A half hour Dramedy
After a struggling working-class couple enrolls their gifted 5-year-old son in an elite Upper East Side private school, they seize the opportunity to network their way to their own success with a lie that forces them to fake it till they make it or risk their son’s golden ticket.
My wife and I come from working-class backgrounds. We’ve since worked our way up to somewhere between the Middle Class and the Upper Middle Class. The final push into the upper classes has proven to be a bit of a mystery for people like us. After enrolling our 5-year-old son into one of New York City’s elite Ivy League private schools, I discovered that the school was a wonderful place for an ambitious parent to network and climb, but it’s a tricky course to navigate. The exploration of that journey led to this story.
The opening scene(s) of any TV pilot (the first episode of a new show) are crucial in hooking an audience. Using your own family experience as inspiration, write the first 5-10 pages of your pilot script. This is your opportunity to establish the tone, introduce the primary character(s), the essential problem, the ongoing story, and give a sense of the world. Write this scene/sequence as a comedy, drama, or dramedy in a genre of your choice and have fun!
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