Webisodes from Idea to Pitch Online

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Want to create your own web series? Get practical advice and skills training from experts, and learn how to take your web series all the way from idea to a ready-to-be-pitched concept in this eight-week online course.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This eight-week intensive program uses online chat sessions, viewings, readings, and AFTRS video tutorials to explore how to make and maintain a web series.

In this course you will learn:
  • What you need to know to write a webisode
  • Myths, industry perceptions, release patterns and going forward
  • Story worlds, log lines and synopses
  • Patterns and genres
  • Understanding audiences and returnable elements
  • Premise, concepts and dramatic questions
  • Characters and archetypes
  • The business end of making a webisode
  • How to finance your idea
  • Ways of maximising your views
  • The basic rules of creating your own successful online channel
Your course tutor will assist and advise on how to take your idea and turn it into a viable web based piece of content, providing the opportunity for expert feedback through exercises and classwork. Exercises will help you to build your skills in writing, developing - and pitching - a project, and help you refine the discipline of writing each week.

WHY DO THIS COURSE

Webisodes are no longer just the new short films (Bondi Hipsters, The Katering Show, Funny Or Die, Diddy TV); nor are they just ways of breaking into the traditional modes of content distribution and broadcast. There are new opportunities opening up daily as the ever-evolving digital revolution means more people globally are watching online content than ever before. A successful YouTube channel with engaging online content can be as rewarding financially and artistically as getting your idea onto traditional media platforms.

STUDENT FEEDBACK

“The whole course and what I got from it was far beyond my expectations. The reading materials were very useful. I am very happy with the course.”

LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE

This course is suitable for all emerging filmmakers, or writers/directors looking to expand their knowledge of this new industry.

WORKLOAD

This course is for eight weeks, with an online video tutorial session every Wednesday from 7 - 8.30pm (AEST).

This course requires you to set aside a minimum of five hours a week.

Course work consists of online lectures and readings (uploaded on Monday evenings each week), a 90 minute weekly chat session (Wednesday evenings from 7 - 8.30pm Sydney time), webisode viewings, screenplay readings and weekly written assignments.

ABOUT THE TUTOR: KATE AYRTON
Kate is an experienced Digital Content Writer and Producer having worked with a number of advertising agencies, digital agencies, broadcasters, production companies, and digital content studios over the past 15+ years. She currently freelances as a Transmedia/Digital Producer on virtual reality, AR, TV, web, and other interactive digital media projects for clients such as SBS, Foxtel, Samsung, PWC, NSW OEH, Vivid Festival and the Sydney Opera House. A graduate of NYU film school and UTS with a Bachelor in Film and Theatre Studies and a Master in Interactive Multimedia, Kate has worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles where she lived from 2003-2008 and was represented by CAA. More recently she has been teaching digital content producing and web series workshops for ScreenWest to support the 2016 Indigenous Screenshot initiative to develop a web TV series for the ABC and for Metro Screen where she taught a 6-month Diploma in Screen & Media, Digital Content Producing in 2015. Kate is currently writing and developing an original TV drama series based in Australia in the 1970s.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED

To participate in this course you MUST have an internet connection (broadband wired OR wireless 3G or 4G/LTE) and the ability to enable cookies within your web browser.

Mac Users: It is best to use Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser.
PC Users: It is best to use Google Chrome or Explorer as your web browser.

The chat sessions use Zoom (video conferencing software), to which we provide a link for the free download. You must have the following to use Zoom:
  • An internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone - built in, USB, plug in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or HD webcam - built in, USB, plug in, or HD camera or camcorder, with a video capture card
Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281

DISCLAIMER

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page

Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.