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Forum: Writing TV 03-26-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 218
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Amount of characters for Sitcom - Minimum / Maximum?

You're way overthinking this. There's no right answer or formula to this. When you have a great concept, use the number of characters you need to tell the story. The number of important characters...
Forum: Writing TV 03-25-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 218
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Amount of characters for Sitcom - Minimum / Maximum?

Not so sure about that. (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/46/The_Brady_Bunch.jpg)
Forum: Writing TV 03-25-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 218
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Amount of characters for Sitcom - Minimum / Maximum?

I think 2 is the minimum ("Odd Couple" obvious example) and there's almost no upper limit... "Soap" probably had twelve or fourteen regular actors?

(Actually, I bet you could have a sitcom with one...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-21-2020, 05:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,126
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Three Act Structure (Part 2)

Heh. Forced hiatus is no joke!
Forum: Screenwriting 03-21-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,126
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Three Act Structure (Part 2)

FWIW, if you write one feature in a month, you're still writing 30-40 scenes, and you're practicing all the other skills necessary to improve as a writer. I don't think the "larger story" is where...
Forum: Writing Exercises 03-21-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 369
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Scene Practice

NASCAR indeed.
Forum: Announcements, News, & Opportunities 02-22-2020, 11:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Posted By JeffLowell
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-20-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,608
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New York Is Better Than LA

Netflix is building a huge studio right now. My Netflix show shoots in NY, as do others. There's a 30% rebate on the under the line budget... It's not impossible to shoot here, luckily. This will...
Forum: Writing TV 09-17-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,736
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Pilot Development

I'm finding people with pilots, just like everyone else. I just used to like the spec world better. I'm adapting. ;) The trouble is sometimes you hire someone who wrote a great pilot about their...
Forum: Writing TV 09-17-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,736
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Pilot Development

No, I used to love specs of other shows. But they're just not realistic with how fragmented the tv landscape has become. If it were a spec of a show I loved, I would be excited to read it - but...
Forum: Writing TV 09-17-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,736
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Pilot Development

I may be repeating some of what other people said, but:

Specs are dead dead dead as samples. The reason is, there are just too many shows. Everyone used to be familiar with Friends or Seinfeld... ...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-16-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 34,755
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

That's a good payday for a non-union gig. Nice. If you don't mind sharing, I'm curious - how will it pay out? Some amount up front, rest when it films, or the whole amount to write the script?
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-16-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 34,755
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

The five winners get the lion's share of the press and attention, but of course, getting close gets you some reads.

Let's say 70 people get success! That still means that 99% of the people who...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-15-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 34,755
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

Docgonzo makes a good point, but every source of amateur screenplays yields a pass more often than an offer of representation. There's no system that's going to find more than handful of great...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-12-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 34,755
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

You are demanding objectivity about a subjective act, the judging of art. It will never happen. And if someone tells you that they've figured out a way to do it, they are lying to you to get your...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-12-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 34,755
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

Yes. I have no reason to question his integrity. Do you?



There is a meaning that Franklin's shared multiple times. "It really is very simple: the number represents how likely a reader would be...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-12-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 34,755
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

I went back and read about the experiment I ran - Franklin said that scores from paid reviews that diverged by more than 2 points only accounted for 4% of submissions. That's actually pretty...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-12-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 34,755
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

FA4, you got two option offers and two representation offers from having used the Blacklist. You are a walking advertisement for it. There's no such thing as an objective analysis of art, so...
Forum: Writing TV 09-09-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,736
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Pilot Development

Networks are the only one with schedules anymore. For a spec pilot, they're already buying them, and the last realistic shot at selling is probably early January.

So I'd say now is the best time,...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-09-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,977
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New Philosophy

I don't disagree with anything you're saying, but neither of them is repped now. If their worst case is that they're offered representation and they have to commit to being a team for some finite...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-09-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,977
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New Philosophy

Well, the one thing you probably can't do with a shared credit spec is use it land an agent for just one of you.

But if neither of you have reps and there's something you really want to...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-09-2019, 12:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,977
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New Philosophy

I think you're overthinking it. If you've got a project you're passionate about with another writer, write it. If whoever's rep likes it, they'll take it out. If it sells, maybe you decide to team...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-07-2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,977
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New Philosophy

I've co-written one off scripts with friends at different agencies. The agents figured out how to go out with it. It wasn't impossible. Or really hard. They just split up the town.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-06-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,416
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: What are you looking for?

Read rest of thread.

Re: ageism: a ten year career is probably twice the WGA average. If a rep thought they'd get ten good years out of you, I don't see why a smart one wouldn't take you on.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-06-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,416
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: What are you looking for?

Yes - the feature business is hurting, that's definitely true. Everything is harder. But I still think a great read, even if it's not obviously commercial, is the best calling card.

If it's a...
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