Organised by The London Film School
Ready to write your own TV series? What do you need to know? What do you need to deliver? Who do you deliver it to? And how do you go about that?
This course with writer/producer Neil Arksey is aimed at experienced writers in theatre, prose, radio, comedy, advertising, or related fields, who want to learn more about how drama series are created and written and how to develop and pitch them.
On six Saturdays, over four months, six participants will develop their own original drama series. The group will be taken though a step by step introduction to the various techniques and methods employed in breaking a pilot and pitching the show.
The course will focus on three main areas:
- Developing your own original idea for a drama.
- Translating that idea into pilot beats, scene-by-scenes and a screenplay.
- Crafting a compelling pitch document that will sell the show.
In addition to an initial group project designed to enable writers to swiftly absorb techniques and processes they will need for developing their own projects, each writer will also develop a first draft of their pilot episode and a pitch document for that show.
The course will also examine the development of a continuing serial drama and trace each step of how productions are managed in-house, from initial idea to full concept, storylines, block outlines, futures and scripts. As a consequence, participants will leave the course much better equipped to participate in writers’ rooms and to understand what is required to work successfully in the script and story offices of a continuing or serial drama.