in pilots? Why is this pilot story yours to write? What are some particularities of writing a TV pilot script?

The Paper Team sets up their premise…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – What makes a TV pilot, a TV pilot or “what it’s about and who it’s for” (0:56)
2 – The particularities of writing a pilot script (25:36)
Takeaways and Resources (54:31)

Links

“Disappointed – Hercules” (Video)
17th Precinct
“Sunset” (3×06 – Breaking Bad)
“Bringing the TV Writers’ Room Process Home” (PT06)
“Act Breaks” (PT15)
“Exposition in TV Writing” (PT24)

Resources

“TV Pilot Checklist” – Secret of Story
“TV Script Standards” – The Black List
“Write to TV” – Martie Cook

Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co

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Alex and Nick go over everything you need to know to get started on writing your new pilot script, as well as some dos and don'ts for each step. How do you juggle writing a compelling hour of TV versus writing the first hour of a television show? How do you juggle writing a compelling hour of television versus only writing the first hour of a television show? Who is your target audience? What concepts and story archetypes exist in pilots? Why is this pilot story yours to write? What are some particularities of writing a TV pilot script?
The Paper Team sets up their premise…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1 – What makes a TV pilot, a TV pilot or “what it’s about and who it’s for” (0:56)

2 – The particularities of writing a pilot script (25:36)

Takeaways and Resources (54:31)
Links
“Disappointed – Hercules” (Video)

17th Precinct

“Sunset” (3×06 – Breaking Bad)

“Bringing the TV Writers’ Room Process Home” (PT06)

“Act Breaks” (PT15)

“Exposition in TV Writing” (PT24)
Resources
“TV Pilot Checklist” – Secret of Story

“TV Script Standards” – The Black List

“Write to TV” – Martie Cook
Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co
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Who should you want to read you? How do you know when you’re ready to be read? What should you send over? What if you don’t hear back?

The Paper Team has some recommendations…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – Who you should get read by (0:39)
2 – What to send and knowing when you’re ready to be read (4:48)
3 – Expectations versus Reality (10:47)
Takeaways and Resources (21:12)

Links

“How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone)” (PT03)
Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)
The Second City
Starship Troopers – Would You Like to Know More? (Video)
Seeso
Kay Reindl
“How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate)” (PT07)

Resources

“I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” – Josh Olson
Louis C.K.’s Newsgroup Post

Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co

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Alex and Nick discuss strategies on getting your shiny new TV script read around town, and what to actually expect from your efforts. Who should you want to read you? How do you know when you're ready to be read? What should you send over? Who should you want to read you? How do you know when you’re ready to be read? What should you send over? What if you don’t hear back?
The Paper Team has some recommendations…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1 – Who you should get read by (0:39)

2 – What to send and knowing when you’re ready to be read (4:48)

3 – Expectations versus Reality (10:47)

Takeaways and Resources (21:12)
Links
“How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone)” (PT03)

Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)

The Second City

Starship Troopers – Would You Like to Know More? (Video)

Seeso

Kay Reindl

“How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate)” (PT07)
Resources
“I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” – Josh Olson

Louis C.K.’s Newsgroup Post
Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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

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From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/from-outline-to-first-draft-pt28/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:06:23 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11170 https://www.tv-calling.com/from-outline-to-first-draft-pt28/#respond https://www.tv-calling.com/from-outline-to-first-draft-pt28/feed/ 0 Alex and Nick discuss how to turn an outline for a TV script (pilot or spec) into a fully-fledged draft. Where should you begin? What if you’re stuck or don’t know where to start in a scene? What should you tweak and improve when looking back at your first draft? Should you use every option ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/feedback-and-notes-building-your-reading-onion-pt08/" rel="bookmark" title="Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08)">Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/" rel="bookmark" title="Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)">Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss how to turn an outline for a TV script (pilot or spec) into a fully-fledged draft.

Where should you begin? What if you’re stuck or don’t know where to start in a scene? What should you tweak and improve when looking back at your first draft? Should you use every option in Final Draft?

The Paper Team opens their screenwriting software…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1) Outline versus Draft (0:42)
2) Where to start? (2:23)
3) Scene Work (7:08)
4) Writing and refining the draft (14:51)
5) FAQs (22:23)
Takeaways and Resources (28:50)

Links

“Scribble version, final version” (John August)
The Wolf of Wall Street
Heat’s diner scene (Video)
Waze

Resources

Hemingway Editor
WordCounter

Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co

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Alex and Nick discuss how to turn an outline for a TV script into a fully-fledged draft. Where should you begin? What if you're stuck or don't know where to start in a scene? What should you tweak and improve when looking back at your first draft? Where should you begin? What if you’re stuck or don’t know where to start in a scene? What should you tweak and improve when looking back at your first draft? Should you use every option in Final Draft?
The Paper Team opens their screenwriting software…
SHOWNOTES
Content
1) Outline versus Draft (0:42)

2) Where to start? (2:23)

3) Scene Work (7:08)

4) Writing and refining the draft (14:51)

5) FAQs (22:23)

Takeaways and Resources (28:50)
Links
“Scribble version, final version” (John August)

The Wolf of Wall Street

Heat’s diner scene (Video)

Waze
Resources
Hemingway Editor

WordCounter
Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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: ask@paperteam.co
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Web Series and TV Writing ft. Sam Miller (Single by 30/Mom) (PT27) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/web-series-and-tv-writing-ft-sam-miller-single-by-30mom-pt27/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:05:22 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11165 Alex and Nick welcome Sam Miller, writer on YouTube’s Single by 30 and CBS’ Mom, to discuss his own process for creating a web series (L.A. Beer), the state of the format, his TV writing work, and being involved in JHRTS and the WGA. How do you make and market your own independent web series? ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/being-in-a-writing-team-ft-kelly-lynne-dangelo-pt12/" rel="bookmark" title="Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12)">Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/profiles-of-television-kiyong-kim-tv-writing-fellow/" rel="bookmark" title="Profiles of Television: Kiyong Kim – TV Writing Fellow">Profiles of Television: Kiyong Kim – TV Writing Fellow </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick welcome Sam Miller, writer on YouTube's Single by 30 and CBS' Mom, to discuss his own process for creating a web series, the state of the format, his TV writing work, and being involved in JHRTS and the WGA. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 41:05 11165 Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/goal-setting-as-a-tv-writer-planning-your-year-ahead-pt26/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:05:54 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11160 Alex and Nick ring in the new year by discussing how they manage their TV writing goals and resolutions. How can you prepare for a typical year in the TV writing industry? What tools can you use to track and manage your goals? What are some practical resolutions to have? What does Paper Team have ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/the-tv-writers-mindset-dealing-with-procrastination-blank-page-and-the-muse-pt17/" rel="bookmark" title="The TV Writer’s Mindset: Dealing With Procrastination, Blank Page, and the Muse (PT17)">The TV Writer’s Mindset: Dealing With Procrastination, Blank Page, and the Muse (PT17) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-be-a-great-production-assistant-pt09/" rel="bookmark" title="How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09)">How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick ring in the new year by discussing how they manage their TV writing goals and resolutions. How can you prepare for a year in the TV industry? What tools can you use to track and manage your goals? What does Paper Team have in store for 2017? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 25:21 11160 The 2016 Paper Team Holiday Special (PT25) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/the-2016-paper-team-holiday-special-pt25/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:07:30 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11130 Alex and Nick celebrate the holiday season and the end of 2016 by taking a look at their favorite TV holiday episodes, the best media of the past year, and some stats about the first six months of Paper Team. What makes a TV Christmas special? What are some of the best holiday specials? What ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-budgeting-and-line-producing-ft-maggie-herman-bosch-on-the-road-at-sdcc-2016-pt10/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Budgeting and Line Producing ft. Maggie Herman (Bosch) – On the Road at SDCC 2016 (PT10)">TV Budgeting and Line Producing ft. Maggie Herman (Bosch) – On the Road at SDCC 2016 (PT10) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/writing-themes-and-values-in-tv-pt36/" rel="bookmark" title="Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36)">Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick celebrate the holiday season and the end of 2016 by taking a look at their favorite TV holiday episodes, the best media of the past year, and some stats about the first six months of Paper Team. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 58:01 11130 Exposition in TV Writing (PT24) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/exposition-in-tv-writing-pt24/ Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:15:06 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11124 Alex and Nick take a look at exposition in television writing, from dialogue to prose, action, and meta information. What should be revealed to the audience? How can you give exposition in an organic and entertaining way? What differentiates good exposition from bad exposition? The Paper Team shows and tells… SHOWNOTES Content 1 – What ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/" rel="bookmark" title="Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)">Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pilot-101-pt30/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Pilot 101 (PT30)">TV Pilot 101 (PT30) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick take a look at exposition in television writing, from dialogue to prose and meta information. What should be revealed to the audience? How can you give exposition in an organic and entertaining way? What makes good or bad exposition? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 33:28 11124 Protecting and Over-Protecting Your TV Script: Copyright, Ownership and Idea Theft (PT23) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/protecting-and-over-protecting-your-tv-script-copyright-ownership-and-idea-theft-pt23/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:15:45 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11118 Alex and Nick discuss the contentious subject of copyrighting and idea theft in television. From the WGA to the Copyright Office, we take a look at the basics of protecting your work. What does a copyright do? Should you register your TV spec script or pilot? Have there been cases of TV copyright infringements? Why ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/script-registration-101/" rel="bookmark" title="Script registration 101">Script registration 101 </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/being-in-a-writing-team-ft-kelly-lynne-dangelo-pt12/" rel="bookmark" title="Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12)">Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss the contentious subject of copyrighting and idea theft in television. From the WGA to the Copyright Office, we take a look at the basics of protecting your work. What does a copyright do? Should you register your TV script or pilot? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 29:25 11118 Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/joke-writing-stand-up-and-late-night-tv-ft-simon-taylor-the-tonight-show-with-jay-leno-pt22/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:15:09 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11107 Alex and Nick welcome Simon Taylor to hear his experience being a comedian, writing jokes for late-night television, and the hard work it takes to be consistently funny. How does the stand-up circuit work? What was it like writing for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno? Why is performing comedy different than writing comedy? How ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/being-in-a-writing-team-ft-kelly-lynne-dangelo-pt12/" rel="bookmark" title="Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12)">Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-writing-competitions-pt33/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Writing Competitions (PT33)">TV Writing Competitions (PT33) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick welcome Simon Taylor to hear his experience being a comedian, writing jokes for late-night television, and the hard work it takes to be consistently funny. How does the stand-up circuit work? What was it like writing for the Tonight Show? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 1:00:30 11107 Being a TV Script Coordinator ft. Franklin jin Rho (The Exorcist) (PT21) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/being-a-tv-script-coordinator-ft-franklin-jin-rho-the-exorcist-pt21/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:15:15 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11096 Alex and Nick welcome Franklin jin Rho (FOX’s The Exorcist) to discuss the ins and outs of being a TV script coordinator. He shares with us his advice, anecdotes, tips, and tricks to understanding and getting into this vital TV position, set halfway between the writers’ room and production. How do you become a script ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-be-a-great-production-assistant-pt09/" rel="bookmark" title="How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09)">How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pitching-101-who-what-and-why-pt13/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Pitching 101: Who, What, and Why (PT13)">TV Pitching 101: Who, What, and Why (PT13) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick welcome Franklin jin Rho (FOX's The Exorcist) to discuss the ins and outs of being a TV script coordinator. He offers his advice on understanding and getting into this vital TV position, halfway between the writers' room and production. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 47:05 11096 The Art of the TV Episode (PT20) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/the-art-of-the-tv-episode-pt20/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:15:43 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11092 Alex and Nick explore the differences in what an episode looks like between episodic or procedural TV and serialized shows. How has the TV episode evolved over the years? What does an episode mean in the age of binge-watching? What are some memorable stand-alone and serialized episodes? The Paper Team offers a self-contained narrative… SHOWNOTES ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/visual-tv-storytelling-in-buffys-hush-restless-ft-evan-schmitt-pt37/" rel="bookmark" title="Visual TV Storytelling in Buffy’s “Hush” & “Restless” ft. Evan Schmitt (PT37)">Visual TV Storytelling in Buffy’s “Hush” & “Restless” ft. Evan Schmitt (PT37) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/writing-themes-and-values-in-tv-pt36/" rel="bookmark" title="Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36)">Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick explore the differences in what an episode looks like between episodic or procedural TV and serialized shows. How has the TV episode evolved over the years? What does an episode mean in the age of binge-watching? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 51:36 11092 Should You Pay for TV Writing Education? (PT19) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/should-you-pay-for-tv-writing-education-pt19/ Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:15:23 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11085 Alex and Nick discuss the value of paying for screenwriting education. From graduate school to extension classes and books, we take a look at whether or not they’re worth your time or money to learn about TV writing. What is the point of film school for television? Which extra classes are worth paying for? What ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/" rel="bookmark" title="Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)">Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/joke-writing-stand-up-and-late-night-tv-ft-simon-taylor-the-tonight-show-with-jay-leno-pt22/" rel="bookmark" title="Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22)">Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss the value of paying for screenwriting education. From graduate school to extension classes and books, we take a look at whether or not they're worth your time or money to learn about TV writing. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 27:27 11085 Australian TV ft. Chris Corbett (PT18) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/australian-tv-ft-chris-corbett-pt18/ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:15:12 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11076 Alex and Nick invite Chris Corbett (writer on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) to discuss the current state of Australian television and the differences in their writers’ room. How can new writers make it in the Australian TV industry? How do Australian writers break their episodes? How does Australian experience translate to America? What are some ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/being-a-tv-script-coordinator-ft-franklin-jin-rho-the-exorcist-pt21/" rel="bookmark" title="Being a TV Script Coordinator ft. Franklin jin Rho (The Exorcist) (PT21)">Being a TV Script Coordinator ft. Franklin jin Rho (The Exorcist) (PT21) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/moving-to-los-angeles-and-things-we-wish-we-knew-pt01/" rel="bookmark" title="Moving to Los Angeles (and Things We Wish We Knew) (PT01)">Moving to Los Angeles (and Things We Wish We Knew) (PT01) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick invite Chris Corbett (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries) to discuss the current state of Australian TV and the differences in their writers room. How can writers break into the Australian industry? How does this experience translate to America? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 59:11 11076 The TV Writer’s Mindset: Dealing With Procrastination, Blank Page, and the Muse (PT17) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/the-tv-writers-mindset-dealing-with-procrastination-blank-page-and-the-muse-pt17/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:15:10 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10917 Alex and Nick tackle how to get into a TV writing mindset and actually finish that script. We talk about the psychological side of writing and practical ways of dealing with procrastination, deadlines, and the muse. How do you beat the blank page? How do you deal with procrastination? How do you stay accountable with ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/goal-setting-as-a-tv-writer-planning-your-year-ahead-pt26/" rel="bookmark" title="Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26)">Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/" rel="bookmark" title="Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)">Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick tackle how to get into a TV writing mindset and actually finish that script. We talk about the psychological side of writing and practical ways of dealing with procrastination, deadlines, and the muse. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 32:30 10917 Managing Finances as an Assistant & Staff Writer ft. Kiyong Kim (PT16) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/managing-finances-as-an-assistant-staff-writer-ft-kiyong-kim-pt16/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:40:30 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11065 Alex and Nick invite Kiyong Kim to talk about everyone’s favorite subject: money. We discuss all the basics about how to start a budget, investing, and managing your income when you’re working in the entertainment industry as an assistant, aspiring TV writer, and staff writer. Why should you learn how to manage your money? Where ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/supplemental-income-for-writers-pt35/" rel="bookmark" title="Supplemental Income for Writers (PT35)">Supplemental Income for Writers (PT35) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-budgeting-and-line-producing-ft-maggie-herman-bosch-on-the-road-at-sdcc-2016-pt10/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Budgeting and Line Producing ft. Maggie Herman (Bosch) – On the Road at SDCC 2016 (PT10)">TV Budgeting and Line Producing ft. Maggie Herman (Bosch) – On the Road at SDCC 2016 (PT10) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick invite Kiyong Kim to talk about everyone's favorite subject: money. We discuss all the basics about how to start a budget, investing, and managing your income when you're working in the entertainment industry as an assistant or TV writer. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 48:08 11065 Act Breaks (PT15) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/act-breaks-pt15/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:18:06 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=11059 Alex and Nick discuss the goal and narrative impact of TV act breaks, also known as the structural core of every television episode ever. Why do shows have act breaks? What is the difference between an act break in comedy versus drama? What impact has the inflation of act breaks in shows had on TV ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pilot-101-pt30/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Pilot 101 (PT30)">TV Pilot 101 (PT30) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/from-outline-to-first-draft-pt28/" rel="bookmark" title="From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28)">From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss the goal and narrative impact of act breaks, also known as the structural core of every TV episode ever. Why do shows have act breaks? What are the differences in comedy and drama? What impact has the inflation of breaks had on TV? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 44:22 11059 Diversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT14) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/diversity-in-tv-and-the-writers-room-ft-francesca-butler-genius-kelly-lynne-dangelo-pt14/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:15:23 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10977 Alex and Nick welcome Francesca Butler and Kelly Lynne D’Angelo to discuss diversity and representation in television — both on screen and in the writers’ room. What has been their personal experience working in TV? What shows influenced them growing up? What are they thoughts on diversity staffing and writing programs? The Paper Team hands ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/being-in-a-writing-team-ft-kelly-lynne-dangelo-pt12/" rel="bookmark" title="Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12)">Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/being-a-tv-script-coordinator-ft-franklin-jin-rho-the-exorcist-pt21/" rel="bookmark" title="Being a TV Script Coordinator ft. Franklin jin Rho (The Exorcist) (PT21)">Being a TV Script Coordinator ft. Franklin jin Rho (The Exorcist) (PT21) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick welcome Francesca Butler and Kelly Lynne D'Angelo to discuss diversity in television, both on screen and in the writers' room. What has been their experience in TV? What are they thoughts on diversity staffing and writing programs? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 48:40 10977 TV Pitching 101: Who, What, and Why (PT13) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pitching-101-who-what-and-why-pt13/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:07:23 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10924 Alex and Nick discuss the basics of television pitching. From the cold pitch all the way to the general meeting and official “sales pitch”, we give an overview of the three major arenas where you’ll be presenting your TV show. This episode is all about understanding who, what, why, and some dos & don’ts for ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/being-in-a-writing-team-ft-kelly-lynne-dangelo-pt12/" rel="bookmark" title="Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12)">Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/feedback-and-notes-building-your-reading-onion-pt08/" rel="bookmark" title="Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08)">Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss the basics of television pitching. From cold pitch to general meetings and official "sales pitch", we go over the three major contexts. What is the goal of TV pitching? What needs to be included? Is paying for it worth it? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 45:15 10924 Being in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/being-in-a-writing-team-ft-kelly-lynne-dangelo-pt12/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:15:26 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10973 Alex and Nick are joined by comedy writer Kelly Lynne D’Angelo to discuss what it’s like to be in a TV writing team (with Nick himself). We talk about their creative and writing process, how they pitch in a writers’ room, how they present themselves in general meetings, how they complete each other, and the ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/diversity-in-tv-and-the-writers-room-ft-francesca-butler-genius-kelly-lynne-dangelo-pt14/" rel="bookmark" title="Diversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT14)">Diversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT14) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/joke-writing-stand-up-and-late-night-tv-ft-simon-taylor-the-tonight-show-with-jay-leno-pt22/" rel="bookmark" title="Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22)">Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick are joined by comedy writer Kelly Lynne D'Angelo to discuss being in a TV writing team (with Nick). What are the benefits or drawbacks of one? What is their creative process? Plus, we finally explain what a paper team is! Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 46:25 10973 The Influence of TV: Scratching the Surface (PT11) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/the-influence-of-tv-scratching-the-surface-pt11/ Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:15:30 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10914 Alex and Nick go off the beaten path to discuss the influence of the television medium on both cultures and people. We take a look at a few interesting case studies that have affected us personally, and the world we live in. Which television stories have had a major impact on our lives? What about ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/writing-themes-and-values-in-tv-pt36/" rel="bookmark" title="Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36)">Writing Themes and Values in TV (PT36) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/" rel="bookmark" title="Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04)">Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick go off the beaten path to discuss the influence of the television medium on both cultures and people. We take a look at a few interesting case studies that have affected us personally, and the world we live in. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 48:57 10914 TV Budgeting and Line Producing ft. Maggie Herman (Bosch) – On the Road at SDCC 2016 (PT10) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/tv-budgeting-and-line-producing-ft-maggie-herman-bosch-on-the-road-at-sdcc-2016-pt10/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:15:41 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10753 Alex goes on the road at SDCC 2016 with Maggie Herman, assistant to the Executive Producer/Line Producer on the Amazon series Bosch, to discuss every TV writer’s favorite topic: budgeting. How much does an hour of television cost? And how do scripts get broken down into money? It’s a double Paper Team first, as we ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/independent-producing-ft-jimmy-nguyen-showrunners-pt32/" rel="bookmark" title="Independent Producing ft. Jimmy Nguyen (Showrunners) (PT32)">Independent Producing ft. Jimmy Nguyen (Showrunners) (PT32) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-be-a-great-production-assistant-pt09/" rel="bookmark" title="How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09)">How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex goes on the road at SDCC 2016 with Maggie Herman, assistant to the EP/Line Producer on Amazon's BOSCH, to discuss every writer's favorite topic: budgeting. How much does an hour of television cost? And how do scripts get broken down into money? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 1:02:23 10753 How to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-be-a-great-production-assistant-pt09/ Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:15:26 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10746 Alex and Nick talk about everything you need to know on how to get a television production assistant job, and what to do (and what not to do) so you excel at it. What are the different kinds of TV PAs (on-set PA, office PA, post PA, writers’ PA)? What does each job entail? How ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/supplemental-income-for-writers-pt35/" rel="bookmark" title="Supplemental Income for Writers (PT35)">Supplemental Income for Writers (PT35) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/goal-setting-as-a-tv-writer-planning-your-year-ahead-pt26/" rel="bookmark" title="Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26)">Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick talk about the different kinds of television production assistants (on-set PAs, office PAs, post PAs and writers' PAs), what each job entails, how to get them, what you can do to be an awesome PA and make the best of that opportunity. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 42:56 10746 Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/feedback-and-notes-building-your-reading-onion-pt08/ Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:00:03 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10744 Alex and Nick discuss how you can build a “reading onion” to get constant feedback over the course of your TV writing, and how to deal with the notes you’ll be getting. Who should you get comments from? What do the layers of the “onion” stand for? Which notes should you be ignoring and which ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/from-outline-to-first-draft-pt28/" rel="bookmark" title="From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28)">From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-spec-script-101-pt34/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Spec Script 101 (PT34)">TV Spec Script 101 (PT34) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss how you can build a reading onion to get constant feedback over the course of your TV writing, and how to deal with the notes you'll be getting. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 47:53 10744 How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-follow-up-without-seeming-desperate-pt07/ Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:00:53 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10726 Alex and Nick discuss the reasons why you would want to follow up with someone, how long you should wait before you do, and what you should be saying in that follow-up message. SHOWNOTES Content 1 – The Objective: Why you are following up (00:34) 2 – The Timing: When you should follow up (05:56) ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/networking-101-how-to-talk-with-people-in-hollywood-pt05/" rel="bookmark" title="Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)">Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-meet-people-in-la-when-you-dont-know-anyone-pt03/" rel="bookmark" title="How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03)">How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick discuss the reasons why you would want to follow up with someone, how long you should wait before you do, and what you should be saying in that follow-up message. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 31:01 10726 Bringing the TV Writers’ Room Process Home (PT06) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/bringing-the-tv-writers-room-process-home-pt06/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:06:41 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10741 Alex and Nick dig into why it’s important to maintain a consistent TV writing routine, and how you can mimic the same process from TV writers’ rooms into your own home. It’s all about working through each individual (but vital) step of television writing, including inception, pitching, outlining, drafting and rewriting. SHOWNOTES Content 1 – ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pitching-101-who-what-and-why-pt13/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Pitching 101: Who, What, and Why (PT13)">TV Pitching 101: Who, What, and Why (PT13) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pilot-101-pt30/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Pilot 101 (PT30)">TV Pilot 101 (PT30) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex and Nick dig into why it's important to maintain a consistent TV writing routine, and how you can mimic the same process from TV writers' rooms into your home, by breaking each step: inception, pitching, outlining, drafting and rewriting. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 57:09 10741 Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/networking-101-how-to-talk-with-people-in-hollywood-pt05/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:05:25 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10720 Alex and Nick discuss the point of networking, why (aspiring) television writers should network, and how to do it when you don’t know anyone or are socially anxious. SHOWNOTES Content 1 – Networking is about why you’re meeting people, not who you should meet (00:25) 2 – Mixers and One-on-ones: the two ways you’ll be ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-meet-people-in-la-when-you-dont-know-anyone-pt03/" rel="bookmark" title="How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03)">How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-follow-up-without-seeming-desperate-pt07/" rel="bookmark" title="How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07)">How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex & Nick discuss the differences between writing a TV spec episode and a spec pilot. Which one should you pick as your next script? Whether it's your first teleplay or you're trying to build a portfolio, the Paper Team has got you covered. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 32:48 10720 Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/spec-v-pilot-what-you-should-be-writing-next-pt04/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:04:33 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10716 Alex and Nick discuss the differences and implications between writing a television spec episode and a television spec pilot. Which script should you choose to write as your next sample? Whether it’s your first teleplay, you want to apply to the fellowships, or you’re trying to build a portfolio to get representation, the Paper Team ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-spec-script-101-pt34/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Spec Script 101 (PT34)">TV Spec Script 101 (PT34) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/tv-pilot-101-pt30/" rel="bookmark" title="TV Pilot 101 (PT30)">TV Pilot 101 (PT30) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex & Nick discuss the differences between writing a TV spec episode and a spec pilot. Which one should you pick as your next script? Whether it's your first teleplay or you're trying to build a portfolio, the Paper Team has got you covered. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 33:02 10716 How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-meet-people-in-la-when-you-dont-know-anyone-pt03/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:03:58 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10731 Alex and Nick discuss tips and advice on making new TV and other industry contacts in Los Angeles. How do you create connections for yourself before setting foot in Hollywood? How do you use ones you may already have? And where do you start when you don’t know anyone in this strange city? The Paper ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/networking-101-how-to-talk-with-people-in-hollywood-pt05/" rel="bookmark" title="Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)">Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/how-to-follow-up-without-seeming-desperate-pt07/" rel="bookmark" title="How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07)">How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07) </a></li> </ol> </div> Alex & Nick discuss tips on making contacts in LA. How do you create connections before arriving in Hollywood? And where to start when you don't know anyone? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 47:16 10731 Comedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major (PT02) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/comedy-v-drama-declare-your-tv-major-pt02/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:02:45 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10708 On today’s episode of Paper Team, Alex and Nick discuss one of the most important decisions before you can become a fully-fledged TV writer: choosing whether to write for comedy (half-hour) or drama (one-hour). SHOWNOTES Content 1 – Defining comedy and drama in television (01:02) 2 – What you are going to be doing as ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/comedy-spec-script-2016-what-is-hot-and-what-is-not/" rel="bookmark" title="Comedy Spec Script 2016 – What is hot and what is not">Comedy Spec Script 2016 – What is hot and what is not </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/around-the-comedy-spec/" rel="bookmark" title="Around the comedy spec">Around the comedy spec </a></li> </ol> </div> On today's episode of Paper Team, Alex and Nick discuss one of the most important decisions before you can become a fully-fledged TV writer: choosing whether to write for comedy (half-hour) or drama (one-hour). Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 41:59 10708 Moving to Los Angeles (and Things We Wish We Knew) (PT01) - Paper Teamhttps://www.tv-calling.com/moving-to-los-angeles-and-things-we-wish-we-knew-pt01/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:01:33 +0000 https://www.tv-calling.com/?p=10735 In the inaugural episode of Paper Team, Alex and Nick discuss the very first step to becoming a TV writer: moving to Los Angeles. This is not only about knowing why you need to be here, by also why you want to be here. Why did we both literally cross oceans and continents to live ...<div class='yarpp-related-rss'><b>Related posts:</b><ol> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/goal-setting-as-a-tv-writer-planning-your-year-ahead-pt26/" rel="bookmark" title="Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26)">Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26) </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tv-calling.com/joke-writing-stand-up-and-late-night-tv-ft-simon-taylor-the-tonight-show-with-jay-leno-pt22/" rel="bookmark" title="Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22)">Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22) </a></li> </ol> </div> In the inaugural episode of Paper Team, Alex and Nick discuss the first step to becoming a TV writer: moving to Los Angeles. Why did we both cross oceans to live there? What can you do to prepare your writing career before you step on a plane? Alex Freedman & Nick Watson clean 35:11 10735