To support our community of filmmakers during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the decision to remove the $50 fee for Sundance Collab Master Classes. As we meet this next moment and continue to support artists through our content, we are reinstating a discounted fee of $27 for on-demand recordings.
Both Master Class live event registration and on-demand recording access to this and more than 40 other Master Classes are included in Collaborator and All Access memberships. Upgrade today and get a free 14-day trial.
Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.
The Television Writers’ Room: everyone will tell you that the hardest part is getting your foot in the door. But not many talk about the challenges you’ll face as a staff writer trying to prove your worth, a story editor trying to work your way up from show to show, or a supervising producer having to resolve a conflict on set at 2AM. With great power comes great responsibility - and hopefully, joy. Niceole Levy, TV writer, producer and author of The Writers’ Room Survival Guide, will demystify these challenges and help you make the most of your career in our live, interactive three-hour Master Class. Join us for a deep dive into how to be successful in this role - and how to continue building your tv career for years to come.
Topics covered include:
- 00:00 - 04:23: Welcome and introduction from Sundance Collab
- 4:23 - 5:40: Introduction and overview from Niceole
- 5:40 -9:35: Why life experience and being your authentic self matters
- 9:35 - 21:23: Interviewing for a show with an Executive or a Showrunner
- 21:23 - 26:27: What your portfolio should include
- 26:20 - 32:37: The value of spec scripts
- 32:37 - 34:00: Embracing Act Breaks
- 34:00 - 42:11: Who does what in a Writers’ Room, and what do the titles mean?
- 42:11 - 45:40: Mini rooms and what they leave out.
- 45:40 - 47:17: Broadcast vs Streaming
- 47:23 - 50:25: How to get people to notice you as an assistant (if that job is for you)
- 50:25 - 52:15: How to get people to value you as a staff writer
- 52:15 - 55:03: Room Politics and how to be an ally
- 54:57 - 1:00:20: What to do when there’s a monster in the room
- 1:00:20 - 1:13:11: Q&A Break 1
- 1:13:50 - 1:17:03: Short Boarding vs Long Boarding
- 1:17:03 - 1:20:35: Types of boards
- 1:20:35 - 1:25:24: Your episode on the board
- 1:25:24 - 1:31:24: Room types and styles
- 1:31:31 - 1:35:00: Story Areas and Synopsis Documents
- 1:34:45 - 1:38:40: The benefits of Outlines
- 1:38:40 - 1:44:21: Drafts and why deadlines are so important
- 1:44:21 - 1:46:38: Finding the silver lining in a notes session
- 1:46:36 - 1:53:00: Production challenges
- 1:53:00 - 2:05:11: Q&A Break 2
- 2:05:20 - 2:20:19: The importance of having a mentor and giving back
- 2:20:19 - 2:23:30: Landing the next job:
- 2:23:32 - 2:44:12: Q&A
- 2:44:12 - 2:46:06: Final Announcements