Format Page - This is a brief overview of the format for your series, typed out in an organized list.
- Working Title – You can change it later, if you choose. Name your series so we have a common language!
- Series by – your name!
- Series Length – Your series can have either 12 or 24 episodes (you choose!).
- Genres – What genre(s) does your series fall under? –
- Episode Length – How long is each episode? (typically 20 or 45 minutes, excludingcommercials)
- Episode Format – How does each episode begin – with a cold open or the title sequence? How does each episode end? A cliffhanger? A preview of next week?
Previously on… (recap)
Title sequence (like Family Guy) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_sequence
- References – These are any books, films, or other television shows that might help “sell” the idea of your own series. Example: Walking Dead meets Dora the Explorer.
- Logline – One sentence that summarizes the main idea of your series. This is the ongoing conflict we will see unfold over the course of all 12 or 24 episodes. See description here: http://www.scriptologist.com/Magazine/Tips/Logline/logline.html
- Tagline – One sentence or phrase that visualizes the theme/mood of your series. This is like a slogan, and would probably be put on the poster advertising your show. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Tagline
Creator's Statement - The Creators Statement is an opportunity to clearly and succinctly spell out the themes or major questions behind your series. Why did you create this series? What are the messages embedded in your story? How do your characters reflect the questions you wish to explore? What are the underlying beliefs that drive the story? Etc. This should be a minimum of one detailed paragraph.
Promo Poster - The Promo Poster is the tool you will use to get people to watch your show! Imagine it on a billboard or as a magazine advertisement. The poster must include the following:
- A visually striking image that represents your show
- The title of the show – large/clearly visible
- Your tag line
- Anticipated Network logo and broadcast time
- Actor names (if applicable – are you using anyone famous?)
You may create it in Photoshop, PowerPoint, Paint, or any other program. If you hand-draw or create a collage for your promo poster, you must scan it into the computer and make a digital file. Everyone must EMAIL me their promo poster, and also print out a copy (full-color if possible).