Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2013

Capstone Advisor

Geri Clark, Professor of Drama

Honors Reader

Tom Seeley, Professor of Television-Radio-Film

Capstone Major

Television-Radio-Film

Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component

yes

Audio/Visual Location

Honors Library

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

no

Honors Categories

Creative

Subject Categories

Creative Writing | Film and Media Studies | Television

Abstract

My capstone project is a television pilot script about the trials and tribulations of a minor league baseball team’s front office. Following around the new general manager and his various colleagues and colorful characters around the ballpark, the show, tentatively titled Prospects, is meant to be optimistic and warm-hearted, but still with a bite of humor and cynicism.

For the composition of this piece, I initially used the free screenwriting software Celtx, as well as your standard tools of writing: pad and pen.

My goal for this project was to create a quality ensemble-driven show that, while centered around the running of a baseball team, was not just about baseball. All successful television shows, I’ve learned, center around the relationships between well-developed, lifelike characters. Thus I also mined material from my own life in an attempt to give the characters this lifelike air, using my own experiences to try and give the show more universal appeal, beyond just fans of baseball. The show wound up being an hour-long dramedy, with moments of comedy as well as plot points with a more serious tone.

Through this experience, I was able to learn about the finer aspects of television pilot writing, as well as how to tailor my work towards a larger market, which would make it more appealing to networks and production companies. My skills were also sharpened through the outlining, writing, editing, and re-writing processes.

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
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