How To Create An Outstanding TV Drama Pilot

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Taught by Conrad Sun

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Class hosted by: Conrad Sun

Manager at Meridian Artists

About the Teacher, Conrad Sun: Conrad is currently working as a TV Lit Manager and Development Executive at Meridian Artists, a literary management company with offices in Canada and the United States. Originally from Canada, Conrad made the move to Los Angeles over five years ago where he attended the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program. After attaining his masters in film & TV producing, Conrad went on to work in both TV lit management at New Wave Entertainment, and TV production at Motion Theory Films. Conrad currently heads the Los Angeles offices of Meridian Artists and reps TV writers in both the comedy and drama space. Conrad boasts a successful short, Giri, starring Lauren Mary Kim (Star Trek), in which he produced and wrote. Full Bio »

Part 1 - Premise, Characters, and Scenes

Conrad briefly discusses his job as a TV Lit manager before diving in to concepts used to devise a sellable premise. He runs through real world examples and discusses how to properly construct a dramatic scene and create compelling characters:

  • Brief introduction from Conrad. The concepts used to devise a sellable premise. What separates the good ideas from the great ones.
  • Examples of films and television series that use the concepts discussed.
  • The different purposes of dramatic scenes.
  • How to construct a dramatic scene.
  • Creating compelling characters.
  • How to scenes come together and create an outstanding pilot.
  • Recorded Q&A

You will be able to download scenes of Fargo and Breaking Bad. Using the tools you learn from this session you will break down these scenes. The second session will focus on the breakdown of these scenes and how yours compares.

 

Part 2 - Structure, Format and More

Conrad discusses how showrunners uses each scene, and the purpose behind their construction. He analyzes the format and structure of both the Breaking Bad and Fargo pilots before leading an in-depth Q&A.

  • Breakdown the scenes of Breaking Bad.
  • Discuss how Vince Gilligan uses each scene and the purpose behind their construction.
  • Analyze the format and structure of the Breaking Bad pilot.
  • Breakdown the scenes of Fargo.
  • Discuss how Noah Hawley uses each scene and the purpose behind their
  • construction.
  • Analyze the format and structure of the Fargo pilot.
  • In-depth recorded Q&A session

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Summary:

To see a video sample of the class, see below!

2 part class taught by Conrad Sun, TV Literary Manager and Development Executive for Meridian Artists, who has worked in development with companies like Epix, Hasbro Studios, Gran Via Productions (Breaking Bad), New Wave Entertainment and Motion Theory Films!

Most of Hollywood would agree: we’re currently living in the golden age of television. With the rise of distributors like HBO, Netflix, AMC, Showtime and FX, and the accolades of shows like Breaking Bad, Man Men, Game Of Thrones, Fargo and True Detective, creators are constantly elevating their stories and going beyond the boundaries of traditional television. Each year the bar gets set higher and the marketplace for content becomes more competitive. So how does a TV drama pilot stand out from the rest? How does a writer generate an amazing premise for a television show? Then once they do, how do they convey its essential elements in a pilot script?

Stage 32 Happy Writers is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 2 part class: How to Create an Oustanding TV Drama Pilot taught by Conrad Sun, TV Literary Manager at Meridian Artists who has worked with Epix, Hasbro, Gran Via Productions (Breaking Bad), New Wave Entertainment and Motion Theory Films. Learn what separates the good dramas from the great ones, and how to write one all your own. 

Here's a sample of what to expect in this exciting Next Level Class:

Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class.
Although Conrad is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate.


About Your Instructor:

About the Teacher, Conrad Sun:

Conrad is currently working as a TV Lit Manager and Development Executive at Meridian Artists, a literary management company with offices in Canada and the United States. Originally from Canada, Conrad made the move to Los Angeles over five years ago where he attended the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program.

After attaining his masters in film & TV producing, Conrad went on to work in both TV lit management at New Wave Entertainment, and TV production at Motion Theory Films. Conrad currently heads the Los Angeles offices of Meridian Artists and reps TV writers in both the comedy and drama space. Conrad boasts a successful short, Giri, starring Lauren Mary Kim (Star Trek), in which he produced and wrote.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the format of a class?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 2 to 4 week ongoing broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the class software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
If you have Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): The class software does not support these operating systems. If you are running one of those operating systems, please upgrade now in order to be able to view a live class. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer 

Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
A: If you cannot attend a live class and purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the class afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!


Testimonials:

Testimonials:

Terrific seminar worth 3 times the cost. You answered all my questions and some of them were stopping us from going to market within the next couple of weeks. We will do exactly what you recommended. – Robert

Great Great information. I took lots of notes and it gave me ideas even as my feature comedy is in development. – Diane

The webinar was very informative and helpful. Its very hard to find such detailed information on treatments online and I loved your approach to the subject matter in such a clear and concise way. – Oriel

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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