Learn the essentials of how to write & develop a web series on your own or with a network.
Want to create a web series but don't know where to start? This class is for you. At this day-long workshop, learn the essentials of how to write & develop a web series on your own, & also get insight on how to create a series with a network.
This course is taught by Sarah Salovaara, writer & director of the Gotham Award nominated series Let Me Die a Nun.
Come in ready to learn about the writing process, independent production (how do you self-finance & make strategic, cost-effective partnerships?), release strategies (how do you build an audience?), & after-release opportunities (are there opportunities to get your web-based project on TV?). Learn about how to pitch a series to a network, & learn about the scripting process - especially on how to incorporate network feedback without relinquishing too much control.
The latter half of the day, we'll get down to basics & figure out what makes for a strong web series by exploring different approaches & formats of successful shows. And come to class prepared to discuss your projects & ideas for a series, with feedback from Sarah as well as time to ask her anything.
This class is part of ClassWork Film Track: Episodic, a sequence of classes that can be taken over a three-month period with experienced instructors guiding you through the ins & outs of creating your first series.
What You Will Learn
How to script a series, both when developing independently & with a network
How to finance & produce a web series independently & strategically
Audience finding & building techniques
How to pitch a series - what goes into the deck, outline, & budget?
The most successful formats & approaches of strong web series
Sarah Salovaara is a filmmaker & writer from New York City. Her work is primarily concerned with the retooling of gender roles & genre tropes. In 2017, her series, Let Me Die a Nun, starring Ana Fabrega & Hari Nef, was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award. Upcoming projects include a BRIC TV show entitled The Future Is Then; a short called Lucky Dog; & a currently untitled feature about a late-in-life lesbian who travels to Cuba for sex tourism. She is an alumna of the 2018 NYFF Artist Academy & an editor at Filmmaker Magazine.