Layering the Story

I am diving into a script idea but the crux of the problem is focused on how to do justice to the stories within this world. I want to take the structure of a procedural drama and expand on it enough without loosing that which makes the CSI type shows so successful.

Those shows have their gravity based on a specific situation that allows a wealth of possibilities that can easily fill an hour of time. Those shows where the arches continue for an entire season face not being able to grow their audience because it is easy to get lost without the context provided by past episodes.

Now there are some shows that do this well and many shows play in-between those 2 poles but finding a balance is a moving target. I want to take the setting of my story and use that to its maximum impact. I feel that in order for me to do that I will have to have a laser focus on the subjects I am discussing. If I have 10 situations during a 12 or 13 episode series to explore I want to make sure that I can layer these subjects back and forth consistently through the episodes not just based on what is said but also what is seen.

That is something I feel would give this idea more weight. I gotta go deeper and use these ideas throughout the episode. I have to map it out today and start writing scenes. I want to be able to sip in and out of stories organically and I k ow that the place my script takes place in will allow this layering of story arches to happen in a way that benefits the series as a whole. At least that is what I hope happens.

I have never done this, it will be horrible but I know it will be worth it to say that I crafted it myself. Time to make some magic.