Screenwriting : Pilot by Kaycee Corea

Kaycee Corea


Hi everyone, quick question for anyone who knows the answer! I've only ever written a feature but have just completed my first pilot. My question is: If I want to pitch the pilot, should the pitch strictly focus on only the pilot or the entire "show"?

Phil Clarke

Hi Kaycee. It certainly needs to suggest what the overall story is going to be about. Take a look at how other TV series - particularly those in a similar vein and style as yours - are described. Take a look at Chris Lang's pitches for his Unforgotten series and others. He's helpfully posted them on his site. Here's a link:

Kaycee Corea

This is so helpful, thank you Phil!

Jason Mirch

Hey Kaycee Corea - Stage 32 Next Level Education just had an awesome webinar with Ewan Dunbar in which he talks about creating pitch decks for streamers like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. Much of the information is applicable to pitching a series in general. It will be on demand soon. You should definitely check it out!

Phil Clarke

Pleasure, Kaycee Corea - Glad it is. Do let me know if I can be of any help.

Erick Freitas

I'm actually going to try and do a pilot soon... Helpful question.

Debbie Croysdale

I agree with @Phil Pilot needs to suggest the overall story/theme but also it helps to leave reader with a burning desire to find out answer to question. EG A cool pilot example is "Breaking Bad". It begins with a sparsely dressed guy, gas mask over face, driving hysterically over farmland. A farce ensues whereby cops try to pull over his ancient Winnebego and there's drugs and body in car. THEN script has flashback to months back and a sterile school teacher is in a science lab behaving normal. Reader thinks WTF happened in mean time to make this guy behave total opposite now. If done cleverly, flashback can make people want to find out just what happened to a character, to make them behave the way they do now.

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