Are your characters “castable”? I.e. will they attract talented actors and stand out? Do your characters have sustainable built-in conflict that will last 100 episodes?

https://www.screenwritersuniversity.com/courses/writing-the-series-bible-developing-your-tv-series

Session One: Why write a bible?

  • Where this workshop is going – for you to build your bible.
  • Anticipate the coming wave; it’s usually too late to ride a wave that’s peaking.
  • Series versus episodic and the possible strengths of a series-episodic hybrid.
  • Television versus streaming.
  • Making a show for Youtube and marketing it.
  • Your logline and how to hone it so it will work for you.
  • Your series pitch and how to adjust what you have to make the pitch work.
  • Understanding your prime sales tools.

Session Two: Honing your pilot

  • The pilot is an important sales tool because it’s a “template” for your series.
  • Are your characters “castable”? I.e. will they attract talented actors and stand out?
  • Do your characters have sustainable built-in conflict that will last 100 episodes?
  • Think ahead to your first season, your first 100 episodes, and your bible.
  • A “must have” check-list for the pilot.

Session Three: Your all-important first season

  • What your second episode (right after pilot) must accomplish.
  • How to tell serial stories in pods.
  • How to see structure in unconventional series stories.
  • How to pace a series first season.
  • How to weave character arcs with plot lines.
  • How to build to a resounding final episode.
  • What to resolve in a final episode, and what to leave unanswered.

Session Four: Writing your bible

  • How bibles develop over a show’s life.
  • The key selling points of a strong series bible.
  • What should be in your bible’s “Genesis.”
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