TV Series: the Narrative Revolution by Nicola Lusuardi

TV Series: the Narrative Revolution

2-day masterclass on serial screenwriting by Nicola Lusuardi

12-13 July, 2024
Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn


Nicola’s masterclass covers a range of topics, from developing a serial mindset to analysing specificities of serial storytelling. He lists the main serial institutions and their paradigms - character, arena, catalogue, plot - and asks the questions: What are they, how do they work, and why is it fundamental to master them during the creative process? He goes on to explain what “driven” means in serial storytelling, and divides the serial works into four categories: catalogue-, arena-, character-, and plot-driven. Nicola also touches on the mindset in writing - what do we write when we write a scene, and describes the style of the best contemporary series scripts. He delves into what it means to develop a serial concept, analyses what determines the specific relatonship between topic and theme in a series, and explains how and why starting from the same idea a correct but uneffective series or a powerful and memorable one can be created. The masterclass will end on the technical differences between good local content, good global content… and masterpieces.

About Nicola Lusuardi
Nicola Lusuardi has worn many hats in the audiovisual industry since 1990 - primarily as a playwright and screenwriter, but he has also acted as a script consultant, supervisor, and creative producer for various Italian and European broadcasters and production companies. In 2013-2019, he consulted the original scripted content produced by Sky Italy. Since 2020, Nicola is the Head of Development at The Apartment Pictures, a Fremantle company focused on international projects (Priscilla by Sofia Coppola, The Young Pope and The Hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino, My Brilliant Friend by Saverio Costanzo, etc).

Nicola is the President of Honour of the Scientific Committee at the Eureka Series programme of the Series Mania Insitute. He also teaches at the renowned programmes SerialEyes in Berlin and the Serial Storytelling master in the International Film School Cologne.

In 2010, Nicola published the book La Rivoluzione Seriale (The Serial Revolution, Dino Audino Editore).

Registration is open HERE

Agenda on 12-13 July

09:30-10:00 Arrival and coffee
10:00-13:00 Masterclass
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Masterclass

Participation fee (including tuition and morning coffee):

Early bird (until 30 April) €129 (for representatives of Estonian companies)
Regular (starting 1 May) €149 (for representatives of Estonian companies)
Private participant €169 (for private citizens registering without a company)*
Student €59 (full-time student of a film school) - only 15 tickets available

*Please note that the masterclass is organised with the support of the European Regional Development Fund and is therefore primarily targeted at the representatives of companies registered in Estonia.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with us: leana(a)

The workshop is organised by the Black Nights Film Festival, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, BMO OÜ with the support of the European Regional Development Fund.