Whew! Despite the pessimism of one nameless writer, we managed to finish breaking our second story in as many days, setting a torrid pace that should see us hit the mid-season(ish) mark by week’s end. Could we actually have all 13 of our stories by end of next week?!
Not a chance. That opening three-parter has become an action-packed two-parter while one of our off-world stories has been turfed in favor of…well, I’m not sure what at this time. Hopefully, another off-world story! But the point is we now have two story holes to fill – which isn’t too bad considering we already have ideas for 8 of the remaining 10 slots.
I’m very happy with the three episodes (one script and two beat outlines) we have in place and have no doubt you’ll love ’em too. They’re a lot of fun with plenty of action, adventure, humor, and scfi goodness. But, above all, it’s all about the characters. If there’s one thing I learned from Stargate, it’s that audiences may initially tune in for the series, but they keep coming back for the characters. And, oh, do we have some great characters in this one. Casting, once we eventually get around to it later this year, is going to be a blast.
In addition to the dark chocolate I brought for the room, we were inspired by a few visitors today: editor Mike Banas (who dropped in for said dark chocolate), his gal Ruby –
We all took a break to watch the world cup semi-final shootout between Argentina and the Netherlands, then returned to work on our outline. At which point Saoirse bumped on the third act character motivations and called bullshit on our fourth act break at which point we had to ask her and mom to leave. But it was nice seeing them nonetheless.
I’m exhausted (Jelly had me up at 5 this morning), so it’s an early night for me. And tomorrow, we’re right back at it. We’ve got a big two-parter to bang out!