This course allows aspiring writers to analyze several successful ensemble pilot scripts—break ‘em down, check out their nuts and bolts, then put ‘em back together to see what makes ‘em tick. We look at how to employ multiple characters, multiple plots, and then examine the multiple ways in which they might cross with one another. We see how to thematically outline A, B, C and D storylines, complete with dramatic reversals and moments, and then integrate them into a meaningful whole. We employ an insider’s checklist to unveil how teasers tease and how storylines are structured to grip audiences to their seats. And from your ideas we invent a fictitious high concept franchise, search for the most suitable characters to be in that franchise, and together break four story lines for its pilot—scene-by-scene, act-by-act, character arc-by-character arc, from start to finish.