Creating the Nonlinear TV Series

Room: Tuke Hall
Time: Friday 10.45am

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TV and digital drama as well as feature films are increasingly using nonlinear, ensemble and flashback storytelling. Let Linda pull back the curtain to reveal the tools that makes these formats work so darn well.

Many writers, both TV veterans and newcomers, want to create TV drama one-offs and series in these complicated and exciting forms. Unfortunately, not only is parallel narrative notoriously difficult to create, but all TV series writing, whether linear or nonlinear, involves a minefield of creative restrictions that come as a shock to the newcomer and persistently challenge even the veteran.

Linda Aronson, the guru of nonlinear and ensemble film writing, spent years writing and creating TV drama of all kinds. At this year’s LSF she combines her practical TV experience with her expertise in nonlinear narrative to explain how you can apply her templates for nonlinear and fractured screenplays and create nonlinear drama for TV.

In preparation for this session, we also recommend buying and reading Linda’s cracking book, ‘21st Century Screenwriter’. Get it HERE.

Screenwriting Practical help

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2B or not 2B! - Make your scripts water tight (even that tricky bit in the middle)

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Actors Table Read: LIVE

Actors Table Read: LIVE

How do actors and a director approach your screenplay? What happens when your words are reinterpreted through other artists? Join us for a sensational live onstage performance and deconstruction of one LSF delegate’s script.

Brainstorming Through The Block

Brainstorming Through The Block

Stopped in your tracks by where to go next with a plot point, a character, or a scene? Or maybe you feel it’s just not happening today? Pilar will show you a number of tools that will immediately and powerfully unstick your creativity so the words continue to flow.

Coen Brothers: Unlocking the Mystery of These Master Storytellers

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Deep Characterisation

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Dynamic Dialogue

Dynamic Dialogue

Pilar Alessandra, Hollywood Script Consultant, is here to help you spice up your scripts with memorable, engaging and dynamic dialogue.

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Manifesting Success

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Meet the Producers: Impressing the Power Players

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My Big Breakthrough... What can we learn from screenwriters who have just found success?

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PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

PitchFest Bootcamp with Bob

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Saturday Morning Cinema

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Live and dynamic script redraft, edit, slash and burn… Only for the bravest of writers!  

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