How to Develop Iconic Dramatic TV Characters

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Conrad Sun

Webinar hosted by: Conrad Sun

Manager at Meridian Artists

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. Conrad is also the founder of the popular website www.filmescape.com, an online resource and encyclopedia for learning anything related to the film and television industry. FilmEscape is deigned to give people a go-to place online to answer all their questions pertaining to the entertainment business. Full Bio »

Learn directly from Conrad Sun, TV Lit Manager and Development Executive at Meridian Artists who represents TV writers in all genres for shows such as Blindspot, Two Broke Girls and Bojack Horseman.

So you’ve finally fleshed out your ideas for your next TV project and you’re off to the races developing your next screenplay. While working on your series, you’re constantly reminded of the one thing that every executive looks for: CHARACTER CHARACTER CHARACTER. Every executive says they want to read compelling characters. But what exactly does that mean? And how does one accomplish this? 

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Literary Manager Conrad Sun will breakdown six TV characters and how they are portrayed in their respective drama pilots:

  • Frank Underwood (House Of Cards)
  • Walter White (Breaking Bad)
  • Annalise Keating (How to Get Away With Murder)
  • Piper Chapman (Orange is the New Black)
  • Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
  • Lester Nygard (Fargo)

Through these characters, Conrad will illustrate the traits and nuances that make them compelling to their audiences. From there, he will discuss how to apply these traits to your own characters.

 


What You'll Learn:

Conrad Will Utilize the Following Character Case Studies:

  • Frank Underwood (House Of Cards)
  • Walter White (Breaking Bad)
  • Annalise Keating (How to Get Away With Murder)
  • Piper Chapman (Orange is the New Black)
  • Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
  • Lester Nygard (Fargo)

Using Character Case Studies, Conrad Will Analyze:

  • What does it mean for a character to be compelling?
  • How to define a character not just with their dialogue and appearance but with their choices.
  • To veer from tradition and let your story dictate your characters instead of the other way around.
  • Examples of how the best characters are faced with worst choices.
  • Empathy vs sympathy and how the best characters invoke both feelings from your audience
  • How to utilize character flaws to invoke empathy and sympathy from your audience
  • How likability of your character irrelevant.
  • How to apply character development to your own writing - tips, tools & techniques.
  • Recorded Q&A with Conrad!

About Your Instructor:

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.

Conrad is also the founder of the popular website www.filmescape.com, an online resource and encyclopedia for learning anything related to the film and television industry. FilmEscape is deigned to give people a go-to place online to answer all their questions pertaining to the entertainment business.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the format of a webinar? 
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars 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 webinar.

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 webinar. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer 

Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. 

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, 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 About Previous Next Level Webinars Hosted by Conrad:

"Great job. You're a VERY engaging, knowledgeable and articulate speaker. Thanks." - James

"Excellent amount of information. Very practical" - Eric

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 S.

"Amazing amount of practical information conveyed in a clear and concise way." - Dan

"Conrad you were so very informative, had absolutely great advice and information a person would need. You covered most everything I wanted to ask. Thank you Stage 32, this was the best webinar I have taken." - Diane K.

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • The discussion about empathy vs. Sympathy was excellent. Very interesting and helpful.
  • Conrad is so knowledgeable -- yet accessible and helpful. He gave us some great insights on the how's and why's of structuring dramatic TV characters in the most effective of ways. Most impressive!!
  • Really concise information. Very good descriptions from well-known TV shows, about how to create stronger characters. Especially appreciated that he broke down the examples based on the theory, to show exactly what he meant. Fantastic character development class.

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