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Old May 3 2011, 01:49 AM   #6
Admiral Buzzkill
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Re: Fam Film Writer's Primer

I'd like to see more fan films break out of the television structure. To some extent, what's being done is pastiche...which is fine, but it's also a crutch. Write ten pages and end on a little cliffhanger or dramatic line, rinse, repeat. Act Four, Oops, time to wrap this up...

Seriously, a number of experienced TV writers were perplexed by the TNG five-act thing because they were used to the network format. Both seemed equally arbitrary if you'd never written a TV script before.

I don't think Intrepid does the false climax/place nonexistent advertisement here thing, but they're properly educated - having grown up on British TV and all.
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