We’ve always told writers they should consider unscripted television as a potential opportunity for their talents.
Might seem odd to tell writers to think about “unscripted” but the truth is documentaries, reality TV, and unscripted TV specials rely on great storytelling to engage audiences.
So we were delighted (and surprised!) when Script magazine named this site “Screenwriting Website of the Week.”
— Script Magazine (@scriptmag) July 5, 2013
Story Telling Skills – A Must
It’s not so much that “writing” skills, per se, are important in unscripted TV (it is unscripted after all.) But storytelling skills are crucial. Guessing where a real-life story might go, knowing where to point a camera to get to a scene’s dramatic core, understanding what real-life beats are needed to have a beginning, middle, and an end, are just some of the ways writers can use their story-telling skills on a documentary or unscripted TV shoot.
Writers, Stay Tuned
Upcoming podcasts will include much more information that will be of use to you should you consider working in unscripted TV. In the mean time, here are a few podcast eps to get you started:
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Read our in-depth page about how to pitch us a show. It also talks about what it’s really like to work in our business, the unscripted TV and film industry.