A few videos that caught my attention today. First up – you’ve heard of shadow boxing? How about shadow swordplay? Very cool.
Next up is a trailer for a script – yes, a script! – that was just snapped up by Universal Pictures. This was a first sale for writers Brandon Bestenheider & Allen Bey who co-wrote Grim Night. It tells the horrific tale of one night every year in which humanity must defend itself from the ominous “Grim”. Bestenheider and Bey helped the pitch along by investing a little time, money, and energy to put together this nifty/creepy teaser-trailer.
What’s so brilliant about this game plan is that it satisfies the biggest network/studio concern at the script stage: how is THIS going to work? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received script notes based on someone imagining the worst possible execution of an idea. As Rob used to say: “You’re imagining the bad version. We’ll do the good one.” And an effective teaser trailer goes a long way toward giving your audience a firm sense of what they can expect. It’s the sizzle. Now, all you have to do is deliver a great steak!
Speaking of which – had lunch with Ivon today to discuss some of our series ideas. We’ve got 3-4 terrific notions that need to be fleshed out and incorporated into a proper pitch package. After that all we have to do is approach our potential partners, get them onboard, and it’ll be smoooooooooooth sailing.
Hey, look at who I ran into the other day –
It’s my buddy Mike, formerly of Stargate, presently of the R.I.P Stargate fantasy football league Tim’s Dreamgirl who currently holds a record of 3-4 and is sitting one game out of the final playoff spot. I like Mike and hope his team makes the playoffs. But, I like my team, The Snow Monkeys, more and they face a huge challenge this weekend when they go up against the undefeated I have no imagination. Despite the fact that it looks like Jahvid Best will be out for another week and that Peterson and Thomas are injured, I smell upset!
GO SNOW MONKEYS!!!