Stage 32 TV Animation Lab: Build an Outline and Pitch Deck for Your Animated Television Show in 5 Weeks

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Taught by Mike Disa

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Class hosted by: Mike Disa

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Mike Disa is an accomplished director, producer, writer, and artist who directed on shows like 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. Full Bio »

Summary

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Develop An Outline and Pitch Document for Your Animated Television Series in 5 Weeks

Netflix Animation Director Will Be Your Mentor via Virtual Classes & One-on-One Meetings!

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 , and KIPO AND THE AGE OF WONDERBEASTS on Netflix are hugely popular, and this is just the beginning. Scores of upcoming animated shows are in the pipeline and just around the corner. Considering this appetite, it doesn’t look like this trend is fading any time soon. And more interest in animation means there are more opportunities for your own project to get noticed and get picked up.

The opportunities may be extra plentiful right now, but you still need to have a dynamite show to present if you want to be noticed. This means a great concept, a fantastic pitch deck, and a knockout pilot script. And all of these elements don’t need to just be good; they all need to lend themselves to the format and industry that is animated TV. But if you can ace all of these elements, you may have just found your way in and the piece of material that will fire you off the launch pad. Let us give you the guidance to make your animated pilot as good as it can be and help you springboard your writing career.

Mike Disa is an accomplished director, producer, writer, and artist who directed on shows like 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.

In this lab, you will be working directly with Mike in a virtual class setting and also during one-on-one online sessions to hone your concept and build your pilot outline and pitch deck for a fantastic, market-ready animated pilot. Whether you are interested in creating a “prime time” adult comedy series, action, dramedy, or children’s animation, Mike is here to help you. He will guide you through creating engaging characters, building your world, perfecting your structure, constructing an outline and building your bible or pitch deck to sell your show. If you already have a concept, or even a completed pilot, Mike will use the same tools to help you hone and sharpen your material.

 

Throughout the course of this exclusive online lab, you will have direct access to Mike as a mentor by email and via video conferencing as you develop your animated series. Students who sign up for this lab with Mike will be eligible to participate in a Level 2 Lab where Mike will continue to mentor you in writing your pilot!

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • By the end of this 5-week writing lab, you will have a polished pilot outline and pitch deck for your animated television series.
  • Sessions will vary between 2-hour group settings and personal one-on-one Zoom meetings with Mike. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to keep you motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the writing process.
  • To see the full writing lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn".

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 10 writers and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with a manager 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 15 people - Sorry this lab is sold out 
  • This lab is designed for beginner and intermediate screenwriters looking to build a pilot from scratch or expand on an existing idea or polish an existing pilot.

 

 

What You'll Learn

PRE-CLASS PREP

Read your syllabus and plan decide on an idea for the animated pilot you want to write. Do appropriate research about the world of your show.

 

WEEK 1 – Introduction, Elements of a TV Series

  • Class Discussion of Everyone’s Goals
  • A Look at Examples of Animated Formats for Both Prime Time and Children’s Animation
  • The Difference between Genre and Medium
  • Why American Animation is Effectively a Genre
  • Building Your World and Researching Your Characters
  • Coming Up with Your Story Engine
  • Deep Dive into Setting, Tone, and Point of View
  • Creating Effective Characters
    • What makes characters compelling
    • The difference between likable and relatable
    • Effective antagonists
    • Finding your character’s ‘voice’
  • How to Build Relationships and Use Them to Propel a Series
  • American and Overseas Broadcasting Standards for Animated Entertainment
  • Finding a “Template Show” to Aid Your Writing
  • One on one Q&A with Mike

 

WEEK 2 – Pilot Structure and Story Mapping

  • Creating a Beat Outline
  • A Breakdown of Pilot Structure
    • A and B plots
    • Subplots
    • Types of structure preferred by broadcast vs. streaming
    • Why act structure is still important for a writer
  • Implementing Effective Pacing
  • Finding the Joke
  • Handling Action and Gags in Animation
  • Creating Mystery, Suspense, Anticipation, and Act Breaks
  • Page Counts and Number of Characters
  • Case Study with a Real Animation Script
  • One on one Q&A with Mike

 

WEEK 3 – Pilot Outline Consultations (One on One Consultations – No Online Class)

This week will consist of one-on-one consultations regarding pilot structure and reviewing all of the student’s material so far. Each writer will send in their pilot outline, character descriptions, and rules of their “world” in advance and will have a phone consultation to discuss what works and what doesn’t.

 

WEEK 4 – The Pitch Deck

This week we will go over examples of professional pitch decks and how they work with an outline and pilot script to sell your show and how you customize your pitch deck to various broadcasters. You'll have one-on-one Q&A with Mike. 

 

WEEK 5 –Pitch Deck Consultation (One on One Consultations – No Online Class)

This week will consist of one-on-one consultations reviewing all of the student’s material so far. Each writer will send in their pilot outline, character descriptions, rules of their “world”, and pitch deck in advance and will have a phone consultation to discuss what works and what doesn’t. Identify places to pitch the series and prepare for to write the series pilot in part 2 of the class.

About Your Instructor

Mike Disa is an accomplished director, producer, writer, and artist who directed on shows like 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.

Schedule

WEEK 1 – Introduction, Elements of a TV Series - 11/16/20, 4pm-6pm PT

WEEK 2 – Pilot Structure and Story Mapping - 11/23/20, 4pm-6pm PT

WEEK 3 – Pilot Outline Consultations (One on One Consultations – No Online Class)

WEEK 4 – The Pitch Deck -12/7/20, 4pm-6pm PT

WEEK 5 – Pitch Deck Consultation (One on One Consultations – No Online Class)

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Q: What is the format of a lab?
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