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PaleWriter
09-01-2009, 07:04 AM
Just so I can sum up some previous posts on this topic (and give it a heading I can find easily later), does this sound like the ideal portfolio a sitcom TV writer would want to have before querying agents & managers?

At least...

2 - specs of current shows.
2 - pilots.

I know there are no hard and fast rules, so I'm curious to see what others think and/or what's worked for others.

Anagram
09-01-2009, 12:05 PM
Alex Epstein suggests that one of your spec samples be a procedural, and the other more free flowing.

docgonzo
09-01-2009, 12:33 PM
Procedurals are for a drama portfolio - not too many comedic ones out there.

I'd do one single-camera and another three-camera. And one pilot should be fine. Three samples all told. That's about what I had when I was out there looking the first time around. It was enough to land a rep.

But when you're in the middle of your search, make sure you're working on that fourth script (maybe another pilot). They're always interested in what you're working on next.

odocoileus
09-02-2009, 09:37 AM
Alex Epstein suggests that one of your spec samples be a procedural, and the other more free flowing.

As docgonzo points out, this refers to hour drama. There aren't any procedural sitcoms.

Does Epstein use the term "free flowing"? Where?

An hour long dramedy can work in a comedy portfolio, though it's not absolutely necessary.

Agreed that 2 specs and a pilot, if they're first rate, can get you repped.

Anagram
09-02-2009, 05:39 PM
you know what, he doesn't. I was just too lazy to actually go find the page where he talks about it.

He said have one procedural spec and one character-driven spec.

zazzo2003
09-02-2009, 09:55 PM
Great writing is great writing... I have seen all combos of samples come in through the door at agencies, networks, prod cos and a-listers

One of my favorite stories is how Jill Soloway (6 feet under, Grey's, etc.) got in the door to many places with her short story "Courtney Cox's A$$hole" And of course the lady can write... she had specs - but she got noticed not only on talent - but her unique voice...

Execs are looking for that special voice... http://www.jillsoloway.com/

I like this blog here from a working writing on what she thinks you'll need in a "packet" of samples in your stable of specs...

http://rougewave.blogspot.com/2009/01/tv-staffing-season.html



--- Zazzz :)[/URL]


PS - Here's the short story --> [url]http://www.jillsoloway.com/cc.htm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Soloway#cite_note-0)

Chakala
09-03-2009, 10:58 PM
...Agreed that 2 specs and a pilot, if they're first rate, can get you repped.

Now wait a goldarned minnit!

I thought it was two pilots and a spec to get staffed/repped? :eek:

odocoileus
09-03-2009, 11:58 PM
Two pilots?

Two pilots they want now?

Too much 'effin trouble. I'll stick to driving my trash truck, thank you very much.

No, I haven't heard anyone asking for two, but you probably know better than I do.

But damn, it's hard enough coming up with one good pilot.

QueenOfCups
09-04-2009, 01:50 AM
I have the pilot script from Brothers and Sisters, if anyone would like to see. I'm not sure I'll be trying my hand at TV myself...

The marketplace sounds too depressing.