Webisodes: From Idea to Pitch: Online

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Program Description

Webisodes: From Idea to Pitch: Online

Australian Film Television and Radio School




plural noun: webisodes

1. an original episode derived from a television series, made for online viewing.
  • an online video that presents an original short film or promotes a product, film, or television series.

Led by writer/producer/director Pauline Clague, this intensive, eight week, online program uses online chat sessions, viewings, readings and AFTRS video tutorials to explore the art of creating a bible for a Webisode series, culminating in personalised feedback on your pitch document from an Australian TV network.

Webisodes are quickly becoming the new short films (Bondi Hipsters, The Katering Show, Funny Or Die, Diddy TV) giving new & emerging filmmakers who have yet to work in series television the opportunity to see how their film ideas might work in a longer format.

In this course you will cover:

  • Myths, industry perceptions, release patterns and going forward
  • Story worlds, log lines and synopses
  • Patterns and Genres
  • Understanding audiences and returnable elements
  • Premise, concepts and dramatic questions
  • Characters & archetypes

How it works:

  • Eight weeks in duration, online, with the final lesson a one-on-one refining of bible and a pitching session with an Australian TV network
  • Gives an overview of how to write a bible for a 5 X 5 min Webisode series
  • Provides the opportunity for expert feedback through exercises and classwork
  • Helps refine the discipline of writing each week
  • Exercises will help students to build their skills in writing, developing - and pitching - a project

This course is suitable for all emerging filmmakers, or writer/directors looking to expand their knowledge of this new industry.

This course requires you to set aside a minimum of five hours a week.

Course work will consist of online lectures and readings (uploaded on Monday evenings each week); A 90 minute weekly chat session (Wednesday evenings from 19:00-20:30 AEDT); Webisode viewings; screenplay readings and weekly written assignments.

About the tutor:

Pauline Clague is from the Yaegl nation of the Far North Coast of New South Wales. She entered the industry via a television introduction course at the Australian Film and Television Radio School (AFTRS) in 1994 and was part of the inaugural Indigenous Drama Initiative ‘From Sand to Celluloid’, producing Round Up by Rima Tamou and since then has produced twenty two short films and various documentaries.

Pauline runs her company Core Films with fellow filmmaker Rima Tamou as the other key creative, with dramas such as Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Sa Black Thing and First Contact, but also helps to develop and mentor other filmmakers and their voices.She has worked as a Series Producer and Executive Producer for ABC and mentored major initiatives in WA, QLD, NSW and NT. She has been a trainer at the Australian Film, Television and Radio school from 2009-2013 and she wrote and developed this webisodes course while at AFTRS.

She has most recently finished a stint at NITV as the Commissioning Editor and Executive Producer for Internal Productions.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


8 weeks online, with one weekly online chat session, Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm AEDT

Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
8 weeks
Full time
670 AUD
Start date Oct. 2017
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Duration 8 weeks
Price 670 AUD