I’m not a huge fan of juggling projects preferring, instead, to focus on one at a time, but my line of work has me doing a lot of this…
Sometimes it can be nice, mixing things up, shifting gears when I get creatively bogged down on a particular script or overview, but mostly it’s just distracting and inhibits my overall creativity.
Still, I have managed to make significant progress on a few fronts –
Project F, my scifi/anime/gaming/kpop (No, really!) series is progressing nicely. I’m 18 pages deep into the overview that, so far, covers: an introduction, a detailed tease, a discussion on the setting (First World and Second World), our characters (major and minor), a section dedicated to game play, a rundown of the pilot, a section titled “Twists, Truths, and Technologies”, and a summary of season 1 and beyond. Next up, a few episode springboards (about a paragraph each), the requisite Tone and Themes section, and, finally, the “Why you should green light this series!” coda. Piece of cake!
Project Q (for “quirky”), is the television adaptation of that comic book I’ve been working on for a while. Got some great notes last week and spent part of this week revising and incorporating some of the fun suggestions. This overview/pitch comes in at a robust 20 pages (Intro, detailed Tease, World, Characters, Pilot summary, Series Arc, Episode Springboards, and a section titled “The Big Spoileriffic Reveal!” My friend and former Dark Matter/Utopia Falls Co-Executive Producer Ivon Bartok gave me a few suggestions I aim on implementing this weekend and, if I’m happy with what I have, I’ll send it on it way Monday.
TimEscape: I feel like this project (a lean 13 page bible and two full scripts) is trapped in a time dilation field as we await a broadcaster decision.
Project TT (for Time Travel): Putting the finishing touches on the pitch/overview and we’ll be taking this one out soon. This one is, uh, loopy.
Projects A, G, and PMT: I’ve already completed preliminary work on, but the heavy lifting is still to come.
Also, made some professional changes and am looking to sign with a new agent next week. He read and loved TimEscape which is great because that’s the first one he may be selling for me.
Question for you, sci-fi fans. What is the single most important factor that draws you to a science fiction series?