Right now I’m writing a proposal for a drama series, with a shiny spec script attached.
The cards are off the board, and it’s straight to script, no time for a treatment. The second episode, no less, because according to Katharine Way, writing the first or last episode is just far too easy.
Anyways, part of the process of creating a series is writing the series bible. A bible is a document setting out the stall for a series. If we give you the money to make this show, what will you give us in return?
Or to put it more succinctly:
- Who are these characters?
- What’s the series about?
- What’s the story engine?
As part of my research, I’ve been looking up series bibles available on the Internet. Here are the ones that I managed to find:
Sheena – Steven L Sears
The Dead Zone – Michael Piller
Freaks and Geeks – Paul Feig
Star Trek Reboot – Bryce Zabel / J Michael Straczynski
Poltergeist: The Legacy – Richard Barton Lewis
With the exception of the Star Trek Reboot (which was written by two established showrunners just for the hell of it), each of these bibles was used as the basis for a TV series.