Stage 32 TV Horror Lab: Develop Your Horror Series and Build an Season and Pilot Outline With a Veteran TV Horror Exec

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Class hosted by: Kevin Nicklaus

Senior VP of Development at The Wolper Org. / Warner Bros.

Kevin Nicklaus is a veteran development executive with a long tenure with the The Wolper Organization, which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros., including HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros. features, and more. He has been integral to the early development and sales of BATES MOTEL for A&E, the Emmy-nominated ROOTS for History, STEPHEN KING'S SALEM'S LOT for TNT, THE MISTS OF AVALON for TNT, HELTER SKELTER for CBS, THE BAD SEED for Lifetime and more. Kevin has been active in the world of horror television for years now and knows better than most what it takes to get a scary series off the ground. Full Bio »

Summary

Horror genre television series are now in demand in a BIG way. Many production companies and buyers are actively looking for stories that provide thrills, chills and scares. In recent years, we’ve seen a surge in developing and producing popular shows for cable, steamers and network television. Shows like AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD, A&E’s BATES MOTEL, Netflix’s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and BLY MANOR, FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY, and HBO’s LOVECRAFT COUNTY have been paving the way for a new era of high quality, diverse, and ambitious horror series unlike anything that’s ever been created before. And according to the ratings, the appetite for this TV genre only continues to grow. If you have ever thought about writing, producing or selling your own horror television series, now is the time.

You want to capitalize on this hot genre if you have a horror project you're thinking about creating or if you're interested in going to market with one you already have. But even with this opportunity, you still need to have a dynamite show to present if you want to be noticed. That’s why it’s critical you have a clear understanding of your series, your story, your world and your characters to draw from. Building a strong foundation for your horror series is not easy, 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 horror series as good as it can be and help you springboard your writing career.

Kevin Nicklaus is a veteran development executive with a long tenure with the The Wolper Organization, which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros., including HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros. features, and more. He has been integral to the early development and sales of BATES MOTEL for A&E, the Emmy-nominated ROOTS for History, STEPHEN KING'S SALEM'S LOT for TNT, THE MISTS OF AVALON for TNT, HELTER SKELTER for CBS, THE BAD SEED for Lifetime and more. Kevin has been active in the world of horror television for years now and knows better than most what it takes to get a scary series off the ground.

Over the course of five weeks, you will work closely with Kevin in a virtual class setting to develop your horror series and build your pilot and series outlines in order to work towards a market-ready and standout show. Kevin will guide you through teasing out in on your idea based on the marketplace, sharpening your logline, breaking down your characters, outlining your first season and pilot and working in effective beginnings and endings. If you already have a concept, or even a completed pilot, Kevin will use the same tools to help you hone your material.

Throughout the course of this exclusive online lab, you will have direct access to Kevin as a mentor by email and via video conferencing as you develop your horror series. Students who sign up for this lab with Kevin will be eligible to participate in a Level 2 Lab where Kevin will work with you on putting together your pitch documents and developing your pitch!

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • This lab is designed for writers and creators of all levels looking to get their horror TV project ready to put together. This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • By the end of this 5-week writing lab, you will have a sharpened, more market-ready and clearly developed television series along with a working outline.
  • This lab will consist of five weekly sessions, each roughly two hours in duration. In addition to the lessons where Kevin teaches the class, you will have the opportunity to ask him questions during each session as well as multiple chances to speak with her directly about your specific project.
  • 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 development 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 15 writers and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with a working executive 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 Harrison at h.glaser@stage32.com for more information

 

 

What You'll Learn

Session 1: Vetting Your Idea

  • A deep dive into the current marketplace and what ideas are selling
  • Interrogating your themes
  • Is your show promotable?
  • How is your show scary?

You will have a homework assignment after this session

 

Session 2: Character Breakdowns

  • Finding and developing the protagonist
  • Urgent side characters
  • Character interactions
  • Allowing your characters to embody your themes

You will have a homework assignment after this session

 

Session 3: Your First Season

  • Making your first season a long movie
  • Allowing your plot to reflect the themes
  • Growing your season out of character
  • Helpful templates you can use to interrogate your plot

You will have a homework assignment after this session

 

Session 4: Your Pilot

  • Kevin will apply the same approach to your first season from Session 3 to your pilot episode

You will have a homework assignment after this session

 

Session 5: Beginnings and Endings

  • The importance of teasers and cliffhangers have to make shows "sticky" or bingeable
  • The way surprise works in horror
  • “Transgressive" visuals.
  • How to make a beat feel both shocking and appropriate to the character and theme.

You will have a homework assignment after this session

About Your Instructor

Kevin Nicklaus is a veteran development executive with a long tenure with the The Wolper Organization, which has a first-look deal with Warner Bros., including HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros. features, and more. He has been integral to the early development and sales of BATES MOTEL for A&E, the Emmy-nominated ROOTS for History, STEPHEN KING'S SALEM'S LOT for TNT, THE MISTS OF AVALON for TNT, HELTER SKELTER for CBS, THE BAD SEED for Lifetime and more. Kevin has been active in the world of horror television for years now and knows better than most what it takes to get a scary series off the ground.

Schedule

SESSION 1 -Vetting Your Idea - Saturday 2/27/21 -10am-12pm PT

SESSION 2 -Character Breakdowns  -Saturday 3/6/21 -10am-12pm PT

SESSION 3 -Your First Season -Saturday 3/13/21 -10am-12pm PT

SESSION 4 -Your Pilot - Saturday 3/20/21 -10am-12pm PT

SESSION 5- Beginnings and Endings -Saturday 3/27/21 -10am-12pm PT

FAQs

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?
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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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