Posts tagged ‘breakdown’

October 19, 2011

Script Analysis: Blade Runner Script

Scott Myers of Go Into the Story has continued his popular series of script analyses with a five part analysis of the script for Blade Runner, considered by many to be one of the best scripts of all time. Don’t forget to read the comments on these posts — your fellow writers have some impressive insights.

Find the Blade Runner script here.

September 15, 2011

TV Writer Spotlight: The Genres of One-Hour Drama

Chad Gervich, author of  Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business, recently shared his breakdown of what he sees as the four genres of television dramas. He also discusses how these generes can be mixed. Here’s an excerpt:

Procedurals

Procedurals are shows that derive their stories from a specific procedure, such as NCIS, House, or Criminal Minds. Each episode begins with the introduction of a problem, which our main characters must solve using their unique procedure. CSI uses forensics, The Practice used lawyers and the legal system, etc. Procedurals traditionally tell standalone stories — stories that have a complete beginning, middle, and end in each hour.

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