AUTOMATIC PILOT – Creating A Web Series

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Event Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017 || Speaker: Bill Taub || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

If you can talk, you can write. If you can write, you can create a web series. If you can create a web series, you can jump start a career! With the explosion of web-based content, writers are empowered to take more control of their careers and be more entrepreneurial. A web series is the only platform where you, the writer, control the project from concept to completion and beyond — distributing it direct to the viewer — or more importantly using it as a strong piece of your portfolio. See more details below.



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Like spec pilots writers are getting hired for staff based on their web series alone. Writing a web series, fiction or non-fiction, comes with its own set of creative challenges – advantages and demands, including limited budgets and a variety of viewing devices that have to be factored in. In this presentation you will get an overview of how to create your own web series, each episode no longer than five minutes. Through exploration and experimentation, you organically conceive your unique concept – the key word being unique — then learn the steps to go through to complete your project. Going from a germ of an idea to a gem of a project.

Also covered will be ways to add a web-series element to an existing media project, giving it another dimension and another possible revenue stream. A script for a web series is not enough. You need to figure out how to shoot it — which means the best way is to reverse engineer it.

We will cover how to:
  • Create and produce a web series — of any length.
  • Know the steps needed to go from germ of an idea to gem of a video that can be expanded to multiple “webisodes”
    and even possibly a traditional series.
  • Know where to get all the resources and help needed to create, shoot, and market a web series!
Bill Taub is a native New Yorker who lives and works in Los Angeles. He is a veteran traditional and new media TV and pilot writer and Producer with a long list of produced credits which, thanks to IMDB, he can’t deny. He’s written pilots for NBC, Columbia, Warner Brothers, Paramount, syndication and co-wrote the pilot for the big budget prime time Dark Shadows short-lived series. His spec pilot, Raffle Guy, won first place in the Scriptapalooza competition. He was recently honored by the Writers Guild of America for his work on Barney Miller and Hill Street Blues. He teaches TV Pilot Writing and Writing for New Media through UCLA’s Extension Writer’s Program. He and his wife reside in Los Angeles, where he also helps her with her Arbonne referral marketing business. When not writing and consulting and teaching, he is an active member of the WGA West Education Committee. He’s recently gotten into pickle ball but doesn’t know why and is now learning to play bridge which is daunting and slightly less boring than dressage — but only slightly.


Join us on the Fourth Saturday at:


Westside Pavillion
Community Room B 
10800 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

**Located on level 3, behind Landmark Theatres. Park in the parking structure close to the theater. Go up to level 3 and follow the signs.

**Parking – first 3 hours free. Plenty of parking.

Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm.

Members, please remember to bring your SWN membership card!

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