Animated Pilot Rewrite Workshop: Improve Your Pilot Script Line-By-Line

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Director, Paradise PD at Disney/Entertainment Squad/NDA development deals

Mike Disa is an accomplished director, producer, writer, and artist who produced and directed on shows like THE SIMPSONS and the hit Netflix series PARADISE PD and has been in the animation industry for over twenty-five years. Mike found success working with studios such as Dreamworks, Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and many others. Mike has worked with some of the most infamous people, including Steven Spielberg, Eric Goldberg, Ralph Bakshi, Glenn Close, Steve Oedekerk, David Tennant, Amy Poehler, Adam Sandler, Jeffery Katzenberg, and Roy Disney. A favorite and fixture among the Stage 32 community, Mike is deeply entrenched in the world of animated TV and knows better than most what it takes to get an animated show off the ground. Full Bio »

Summary

Private Lab - Only 12 Spots Available - 5 Spots Remain

Punch Up Your Animation Pilot Script with an Animation Professional and Veteran with 25+ Years of Experience

Work and Support Fellow Writers As You All Work Together To Hone Your Scripts

 

Animated television is currently experiencing a boom like we’ve never seen before. Since it’s possible for the bulk of the work to be completed from home or while socially distanced, animation has been flourishing as more players are turning to this format. New shows like SOLAR OPPOSITES on Hulu, CLOSE ENOUGH on HBO Max, FINAL SPACE on TBS and BLOOD OF ZEUS on Netflix are hugely popular, and this is just the beginning. 

The opportunities to write animation may be extra plentiful right now, but you still need to have a dynamite pilot script to present if you want to be noticed, and that means more than a workable first draft. The old adage that writing is rewriting is especially true for animation and comedy scripts that need to be tight, punchy, and effective in every sense. And since television writing is almost always a collaborative process, a necessary step to making your project successful is to bring in different perspectives, different senses of humor, and some expertise to get the script fine-tuned and to the point where it’s truly special.

We have just the person to help you with this.

Mike Disa is an accomplished director, producer, writer, and artist who produced and directed on shows like THE SIMPSONS and the hit Netflix series PARADISE PD and has been in the animation industry for over twenty-five years. Mike found success working with studios such as Dreamworks, Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and many others. Over a fascinating career, Mike has worked with some of the greatest and most infamous people in Hollywood including Steven Spielberg, Eric Goldberg, Ralph Bakshi, Glenn Close, Steve Oedekerk, David Tennant, Amy Poehler, Adam Sandler, Jeffery Katzenberg and Roy Disney. A favorite and fixture among the Stage 32 community, Mike is deeply entrenched in the world of animated TV and knows better than most what it takes to get an animated show off the ground.

Mike will lead an intimate and valuable writers’ workshop with a small group of students to help rewrite and fine tune each writer’s animation pilot script, line by line. Each session, Mike will focus on 1-2 scripts and work with the group to punch up and improve each. Not only will you receive extended and personalized attention from an expert in the field to improve your own work, but you will also have the opportunity to support other writers with their own projects and learn valuable lessons from the process that you can take back to your own work.

 

Expect to leave this unique program with a much-improved pilot script, a set of tools you can take with you to better improve and rewrite other projects, and a supportive group of like-minded writers from around the world.

 

Note: Because this is a rewrite class, you must already have at least a fully written first draft of a 30-minute animated pilot script in order to participate in this workshop

 


 

 

"Mike Disa is the most knowledgeable, helpful and straightest shooters I've ever met. He helped improve my pilot 1,000%. If you have the opportunity to work with Mike, take it. You will not regret it." - Aimee P. 

What You'll Learn

In this Stage 32 exclusive lab, Mike will dive deep on 1-2 scripts every session to improve structure, clarify your voice, and even punch up jokes so that your script is ready for the town.

Not only will you get notes on your script, but you will also have a chance to observe and support the other writers with script notes too. This strengthens your development and writers’ room skills that you can apply to your process while hearing different perspectives, humor styles, and expertise levels from the others attending this intimate class.

At the end of these eight sessions, you will have a dynamite script beefed up by an animation all-star, real-world experience giving and receiving feedback from the group, and confidence in your writing voice as you take the next steps to kickstart your writing career.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • By the end of this 8-session writing lab, you will have a fully re-written and fine tuned animation pilot script
  • Sessions will consist of 2-hour group classes through Zoom Meetings. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to keep you connected, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the writing process.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 12 writers and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an animation veteran and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please do book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at edu@stage32.com for more information
  • This lab is limited to 12 people
  • This lab is designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced screenwriters looking to rewrite and improve their already existing 30 minute animated pilot script
  • Because this is a rewrite class, you must already have at least a fully written first draft of a 30-minute animated pilot script in order to participate in this workshop.

 

About Your Instructor

Mike Disa is an accomplished director, producer, writer, and artist who produced and directed on shows like THE SIMPSONS and the hit Netflix series PARADISE PD and has been in the animation industry for over twenty-five years. Mike found success working with studios such as Dreamworks, Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and many others.

Mike has worked with some of the most infamous people, including Steven Spielberg, Eric Goldberg, Ralph Bakshi, Glenn Close, Steve Oedekerk, David Tennant, Amy Poehler, Adam Sandler, Jeffery Katzenberg, and Roy Disney.

A favorite and fixture among the Stage 32 community, Mike is deeply entrenched in the world of animated TV and knows better than most what it takes to get an animated show off the ground.

Schedule

Session 1: Saturday February 26th, 10am-12pm PDT

Session 2: Saturday March 12th, 10am-12pm PDT

Session 3: Saturday March 26th, 10am-12pm PDT

Session 4: Saturday April 9th, 10am-12pm PDT

Session 5: Saturday April 23rd, 10am-12pm PDT

Session 6: Saturday May 7th, 10am-12pm PDT

Session 7: Saturday May 21st, 10am-12pm PDT

Session 8: Saturday June 4th, 10am-12pm PDT

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