Wednesday, January 25, 2012

XIII

Hello there! It's your favourite neglectful blogger. I always promise to update often, but it never happens - but then quality is better than quantity though, isn't it? ISN'T IT?

It's been about 7 months since my last update, and I'm no longer on Transporter, though that show is (apparently) still shooting. Well, not shooting right now exactly, because they're on hiatus. But regardless, neither I nor the writers I was working for will be on the show when it returns from torpor. Transporter was a really great experience, and I worked with some fantastic writers, but sometimes a production has other issues.

However, this happened to come at a perfect time - about 2 weeks after the hiatus started, my daughter Ava was born! So I was able to be around and help my wife in the first months of my daughter's life, which was just amazing. And if you thought you didn't have time to write before - try having a baby. For the first 6 weeks I couldn't even think about sleeping, never mind writing. I have no idea how people go to work right after having their first. I couldn't have done it. But after 6 weeks, Ava started actually sleeping at night, we became more accustomed to her rhythms, our lives started returning to (somewhat) normal, I could think again (as much as I could before, anyway), and I got back to writing.

One of the most invaluable things about working with TV writers is that they will sometimes read and give notes on your scripts, and then you're getting professional notes from people that actually write for TV for a living. I asked a couple of writers I've previously worked with if they could read my pilot, and they did and gave me excellent notes, and so far they seem very happy with the direction that I've taken the re-writes, so I'm going to start re-writing ASAP.

And about two weeks ago I was starting to get the itch to go back to work, and by a stroke of luck got hired as Script Coordinator on the second season of the Canadian series XIII! It's on Showcase in Canada, and M6 in France. It doesn't have a US broadcaster yet as far as I know. However, the showrunner is Roger Avary, the co-writer of Pulp Fiction, and he's a really nice guy (as is everyone else on this show), so I think this is going to be a really great experience. Hooray for sane shows!