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Tim Minear: Breaking the Story

Posted on April 3, 2006 | Comments (0)

Minear keeps the audience laughing with war stories from his own experiences in writers’ rooms, and follows the exercise with a Q&A session in which he explains how he wrote the spec that landed him a job on The X-Files along with his suggestions for writing a very dark I Love Lucy spec.

Tim's lecture from last year's Screenwriting Expo is now available on DVD:

Breaking the Story is an exercise in breaking a single episode of a one-hour drama, with active audience participation. Armed with a white board and marker, Tim Minear guides the class through teaser and act breaks of an episode of the long-running WB hit television show, Angel.

Students lob ideas toward the podium, and the best are rewarded with a place of honor on the whiteboard, where the episode takes shape over the next two hours. Minear listens carefully to every pitch, explaining why some ideas work, and why some will never make it to the board. He steers the group through a process that many professional writers find difficult: creating a story from scratch that services the characters, stays true to a theme, and how to survive getting an idea shot down in a room full of your peers with your ego in tact.

Minear keeps the audience laughing with war stories from his own experiences in writers’ rooms, and follows the exercise with a Q&A session in which he explains how he wrote the spec that landed him a job on The X-Files along with his suggestions for writing a very dark I Love Lucy spec.

Part of the Screenwriting Expo DVD Series, this 90-minute masters course is an exceptional value. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the finest faculty teaching screenwriting today.

If you're interested in hearing more from Tim, pick up the latest issue of Creative Screenwriting magazine (with THE UNIT on the cover). Tim is featured in two articles:

Breaking the Story: Showrunner Tim Minear on How to Create a TV Episode
Tim Minear's story-breaking class at Screenwriting Expo 4 was so popular we asked him to put in print. Here he leads you through the process of creating a TV episode.

Metaphors and Murder: Tim Minear on Reinventing Angel and The Inside
The showrunner talks about how finding the heart of the premise is the first step to building a better TV show.


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