Writing The New Sci Fi TV Pilot For 2016's Blazing Television Marketplace

Writing The New Sci Fi TV Pilot For 2016's Blazing Television Marketplace

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TV sci fi is hot, and writing an original sci fi story has suddenly become the way to get your first TV job. (It used to be that you'd write a spec for an existing sci fi series. Not in 2016.) To sell your pilot (and to get 'staffed' on a show), you'll learn the nine elements of great sci fi hits, and how to wield each one of them in a classic 5-act hour pilot structure (it's different from an episode in critical ways.) Shape your logline, and structure your pilot (you'll learn precise ABCDEF storyline patterns -- they are critical!) Learn what makes a truly original sci fi story for TV, and make your pilot an advertisement for your deep story telling talents.

Peter Russell is a working story doctor and teacher in Hollywood. One of Peter's recent students just won a Golden Globe's 'Best New Drama 2015' - for MR. ROBOT, a great new sci fi show.

In this webinar, you'll strengthen your sci fi story's hook, opening, beats, bible, and pitch - not by some academic set of notes but from watching scenes Peter has selected from fabulous sci fi TV hits like ORPHAN BLACK (serial pilot) BLACK MIRROR - Anthology, X-FILES - Procedural/Serial, MR. ROBOT Procedural-Serial, AGENTS OF SHIELD, FIREFLY and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Mini-Series.


  • Why creating a hot logline helps you build your entire sci fi story.
  • Strengthening your sci fi pilot by focusing maniacally on the single 'A' story that you'll take from pilot to season 9 - it's critical you get this right!
  • Watch how sci fi masters like Whedon, Larson, Brooker, et alia use the 9 sci fi TV Elements.
  • Learn the precise plot structure of half-hour, hour, and mini-series sci fi pilot
  • How to write a fabulous pitch one-sheet from your idea (examples included)
  • Understand what makes TV sci fi different from superhero or fantasy story
  • See the 24 Beats that make up the hour sci fi hit pilot.
  • Create a TV character with an 'unsolvable dilemma' to get you to 100 episodes


  • Sci fi lovers who want to create their first cinematic TV story.
  • Writers moving from 'spec' TV scripts to pilots
  • Writers who want to 'get staffed' on an existing TV show
  • Producers who are massaging their sci fi TV pilot to current market
  • Directors, editors, and actors who want to turn the story they're working on into a hit
  • Story creators who have never tackled the hour long or mini-series sci fi form
  • Movie writers who want to make the jump to TV story (good news - most elements apply!)

Find out more about Peter's online classes at peterrussellscriptdoctor.com

The Writers Store does not offer any refunds for the webinar. All sales are final.