Writing The TV Pilot
Course Dates: 9-20 July 2018
Course Tutor: Peter Ansorge
The success of ‘Box Set’ TV Drama has created a new appetite among audiences for original and challenging drama series on television.
Writing the TV Pilot offers writers and creative producers the chance to plan and write a 50-minute pilot episode of an original drama series over an intensive two-week period
This course is led by NFTS's own Peter Ansorge (Ex-commissioning Editor and Head of Channel 4 Drama) whose award-winning career includes: A Very British Coup, Traffik, GBH, The Politician’s Wife, Tales of the City, Brookside and The Camomile Lawn.
Be prepared to write, re-write and fine-tune overnight .
We will encourage the kind of ambition achieved by the best drama series based on the actual practice of working on a script among professionals.
We are looking for fresh ideas and the tenacity to bring them to screen.
This course covers
In week one, we will address the challenge of writing the opening minutes of the pilot. We’ll look at landmark series and analyse how you grab an audience. At the end of the week, a group of actors will work on your opening ten minutes. We will reference great drama series of the past and present. You will be writing between three and five minutes of your pilot each day, and reworking overnight.
In week two, we will move towards the completion of your pilot, and offer advice on the next stage, how to get your pilot script onto the desks of the right producer and commissioning editor.
"Peter helped us all find the best in ourselves and make this experience truly rewarding, inspiring us every step of the way."
"I can't believe that I wrote an entire one-hour drama script in just 8 days! And it was Peter's inspiration and knowledge that made that happen"
Number of places: 10
Duration: 10 days
Freelance Rate: £1000
Corporate Rate: £2000
How To Apply
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