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Character Names, Rebranding, and Fellowship News – Paper Scraps Monthly (PT170)

Alex and Nick answer your TV writing questions about character names, fellowship specs, Paper Tease limits, and choosing representation based on packaging.

Plus, we look at some of the latest TV writing news, including Netflix removing titles, Disney dropping Fox names, and HBO Max productions.

Content

Post-Mixer and Shout-outs (00:32)
Audience Questions: Character names, packaging, 2020 specs, and Patreon (09:48)
TV Writing News: Censorship, OTT movies, and studio rebranding (28:21)

Links

Manager Communication, Assistant Work, and Staffing Starts (PT167)
Showrunning Daybreak ft. Aron Eli Coleite (PT159)
“Netflix Reveals Titles Pulled From Service Over Government Demands” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures” – Variety
“Warner Bros. and HBO Max Team Up on New Label” – IndieWire
“‘Friends’ Reunion Special On HBO Max Nears Deal” – Deadline
Script Readiness, Contests, and Career Detours (PT160)
Altered Carbon Season 2 on Netflix

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

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
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TV Formula 101: Building an Engine For Your Show (PT117)

Alex and Nick discuss why TV formulas still matter and how to build a successful TV engine for your pilot and show.

What is a TV engine? Why is a “formula” a necessary ingredient for a sustainable TV series? What are some ways serialized and character-based series use formulas to their advantage? How do you generate a sustainable and compelling engine for your show? How do you express that formula in a script?

Plus, we launch our Patreon page and are hosting a mixer to celebrate!

The Paper Team regenerates…

SHOWNOTES

Announcements

1 – Paper Team is now on Patreon! You can support us starting as little as $2/month and get exclusive TV writing advice in exchange, including cheat sheets and bonus episodes. Join us at https://www.patreon.com/paperteam

2 – To celebrate the launch, we’re having a free mixer! Join us Saturday, January 19 at the Harlowe Bar in West Hollywood. The event starts at 5PM and runs all evening. More information available at http://paperteam.co/mixer

Content

Announcements: Patreon launch and Mixer details (00:26)
1 – Why formulas are still important in TV (03:39)
2 – How to generate a TV engine (09:09)
3 – Common questions and problems (22:44)
Takeaways and Next Week On (26:34)

Links

TV Pilot 101 (PT30)
TV Pilot 201: Keeping the Reader Interested (PT84)
Day Break
Act Breaks (PT15)
Weaving Storylines: A/B/C Stories (PT53)

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode and everyone else who supported us this year.

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]

Tone in TV Writing (PT60)

NEW: Get the episode cheat sheet on our Patreon!

Alex and Nick discuss the importance of tone in TV shows and how to establish it in your own writing.

What is tone in television? Where do TV shows fit on the scale between farce and gritty realism? How can you establish tone through story, character, themes, and world? How do you keep a consistent tone in your TV script?

Plus, we announce brand new episode transcripts.

The Paper Team goes dark and gritty…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Paper Scraps: New Paper Team transcripts (00:23)
1 – Defining tone and its importance (01:56)
2 – How to set-up or establish tone: world, character, story, dialogue, themes, and marketing (08:12)
3 – Tonal dissonance and “tonal recall” (32:53)
Takeaways and Resources (38:35)

Links

“TV World-Building 101” (PT44) – Transcript
“Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)” (PT22) – Transcript
“Writing Adult Comedy Animation ft. Alison Tafel (BoJack Horseman)” (PT39) – Transcript
“Assisting TV Comedy Writers ft. Gary Sundt (Superstore/The Goldbergs)” (PT43)
“Breaking in & Writing From “Outside the System” ft. Hilliard Guess (The Screenwriter’s Rant Room)” (PT47) – Transcript
Psych
The Shield
The Mentalist
Burn Notice
Homeland
Arrested Development
Ozark
Jason Bateman
Coen Brothers
Burn After Reading
Desperate Housewives
Doctor Who
Christopher Eccleston
David Tennant
Matt Smith
Veronica Mars
“Fly” (3×10 – Breaking Bad)
Rian Johnson
“Wormhole X-Treme!” (5×12 – Stargate SG-1)
“200” (10×06 – Stargate SG-1)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Kingsman Church Scene (Video)
Star Trek: Discovery
The Orville
The Mummy (2017 Film)
The Mummy (1999 Film)
Saw
The Room
The Disaster Artist (Film)
“It insists upon itself” – Family Guy (Video)
Terriers
Sweeney Todd (Film)
Cougar Town
The TV Set
Flanderization
The Practice
David E. Kelley
Boston Legal
Baywatch
Baywatch Nights

Resources

Tone Shift (TV Tropes)

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