This was a bit of a crazy week for me, as I didn’t have too much time to work on anything. It was jam-packed with business trips and city trips, so I had to use every moment that I had to work on my TV series. It was totally worth losing sleep over. Just watching my story come to life, was amazing. I started my treatment earlier in the week, but only finished about half of it before our weekly production meeting (that was on Wednesday). Which meant I didn’t have too much to show, but I was realized when I was told that we didn’t need to have everything done or have a lot to show. A lot of other members of the group were still just doing research.
I may have procrastinated just a bit on my treatment when I found out I wasn’t behind. I knew I had other obligations happening Thursday into the weekend, but still decided to push it off. Luckily, I have a lot of free-time this upcoming week, so I’m probably going to start doing some deep work, to get myself back on track (and maybe get a little bit ahead of the game, but we’ll see). Deep work is “professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate” (Newport, 3). I learned a bunch of skills on how to deep work in my Foundation to Graduate Studies class, so I know I’m prepared to do some of my best work this week.
Deciding to do deep work this week, is a huge step as I actually am getting into writing the script for the pilot episode. If I distract myself too much, I know I’m only going to be able to finish one draft of my pilot episode which would put me a week behind. Not only am I going to focus on writing my pilot episode this week, I’m also going to focus on the research aspect on how to write TV scripts. I have a bunch of articles and videos that I’m really looking forward to reading/ watching in order to better my craft. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m very excited to watch the Writer’s Guild Foundation video, creating a TV Show from the Ground Up. If anyone knows how to write a successful TV show it’s them.
For my first draft, I’m going to go in blind. I don’t mean that I’m going to go in with zero knowledge, I’m just going to use my knowledge about how to write a screenplay, in order to write my first draft. You may think that it’s a little silly to write a TV script using only knowledge on how to write a full-length screenplay, but for me it’s a learning process. I want to see how different (or how similar) writing a TV script is compared to a feature-length script. I think it would be very interesting to compare my first draft to my final draft of the pilot episode and see how much changed (or stayed the same) after reading up on how to write a TV script. When writing a screenplay there are four basic elements that are needed: “ending, beginning, Plot Point I, and Plot Point III. Before you can write the words Fade In, before you can put one word of screenplay down on paper, you need to know those four things” (Field, 199). Lucky for me, I know the basic structure of a TV script because of my research from last week.
I’ll give a little recap (or you can check out my previous post here). Within the broad terms of beginning and ending there are five acts in a TV script. Act 1 serves as the introduction to the characters. Act 2 serves as the introduction to the problem. Act 3 is the problem gets as worse as it can. Act 4 is the ticking time bomb (if the problem isn’t fixed, something bad will happen). Finally, Act 5, is the resolution of the problem and the “heroes” celebrate their victory.
The one thing I’m worried about with what Field says about the four basic elements are the two plot points. Normally, Plot Point I is the end of Act 1 in a screenplay and Plot Point II happens at the end of Act 2 (Field, 200-201). I have five acts in one script. This week is going to be a lot of trial and error to figure out the best place for my plot points. I think the plot points are going to arc throughout the course of the entire show, and what’s used in each episode are the three different storylines.
I will definitely let you all know how it goes and what I discover the differences between my first draft and final draft are.