How to write a winning Drama Pilot

Started on August 3, 2021

We are living in the golden age of television. Each year the bar gets set higher and the marketplace for content becomes more competitive. With the rise of distributors like Hulu, Netflix, AMC, HBO Max, and Amazon Originals, Awesomeness TV, and the accolades of shows like P Valley, Pose, Lovecraft Country, Them, and Ozark, creators are constantly elevating their stories and going beyond the boundaries of traditional television. So how does a writer generate an amazing premise for a television show that hasn’t been done before? Then once they do, how do they convey its essential elements in a pilot script?

What You’ll Learn:

Part 1 – Premise, Characters, and Scenes

TEACHER briefly discusses his job as a TV Lit manager before diving in to concepts used to devise a sellable premise. He runs through real world examples and discusses how to properly construct a dramatic scene and create compelling characters:

    • What separates the good ideas from the great ones. 
    • Examples of films and television series that use the concepts discussed. 
    • The different purposes of dramatic scenes. 
    • How to construct a dramatic scene. 
    • Creating compelling characters.
    • How scenes come together and create an outstanding pilot. 
    • Recorded Q&A

You will be able to download scenes of (SCRIPT) and (SCRIPT). Using the tools you learn from this session you will break down these scenes. The second session will focus on the breakdown of these scenes and how yours compares.  

Part 2 – Structure, Format and More

TEACHER discusses how showrunners use each scene and the purpose behind their construction. He analyzes the format and structure of both the (SCRIPT) and (SCRIPT) pilots before leading an in-depth Q&A.

    • Breakdown the scenes of (SCRIPT).
    • Discuss how (SCRIPT WRITER) uses each scene and the purpose behind their construction.
    • Analyze the format and structure of the (SCRIPT) pilot.
    • Breakdown the scenes of (SCRIPT).
    • Discuss how (SCRIPT WRITER) uses each scene and the purpose behind their
    • construction.
    • Analyze the format and structure of the (SCRIPT) pilot.
    • In-depth recorded Q&A session
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