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Publisher Marketing: A comprehensive guide to writing a highly commerical and saleable spec sitcom script and launching your career as a TV sitcom writer. Includes detailed inside information on how to choose the right series to spec, how to pick the right story, and detailed, step by step instruction on how to write the scripts that will get you work.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN 1932907270 ISBN13 9781932907278
Availability 0 units.
More About Sheldon Bull
Bull has been a professional tv sitcon writer, producer, and director for thirty years. His career included: writing for MASH, developing writing and producing the hit CBS sitcom Newhart; writing and producing the ABC hit Coach starring Craig T. Nelson; and producing, writing and directing the ABC hit series Sabrina-The Teenage Witch.
Sheldon Bull currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California. Sheldon Bull was born in 1952.
Reviews - What do customers think about Elephant Bucks: An Insider's Guide to Writing for TV Sitcoms?
Perfect Sep 11, 2008
I bought half a dozen sitcom writing books in one go and having read them all I can say with certainty that this is the only one you will need. Other than Evan Smith's "Writing Television Sitcoms" I wouldn't bother getting any other book, and even that is superfluous if you buy Sheldon's one, but it is pretty decent if you choose to buy more than one.
Having read some really dodgy television comedy writing books by chancers Sheldon's book was like a breath of fresh air. I'm guessing that if you are reading this then you want to know how to structure and write a spec script, Sheldon does a near perfect and utterly thorough job showing you how.
He starts with a concept for a Frazier script and actually takes you through the whole process - picking the right story, the seven fundamental plot elements, structuring the story in scenes and acts, how to write outlines and more detailed outlines of the story, writing the dialogue of the script first as a drama, then rewriting it as a comedy. You see the script product being produced sequentially before your eyes. This is what you want and this is exactly what you get.
And career success ensues Aug 12, 2007
Very nice, very well written book giving straight forward easy to follow advice on how to write a TV Sitcom and find an agent. Of all the screenwriting books I've read, this one is the most straight-forward and to the point. Would be a great textbook, while still being interesting.
A must for aspiring sitcom writers Jun 24, 2007
If you buy one book to learn how to write sitcoms, this is the book. Sheldon Bull has been a sitcom writer and producer for 30 years. He has turned that experience into a step-by-step guide on how to write sitcoms. His writing style is funny and easy to understand. What sets this book apart from the rest is Sheldon's method of structuring a story. Having a great story to write about is key and Sheldon does not fail on this element. Read this book and start writing.
Want to Write for Sitcoms? Read This Book! May 15, 2007
Obviously, if you want to write for sitcoms (or any other field), you've got to have some talent going into it. If you don't, well ... But if you do, then this book contains the rest of what you'll need besides raw writing talent. Sheldon Bull should know. He's been in the sitcom biz for a long time and has had his fingers in some very popular programs. So he's not full of bull, so to speak. Elephant Bucks walks you through the process of successful sitcom writing. He starts off with actually writing the damn thing (even how to pick which shows to write spec scripts for). From there it's on to getting your script read, pitching your script and what to do once it's sold and you're in the door. Bull's book is insightful and entertaining and leaves no stone unturned in the exploration of writing sitcoms and getting somewhere by doing it. His writing is informative and enjoyable, so there's no risk of missing out on needed info because you didn't have the heart to wade through any more. There's nothing to wade through here. It's a fast-paced and quite useful book, comprehensive without being exhaustive or exhausting. Bull's writing skills obviously extend beyond sitcoms.