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Summer School

HFF MUNICH 2018 SUMMER COURSE

INTERNATIONAL SERIES WORKSHOP
Four-Week Intensive Course – 3 to 28 September 2018

With
Frank Doelger GAME OF THRONES, ROME
Anna Winger GERMANY 83
Camilla Ahlgren THE BRIDGE
David Morrissey THE WALKING DEAD, THE CITY AND THE CITY (tbc)

Series – as its success story unfolds, serial storytelling has become a factor to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. For such major international players as Netflix, amazon – and soon, perhaps, even Apple – to offer serial productions “made in Germany” was the next logical step. The German TV market is, after all, one of the most important worldwide. Moreover, the success of Germany 83, Dark and, more recently, Babylon Berlin and Bad Banks has proven one thing: German series can hold their own on an international level. For its first SUMMER COURSE: INTERNATIONAL SERIES WORKSHOP, HFF Munich has created a curriculum tailored to this booming market – and is now offering it not only to HFF students, but also to such interested participants as: film students from other universities, writers, and writing producers from around the world. For this four-week program, HFF is proud to announce the recruitment of a group of top-notch, award-winning series makers, from a variety of genres, to act as speakers or mentors:

Speakers/lecturers:

Frank Doelger (USA): GAME OF THRONES, ROME 
Anna Winger (USA): DEUTSCHLAND 83
Camilla Ahlgren (Sweden): THE BRIDGE
Gerhard Maier (Germany): SERIENCAMP Festival, program director
David Morrissey (UK): THE WALKING DEAD, THE CITY AND THE CITY (tbc)

Mentors/coaches:

Prof. Taç Romey (Germany): DER LACK IST AB, KEBAP MIT ALLES
Anne van Melick (Netherlands): head of screenwriting, Nederlandse Filmacademie
Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten (Sweden): CALL GIRL, mentor (TorinoFilmLab, SundanceLabs, etc.),
Tatjana Samopjan, Schweden, Creative Development Producer, story editor SVT
Bernd Lange (Germany): BLAUMACHER, DAS VERSCHWINDEN
Frederick Schofield (Germany & UK): HFF alumnus (Screenplay Department), series writer

OBJECTIVES & METHOD

This HFF MUNICH SUMMER COURSE is focused on developing serial-format story content. The aim is to create new series ideas and concepts, finished and saleable in the (inter)national market.

The workshop participants will work in small writing teams. This collaboration and communication, in an intercultural exchange, is designed to improve self-perception and openness to criticism, as well as to provide a source of inspiration for the entire writing process. Conflict-solving strategies are also an essential part of this process.

Mentors/coaches guide the group working process, developing the individual concepts and ideas until they gel into the concepts for a final speed pitch to media professionals.

Each participant will leave the workshop with a “basic show bible”, including a cover theme, series format and title, logline and tagline, ideas and character descriptions, as well as a detailed pilot description and episode synopses.

The workshop makers expect the overall four-week output from the various writing teams to total four to six finished concepts.

FINAL SPEED PITCH:

This concludes the four-week program and is also a market test for the finished concepts: All participants are given the opportunity to present their ideas in a speed pitch to prominent media professionals from pay and free TV, film and series production, as well as from various streaming services/platforms.

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