It’s been several weeks since I wrote.. partly, I was working on a Doritos ad for the ‘Crash the Superbowl’ contest. I finished it about a week ago, but even before that, I was having 2nd thoughts about shooting the TV pilot this Summer… so there was the mild embarrassment of “putting it out there” and then “retracting it from there”.
But really, I’m not retracting anything. Just changing… somewhat.
Concerning the show, I did have one breakthrough. I’d been unable, for some time, to describe concisely, or even, verbosely, exactly what “PS 68 IN THE BRONX” (tentative name) is supposed to be – story/tone/concept/anything.
Finally, someone asked and I said “It’s ‘Scrubs‘.. set in an elementary school”. Eyes lit up. People at the table laughed. And they didn’t ask follow up questions. Just said, “that’s funny,” or “I can see that”.
So there’s one thing – IF I decided to go forward, I have a format and tone… and an elevator pitch. Which, by the way, is miles away from the script I actually wrote and had reviewed (to lukewarm response) two months ago.
Still, having just shot a thirty-second ad and knowing how much time and effort THAT took, I’ve decided to take a ‘one step forward, two steps back’ approach.
In other words, go back to my roots, making short comedy videos.
Only the amendment is, that I want to focus on an extremely important, and, in my case, grossly overlooked aspect of filmmaking… ATTENTION TO DETAIL. Framing/Set Design/Lighting/Sound Design – all the nuanced things that tend to slip under the radar – are also the things most people don’t notice, but put as a whole, make everything look and feel so much better, even if the average viewer can’t explain exactly why.
Point being, I want to mold myself into a real FILMMAKER, not just a comedy video maker or videographer or sketch creator. I need to ‘next level’ this thing. I need to know, without a doubt, that I CAN make a feature-length production while maintaining the professional production level necessary to complete it successfully.
The theory is that, putting intense attention to detail into shorter pieces, I can get a better grasp of maintaining that level of focus and attention to longer form pieces. I still need a lot of work as a filmmaker. And it’s time to really hone the skill.
So who knows, maybe there WILL still be a TV pilot this Summer.
In the meantime, here’s the Doritos video.
This is a good example of where I really did try to put attention to detail into every scene. Hope is shows… enjoy!