Open Hollywood's Door: Write and Direct an Original Web Series

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Taught by Timothy Cooper

Timothy Michael Cooper is an award-winning writer, director, and improvisor based in Brooklyn. 

He wrote and directed the Writers Guild Award-nominated CONCIERGE: THE SERIES, starring Kate McKinnon. His short comedy LEMON, starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Noah Bean, and Jenn Lyon, premiered at Tribeca, played at dozens of festivals throughout the world as well as on United Airlines and Amazon Prime, and is currently being developed as a sitcom.

At Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC, he created and directed the improvised shows SUNNY-SIDE UP and FAREBEATER: IMPROV IN A CAB, starring cast members like Pete Holmes and Thomas Middleditch. 

Timothy also wrote the feature AWAY FROM HERE, starring Nick Stahl, Alicia Witt, and Ray Wise, now available on Amazon Prime. 

He’s been part of the writers’ room for the Writers Guild Awards for the past six years, writing monologue jokes and sketches for comedians like Lewis Black, Colin Quinn, Larry Wilmore, Amber Ruffin, Michael Ian Black, Roy Wood Jr., and many more.

Through his company, Blueprint Screenwriting Group (, he’s taught hundreds of writers, helping them sell their scripts to major studios; staff on multiple network and cable TV shows; find representation; screen and win at SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, and many more; and get their movies and shows made across the globe.

Timothy is a proud member of the WGAE, the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, and the Hollywood Radio & Television Society.


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You don't need anyone's permission to be a successful series creator!

With this fun, intensive web series development workshop, you'll take the first steps toward bringing your web series idea from concept to screen. Whether you're a first-time writer/director with a funny/dramatic/horrifying idea, or someone who wants to test the waters for a larger film or TV premise, we'll make it happen together.

Using tools like loglining, workshopping, brainstorming, and more, I'll help you develop a series treatment AND write your first episode in just 3 weeks. You'll learn how to:

• Stand out from the crowded marketplace with a unique hook
• Grab the audience in the first 10 seconds
• Develop immediate conflict by starting the series in medias res
• Create instantly recognizable characters with strong POVs
• End each episode with a cliffhanger
• Budget, cast, crew up, and shoot using the resources you already have
• Hunt down the best contests, sponsors, distribution, and representation

Show your vision to the world in the most universally accessible, budget-friendly way possible. And who knows? You could (potentially) go viral tomorrow!

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