A Day in TV LAND

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A Day in TV LAND

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Duration: 1 day
Times: 10am-4pm
Capacity: Max.10 participants
Fee: £75
London Film School is proud to present a comprehensive, immersive single day in TV LAND, with American writer, Hal Cantor.   

Netflix. Amazon Prime. SKY. BBC. C4. HBO. Soon to be: Apple. Content is everywhere. The past decade has witnessed an extraordinary upsurge in quality television, playing on all manner of screens. And everyone, it seems, is tuning in. The Renaissance (and the Revolution) is being televised. We’re hooked on narrative serialised programmes. And we can’t get enough.

This one day course explores the writing and development of series television. Where do ideas come from? What are the components of a great series? What is a television pilot? Why are they so challenging to write? Why are characters critical to successful series? How is series television pitched and sold? How has Netflix changed the landscape of TV?  

So if you’re curious about the brave new world of television, why not spend a Saturday away from Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and Sky (if you possibly can) and come join the conversation!

  • TV LAND: A look at the current landscape of TV and Streaming
  • Why is narrative television so compelling?
  • How does TV writing differ from Film writing?
  • What exactly is a TV pilot? What must a pilot accomplish?
  • What is the world of the pilot and why is it so important?
  • What are the types of pilot storytelling?
  • Character. Character. Character. The three most important words in television.
  • The Business of Television
  • Q&A: Ask Hal any and everything about the Biz

Tutor profile: Hal Cantor, Screenwriter

Hal Cantor's workshops at LFS

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Hal Cantor writes for television, film, theatre and fiction. He is currently developing a half-hour comedy with SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. He wrote on FUSION channel's acclaimed special, THE NAKED TRUTH: DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, which broke The Panama Papers story. Prior to that, his drama pilot MOUTHPIECE was bought by FOX TELEVISION STUDIOS. He wrote THE LAKE EFFECT, a one-hour drama pilot for SHOWTIME, developed with Emmy-winning director Scott Winant. Hal also sold the drama pilot TWILIGHT to SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. In features, he developed a comedy with John Davis Productions, based at TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX. 

Hal has had multiple plays produced. CUBICLES, which he directed, was presented by ALLIANCE REPERTORY THEATER in Los Angeles, where it garnered seven Valley Theater League nominations including Best Play, Best Writing and Best Director. He's currently adapting his play, THE BONUS ROUND, into a musical with a UK composer.
On the teaching front, Hal has developed and presented courses at London Film School, Met Film School: Berlin & London, Central Film School, and Raindance: Berlin.  He represented Met Film School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in collaboration with PINEWOOD STUDIOS.