With the help of Peter Russell, we're going to take two months to write a sitcom episode for one of the ongoing networks!
This is for folks who want to develop a sitcom portfolio.
We will decide on a show, discuss the ins and outs of that particular program, and write an episode and we will table read it in class.
First day will be a general workshop on writing an episode.
You should have a sitcom episode written by the end of 2-3 months.
We're still experimenting with this idea. But we want for all the students to finalize projects in this class! And for students to start submitting their samples for agents, etc.
Peter Russell will show the PATTERNS of all half hour sitcoms -- and talk about trends in TV comedy, as well as show patterns in DRAMEDY. Take a look, if you can before class, at an episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, RAISING HOPE, and/or MODERN FAMILY.
Ist day $5
Peter Russell's Biography & Resume
Peter Russell is a master story teacher and script doctor who, along with his partner Cecilia Russell, has helped shape film story for Brian Grazier and Ron Howard at IMAGINE "Einstein Project", Alex Schwartz and Cary Granat at WALDEN FILMS "Chronicles of Narnia", Sunta Izzicupo at CBS Television Movies of the Week, as well as PARTICIPANT MEDIA, VIACOM, and many others.
In 2008, Peter discovered a true passion when he began teaching film and television story at UCLA's Entertainment Division of the Extension School. Peter's energy, entertaining style and true passion for his subject won him UCLA's Screenwriting Teacher of the Year in 2009.
In 2011, Peter and Cecilia created HOW MOVIES WORK (howmovieswork.com) - a film school that now teaches film classes all over the world, as well as in 'live' classrooms in Venice and Beverly Hills, California. HMW has helped its students sell screenplays to major producers here in LA and to international studios in 2012 and 2013. Several of Peter and Cecilia's students have won film competitions and screenplay contests in 2013 and now in 2014.
Peter now teaches television writing and guides students to creating great original pilots in both drama and comedy.