3 Great TV Writers for Students in Television Schools to Watch

Posted on August 26th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

If you're looking at enrolling in television schools, these three accomplished television writers can teach you some valuable lessons about writing well

Writers are in many ways the lifeblood of the small screen; the process of creating a television show begins with them. If you want to become a writer, or really if you want a career in television or film at all, knowing how great writers craft timeless stories can provide you with useful insights to use in your own work.

To be great you need to study the greats, and these writers are among the top in the industry. From crime thrillers to dramas to comedy, these writers create some of the best stories in their genre.
Read on to discover three great television writers that make magic with their pen.

1. Students Taking Courses in Television Can Learn from Nic Pizzolatto When Creating Dialogue

The hit show True Detective has become wildly successful for many reasons, and one of them is its honest dialogue. Students in television school should take a peek at True Detective for the stunning visuals, but they should also really listen to the richness of the dialogue between the two main characters; Rust Cohle and Marty Hart. True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto focuses on character development, and recently explained to Vanity Fair that when he writes, he descends into the character he is writing, much like ‘method actors’ try to become their character. If you’re interested in script writing for television and you want to experience how dialogue can carry a show, Nic Pizzolatto can provide you with some inspiration.

Check out some of Nic Pizzolatto’s compelling dialogue below, performed by Matthew McConaughey as he plays the character of Rust Cohle:

2. David Lynch Is a Master to Watch for Students Taking Courses in Television

The creator of Twin Peaks, David Lynch, is a man that has a few Hollywood accolades under his belt, including writing the starry drama Mulholland Drive, which began as a made-for-TV film. Lynch went on to release the television series Twin Peaks, which first emerged to critical acclaim in 1990. The television thriller is now slated to be resurrected for a third season which will be released in 2017. The show is notoriously enigmatic, posing more questions than audiences are given answers. At television schools like Trebas, you’ll get the opportunity to create a final project, so keep in mind that your work doesn’t necessarily need to be linear, and can leave more doors open than closed upon conclusion.

3. Students in Television Schools Might know Bob Odenkirk Is a Comedy Writing Master

If you haven’t seen the famous Saturday Night Live skit about a motivational speaker named Matt Foley, played by Chris Farley, you should go check it out. Odenkirk wrote that sketch, which Rolling Stone magazine named the best SNL sketch of all time. Odenkirk also went on to write for the Conan O’Brien Show.

If you’d like to try your hand at writing a comedy after your film studies, Odenkirk has some advice for comedy writers; run with silly ideas. Highbrow humour has its place, but often it’s the stupid, silly ideas that bring the most laughs. Odenkirk once wrote a sketch about Abraham Lincoln being alive still and roaming the forest like a Sasquatch. Ridiculous? Yes. Guess what? It’s also drop dead hilarious.

Whether you’re writing crime, drama, or comedy, the above mentioned writers can offer some inspiration.

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2 Tips for Writing Exciting Non-Linear Movie Scripts in Film School

Posted on August 12th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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One of the first uses of non-linear story telling in cinema was in D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, which uses four separate parallel stories, each separated by centuries. Although the film didn’t achieve great commercial success, the film heavily impacted the movie industry by showing movie makers that stories do not always need to be told chronologically. The non-linear movie script doesn’t have a beginning, middle, and end. Rather, it tells a story by rearranging events and trying to allow the structure of the film to better represent the psychological condition of the characters. For instance, many non-linear movie scripts will give audience members a peek into a character’s mind with the use of a ‘flash back’ moment.

Continue reading to discover two tips for writing non-linear movie scripts in film school.

1. Students in Film School Should Take some Advice from Tarantino; Focus on the Page

It could be said that Quentin Tarantino is a contemporary master of non-linear movie scripts. His films distort time and audience perceptions. From his directorial debut film Reservoir Dogs to the wildly popular Pulp Fiction, Tarantino makes chronological enigmas beautiful. His timelines make your brain tick, and gives audiences insight into characters’ histories to develop them more thoroughly. So, how does he do it? In an interview from The Hollywood Reporter, he provides some great advice for students in film editing school. Tarantino explains that he doesn’t think about the entirety of the movie while writing. He merely makes each page of script a work of art in and of itself. He wants each page of the script to be able to stand alone, and then worries about ‘climbing the mountain,’ as he says, or making the puzzle fit later on.

2. Students in Film Editing School Can Use Time Indicators to Link Stories Together

Director Jim Jarmusch explains that in art, “There are no rules. There are as many ways to make a film as there are potential filmmakers. It’s an open form.”

Not only does he preach this mantra, he follows it as well. Jim Jarmush’s film Mystery Train is written in a non-linear fashion. Three stories are told separately, at different times in the movie, but there are indicators that the stories are actually taking place simultaneously. The use of ‘time indicators,’ which are elements of the movie that show the stories are taking place at the same time, help to connect several different stories together. In Mystery Train, Jarmusch uses a gunshot, a passing train, and a radio announcement to help audiences recognize that the stories are happening simultaneously, even if they are being told in fragments.

When you graduate from your film courses and begin writing scripts that are fragmented and non-linear, try to incorporate ‘time indicators’ to let the audience know about the timing of certain scenes. This tactic is also done in Charlie Kaufmans’s non-linear film Synecdoche, New York, which uses time indicators by subtly showing shots of calendars and clocks to remind the audience of the time.

Whether it’s using time indicators or making each page be able to stand alone as a piece of art, writing a non-linear script is both an intense and rewarding process for film students.

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4 Ways Top Film and Television Schools Can Help You Land Your Dream Job

Posted on July 29th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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How did top filmmakers launch their careers? Many will tell you that they were persistent, and kept trying without ever giving up. But while persistence is important, there is more the puzzle when it comes to landing your dream career.

The following are some of the best pieces of advice that students in film and television schools can use in order to land their dream job after graduation.

1. Courses in Television Help You Develop Your Network

Networking is an important part of landing a job in any field, and film and television is no exception. That’s because many jobs are filled before they are made public, as peers recommend trusted professionals they know. Fortunately, students can quickly build up their networks throughout their studies.

Try networking at film and television events in order to meet industry contacts and become friends with people who work at companies you would love to be a part of. Film and television schools can also assist with this process by introducing you to other professionals in your field, and can help you develop relationships with peers and other students that can last a lifetime.

2. Film and Television Schools Help You Hone Your Skills and Excel at Your Craft

Malcolm Gladwell is an author who studied some of the greatest success stories of our generation—including Bill Gates and The Beatles. He found that they all have one thing in common: putting in tremendous amounts of time and effort into their craft. Gladwell explains that it takes about 10,000 hours to master a skill, so keep up the good work! When you perfect your craft, whether it’s script writing or directing, opportunities will start to appear. Courses in television can open a lot of doors for you, as they teach you the ins and outs of everything from developing your storytelling abilities to lighting the perfect set.

3. Television Schools Help Students Build up their Portfolios

Resumes are an important aspect of landing your dream job, sure, but they can only carry you so far. Companies want results. They don’t want to just be told what you have done; they want to see it for themselves. This is where the importance of a portfolio comes in. Constructing a portfolio allows you to show off your great work to potential employers, and if done creatively, can be a work of art in and of itself.

Television schools offer students everything from hands-on training to access to industry standard equipment—the perfect tools for building up a stellar portfolio. Once you’ve completed your portfolio, don’t forget to add it to social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to get your work out there.

4. The Right Television Schools Encourage You to Follow Your Dreams

Steve Jobs once said that “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” That’s why for many students, the immersive environment of a film and television school is so important. It helps to remind them what they love most about the field, even as they build the skills they need to make their mark within it.

According to a recent poll, 70 per cent of Americans hate their job; so remember to follow your heart and don’t be part of the majority!

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3 Online Video Related Career Paths for Film Production College Grads

Posted on July 8th, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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The beauty of a film production education, aside from the beauty of the actual art being created, comes from the diverse career options that await you upon graduation. We are living in a visual culture. A culture that watches 4 billion videos YouTube and 8 billion videos on Facebook each and every day. With the global love of video currently at extraordinary levels, the time is right to make the move into film production to land a rewarding career quickly. There is, however, an incredibly wide spectrum of film related careers to choose from.

Read on to discover what types of online video related career paths are available for students after graduating from film production college.

1. Film Production Education can set Students up for Business Video Blogging

Did the video blogger kill the text blogger? The short answer is yes. Text blogging as a medium began to rise in popularity at the beginning of the 21st century, but started to slip as more people began to gravitate towards video blogs. Becoming an expert in video blogging practices puts you in a position to serve both individuals and companies.

Graduates of film production college can create video blogs for businesses

Graduates of film production college can create video blogs for businesses

As companies discover the importance of blogging, business blogging has become an expanding industry. Even companies like Coca-Cola and Blendtec have jumped on board and started producing their own video blogs. If you decide to use your film production education to begin working in the business video blogging industry, remember that keeping a conversational tone in your videos is important for viewer engagement levels to be high.

2. Film Production College can Lead to the Production of a Web Series

Web series are television series that are accessed solely through the internet. After a rocky start, web series have begun to explode in popularity. They are easy to produce, light on the wallet, and have a potential audience of 3.4 billion internet users. Creating a web series can be done for a multitude of reasons, like trying to get a TV pilot off the ground. It’s also a good way to get around waiting for production money or approval to start filming a show. The rise in the popularity of web series means that directors will be increasingly needed all over the world, as the internet’s reach is expanding rapidly and globally.

3. Graduates from Film Production Courses can go on to Make Video Marketing Campaigns

According to hubspot.com, 64% of users are more likely to buy a product online after watching a marketing video. Including videos in emails also increases click-through rates—the number of people who click through the email to the website of the email sender—by 200-300%. That’s good news for students in film production college, as these are impressive numbers. Companies all over the world are utilizing the power of video to reach potential consumers, meaning that they need video content creators to create video blogs from start to finish.

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Ready for Film and TV School? 3 Tips for Setting up Your Own Screenings

Posted on July 1st, 2016 - Written by: Trebas Toronto

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So you’ve finished writing, producing and directing your first film project—now what? Well, it’s time to show it off in the world. Having a film screening is a great way to not only show off your work to your friends, colleagues, and possible industry contacts, it is also a wonderful way to bring your community together and receive constructive feedback on your film from a wide array of sources. The iconic movie Titanic, which to date has grossed $2.5 billion in revenue, originally had an ending that showed the main character (Leonardo DiCaprio) fighting his enemy for a diamond at the end of the movie. During a screening, this part was called out as running counter to the main character’s tendencies and motivations, and so it was cut. The new shortened ending shifted the tone of the film’s climax and, well, the rest is history. It goes to show just how useful screenings can be, and they can be rather simple to set up.

Here are three tips film and TV school students need to know in order to have a successful screening.

1. Film and TV School Graduates Should Choose Their Venues Wisely

Choosing the right venue for your first film screening is incredibly important, as it creates the atmosphere for the evening and will likely take up the largest part of your budget. Once you graduate from courses in television at Trebas, you won’t have to travel very far to find some of the most unique film screening venues in North America. For example, one venue known as Cine Cycle is a bicycle repair shop by day, but at night can be rented out for film screenings. This spot is perfect for experimental films, and so if your film and TV school experience leads you to make something abstract, this may be the spot to show it. Other possible venues include Studio 60, as well as local libraries and universities.

2. Graduates from Television Schools Can Jazz Up Their Screenings

Even though your film screening may not have the allure to bring in celebrity guests (just yet), there is no harm in dressing the night up a little bit! This can be done by advising guests to wear their classiest attire, while also making sure your film screening venue features a red carpet, a place to pose for pictures, and some other classy Hollywood accessorizing that makes the night feel special. Melissa Cogavin from the Event Cinema Association explains that “A red carpet, a glass of prosecco and a programme of the screening event all help to provide that added value that ‘eventizes’ the evening—and makes it so different from a standard evening at the cinema.” Try inviting some of the local press to make appearances—but make sure to give them an invite well in advance of your screening.

Added bonus: if you decide after taking Trebas’ courses in television that you would like to work in television, having press there for your screening can be a great way to make contacts.

3. Film and TV School Graduates Might want to Partner with Local Charities

Why not use your big night to create awareness or make some money for a local charity? Try and choose a subject that connects with your film in some way. For example, if your movie features animals, try partnering with the Toronto Humane Society, or if you touch on the politics of violence, look into a partnership with the Canadian Centre for International Justice. By not only showing a film, but also connecting it to the real world, your film screening helps to make an impact in your community, and will likely get more press and support as well.

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