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WPT 610 - Writing and Development - The Television Series

An introduction to the basics and complexities of television script writing, and the seamless integration of the written script into the development stage of the television production process. Students begin work on the Central Project pilot script.

WPT 611 - The History of Television

An examination of the development and evolution of television as a creative medium, with an emphasis placed on the role of the writer and producer. How did we get from the dawn of the medium of TV to the digital age? Influential TV programs will be screened and technological advances will be highlighted. Important TV scripts of historical and contemporary importance will be studied.

WPT 612 - The Writers’ Table – Revising & Delivering the Pilot

Students enter the inner sanctum of the creative television scripting world, the writers table. During this course students revise and complete a draft of the Central Project pilot script.

WPT 620 - Television Series and Programs - Writing & Pre-Production

The completed draft of the Central Project has been submitted. Students will start to explore the intricacies of production as the pilot moves from the development stage into pre-production.

WPT 621 - Genre Theory & Pilot Writing

This course will examine the concept and theory of genre as it applies to well-known television and film forms, with an emphasis placed on authoring creative works within and beyond the confines of specific genres.

WPT 698 - Independent Episode Writing

During the Summer session students, with the help of their mentors, will complete the individual episode script and refine their treatments for an original TV series together with a verbal pitch that could be made to a broadcast or cable network. A completed episode script must be submitted by the end of the first month of the Fall Term.

WPT 699 - Internship

Students will have the opportunity to do a prestigious internship at a media production company, or media organization. Internship placements must be cleared in advance with MFA Advisor.

WPT 630 - Television Series and Programs – Writing & Production

During this course, students see their words and images come alive as the creative process transitions from the page to the screen.

WPT 631 - Single Camera Film-Style Video Production

Using state of the art digital video cameras and non-linear editing systems (Final-Cut Pro), students will explore the basic aspects, procedures and stages of the video production process from “development to distribution.” Students will work in small production teams, creating EFP style, short-dramatic sequences.

WPT 632 - Location Production

Intensive five (5) day shoot of two scenes from the Central Project pilot episode at locations in Brooklyn. Students will not only observe, but will function as members of the crew on the shoot. There will be ongoing discussions with the director, DP and editor about each take and whether everything that is needed to assemble a great scene has been captured on film. During the process, the cohorts will view “dailies” and participate in the decision as to which takes should be used to compile the scenes. At the end of the week a first assemblage of both scenes will be viewed.

WPT 642 - Post Production

Students will expand upon the knowledge and skill sets they acquired in WPT 631 and 632 as they delve into the world of High Definition video editing or post-production. Topics to be covered include: Non-linear editing systems (Avid, Final-Cut, Vegas), SFX generation, color correction, audio sweetening techniques and aesthetics, advanced shooting for the edit techniques, advanced editing aesthetics, motion graphics and motion capture.

WPT 643 - Intellectual Property and Cutting the Deal

The “property”—the script or the concept has been created, and there is someone or some entity actually interested in producing it. That means money will be changing hands and rights and ownership will have to be granted and retained. What rights? What ownership? Who gets what? This segment of the MFA is about those issues and self-defense.

WPT 644 - The Internet and New Distribution Technologies

This is an introductory course dealing with the tectonic impact that the Internet and New Media and the New Distribution Technologies have had on the television industry.

WPT 700 - Capstone Portfolio Course 

This is the MFA Capstone project.


The Capstone Portfolio Course will consist of the following elements:

  1. The Central Project Pilot Script.
  2. An individual four act episodic script of at least sixty (60) properly formatted pages in length.
  3. A treatment for an original TV series including the premise, character breakdowns and story synopsis.
  4. A verbal network “pitch.”
  5. A half hour genre script at least 25 properly formatted pages.

All elements of the Capstone Project must be delivered by April 30th.

Network Pitch

A full-blown presentation to invited broadcast and cable network executives and advertisers on the LIU campus. It will consist of a staged reading of the TV pilot script by actors, a screening of the scenes that were filmed, a presentation of Internet components together with a “bible” of the first season episodes accompanied by copies of the student cohorts’ scripts.

Then, we will enter “nervous time” when we discover if any of the prospective buyers decided to order the pilot.

Then, in the “extremely highly unlikely event” that a sale is not made, the hell with ‘em, we’ll launch our own series on the Internet.