In September 2019, my signature workshop returns for 10 weeks at UCLA Extension: Television Series Development Workshop (FILM TV X-423).
This is an advanced, in depth workshop that lays out all of the major components for a successful television series and how to achieve them. Scripted series only. Here’s a quick look at the course (2 min):
We will be learning to create the same caliber of professional PITCH that I use (and hundreds of other WGA writers and producers use) to sell our shows to networks, every season.
This course will take you from raw idea, through world-building, the creation of complex characters, backstories, and ongoing conflicts – to the kinds of visual elements and high quality presentations that buyers want to see.
And we’ll do it all as a workshop, with help at every stage, and no soldier left behind.
This is exactly the course I wish had been available when I was in film school and goes to the heart of envisioning a complete television series, not just its pilot episode. I cannot think of a more valuable skill in media than learning how to package and present your vision to the people who can make it happen.
See you in September!
While reviews for Zoe 2018 are mixed (some are even poor!) I believe this is a film that has been sadly underestimated. Its ratings have been skewed by a small number of cranks on ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ who must have been expecting Terminator, instead of the beautifully nuanced, impossible love story presented in ‘Zoe.’ Most of these online complaints focus on whether singer Christina Aguilera deserved her turn as an actress. To be generous, this is a pretty dumb reason to condemn a movie. Especially one that deals so affectively with profound questions of what constitutes actual consciousness? As well as the love, loss, and inevitable pain of this human experience.
It is no coincidence that Ridley Scott is a producer on this movie, because it is cut from the same rich fabric as Blade Runner (both the original and 2049) and explores many of the same themes and moral complexities evident in Westworld’s superb first season.