Pilot Writing: Level 1 with Jon Gutierrez – ONLINE CLASS (Tuesdays)

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Pilot Writing: Level 1 (8 Weeks)

Pilot Writing Level 1 is a class to help navigate the intimidating world of TV sitcom pilots!

How do you take elements from your life and the world around you and use them to build a comedy premise? How do you create characters that support and explore that premise? And how do you use everything you’ve assembled to create jokes? Through simple exercises and strategies, Jon will take you through all the steps of constructing a comedy pilot: concept, characters, story, outlining and drafting. You will learn simple techniques for building story beats, maintaining a consistent tone and layering comedy into every part of your script.

The hardest part of writing is the work you put in before you actually start writing, but with the right tools, it can be a whole lot easier! Students will leave this class with a rough draft of their script.

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Instructor: Jon Gutierrez

Jon Gutierrez – Jonathon Gutierrez grew up in Groton, CT, before moving to New York to be an editor for the action-figure humor magazine ToyFare and later, a writer/story artist on the comic strip Twisted ToyFare Theatre. While there, he studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and turned a six-week internship into years of mooching free classes, six house teams and three years writing comedy videos for the UCBcomedy YouTube channel. That led to jobs writing on projects for Fuse TV, TruTV, MTV and Marvel Comics. After moving to LA to write on the CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase, he was staffed on the Comedy Central Late Night show @midnight. He’s since written for Collegehumor’s Sci-Fi sitcom Ultramechatron Team Go!, TruTV’s animated sitcom This Functional Family and the latest season Mystery Science Theater 3000. He currently lives in Glendale with his wife and too many books.

Our classrooms are ADA compliant.



1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/07, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/07

Price: $350

Refund Policy:

  • The Ruby LA has a no-refund policy on all classes and shows. If we need to cancel or re-schedule a class for any reason, you are entitled to take that class or classes equal to the admission price of that class. You may use your class credit for up to two years, after which time it expires.
  • The Ruby LA reserves the right to replace a course instructor, without notice, and at any time, with another equally qualified course instructor.
  • The Ruby LA also reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course if an emergency or unforeseen conflict arises. In the event of a complete cancellation, students’ tuition will be refunded or credited. Any fees incurred by students for travel, lodging, etc. will not be reimbursed by the Ruby LA.