Writing & Pitching Television: The American Way
Capacity: Max.12 participants
- TV LAND: A look at the current landscape of TV and Streaming
- Why is narrative television so compelling?
- 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.
- Preparing for Sunday: what is a pitch? What are the key elements? Tips and tricks.
- Assignment: prepare pitches for Sunday. Read the pilot script for BREAKING BAD.
Note: Pitches should run no more than 15 minutes and include:
- An introduction to the Series concept/world
- Detail at least three characters (no more than five) including the protagonist
- Brief pilot story
- A few episode ideas (these can be rough notes)
- Breaking down Breaking Bad: a critical discussion.
The Inside Story: Participants act as studio heads as Hal pitches a project. It's a real-world exposure role-play followed by questions and critiques.
- Participant pitches: critiques and feedback.
- Q&A: The Business. Students ask anything and everything about American TV.
- Pilot screening: SIX FEET UNDER
- Discussion and wrap-up: What did we learn?
- One-on-Ones with Hal (time permitting)