TV PILOT DRAFT WRITING WORKSHOP
You have a killer outline for your TV Pilot, but when sit down to write, everything turns to mush: vague characters, huge data dumps, clunky dialogue, and scenes that go nowhere. If this sounds familiar, veteran screenwriter and TV writer Mike Ellis can help. He’s written for all the big boys, ABC, CBS and The CW and has sold pitches to DreamWorks, Working Title, Revolution Studios, Warner Brothers, Sky Dance Pictures and Universal. In this seven-week Los Angeles TV Draft Writing Workshop, you’ll get Mike’s help writing scenes that have a complete beginning, middle and end and pack a serious punch. You’ll learn to how to open your pilot, capture the imagination of the reader, write with a clear voice and introduce your main character like pro. By the end of the class you should have major chunks or your pilot written and the confidence to finish it with flair. Emmy not included. Instructor: Mike Ellis Mike Ellis received his BFA in Film from NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts and an MFA in Screenwriting from AFI. He has sold projects to Disney, Fine Line Films, Savoy Pictures and Destination Pictures. Sony pictures made his first movie, “THE WEDDING PLANNER,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. He has sold movie pitches to DreamWorks, Working Title, Revolution Studios, Warner Brothers, Sky Dance Pictures and Universal. He has written movies with Lindsay Doran, Anne Fletcher, Jason Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Vin Diesel, Salma Hayek, Meg Ryan, America Ferrera and sold a salsa dancing pitch with Sandra Bullock. Other credits include consulting producer on the ABC show “JAKE IN PROGRESS,” adapting the YA novel the “A-LIST” for Alloy Entertainnment and Universal Pictures, and produced an independent movie from his script, “AN INVISIBLE SIGN OF MY OWN,” starring Jessica Alba, Chris Messina and J.K. Simmons. This past year he wrote a movie, “SUPER SUNDAY” about the Super Bowl for Warner Brothers and sold two TV pilots, “AMERICAN MARRIAGE,” a drama with Ellen Pompeo to ABC and a comedy, “MARSHA GOES TO JAIL,” with FOX’s Adam Shankman. Mike has sold five pilots, three to ABC, one to FOX and one to the CW. Dates: Oct. 4, 25, Nov. 1, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13 (7 Tues. Nights) 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
When Marilyn Friedman first arrived in LA in 2004, she tried in vain to find a great writing class. She searched high and low, from Silverlake to Simi Valley. She braved cramped surroundings, stinky salads, lackluster writing prompts, and heavily medicated instructors. However, she realized that instead of looking for local writing classes, why not create her own for people to join her in. That's when she found her passion for teaching and writing. Almost ten years, hundreds of classes and three locations later she has built a community of amazing, supportive, and talented writers.
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