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Story Mapping the First Season of a Television Series

At a Glance

  • This webinar is for TV pilot writers who want to map out a complete first season of their original series.
  • This webinar will show you how to break down and map a full season of a one-hour or 30-minute series using current examples from hit shows.
  • Explore and develop your unique, dramatic world to fit the needs of modern, long-form storytelling.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

So you’ve written a pilot, but have you considered how the subsequent episodes will play out? If you’re putting together a pitch or a series bible, you will need to put a lot of thought and craftsmanship into the major arcs and beats of your first season. Once you know your beginning and your ending, you can engineer what comes between, using successful series as templates for your outline.

Using case studies from well-known series on cable and streaming networks, best-selling author and professional Story Analyst Daniel Calvisi will break down how to map out a complete first season using his Story Maps method, using examples from current and classic series to show the process in action. The many shows cited will include BETTER CALL SAUL, I’M DYING UP HERE, OZARK, MINDHUNTER, SMILF, ATLANTA and BARRY. Breaking down their pilots and subsequent episodes will reveal structural patterns and best practices that you can use to aid your own writing.

Many decisions will go into your first season outline, and it can seem overwhelming. This webinar will walk you through the process in a clear, concise way, and break this huge job down into smaller, more manageable tasks. You will learn techniques like building out the world, advancing character arcs and lines of action, expressing theme in action, developing villains and allies and using cliffhangers to suck in and hold your audience.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to map out the first season of a TV series.
  • The difference between network, cable and streaming seasons.
  • How to use Theme to build dramatic elements and plot points.
  • How to develop and pay off character arcs.
  • The relationship between the pilot and the following episodes.
  • How to link the pilot episode with the first season closer.
  • How to define key character types, such as Shadow, Antagonist and Dynamic Ally.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who are writing their first pilot.
  • Writers who have written a completed pilot but need help with outlining a full season.
  • Writers who want to expand their vision from just a pilot to a full season.
  • Writers working on pitches, bibles and outlines for their TV series.

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Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

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The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Daniel P. Calvisi

Daniel P. Calvisi is a story analyst, speaker, screenwriter and the author of Story Maps: TV Drama and Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay. He is a former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films and works as a freelance Script Doctor. He coaches writers, teaches webinars on writing for film and television with The Writers Store and speaks at writing conferences. He holds a degree in Film and Television from the Tis...

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