The Familiar – TV-series pitch
Imagine yourselves being the writers of a TV-show based on the short story "The Familiar" by Andre Norton.
You have to pitch the idea to a board of producers.
In order to create a good pitch you need to analyse the short story. If you do not know how to do this there are some questions and tasks you can use on pp. 5-6 in the pdf document.
Your pitch must include:
* A characterization of the two main characters: Fossi and Jeseca. The ...view middle of the document...
* A characterization of at least one more important character. (max. 3)
* A description of the world in which it takes place using the types of worlds we talked about in the first class about fantasy.
* An explanation of what a "Familiar" is and what it means to be "wyse".
* An outline of the first two episodes.
* A picture suggesting what "Fossi" looks like in disguise.
How to pitch:
* When you pitch an idea it is important to grab your audience quickly so think of a snappy introduction e.g.
* "Imagine a world where humans believe they are in control, but really they are not. They are controlled by magical creatures who have bonded with their human from childhood.
* One of the first things you do in a pitch is to say your "logline" which is a one to two sentence description that tells the basic premise of the show. This could be the very first thing you say.
* An example of a logline could be:"A likeable husband's tolerance and marriage is tested by the constant intrusion of his overbearing parents and dim-witted brother" - Everybody Loves Raymond (http://www.tvwritersvault.com/creating/creatingLoglines.asp)
* Explain where the show would fit in comparison to shows in the same genre and explain why it is worth investing time and money in the show.