Stage 32 Screenwriting Lab: Write Your Female Driven One-Hour Television Pilot in 8 Weeks

Payment plans available - contact edu@stage32.com for details
Taught by Colleen Labella

$799
Lab Schedule (8 sessions):
Saturday, May 6TH 9:30 - 11:30AM PDT
Saturday, May 13TH 9:30 - 11:30AM PDT
Saturday, May 20TH 9:30 - 11:30AM PDT
Saturday, May 27TH 9:30 - 11:30AM PDT
Saturday, Jun 3RD 9:30 - 11:30AM PDT
Saturday, Jun 10TH 9:30 - 11:30AM PDT
Saturday, Jun 17TH 9:30 - 11:30AM PDT
Saturday, Jun 24TH 9:30 - 11:30AM PDT
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Class hosted by: Colleen Labella

Director of Development at Shoot to Midnight (Emmy-winning RUSSIAN DOLL)

Colleen Labella is a producer and the Director of Development for Leslye Headland’s company, Shoot to Midnight. She has read hundreds of pilots and met with countless writers. She has sold numerous television series to various networks, and she is currently in development with projects at FX, Hulu, Freeform, and Lucasfilm. Her television credits include SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE, ALMOST FAMILY, and the upcoming Star Wars series, THE ACOLYTE. She also has a number of films in development, including Catya McMullen’s GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD. Full Bio »

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Payment plans available - contact edu@stage32.com for details

Write your one-hour female driven pilot with the Director of Development behind Netflix's "Russian Doll" 

PLUS! Receive exclusive pilot scripts from successful female-driven TV series!

12 spots available - grab your spot before it's too late!

 

Are you a writer with a great idea for a female-driven television series?

Then it's time to write your pilot script and bring your unique voice to the industry! Executives, agents, and managers are hungry for pilots that center on complicated and diverse women. But for your script to stand out, you need to know how to write complex women and understand the current style, pacing, and structure of television.

In this exclusive interactive Stage 32 lab, you will work one-on-one with an accomplished executive to take your female-driven one-hour television pilot from concept to completed script. You will receive direct and personalized feedback on your work throughout the eight weeks so you walk away from this course with a vetted pilot script that you can shop to producers, executives, and production companies!

Taking you through this professional-level training is Colleen Labella, Director of Development at Shoot to Midnight, the company behind the Emmy-nominated series RUSSIAN DOLL on Netflix, the Freeform series SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE, and the upcoming Star Wars series THE ACOLYTE.

Colleen has centered her career around female stories - which can be seen across her varied projects - and has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to create long lasting, compelling female-led stories that resonate with large audiences.

This hands-on experience goes much further than other classes and webinars. You will study successful television pilots alongside a small group of passionate writers in an interactive setting. You'll also workshop your script and your classmates' work as a group in sessions and have take-home assignments, so your script is always progressing and getting stronger.

PLUS! Colleen will provide you with a series of successful female driven pilot scripts. Downloads include the completed pilot scripts for:

  • RUSSIAN DOLL
  • MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
  • KILLING EVE

Spots to work with Colleen are limited. Once they're filled, they are gone. Don't miss out on your chance to write your script and work one-on-one with an industry pro today!

 

TESTIMONIALS FROM COLLEEN'S PREVIOUS STAGE 32 EDUCATION:

"Colleen Labella was fantastic! I cannot wait until she has pitch sessions available again!" -- Maeve T.

"Being made aware of the shift in patterns of how women are being presented, learning about the popular themes and knowing I fit in, learning about the negative traps, seeing the five-act structure broken down gave me a clearer perspective to assess my development, learning what hooks her and different ways it can be done and what it includes (great)." -- Laurie W.

"Colleen was a fantastic instructor (I wish she taught workshops). The information she provided was practical, helpful, and encouraging." -- David B.

 

What You'll Learn

PRE-CLASS PREP:

  • Bring in 2-3 concepts/loglines for your female driven TV series
  • Watch the pilot of The Dropout

WEEK 1: Understanding The Modern Female Driven Story

In Class:

  • Introductions
  • Review the syllabus and discuss the class goals
  • Group discussion: what is a female-led series?
  • What is a logline?
  • How to go from a concept to a flashy logline that will get noticed
  • Creating a one-pager that gets attention
  • Q&A with Colleen

Assignment:

  • Write a one-pager for your series
  • Watch the Russian Doll pilot and be prepared to discuss in detail

WEEK 2: Understanding Pilot Structure and Developing A Beat Sheet For Your Pilot

In Class:

  • Understanding the building blocks of a pilot:
    • Length
    • A/B/C stories
    • Act breakdowns of comedy and drama pilots
  • Workshop one-pagers with partners
  • Writing exercise
  • How to create an effective beat sheet
  • Group exercise: make a beat sheet for the pilot of Russian Doll
  • Q&A with Colleen

Assignment:

  • Make a beat sheet for your pilot
  • Watch the pilot of Insecure

WEEK 3: NO CLASS - Virtual One-On-One Consultation With Colleen

You will meet with Colleen one-on-one via video to discuss your pilot beat sheets. Each writer will send in their beat sheet in advance and will discuss what works and what doesn’t work with Colleen. Additionally, you will discuss how to turn your beat sheet into an outline and assemble a tone board for your show.

Assignment:

  • Create a detailed outline for your film (6-12 pages)
  • Assemble a tone board
  • Watch the pilot of Yellowjackets

WEEK 4: How To Create A Strong Visual World In Your Pilot 

In Class:

  • What makes a good pilot:
    • World building
    • Characters
    • Theme
  • Discuss the “opening image” and how it can impact the entire series
  • Group exercise: pitch ideas for your opening images
  • What makes a teaser impactful?
  • Q&A with Colleen

Assignment:

  • Write act 1 of your comedy pilot or acts 1 and 2 of your drama pilot
  • Watch the pilot of I May Destroy You

WEEK 5NO CLASS - Virtual One-On-One Consultation With Colleen

You will meet with Colleen one-on-one via video to discuss your pilot's first act (comedy) or first and second act (drama). Each writer will send in their writing in advance and will discuss what works and what doesn’t work with Colleen. 

Assignment:

  • Make adjustments to your work based on the consultation
  • Continue writing your pilot
  • Watch the pilot of Fleabag
  • Choose 2-3 pages of your pilot to workshop in class next week

WEEK 6: Where To End Your Pilot & “The Business”

  • How to create a tagline that works
  • Infusing your pilot with personality - make it personal
  • The importance of look-books and pitch decks
  • Group exercise: workshop 2-3 pages of your pilot
  • Understanding "the business" - how to get your pilot to the right people
  • Q&A with Colleen

Assignment

  • Finish the first draft for your pilot
  • Watch the pilot of Single Drunk Female
  • Choose 4-5 pages of your script to workshop in class next week

WEEK 7: Workshopping Your Pilot

  • You will participate in a group-style workshop of your script (focusing on dialogue)

Assignment

  • Rewrites - tune up your pilot based on feedback from the workshopping session
  • Watch the pilot of Inventing Anna

WEEK 8NO CLASS - Virtual One-On-One Consultation With Colleen

You will meet with Colleen one-on-one via video to discuss your completed pilot. Colleen will give you notes to work on moving forward as well as a strategy on how to best get your work read by professionals in the industry.


WHAT TO EXPECT:

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 executive and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • This lab is designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced writers interested in writing a female-driven, one-hour pilot and developing it with the guidance of a professional executive.

  • By the end of this 8-week lab, you will have a vetted draft of your female-driven, one-hour pilot script.

  • This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.

  • ***Only 12 Spots Available For This Lab***

  • You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.

  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the length of the lab.

  • **Colleen will be available on email during the 8 sessions to answer any questions you have about your project.**

Payment plans are available - please contact edu@stage32.com for more information

About Your Instructor

Colleen Labella is a producer and the Director of Development for Leslye Headland’s company, Shoot to Midnight. She has read hundreds of pilots and met with countless writers. She has sold numerous television series to various networks, and she is currently in development with projects at FX, Hulu, Freeform, and Lucasfilm. Her television credits include SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE, ALMOST FAMILY, and the upcoming Star Wars series, THE ACOLYTE. She also has a number of films in development, including Catya McMullen’s GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD.

Schedule

Saturday May 6th 9:30am-11:30am PT

Saturday May 13th 9:30am-11:30am PT

Saturday May 20th 9:30am-11:30am PT [ONE- ON- ONE]

Saturday May 27th 9:30am-11:30am PT

Saturday June 3rd 9:30am-11:30am PT [ONE- ON- ONE]

Saturday June 10th 9:30am-11:30am PT

Saturday June 17th 9:30am-11:30am PT

Saturday June 24th 9:30am-11:30am PT [ONE- ON- ONE]

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Q: What is the format of a lab?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I 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 webinar, 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 webinar 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 webinar 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 lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

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