I have a meeting in a few weeks with people who can greenlight development on one of my projects. I've got a pitch document that intrigues them. But, they ask, what will the show actually look like?
A pitch document or a pitch bible can tell people about
your show, but it's a descriptive document. It doesn't prove the concept. What I'm working on now is breaking down a few episodes so I can show
the Powers that Greenlight what my show is
. I've got the pilot broken down into five acts. (Five act drama is all the rage now.
) Now I'm working on a "center cut" episode.
Of course, I'd like to get paid to write these episodes, but if you love something, you go that extra mile.
Sometimes you write the next step without even planning to show it. You do it so that you know the concept will work. If something's wrong, writing the next step will often bring the problems into view. You can fix them without anyone knowing there was anything wrong.
I was interested in what you said about writing something without getting paid. Of course nothing I write I'm getting paid to write. The hard thing for me about doing a TV spec, and what's held me back from jumping into it with both feet, is that the spec will never get made.
I write a novel, I write a screenplay, sure it PROBABLY won't be published/produced, but it might. A TV spec is just a job application, and it's hard for me to put so much work into something that I know will never be made.
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