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Writing the Power Protagonists of AMC, HBO, and SHOWTIME

At a Glance

  • This 90-minute webinar is for aspiring and professional television writers who want to anchor their original TV series with a fascinating, forceful main character.
  • Learn the crucial dramatic characteristics and techniques used by professional television creators to craft dynamic leading roles.
  • Discover the history of the Power Protagonist and how to implement its classic and current trademarks to your advantage.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

A great television series is always anchored by a great main character. A leading man or woman who is our compelling guide through a fascinating new world. An active hero who drives the story forward with their surprising decisions. They can be pure charisma or pure evil, but must never be boring. Love them or hate them, we can’t stop watching their exploits.

But not all leads are what are known as “Power Protagonists.”

A Power Protagonist is a dramatic force of nature, a “star” on the page and on the screen. Their unique skill is only matched in size by their Achilles Heel—the vulnerability that threatens to destroy them at every turn. Although they may be a combination of some familiar elements, they CANNOT be a cliché of a character. The Power Protagonist stands out as a wholly original and complete creation.

For a series to become iconic, it must introduce a Power Protagonist that will tap into the zeitgeist and quickly establish its place in the cultural lexicon. The great ones of recent history are synonymous with their shows. Tony Soprano...Walter White...Don Draper...Raylan Givens. This webinar will dissect past icons and the new ones still being built, such as Jimmy McGill in Better Call Saul, Carrie Mathison in Homeland, Bobby Axelrod in Billions, Frank Underwood in House of Cards and Olivia Pope in Scandal.

In this era of Peak TV, there are a LOT of protagonists, but not enough with the potential to become cultural icons. For a writer to truly stand out in such a competitive, crowded field, it is crucial that they create a series with a Power Protagonist, and, of course, a delicious villain. This webinar will also delve into the psyche of the Arch-rival Antagonist!

Television is all about character, and character begins with your leading role, so make sure you craft a memorable one. This presentation is the first step in unlocking the secrets to realizing that goal.

Your instructor, Daniel Calvisi, is a renowned Story Analyst, and his groundbreaking book “Story Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot” has been endorsed by many industry professionals who are now using his method in their work.

Purchase also includes a free Story Map of the pilot episode of BETTER CALL SAUL, written by Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • The importance of creating a powerful main character and building a world around them.
  • What to do if your main character is passive or just plain boring.
  • The key questions you must ask yourself to build your own Power Protagonist.
  • The most influential Power Protagonists of the “New Golden Age” of television.
  • How to create the dynamic between the Power Protagonist and their nemesis.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who want to create great characters
  • Writers who have ideas for pilots and protagonists but need help implementing them
  • Writers who benefit from story analysis of past hit shows
  • Writers who want to challenge themselves to create an unforgettable pilot
  • Writers who have written a pilot that needs a stronger protagonist
  • Writers looking to write a script that will place in contests, attract representation and launch their careers
  • Writers with the goal of breaking into the scripted television business

Product Details

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).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

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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