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Writing The Fabulous (& Fashionable) TV Crime Serial

At a Glance

  • Learn how to write serial TV crime like TRUE DETECTIVE & RAY DONOVAN.
  • Gain a deep understanding of the hidden forms of this wildly popular genre.
  • Make your pilot explode! The six key things you need to sell your series all happen in your pilot. Learn how to do this!

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

The crime serial drama is hot! TV shows like TRUE DETECTIVE and RAY DONOVAN have both elements of the long form serial and also often insert stories that mimic week to week procedurals, combining these creates a fabulous and compelling story for today's TV audience.

IP and cable markets are exploding and their appetite for crime serial drama is growing. Learn how to take elements from traditional movies (character arcs, wounds, emotional change) and build it into your crime serial. Whether you're making the move from network procedural to 'anthology' series, or want to create a mini-series (both are fashionable), Peter Russell can show you how to shape your story.

Peter has sold both a mini-series and a serial crime drama in 2017, and he'll share his experience with selling (not just writing) this very fashionable form.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to use movie story form in TV storytelling
  • The key to building mystery thriller arcs in TV story
  • Why the 'buddy' relationship is key to many serial crime stories
  • The one thing a serial hero needs to do to 'solve the crime'
  • How a hero's core wounds power an entire series run
  • The importance of the 'hook' and the 'unsolvable dilemma' in the serial form

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers making the leap to TV from film writing
  • Creators who want to build original crime drama story
  • Producers who need help with existing pilots that aren't quite 'there'
  • Writers building a story bible for a series
  • Writers with a 'hot' idea but who don't get TV story form
  • Creators who need to understand mystery thriller form
  • Writers who want to move from procedural to long form serial
  • Creators who seek to make original, 'cool' mini-series and serial crime drama

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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.

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

Meet the Author: Peter Russell

Peter Russell is a screenwriter who has sold two television pilots in 2017 - a crime procedural and a biographical mini-series. He is also a long-time story doctor in Hollywood whose clients include Imagine, HBO, Participant, Viacom, CBS Television and many more. Peter is in high demand for his legendary seminars and master classes on film and TV story. Here is an example of his speaking.

He ghostwrites ...

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