2-1: How to Create a Series Outline (SF)

Posted on: by Michael Tringe

Key Points

Creating the Outline

  • Write scenes down as bullet points, use post it notes as scenes, or pin scene card to a bulletin board
  • Build the major beats (turning points) as sign posts of your story
  • Episode one goals: establish the rules of the road, introduce your characters, and establish character goals
  • Establish a point of entry for your audience, how can they understand the rules of the road?
  • Which point of view will you use to tell your story?
  • Each character goal deserves its own storyline
  • Draw out your “A” Story (Main story), “B” Story (side story), and “C” Story (peripheral story)


  • Outline your web series with scenes.
  • Label your scenes with the corresponding storylines “A” “B” or “C”.
  • Make sure your storylines match up with your character goals.

Written by Michael Tringe

Mike Tringe earned his MFA in Film Production from USC and has worked at Creative Artists Agency Film Sales (Paranormal Activity, Black Swan), Vuguru, Michael Eisner's multi-platform studio, (The Booth at the End (Hulu), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Snag), Little Women Big Cars (AOL), and Blip Networks (300 million monthly views, Smosh, Annoying Orange, Nostalgia Critic).

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