TV Pilot Bootcamp: Week 3 (Paid Class)
TV Pilot Bootcamp: Week 3 (Paid Class)
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TV Pilot Bootcamp: Week 3 (Paid Class)

This intensive six-week live bootcamp meets weekly on Sundays through October 31. Pro screenwriter Conor Kyle takes you from blank page to the first draft of a complete original pilot screenplay. You’ll attend a three-hour class session each week in which we’ll walk through the entire process of conceiving, outlining, and writing an original TV pilot.

This is an intensive crash-course for all skill levels, intended to keep students motivated and on track as they make their story come to life. Conor will make plenty of time to take questions from students, as well as to review your work and offer feedback.

Week 3: Scene Cards

Time to start getting concrete. This class focuses on nailing down every scene from your pilot as a “scene card,” which is essentially a synopsis for every single major moment in your show. ScriptCamp heavily emphasises this part of the process, and we will make an exhaustive roadmap through your entire story before starting pages next week.

How to enroll in the 6-week TV Pilot Bootcamp:
• You can either purchase this course “a la carte”: https://scriptcamp.net/product/tvbootcamp2/

• Or start your free trial Unlimited Script Camp membership (includes access to all Saturday bootcamps, Sunday bootcamps, regular feedback on your work from pro screenwriter Conor Kyle, plus all the supplemental weekday classes, over 30 hours of live classes per month): https://scriptcamp.net/membership/

• Then join us on discord, meet Conor and your fellow students: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

About the Instructor:
Conor Kyle has written for Shudder’s Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies.

Complete schedule:

Week 1: Concept and Loglines (Oct 3)
We begin this course by zeroing in on the high concept core premise, and developing two separate loglines to express this idea. The first is the series logline, and the second is the pilot logline. These will act as guideposts to keep us on track through construction of your script. We’ll also start brainstorming a few different episode ideas from our prospective first season, to get a sense of where your show should begin, and where it’s headed.

Week 2: Structure and Broad Strokes (Oct 10)

Now that you have a solid grasp on the basics of your show, you’ll begin sketching out the key characters, plot points, and set-pieces in your pilot episode. Whether you’re planning for a 30-minute or 60-minute episode, you’ll need to carefully structure and pace your outline to ensure that you’re delivering on the promise of your premise quickly and efficiently enough.

Week 3: Scene Cards (Oct 17)

Time to start getting concrete. This class focuses on nailing down every scene from your pilot as a “scene card,” which is essentially a synopsis for every single major moment in your show. ScriptCamp heavily emphasises this part of the process, and we will make an exhaustive roadmap through your entire story before starting pages next week.

Week 4: First Act (Oct 24)

Now is when you’ll put pen to paper and begin drafting pages. You’ll have to write an act a week in order to keep up with the group’s milestones, and this is the first of three weekly check-ins in which we’ll evaluate your progress, troubleshoot issues, and give feedback.

Week 5: Second Act (Oct 31)

You’re in the thick of your script, and this class will feature both a short lecture on second acts and setpieces, as well as a lot of feedback on your in-progress pages. The goal is to keep your energy and momentum up as you approach the finale of your story, so we’ll ensure that your pacing, plot progression, and character arcs are all taking the reader in the right direction.

Week 6: Third Act (Nov 7)

Time to finish strong. We’ll again diagnose issues with your in-progress scripts, and discuss crafting the ideal “unexpected but inevitable” finale. Plus, where do we go from here? Once the script is done, we’ll discuss show bibles, contests and fellowships, and all the steps on the long road toward those coveted TV writing jobs. But more importantly, congratulations: by now you will have finished a complete pilot script!
Event details
October 17, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Script Camp Discord
Organizer: Conor Kyle
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