I have made much of my living from television over the last 25 years. I was a staff writer-producer on three different network series, over ten different network seasons, and I have written scripts for six different shows, three dramas, three comedies. I’ve drawn a paycheck on something like 250 episodes. So don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying the bite the hand that has fed me — and my five ravenous kids — for so many years.
I’m often asked by new writers how I learned how to write for film and television. I first learned how to write in journalism school, and then as a working journalist for 10 years or so before I morphed into writing for film and TV. So for me one of the big answers to the question is I learned how write scripts from READING OTHER PEOPLE’S SCRIPTS. Especially produced scripts.
Ever wonder why movies seem to resemble each other in so many ways? Or why action scenes all seem to be staged by the same choreographer? Or why certain story points keep repeating themselves in film after film? Here are the answers: