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Write to TV, 2nd Edition by Martie Cook

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FORMATTING FOR PRIME TIME DRAMA

 

SAMPLE OUTLINE FOR PRIME TIME DRAMA

Drama shows are written single-cam, film-style. (See Chapter 8.) The same rules apply in writing one-hour drama outlines and scripts as those in single-cam sitcoms.

What follows is the first few scenes of an outline for a primetime drama script called Malum In Se. It is written by Miruna Partovi, a student in my Writing Television Pilots class at Emerson College. Miruna’s pilot is about a 15-year-old boy who has the power of resurrection. It is reprinted with Miruna’s permission. Give it a read, and then we will look at the first act of the script to see how Miruna went from outline to teleplay.

ACT ONE

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