Advanced Pilot & Spec: Re-write, Punch, Polish- Mark Amato - Writer's Room

iO West

Monday, April 13, 2015 - Monday, May 25, 2015
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028
Monday, April 13, 2015 - Monday, May 25, 2015
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028

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What's Included

This third in the series, the ADVANCED class is recommended for graduates of the first series or students who have a general knowledge and structure of script writing (meaning you’ve written at least one or two specs on your own), and you’re looking to take your finished product to the next level. Taught by a seasoned veteran who has written hundreds of hours of television as well as sold over a half dozen original pilots to networks including HBO, FOX, and DISNEY, this seven-week course focuses entirely on the REWRITE process with an emphasis in the punch and polish. This seven-week course provides the students a “writer’s room” atmosphere to create a strong collaboration and support for your original work. Students are given the opportunity to table their scripts with the class so they can hear their material read out loud and illuminate the writer to what works – and what doesn’t. In this advanced series, writers are given tips, suggestions and tricks to help make their material rise above the competition. Geared for student writers ready to make their mark, whether it’s to create a piece of material that will get agents and managers to take notice or to rise above the competition in studio writer’s workshops or fellowships. By the end of the seven week program, students should have a fully polished script ready to start submitting.

About This Organizer

The LA branch of Chicago’s famed ImprovOlympic, iO West boasts dozens of L.A.’s best improv and sketch comedians as alums. Based on the work of director Del Close and co-founder Charna Halpern, iO pioneered the long-form improv style known as Harold, and created a story-based approach to improvisatory acting. iO West classes include seven levels of advanced improv training, as well as sketch and television writing programs, and students can also enroll in shorter workshops in subjects ranging from storytelling to commercial audition and beyond.  

L.A.'s premiere improv and sketch comedy venue, the iO WEST Theatre (formerly Improv Olympic), features the best improv and sketch comedy in Hollywood, with shows on two stages, seven nights a week! Celebrity guests perform with veteran improvisers every week. iO WEST's 99-seat, two-level Mainstage theatre includes a full bar, cocktail service, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The Andy Dick Black Box is “the lab in the back:” an experimental space that is open to all ages. Additionally, iO WEST offers improv classes, writing classes, and much more. Our alumni feature the best and brightest actors, writers, and directors in the entertainment industry, including: Emmy-winner, Tina Fey, as well as Amy Poehler, Vince Vaughn, Adam McKay, Mike Myers, Jack McBrayer, Seth Meyers, Chris Farley, Andy Dick, Andy Richter, as well as numerous writers and performers from Saturday Night Live, MADtv, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, 30 Rock… not to mention the most promising talent of tomorrow.

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