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
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 :-)
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.