One-Hour Dramatic Series

Course Purpose

Students will construct a spec script for a one-hour dramatic series. They will learn how to professionally format their scripts and incorporate the elements required for this format.

Course Goals and Outcomes

In the “One-Hour Episodic” Module, students will be able to:

  • Identify and Implement the three elements for that essential concept, you must have in order to create a story with passion an consequence
  • Mine the seven deadly sins for fresh and original story ideas
  • Breakdown sample specs to identify components required in any good spec script
  • Create and Schedule in-depth graphs, script breakdown charts and vital checkpoints
  • Create the functions of each act and build original stories incorporating this structure
  • Structure a one-hour tv drama
  • Professionally format their script
  • Differentiate between procedural and personal stories

At the end of this course a student will be able to construct a spec script for a one-hour dramatic series.

Course Activities

Students are evaluated by their ability to “defend their structural points” in a verbal exam with the instructor on their one-hour spec episodic project. Teachers will read and evaluate the spec scripts and pre-draft notes, outlines and documents, which contain all of the elements mentioned in the Learning Objectives / Outcomes.

Course Texts

The TV Writer’s Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts

Supplies and Equipment

Laptop with course specific software and access to a printer and the internet

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