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TV: Character Driven Stories

LA – East Jun 18, Jun 25 (2 Tuesday Evenings)7:00pm - 10:00pm$1852 Spots Left

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You’ve got a story, outline or treatment for a TV Show or Feature. You know your characters in and out, but now you have to write compelling, dramatic, hilarious, true scenes! In this one-day Bringing TV Characters To Life workshop “Transparent” and “I Love Dick” Consulting Producer Brett Paesel, helps you break down your script into 5 essential movements, a unique form of structure. In this capacity, she assists directors and writers in breaking down scenes into actions, beats, and beat changes, teaching them the actors’ craft.

I Love Dick TV Show Brett leads get-on-your-feet techniques to find the character’s feelings in your body. This unique intuitive approach will lift your dialogue and your character’s lives right off of the page and help you understand them and write them in a visceral way. It will ensure your scenes are character driven. Bring in a scene that you are working on in your pilot or screenplay and see how it’s done. By the end of the class you’ll have a new understanding of writing layered believable characters as well as some cool new ninja screen/TV writing tools to boot.

20 padders have been staffed & 12 won fellowships at ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC after taking our TV classes.

Brett Paesel

Producer, Transparent, 7 Pilots Sold, NY Times Modern Love, Bestselling Memoirist

Brett Paesel has sold 7 pilots to HBO, ABC, Comedy Central, Fox, WB, Lifetime, and Nick at Nite (three of which were based on her bestselling memoir, "Mommies Who Drink". She was a consulting producer on Amazons' Emmy Award Winning, "Transparent" and "I Love Dick". In her producing capacity, Brett consulted with writers and directors on identifying and carving out emotional beats for characters in both episodes and the season as a whole. Brett Paesel’s stories, essays, and articles have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times,, More magazine, Self, Family Fun, amongst other publications. In addition, she was a contributing editor to Parents and Wondertime (where she was also a beauty and wellness columnist). Brett is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling memoir, “Mommies Who Drink: Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom” (Warner Books) and the blog, “Last of the Bohemians”. “Mommies Who Drink” was selected as an Elle Magazine Must Read, a hot summer pick in Entertainment Weekly, and one of “Summers’ Hottest Reads” in People Magazine. The Boston Globe proclaimed the book “honest, affectionate, and smartly written. . . real, and laugh-out-loud funny.” Her comic essays have been included in several collections including “Lights, Action, Travel” and “Behind the Bedroom Door”. Brett has taught screenwriting and sketch at Second City and nonfiction writing for The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Brett recently sold her novel "The Last Perfect Day" to Grand Central Publishing. As an actor, Brett was in the casts of "Mr. Show with Bob and David" and played Rita on "Transparent". MORE