Film School: How to Make a TV Show Pilot

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“What does it mean when an idea has legs?” and other questions to ask, to help turn an idea into a series.

StudioBinder looks at ‘How to Write a TV Show Treatment’ by first asking: “Is my concept a story?”

Among the many helpful insights, considerations and takeaways:

Story vs Plot

This may be one of the simplest and clearest illustrations to help distinguish between the two – and, hopefully, act as a catalyst to get you writing.

StudioBinder | How to Write a TV Show Treatment
StudioBinder | How to Write a TV Show Treatment
StudioBinder | How to Write a TV Show Treatment
StudioBinder | How to Write a TV Show Treatment

“The Best Pilots Tend to Start at the End”

StudioBinder | How to Write a TV Show Treatment
StudioBinder | How to Write a TV Show Treatment

Writer Matt Rickett asserts that what makes the pilot episode of Cheers so perfect is that “everything that happens, happens for a reason, and the way you’re introduced to people is apparent of how it’s going to be for the rest of the series.”

Further viewing

This video is itself the pilot of StudioBinder’s own series on TV scriptwriting  – and yes, it’s promoting their software, but you can watch the full series of short tutorials for free.