Serial Eyes is a full-time, residential postgraduate course that runs from September through May and takes place in Berlin. Participants must be present for the full duration of the programme. The programme includes seminars, workshops and writers’ rooms and three study trips: the National Film School of Denmark in Copenhagen, London Film School and the Séries Mania festival in Lille, France. During the programme, each participant works on three projects: an individual, original TV pilot and two group projects that are developed in conjunction with our industry partners.
The fall semester focuses on narrative design and storytelling structure in television series, story conception and development, and basic writers’ room protocol and methodology. Participants acquire skills and techniques for generating and researching new story ideas, develop those ideas further into concepts and pilot outlines, and study and apply writers’ room skills and team management techniques. Participants learn how to cooperate effectively in a group, deal with criticism and gain experience working as a team, dealing with the authority of a showrunner in the creative process. Participants commence development on an individual project and two group projects. The fall semester culminates with the creation of the board of the pilot for the individual project. A study trip to Copenhagen acquaints participants with practices in the Danish TV industry and introduce them to Scandinavian TV professionals.
The spring semester focuses on pilot writing, showrunning, networking, and a more advanced understanding of the marketplace. The semester kicks off with the annual Serial Eyes Summit, which allows participants to practice their project pitches and get feedback on their individual projects from high-level TV professionals. Participants complete two drafts of the pilot for their individual project and continue development on the group projects. Participants gain further insights into the production and financing process and learn about specific European markets. These insights are complemented with study trips to London and Series Mania in Lille. The programme culminates with a presentation of all individual TV projects at the Final Pitch in May.