DEVELOPING A SERIES:
Workshop Videos & Script Samples
The quickest (and cheapest!) way for an unknown filmmaker to launch a career in NYC is no longer shooting a Short Film – it’s writing a Series!
WE PRODUCED OUR WORKSHOP VIDEOS TO HELP WRITER AND ACTORS DEVELOP CHARACTERS, RELATIONSHIPS, AND STORYLINES.
(NOT AS PROMOS FOR THE SERIES!)
Everyone was a Volunteer. We didn't pay for anything except (good) food!
(which team members prepared, plus actors and crew contributed potluck items)
Two Volunteers used their cameras and other volunteers had lights
The Writer / Workshop Director edited the workshop videos in MovieMaker
READ THE SCRIPT EXCERPT FIRST
PREPARATION FOR WORKSHOP SHOOT
THE PAGE BECOMES ALIVE!
Opening (3 min) Segment from January, 2018 Workshop Shoot
MORE SCRIPT SAMPLES & VIDEOS COMING !
EXERCISES TO HELP 'SEE' THE SERIES
'THE CREW' Writer / Showrunner
"I loved so many of the Actors who applied for our original workshop casting call, I kept creating new Characters! I started with (7) Characters and ended up with (18)! I started imagining an extended network of family, friends, and rivals, as well as fringe Characters who would evolve into principals.
Then I promised all (18) Actors I would write a significant storyline for each of them. Those (18) storylines all had to tie together somehow to fuel the Series main storyline -- ANTHONY trying to make his feature .
Where to start? With workshops! How much did we learn from the workshops? Just watch below the opening entrance of the Crew in the first workshop version we shot in September 2017 (four months before we shot the January 2018 workshop).
The September 2017 workshop entrance is flat (boring!) and gives no info on the Crew as people. Being able though to view that footage inspired new sessions of improv with the Actors, leading me do a rewrite that created a dynamic group entrance that at the same time individualizes each Character. It's fun to compare the two versions! "
(NOTE: In 2019, I rewrote Episode #1 again --
helped by the January 2018 workshop footage! )
Opening Entrance from 1st Workshop Shoot (September, 2017)
"Successful Showrunners know people watch Series not just because they're hooked on explosive or laugh-aloud storylines. Audiences have to be equally hooked on the distinctive Characters / Actors and anticipating how they'll respond to new situations.
The improv, discussions, and research we did in the workshops, and especially our workshop shoots, helped my actors develop a clearer vision of their characters -- their attitudes, mannerisms, wardrobe and props, as well as relationships to other Characters. This enables Actors to be more playful and authentic in their performances.
As I got to know the Actors through the workshops (which included socializing-over-refreshments-time), I witnessed real life qualities and interactions that I could use for the Characters. As a Showrunner you need Actors who help inspire the evolution of Characters and storylines !
As a beginner Showrunner it's also important to study successful Showrunners and their shows!"
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