A few things you should know before choosing this College
You must firstly be intrigued by all the little worlds you see inside and beyond the small screen, or which operate in “episodes”. We’re referring to TV series of course, but the class also includes comics, advertisements, programmes and formats, web series and video games. The Walking Dead, Dylan Dog, X-Factor, Le Iene, Casa Surace videos, Che tempo fa and Minecraft are all narratives that are part of the same family, even though they’re totally different from each other. Group work and collaborating with your classmates is essential in this College; writing a series or an episode for a TV programme is not something you can work on alone, so you have to be prepared to get involved and discuss your ideas all the time.
What you’ll be doing over the two years
You have to start with a premise. A TV series is not a story, it’s a world that generates stories, so you have to think in reverse by not just writing stories, but working on narrative devices that can generate endless stories. This clockwork device is called the concept. It’s the basic, core narrative that you start with when you’re constructing your stories. Your writing will be in constant motion, it will be checked and modified dozens of times, because it will be subjected to constant discussion with the teachers and colleagues you’ll meet in class. It will be an ongoing narrative, because you’ll be conveying stories and characters that are constantly evolving. You’ll learn to never settle for the first idea that comes into your head, and “feedback” will be the best tool at your disposal to help you grow. Writing something and having it read out loud will become automatic, even though it might fall down at the first hurdle.
You will study and analyse TV series and TV programming; you’ll learn how to write screenplays, cartoons and video games, and construct programmes for the web and online magazines; you’ll have a go at building a programme schedule and you’ll practise video editing. You’ll write a phantom episode for your favourite series and you’ll also invent a new one; you’ll know how to put a TV programme together and design a new one. Above all, you’ll learn how to propose a new take on the world.
What you’ll be able to do by the time you leave
- you’ll know how to construct both simple and complex narrative architecture and you’ll be able to write a screenplay, video game, web series, cartoon and an episode for a TV show;
- you’ll know what a successful TV format is and how it operates; you’ll be able to invent new and original formats and do editing work; you’ll know about programme scheduling, and TV programme broadcasting procedures will hold no secrets for you;
- you’ll know how TV production works (i.e. what goes on behind the scenes); you’ll know how to coordinate everything that goes on behind the scenes, including budget management, set design and staging, camera placement and studio lighting;
- you’ll be able to work as a member of a team because you’ll have had experience working with showrunners, headwriters and professional authors;
- you’ll have at least one project under way, and if you continue to work on it, you’ll be able to approach producers with it. If you’ve done everything right, one day you’ll see it in production.
Who is he?
He’s a writer and scriptwriter.
How did he begin?
He wrote a novel when he was 18, winning the Campiello Giovani Award. It was a noir-fantasy novel entitled Mai fidarsi di un uomo che indossa un trench blu.
Where have you seen his works?
At the cinema or in TV. In collaboration with Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo he wrote the tv series 1992 and the movies La doppia ora and Il ragazzo invisibile. In 2015 Il ragazzo invisibile won the Nastro d’argento Award (Best Storyline). He also wrote several episodes of the series In Treatment (Italian version).
Last thing he did
He wrote Catturandi, a series based on the novel by Luca Rossi. It’s about the fight against the Mafia told by the point of view of a special police squad in Palermo.
How can you make him angry (or laugh)?
Ask him if it is true that the series 1992 and 1993 are based on an idea by the actor Stefano Accorsi.
The Masters of Biennio 2016-2018 are Giacomo Durzi (screenwriter, documentarist, script consultant and story editor for SKY) and Carlo Freccero (a TV writer, a teacher, an expert in radio and TV transmissions and also the ex-director of some of the main Italian TV networks).
Here’s a list of people who dropped by College Seriality & TV during the last school years: Andrea Nobile, Nicola Lusuardi, Gino Ventriglia, Stefano Sardo, Luca Vendruscolo, Ludovica Rampoldi, Marcello Olivieri, Mattia Torre, Claudio Corbucci, Eleonora Fiorini, Michele Abatantuono, Gaia Tridente, Tito Faraci, Frank Rose, Max Giovagnoli, Saverio Raimondo, Marianne Costa, Axel Fiacco, Antonella Lattanzi, Nicola Alvau, Emilano Ereddia, Andrea Zalone.
Our students realised projects for Sky Arte, LaEffe TV, History Channel and J TV.