The One-Hour Drama Pilot Structure

Event Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015 || Speaker: Daniel P. Calvisi || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

Would you like to learn how an original TV drama is constructed beat by beat from Teaser to Tag?

Today, the ONLY requirement for a new writer to break into the television industry is a great pilot script. To create a fresh pilot, one must first look at how the pros do it, by dissecting hit shows like SCANDAL, TRUE DETECTIVE, MAD MEN, THE GOOD WIFE, THE WALKING DEAD, HOUSE OF CARDS and BREAKING BAD. This seminar will reveal the shared dramatic devices and structural secrets of these incredible series, and give you the path you need to create your own series.



**The deadline has passed and REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for this event. Please view our calendar for upcoming events.

Check-in begins at 12:30 pm.
Event starts at 1:00 pm.

No Refunds. No Credits.


Daniel Calvisi, author of “Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay,” brings you the results of his deep analysis of the story structure behind the best series currently available in our multi-platform universe of ad-supported networks, pay cable and streaming content websites. He will first introduce you to the key formats, genres and terminology of modern TV shows, and then he will take you step-by-step and page by page through the major signpost beats of a teleplay and the crucial characteristics that must be present in each scene, using specific examples from the best of our “Golden Age” of television.

Daniel Calvisi

Daniel P. Calvisi is a story analyst, screenwriter and the author of Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay, Story Maps: TV Drama, Story Maps: 12 Great Screenplays, and Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan (with William Robert Rich).

He is a former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. He teaches webinars on writing for film and television with The Writers Store and speaks at writing conferences. He holds a degree in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

He lives in Los Angeles. To learn more about Story Maps and how you can work with Dan, see




Join us on the Fourth Saturday at:

520 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

**There is plenty of street parking.

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

Members, please remember to bring your SWN membership card!

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