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[MONDAY, APRIL 12 DEADLINE] CTPR 479 & 486 Television Drama Series - FALL 2021 & SPRING 2022

Deadline coming up! Monday, April 12th

CTPR 479 & 486 Television Drama Series - FALL 2021 & SPRING 2022

Deadline coming up! Monday, April 12th

Do you want to run a dramatic TV series?

Do you want to production design a dramatic TV series?

CTPR 479 & 486 Television Drama Series - FALL 2021 & SPRING 2022


(See below - please read entirety of e-mail) ** Note: The EP role is a 2-semester commitment! **

(See below - please read entirety of e-mail) **Ideally the Production Designer will enroll for 2-semesters, but not absolutely necessary. **

DESCRIPTION OF A CTPR 486 DRAMATIC SERIES (aka Straight to Series).  (**see links to previous class’ trailers below)

The 3 episodes (which will be written in Fall 2021) will be shot on HD with two cameras and will run a maximum length of 12 minutes each plus credits.

During the Fall semester, the 6 Writers (The Writers’ Room – CTWR 489a) will create, break stories for, and write the episodes for 486. It will be an original drama series. Also during the Fall semester (in CTPR 479), the EPs will be instrumental in series planning and script development in collaboration with the Writers’ Room. In 479, the student Production Designer will design the sets for the series based on written and planned episodes.

During the Spring semester, the EPs, Production Designer and Writers will be joined by all other key crew members to produce the 486 series. The EPs will oversee all creative and financial aspects of the show.

The Writers understand that “Producibility” is a factor in what they write. Scripts will be made within the structure and limitation of the 486 class (i.e. 486 has a set budget and set shooting schedule). Shooting will be on SCA Stage 4 for at least half of the 4 shooting days per episode. Every effort will be made to gear scripts to shoot as much as possible on our dressed standing sets. Locations will be limited in number and be easily available at little or no expense.



The position of Showrunner/EP on a TV Series is the creative leader and head manager of the show. In CTPR 479/486, that role will be fulfilled by a collaboration of the THREE (3) Executive Producers (EPs).

Executive Producer Eligibility: Executive Producing candidates must be registered in CTPR 479 in Fall 2021 and CTPR 486 in Spring 2022; or an Executive Producing candidate must be registered in CTWR 489a/b, The Writers Room. Potential Executive Producers need to have completed or be currently enrolled in CTPR 508 or CTPR 310. (It is recommended that Executive Producers have taken Intermediate Producing (CTPR 538) and/or World of Television (CTPR 572) or the Producing Practicum (CTPR 438) and have an interest in careers in Producing and/or Television Production.)

-During the Fall in 479, the EPs will work with the Writers’ Room on the development of the scripts, learn about the notes process, attend guest lectures from experts, and begin to prep for the 486 series shooting semester.

-During the Spring in 486, the EPs will continue to work with the Writers, lead and oversee the entire production and post- production process, control the budget, and be responsible for the delivery of the series that will be screened in Norris and elsewhere.

Potential EPs must email a resume in PDF format to Gail Katz ( by Monday, April 12th. Your resume should include a list of the production courses in which you were enrolled and your faculty. Please include any other relevant experience.

Potential Executive Producers may be invited to meet with Gail Katz during the process to discuss your producing philosophy and process, your schedule, and the class.




The Production Designer is one of the first people the Executive Producer hires to design the world of a Television Series. The Production Designer on the 486 Television Drama Series is responsible for designing the standing sets on Stage 4 and the physical look and feel of the entire series.

Production Designer Eligibility: Potential Production Designers for 479 in the Fall, need to have completed, or be currently enrolled in CTPR 508 or CTPR 310. Also, it is highly recommended they have completed, or be currently enrolled in Intermediate Production Design (CTPR 534) or the Practicum in Production Design (CTPR 465) or have production designed a CTPR 546 or CTPR 480. They should have a personal interest in Production Design and a future career in the Art Department.

The sequence of that design process during the Fall CTPR 479 semester will run like this:

-During August, September and part of October, the student Production Designer will use a ‘practice’ script for researching, designing, and drafting sets. They will also make models and possibly use SketchUp in addition to spotting the practice set on our stage. There will be once-a-week meetings or more as needed with Michael Provart.

-In October, the student Designer will then begin to design the series based upon the scripts written in The Writers’ Room. The student Designer will start to intersect with the EP’s and collaborate to design and shape the world of the series. This will culminate in the set being spotted on Stage 4 with professional carpenters building the standing set in November. Hopefully, the Production Designer will then continue in Spring 486 to oversee all the locations and sets used on the series when production begins shooting.

-The Spring 486 Production Designer is the creative head of the Art Department and oversees and manages all the art direction, set decoration and prop usage of the series while shooting.

Production Designer Submission Process: Interested candidates will then set up a meeting with him to look at past work and to discuss your interests, your schedule and scope of the work ahead in 479.

To be considered you MUST set up a private interview with Michael Provart at by Monday, April 12th.



If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Professor Gail Katz

**Spring 2019 Side Effects trailer  pw: USC

Contact Information

Name: Gail Katz

Contact Information

Name: Gail Katz