What are Elephant Bucks? Simply stated, Elephant Bucks is the really big money and the enormous satisfaction you can earn by writing successfully for a television sitcom.
This book is a comprehensive guide to writing that killer spec sitcom script and launching a career as a TV sitcom writer. Includes detailed inside information on how to choose the right series to spec, how to pick the right story and detailed, step-by-step instruction on how to write the scripts that will get you work. Also, how to use those scripts to get your big break in Hollywood.
Includes unique first-hand experience on how to handle TV pitch meetings, freelance writing assignments, staff work, agents, executives and stars.
Sheldon Bull has been earning Elephant Bucks as a professional television sitcom writer, producer, and director for thirty years. His career has included writing for MASH, developing, writing and producing the hit CBS sitcom Newhart starring Bob Newhart, writing and producing the ABC hit sitcom Coach and producing, writing and directing the ABC hit series Sabrina – The Teenage Witch. He has worked on the staffs of eleven different prime time network television situation comedies. He has personally written or rewritten over three hundred sitcom episodes.
What people say
“Sheldon Bull is not only the funniest man on two feet, but one of the most brilliant when it comes to explaining how to be funny and how to organize your creative ideas into the sitcom form. It is the clearest, best and, to my knowledge, only how-to that tells writers step-by-step how to write for and break into the fabulous world of TV sitcom.”
Author: Save the Cat
“I was fortunate enough to have directed many scripts that I knew were wonderful but I didn’t always know why they were wonderful. After reading Sheldon’s book, I now realize so much more about the techniques involved in telling a good story. This book taught me a lot about the art of comedy script writing.”
Emmy Award winning director: The Cosby Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
“A comprehensive, well-thought-out guide for beginning writers. It would be a pleasure to read any spec script that used these guidelines. I only wish this had been around when I started!”
Co-executive producer: Two and a Half Men