This class is dedicated to the inception and ultimately creation of a TV 60 minute Drama pilot or a 30 minute half hour (network, basic cable, premium cable or premium stream like Netflix). The class will walk writers through from their initial ideas which they will pitch all the way through to the first draft. Writers are expected to enter the class with several potential ideas for TV series that can be sustained, and the pilot for them. The class will then walk students through the outlining phase all the way through to the finished first draft at a minimum. Students will also be expected to create at least a rough draft of a working “story bible” which outlines what happens in the future episodes at a minimum the first season and then how you see the show ultimately concluding and character arcs. Students will emerge with a solid draft of a TV pilot and ideally bible. Open to students at all levels as long as they come in with ideas for TV series.
Frederic Richter received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA from The American Film Institute (AFI). His thesis film, MACHSOM, was the recipient of numerous grants and honors, including the DELUXE Production Grant and was selected as one of five out of 28 thesis films to screen at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles. The film screened at over twenty-five festivals worldwide, including AFI FEST, where it was the only AFI Thesis film selected that year. His screenplay APPEARANCES, won 1st place in the Slamdance Screenwriting competition. The feature, BLIND, co-written with Joe Novoa, is in pre-production with Parallax producing. He has a number of other independent feature projects in development with producers. He is currently writing a feature for an independent film director. His script, ANOTHER LIFE was recently optioned to Longtale Productions. Frederic has worked as a Story Analyst and consultant for numerous companies, including QED International, Black Label Media and The Black List 3.0. He has worked on an upcoming series for The Investigation Discovery Channel, and The History Channel. He is Director of Development at Tradition Pictures, an independent film and tv production company. He has taught classes on screenwriting, film history and the entertainment industry at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU SPS, Mercy College and The Ghetto Film School. He is a Teaching Artist at The Ghetto Film School, an Instructor at NYU SPS, and The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence, and a Guest Instructor at Sarah Lawrence College. He is on the Alumni Board at Sarah Lawrence College, and the Board of the Hollywood Radio Television Society (HRTS)-- Associates N.Y.