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Use this guide along with the power points. This covers the material that was spoken, and viewed in class, and the author intentionally omitted the slides to the best of his abilityGolden rule of work GROW Someone hires you to make their life easier 90% of your managing time, is used on 10% of your workforceAs an actor or writer, your work is stored in data bases and as a result you only have one real chance to impress people College is the only time someone is being paid t make your work better - everything else is a favorIt all begins with writing Until there is something on the page, there is nothing You want your name on the script, four financial and other reasons.... Writers guild of America will always give script credit to the original writer... The writer who wrote "fade in" and what ones after on page one get the creditTaking the money out: taking a film location from a no tax credit state, to a tax credit state... So it costs less money. Directors try to use this as justification for getting writers creditIf people got hired to work, then a script was successful and you will get more work as a writerWhen you see & sign, the two writers worked together. When you see "and" it means other writers were brought in later With a film/studio is buying the pages of a script - not the author... May buy a script to keep something off the market. The pages are already thereWith TV, the studio is buying the writer, and what he might write in the future. It is prospectiveStudios do not follow contracts when it is not in their factor, like writing more than 3 drafts, and will follow it when it will save them money, like when they will only pay you for 1 and cancel the restTV writing style - writers are in a room, and group writes.Movie - 2 people writing at a time, may go to multiple peopleStudios declare the date for their blockbusters years in advance to declare they own that date. Called a tent poleTypes of TV showsEpisodic - you can watch the in any order each story stands on its ownSerial - like a novel - you need to watch them in order... You need to think out the entire season ahead of timeWriter has the most power in TVThe show runner is the most powerful writer; the creator is usually the show runnerIn the US the original show runner usually does not stay with the entire series, but has to approve major changes like a death of a characterIn the UK when the original show runner wants to stop, the series endsThe past few years have been marked by the firing of show runnersShow runners usually have the title of Executive Producer. When there are opening credits, their name is last and in final credits their name is firstShow Runners have the final say inCastingWriting hiringWriting seasons arcsDirecting - show runners notes overrides the director’sEditing - approves all editsCan be over ridden by studio or network Whoever is writing the check is in charge... Network, studio, ectIn TV, networks are always licensing programs - they are paying $ to have two runs of an episode... This is a license feeFor over 20 years the license fee is less than the production costs... Why? Because they own it, and can put it into syndicationSo if a studio has a home run it could clean up...But now, networks own a part of the programs, and when the studio sells it, they get 50%. So now, it is best for the content, creator and deliverer to be one company to be vertically integrated Notes do not, if ever solve a problemNotes do however identify a problemNotes are sometimes contradictoryYou let the audience know you are not supposed to like a character by having that character play the audience American TV production is faster than UK TV production Accommodate actors by taking them out of scenes where they are unnecessary because the schedule is so tiring MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) rates about 620 films a year Need to keep product in theaters Big studios have massive funds to make movies and TV help the, make use of these fundsNC17 rating will be fought against by studios – they want a pg-13, or R ratingWhen TV began, a season was 39 episodesThen became 32 Series would originally get 13 episodesIf you buy advertising, for 10 million viewers, and only got 5 mil, the broadcast company owes you 5 more mil... To "make good" on itPeople tend to watch 17 networks on cable Broadcast networks need fresh programming to make sure they can be competitive with other networksCopyright something as soon as you write itAs soon as the us copyright office receives it, the post marked date on it is when it was officially “copyrighted”. Costs a fee with the copyright officeYou can get a copyright with writer’s guildMail a copy to yourself, seal it and get the post marked date on it is the worst way to copyright something – it opens the door to allegations of fraud/tampering.Warner Brothers bought "life rights" to the We Are Marshal people who survived the crashIf some people in a major event say no to you asking to use their life story, you can use a "composite" character, combining other people and using a fictional name If you can't get an agent, nobody thinks they can make money off of you If you are a new writer, and get a big firm, you get a baby agentSpec script - speculation script for an existing show - you are not paid in advance for writing thesePilot script is the script for your new show You presell the rights to a film to a producer before they make itIf you have nobody to distribute it, you have to go to festivals like Sun Dance to get attention/buyersIf the movie does not say "studio name here" presents "film name here" then the studio associated with it is just distributing itIf the studios name is in there, then they put the money up to make itMovie distributor must pay theaters to run their trailer at the top of movies For blockbuster films opening week 90% of money goes to distributor, 10% to theater who sells concessions... Amount changes as movies time in theater goes onCoverage Recommendations categoriesPass - they do not want itConsider - good but needs rewrites (probably will not be accepted)Recommend - they feel it is a strong script (may be accepted)This is usually done by freelancers, and unpaid internsFree lancers; get 50-100 dollars a reviewed scriptThen it goes to a development executiveThen to it goes to whomever is net at the production companyTurnaround – another studio paying a studio for a script they bought, and want out of so that


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