How to Make a TV Show Bible [with Template and Examples] — TV Writing & Development: Ep5


Welcome back to StudioBinder`s series
on: “How to Develop a TV Show?” In today’s video, we’re going to
show you how to create a captivating and comprehensive Show Bible that will help you develop
and sell your series. This is Abed Gheith. “I’ve worked on
“Rick and Morty.” I’ve worked on – gosh I
can’t remember the name.” “Toon wolf” and you may also know
him as the basis of this audit. When you start to take meetings, your goal is to get the executives
to ask a lot of questions. “You don’t want to be
telling them the show. You want them to say,
“Is this like this and that?” And you want to say, “Yes, and.” That’s where the Bible comes in. In your Show Bible you’ll want a one-page pitch, a logline, tone,
character breakdowns, a quick breakdown of
future episodes in seasons and finally page devoted
to world-building. Now, let’s take our
template for a spin by creating a Show Bible
for an existing series. First,
off a thrilling Series Bible needs to start with a
brilliant one-page pitch. This is your first impression. That’s why you should really
lead with your logline. “You got to have it broken
down into one sentence because that’s how
it’s going to start.” Is they’re going to
look at that one sheet, and the first line is got
to tell them everything. The logline can never
be re-written enough.” After that, you want to start
depicting the shows overall tone. Stop by thinking of
your most beloved shows. Were they visually stunning?
Provocative? You using familiar visuals
to convey the look and feel. And ultimately the
tone of the project. “It’s important to
convey what your style is and the genre you`re going for because they’re always going to ask
you, “What is your show like?” And you want to be able to say, “It’s like a political drama
mixed with a horror-comedy.” You’re combining West
Wing with Walking Dead which pretty much not a
lot of people can do that. You gotta like cross
different concepts and just kind of
keep them guessing, to go like, “I never thought
of that combination.” Next, we have to explain the
characters whose populate the show. “I’d say you want to have about three to
four character descriptions broken down. Any more than that
can get very muddy because you really want to know
these characters inside and out and simplicity is the
most important thing.” Define the key relationships between
the characters in the series. Pick a star you think would
be unforgettable in the role. Or another character we
already know in a duo. And give less space
to lesser characters. “And each character has to have
their wants and their needs defined. You need those characters
completely broken down. To pack a good punch into
a short character bio, you want to have a statement,
like a quote from the character that describes them,
their catchphrase.” “These violent delights
have violent ends.” Now, get ready because this next stage
might be the most important of all. It’s about the
future of your show. Executives want to
show to be sustainable. Use your Show Bible
to create the feeling that the show could
go on forever. “When I’m doing episode
ideas for an outline, I would say 5 to 6 is perfect. And everything needs to be boiled
down to the bare essentials. If you want to convince that
your story has a lot of legs, your characters have to be able to go
on a journey and to discover things and constantly
improving themselves.” And last up. World Building. What little details
can you recreate that instantly bring
this show to life? Use a mood board to collect
all of these inspiring elements and present them together. “World-building
is very important because you got to know the
environment that you’re in, you have to know how your
character is going to evolve and going to change, you know, and make sure you
know the ins and outs. Like, almost inhabit that world and just play around and
interact with your characters. This sounds like you’re doing
something like you’re insane but you really do
have to do that, like you have to be able to sit
in that world and spend some time. Like if I’m pitching “Cheers” I want to visit that bar and
hang out with Cliff and Norm and kind of get an idea
of like where I’m at, and what’s going on around me.” As a bonus, we’ve created
a free Show Bible template. All the tools you need, jam packed with the memorable
details about your series. Up next in the series, will prep you for the most
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