Sunday, October 26, 2008

short film scripts make good rolling paper

Ok, finished writing my short film, The Hunt. It's a dark dramedy about a recent grad violently looking for work after university. I presented it to my writing group this week and I got very positive feedback, which is somewhat unusual in my group. Since then I've sent it out to a few people in the industry, but I'm still trying to figure out what to do with it. Sell it? Just try to get a student to make it? Keep it as a sample? Use it as rolling paper?

I've been mulling over what to do for my next project, and before I get to another TV spec of a current show, I'm going to write a spec pilot. A pilot has a much longer shelf life than a spec; since you want your TV specs to be as up-to-date with the series as possible, it makes more sense to do the pilot first. One thing I'm unsure about however is whether to do a half-hour comedy or hour-long drama. I'm leaning towards a half-hour comedy even though I want to write hour-long drama as a career (though in Canada we are able to do both). I think that what they want to see in a pilot is originality and talent. And if I was to follow it up with 2 specs of hour-long dramas then I know I'd be set.