You will recall that I did well with my pitch for a short film back at the Introduction to Screenwriting class at Raindance earlier this year, but I didn’t do so well with when it came to a BAFTA/Channel 4 pitching contest a few months later with the same idea.
One of the problems with it was that the prize involved working with Channel 4 to develop a potential television series. How could I stretch 30-45 minutes into a multi-episode format? Wouldn’t work.
Over the past few months another idea has been percolating in the back of my mind. Inspired by US TV shows such as the likes of Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, and even the excellent Lilyhammer, the idea (and initial plot) is a ridiculously simple one.
I’m not going into any details other than it’s a little bit sci-fi, a little bit dramatic, but ultimately – I hope – funny. It’s a show that would probably have to be jointly produced by a UK/US collaboration (everything I’ve said about tax incentives still applies), because the first series would be set between the two countries. No, we couldn’t fake California in Wales or on a studio backlot in North London.
The final episode of the series would be the single most surreal – and yet spectacular – event in TV history I reckon (something you’d not see on the streets of London at any rate). The idea is that the series would start off relatively sedate and gradually crank up the level of madness of the situations our protagonist (or would it antagonist? – I ain’t saying) would find themselves in until we get to a finale so batshit insane that you’d have to ask how anybody could outdo something like that – short of blowing up the universe.
The finale would lead us beautifully into the next series main story arc as well as one event triggers another.
I have lots of work to do. Hopefully I can get it pitch ready by the year’s end. I’d have loved to have gone to The London Screenwriters’ Festival – especially the pitching sessions – but money and time are against me this year. But next year (CU: determined face) – next year…
I’m just as excited about this idea as I am with my short film. Just need to actually do something about it and write, write, write – these things are never going to produce themselves