Hello again, Cindy!
As I understand it, you're following The 30-Day Challenge Day 3 of the Craft Courses: Series Loglines assignment, correct?
This process is all very new to me as well, but one thing I know about STARTING to write a TV series is coming up with the Pitch. It'll help you flesh out the story. Covering things like: Why you wish to tell this story, what's the tone, the genre, the characters, figuring out why it's relevant, and why you think it'll make a great TV series. So before I proceed: I found some websites that will suffice, since I can't include attachments. These may better help you flesh out your story; if you wanna take a crack at telling this as a series.
1. TV Series Guidelines:
2. Pitching Guidelines:
So first you need to know what kind of story you want to tell. The days of episodic are over, granted there are shows with "monster of the week" but most shows now are serialized. Shows like: Arrow, The Flash, and now Supergirl. Running time: 45 min each, deal with a bad-guy, situation they fail at twice, before overcoming/learning a new trick to defeat the villian at the end, while filling in the story with subplots (or the B story).
So let's just assume this is the type of drama you wish to tell. A Serialized Super-Hero Show, featuring Monster of the Week (Each episode will have a bad-guy/situation) and an over-arching plot (suspense/mystery as to the coming season finale). One of my favorite shows is Supernatural. (Although Season 1 is highly episodic, the following series are serialized).
What is most unique about your story (as a TV SERIES) is that your main character won't be the Super Hero (at least for now, this might change).
It's a nice spin and gives the genre a fresh, new look, in regards to perspective (depending on how far you want to take this in terms of tone and theme).
Okay! So you got your pilot logline, great! You can even make that your SERIES logline. Each episode bringing her investigation as to where her sister is, closer and closer until the season finale (mid-season we'll get a sneak peak, and almost grab her, maybe we'll finally see a video of her captured or what, but you get the idea). But, you have to ask yourself: How many different ways can she pretend to be a superhero, because this will be how many episodes you'll have. Since she isn't super at all... Okay so scratch the series logline. Let's stick with the first logline as the PILOT. She rescues her at the end and you know what, that's the ACT 1 of the ENTIRE series, and her journey into Act 2, or Sequence 2 (according to ISA; its really just a segue into the next episode, for the FUN and GAMES to begin), is her decision to JOIN her sister in her crime-fighting business. And THAT, is actually where you explore the estrangement. She may have rescued her, that's all well and good, but their relationship is FAR from perfect. She's seen a GLIMPSE (just like in a feature in Sequence 3 that he talked about) of what their relation could be, who she could be, but she's not there yet. It's up to the following episodes, the story you tell that brings them closer.
Pilot Logline? Check. Well done (if I do say so myself :p)
First Season Logline? Great! You're on the right track, Cindy. And you're absolutely right, This needs to be different. Thing bigger, while still using specific language. It's the entire Season, right? So now she's a sidekick, and what's at the end of this. I can't help further because I don't know. If you haven't seen any shows in this genre, I'd suggest you do so, if not, then think about your favorite shows with this structure. The Good Wife? The 100? The Walking Dead? If you're unsure what the over-arching situation is, then start thinking about the episodes, and write the loglines for each Episode. (6-12) like in the assignment. If you don't have any ideas, then maybe there's nothing left to tell, and this isn't a Tv Series. It's all up to you :)
Series Logline? I would stay away from this. I know it doesn't have to be perfect right now, as we're still in discovering mode, but you don't want to lock yourself in, many TV writers when they pitch their ideas, they only have inklings at to which direction the series will go, so I wouldn't boil down on this just yet, wait until AFTER you've figured out exactly what the First Season is, and if you have more to tell, then that's the direction you can make your show into a series.
Wow! Thanks! I'm very flattered. I actually haven't written many. I've just studied like A TON. Watched movies, read scripts, joined websites like this, etc, which have all just helped me with my own projects. I've written a couple shorts, and I'm currently revisiting an old feature that I haven't been able to let go of, for about 9 years now. Haha, I know. (Kill me). But, I'm loving it. Always have and always will. We all gotta start somewhere, right? Glad to have you with us! And keep writing!
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