12 Point Guide To Creating A TV Series

Great foundational screenwriting tips on creating a TV series from Jim Sarantinos on his blog, Gideon’s Way.

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Gideon's Screenwriting Tips: Now You're a Screenwriter

Carole Kirschner  gives a step by step guide to creating a TV series.

1) CONCEPT

This is the overall idea of the series. e.g. Lost is about a group of people stranded on an unknown island following a plane crash. After this, explain how you came up with the idea. What was the inspiration behind it? Why does it resonate so well with you? Why do you love it so much it has to be on the screen? Why are you the best person to tell the story?

2) MAIN CHARACTERS

Protagonist – This is the main character who’s actions and decisions drive the season arc. Describe their backstory, drive (motivation), measures of failure and success, goal, obstacles, source of conflict. Find two adjectives to describe your protagonist.

Antagonist –  The bad guy/girl. What do they want? Why do they want to thwart the protagonist?

3) ONGOING CONFLICT

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