Advanced Series Training October 2022

Four weeks. Four steps toward your series concept. October 2022.

Paula Redlefsen – 09/2022

Photo by Philippe D. on Unsplash

It's that autumn time again, the next ADVANCED SERIES TRAINING is coming up in October!

We study series scripts and build a dramaturgical engine, or pitch, for a series of our own.





Series Training


Effective structure for screenwriters who create their own series!


Series training is a simple way to build the engine for a series in 4 weeks and 4 steps. 

Each week we work through one dramatic level and condense them all towards the central conflict. Text examples* of existing series are available to read, exemplifying the respective step. 

A structured work process, filmed reading material, and individual feedback make this training an efficient shortcut to your own series concept. 

Given a time frame your ideas actually develop more quickly into a result on paper. Constructive feedback from colleagues and trainers advances the qualitative revision of the drafts. 

This training works regardless of which stage you are at with your series concept! No matter if there is only an idea, or already a lot of material, it is worthwhile to build a solid central conflict. It is of great value in further development, because this engine drives the story.




Know your WORLD
Know your TONALITY
Know your CHARACTERS
Know your central CONFLICT

What is the structure?

Start: Present the basic idea for your series as a LOGLINE! 


READ: Each week new pilots and bibles of successful series are made available, describing both scenically and descriptively specific worlds, introducing the particular tone, the main characters, and the central conflict. Various genres. Read by choice.


Week 1: WORLD. 


Assignment: write an introduction to the WORLD of your series (about 2 pages text).


Even if this world seems to be obvious to you, please draw a precise picture of this world for the readers, not just what it looks like, but what shapes it from within, and where lies the power. Who pulls the strings here, where are the traps, and what thrives best in this world?

EACH WEEK we upload the texts to the ScriptDock Training and read each others' drafts. It's a safe place to exchange constructive feedback, guided by experienced trainers.


Week 2: TONALITY.


Assignment: write a scene in the TONALITY of your series (about 2-3 pages of scenic dialogue).


From which perspective do you look at this world? Is your gaze ironic, affectionate, admiring, satirical? Where do you, the narrator, stand in relation to the world: in the middle of it, or on the edge, or completely on the outside? Develop the narrative attitude: With which basic feeling do you narrate? 

We express this playfully in a scene. How does an exchange of typical inhabitants of the world sound? Where is the comedy/ the abyss/ what builds the tension?


Week 3: MAIN CHARACTERS.


Assignment: introduce the ENSEMBLE of your series (about two pages of text).


Describe the necessary transformations your lead characters will undergo. Or if they don't, where their static qualities lie. Take into account your tonality and world.


Week 4: CONFLICT.


Task: write a scene exploring the CENTRAL CONFLICT inside the WORLD, in a chosen TONE, between your CHARACTERS (about 2- 3 pages of scenic dialogue).


During the scene the conflict of your main characters should change decisively (from positive to negative, or vice versa).


Conclusion: get feedback, integrate new insights, and revise the LOGLINE from the 1st week.

And there you go! Polish and expand this into a pitch, and if you feel ready, present it at the next online pitch event here at scriptDock. Our recommendation: use the next scriptDock Screenwriting Marathon as an opportunity to write the pilot.



by the end of the month you will have the ingredients for a solid pitch!

The training will be held as an interactive online workshop within Scriptdock. Only participants will have access to reading, uploading, and commenting on colleagues' posts.



* These sample texts are bibles and pilots in various genres from well-known, RECENTLY NOMINATED international series. German and English reading samples. More English ones, actually. Reading is done according to own preference.



How do I sign up?


Now only € 66,00
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VAT included. You will receive a tax-deductible invoice.




Committed writers have left this training with great results. We learned from it: If you want results, raise the stakes :-)


BONUS

We start the training with a live call to introduce our projects and meet fellow writers, which has lead to very helpful, inspiring feedback! Check the calendar for dates.

What participants have said:

I find the structure and the questions of the training very helpful and they accelerate me forward in my work. I have the feeling that I am being guided along the core theme, and that following the tasks and answering the questions actually unfold the material as if by magic.  

The fog disappears and a path of concrete writing and research lies before me. I'm glad to be a part of it. Thank you for the training. For me it's been a great support.

Es hat mir wirklich Spaß gemacht und ich würde es gerne wieder machen. Ich fand es toll zu sehen, wie andere Leute an die Loglines und Szenen herangegangen sind - das hat mich auf eine Menge Ideen gebracht. Mir gefiel auch das Feedback, das der Trainer und die anderen Teilnehmer gaben

A great opportunity to practice your writing in such a concentrated way with other people's material and to force yourself to dive into genres that are outside your comfort zone.
Even though I came out as an absolute "Dune" fan, I surprisingly found the work with the musical material of "Cyrano" and also the work with King "Richard", a Bio Pic, to be the most enlightening.

The variety of texts was really good and the comments from others are helpful! It was a good atmosphere.

The weekly submissions totally helped me, often I wrote only last minute, but got done! And then there was helpful and inspiring feedback.

I decided to take the training on the spur of the moment and am immensely grateful for it - for so much openness and willingness to listen to / read from each other, receive and give constructive feedback, grow and develop with each other. The goals and deadlines set in the group gave me the necessary motivation to actually meet them, as I felt a certain responsibility towards the others. The result was a steady, joyful progression of our very individual stories.

I found it well structured and I liked starting with the focus on the world. Despite having very little time, I learned a lot from this training.

I started out with texts and spent a lot of time re-writing them, which made them more mature. I didn't get around to reading that much. The feedback I received was nice and specific, I knew exactly what to work on.

It was important for my process to write every day, the characters started talking eventually. The structure was great! There are still questions left to answer, but there seems to be a path. 

Every writer functions differently: for me reading actual bibles and pilots was more helpful than reading books about screenwriting. In addition, it was great receiving feedback from a variety of talented people. Sometimes inspiration is ignited by friction :-)