How to Use World Building In Your TV Pitch Document to Sell Your Series

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Emmy-nominated Producer at Emmy-nominated Producer, DARK/WEB on Amazon, THE PARTY'S JUST THE BEGINNING with Karen Gillan

Boman Modine is an award-winning producer with a long history of film and franchise development who most recently was for a Daytime Emmy for his show DARK/WEB on Amazon Prime. Boman's production company, Strangeway Productions, is currently developing several animated, horror, science fiction television properties with partners that include Sanctum Studios (THE NEW MUTANTS, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY). He is also the former head of acquisitions and development for Mt. Hollywood where he also produced the BAFTA-nominated "THE PARTY's JUST BEGINNING" with Karen Gillan. He has also consulted and produced with BRAIN ACADEMY, known for the Keanu Reeves/Peter Stormare show "SWEDISH DICKS", where he packaged both features and television shows. Boman has an impressive history of packaging and selling TV series, especially science fiction and other genre series, to notable networks and streamers and understand what it takes to get an exec on your side and interested in your project. Full Bio »

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Along with characters, story and structure, one of the most important elements of any television series is world building. Certainly this applies to fantasy and science fiction shows like GAME OF THRONES and THE MANDALORIAN, but it’s just as important for any realistic and grounded series as well. Giving the viewers the ability to fully immerse themselves in the world your characters live in—the setting, the rules, the culture, the counter-culture, the history and more—will make them more invested in continuing to watch. Yet it’s not just the viewer you’ll be enticing with a well-defined world; it’s also the executives that might choose to pick up your show because of the world you’re able to present to them as part of your pitch and pitch deck.

With so much content being pitched and with so many creatives trying to get their work in front of creatives and ultimately picked up, it is hard for anyone’s show to stand out above the noise. To do so, you need more than a great show and a great script; you also need a great pitch and pitch document. It truly can be what stands between you and that green light. So what does a great pitch document look like, and more specifically, how does that great pitch document get execs invested and interested in your show’s world?

Boman Modine is an Emmy-nominated producer for his show DARK/WEB on Amazon, and an award-winning producer with a long history of film and franchise development. Boman's production company, Strangeway Productions, is currently developing several animated, horror, science fiction television properties with partners that include Sanctum Studios (THE NEW MUTANTS, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY). He is also the former head of acquisitions and development for Mt. Hollywood where he also produced the BAFTA-nominated "THE PARTY's JUST BEGINNING" with Karen Gillan. He has also consulted and produced with BRAIN ACADEMY, known for the Keanu Reeves/Peter Stormare show "SWEDISH DICKS", where he packaged both features and television shows. Boman has an impressive history of packaging and selling TV series, especially science fiction and other genre series, to notable networks and streamers and understand what it takes to get an exec on your side and interested in your project.

Exclusively for Stage 32, Boman will delve into the art of world-building, both for science fiction and fantasy series, and for all other genres as well, and show you how best to incorporate your original world into an effective pitch document to get networks and streamers interested. He will explain the elements of any effective TV pitch document before exploring what good world-building actually looks like and how you can “build your own sandbox” to establish your series’ genre and tone. Boman will also walk you through filling your sandbox with sand by defining your who, what, when, where, why, and how, as well as your world’s culture, counter-culture, and history. He’ll also teach you how to use what came before as a way to better help execs understand your series.

Throughout, Boman will provide case studies of professional TV series pitch documents to illustrate how other creators have made their own world leap off the page.

What You'll Learn

  • What Is a Pitch Deck and Do You Need One?
  • What Does an Effective Pitch Deck Look Like?
    • How many pages?
    • The basic format
    • Optional additions
  • What Does World Building Really Mean?
    • And can it apply to more than sci-fi and fantasy?
  • Building Your Sandbox
    • Establishing your genre
      • And understanding the rules it needs to abide by
      • How to explain your genre
      • Using familiar images in your pitch deck
      • Using original images in your pitch deck
    • Establishing your tone
      • Symbols
      • Direct sentences
  • Filling Your Sandbox with Sand
    • Who/what/when/why/how
      • Starting small
      • The importance of communality
      • Making the original familiar
    • Where
      • How to establish your story’s environment and surroundings
      • How can dressing the pitch help?
    • Culture, Counter-Culture, and The Past
      • Defining aspects larger than your character
      • How can this fit in to your pitch deck?
  • What Came Before?
    • How to reference other works both in universe and in the real world in order to bridge understandings
    • The risks associated
    • The rewards associated
  • Case Studies: A Look at Pitch Documents That Communicate the World Effectively
  • Q&A with Boman

About Your Instructor

Boman Modine is an award-winning producer with a long history of film and franchise development who most recently was for a Daytime Emmy for his show DARK/WEB on Amazon Prime. Boman's production company, Strangeway Productions, is currently developing several animated, horror, science fiction television properties with partners that include Sanctum Studios (THE NEW MUTANTS, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY). He is also the former head of acquisitions and development for Mt. Hollywood where he also produced the BAFTA-nominated "THE PARTY's JUST BEGINNING" with Karen Gillan. He has also consulted and produced with BRAIN ACADEMY, known for the Keanu Reeves/Peter Stormare show "SWEDISH DICKS", where he packaged both features and television shows. Boman has an impressive history of packaging and selling TV series, especially science fiction and other genre series, to notable networks and streamers and understand what it takes to get an exec on your side and interested in your project.

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