Development of Fiction Series

A course by Hernán Caffiero
Filmmaker and screenwriter. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 12/19/2018
, Filmmaker and screenwriter

Learn to change your big ideas into projects for TV and online platforms

  • 93% Positive reviews (30)
  • 652 students
  • Spanish with subtitles

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Development of Fiction Series

Learn to change your big ideas into projects for TV and online platforms

  • Spanish with subtitles
  • 93% Positive reviews (30)
  • 652 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 Lessons (1h 51m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish / English / Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

Every audiovisual project is born from a small idea, a moment of illumination that becomes an outline, which in turn shapes a script, and so on until it appears on a television channel or on an online platform such as Netflix.

Hernán Caffiero - Chilean filmmaker and screenwriter - knows this process perfectly, having written, directed, assembled and produced "A Necessary Story", a series of sixteen short films about the human rights violations during the Pinochet dictatorship that made him win an international Emmy in 2018 for the best short form series.

In this course, Hernán will share your process and tools to transform that great idea in your head into an attractive project for television or online platforms.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. The idea and the first steps
  • U3
    U3. Writing and pilot chapter
  • U4
    U4. The executive production and revision of the bible
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start by getting to know Hernán, who will give you a tour of his most outstanding projects, his academic training and his influences within the world of series.

You will learn to develop your idea from the research, understanding where you want to get with the project and which platforms can give the necessary push. You will review what the market currently offers.

You will solidify your idea by developing the initial writings that will give structure, and you will begin to shape your bible by establishing basic production requirements, depending on the window chosen to conceive the script for your pilot chapter.

What elements should the bible of your project have? Hernán will share a series of tips, using his "A necessary history" series, which will help you shape your story.

You will learn to write the argument and the escaleta of your idea, defining the necessary and relevant information that should appear. Hernán will help you write an organic work where the story makes sense.

You will create the script of the pilot chapter of your series, probably the main selling tool for your project, using as example the pilot of the Hernán series.

You will go deeper into the figure of showrunner , delving into the process of finding resources and channels to produce your series. You will learn to sell your project to the right partners or, failing that, to get the perfect partner to take on this role of executive producer.

You will devise the teaser of your series, a powerful tool to convince potential people interested in the project. You will thoroughly analyze the script of the teaser of "A necessary story", to then write the script of yours. You will receive implementation advice to create an optimal teaser that counts the right elements, neither more nor less, of your series.

In the end, it will be time to close your commercial bible. You will review each of the elements that compose it, adjusting what could have changed between the start of your work and the end. You will make a final tour of the elements of your series to generate a comprehensive and organic project.

What is this course's project?

You will create the bible of a fiction series project, from the development of the idea to the commercial projections that your project may have.

Who is it for?

To all the fans of the television series who have a saved idea and do not know the steps they must follow to make it happen.

What you need

You must have a computer with some script software such as Celtx or Final Draft. You can develop your proposal as you want: with pencils, watercolor papers, Adobe Photoshop or a camera.

In short, you need to love fiction series and have an idea to develop.


652 Students
30 Reviews
93% Positive ratings

Hernán Caffiero

A course by Hernán Caffiero

Filmmaker and screenwriter

Hernán Caffiero is a Chilean director, producer, scriptwriter and editor, creator of the Emmy winning series for the best short-form series, "A Necessary Story", which chronicles 16 cases of detainees, missing persons and human rights violations during the Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile.

Although his degree is that of publicist, Caffiero never exercised the career. His passion has always been to tell the truths that surround him without prejudice, for the construction of a better society.

He is currently also the executive director of Tridi, a specialist producer of stereoscopic 3D projects.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The idea and the first steps

    • Idea, research and window
    • Initial work methodology and introduction to the bible
    • Initial components of the bible
  • U3

    Writing and pilot chapter

    • Argument and Escaletas
    • The importance of the pilot chapter
    • Fundamental elements of the pilot script
    • The details that give life to the pilot script
  • U4

    The executive production and revision of the bible

    • The executive duties of the showrunner
    • Plan B to assume the executive tasks
    • Realization of the teaser
    • Complete review of the bible
  • FP

    Final project

    • Desarrollo de series de ficción

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Development of Fiction Series

A course by Hernán Caffiero
Filmmaker and screenwriter. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 12/19/2018
  • 93% Positive reviews (30)
  • 652 students