I have completed the first draft of my TV Pilot.
It took me less than a week to crank out this first episode, and I would have been done even sooner had I not had to work four days at my non-writing job.
I put the finishing touches on the first draft last night, and then did a read through and quick polish today. Before I show it to my Producer, I’ve decided to entrust it to two of my college buddies to see what they think.
After all, these friends are the basis for two of the main characters in he script, so I’m eager to get their feedback before I put it in front of professional eyes.
For those of you who have not been following the story, I’ve decided that the world needs a TV series based upon my days in college. I had first come up with the idea shortly after graduation, but this version of the story is much different, now that my college memories have become much hazier.
Okay, that last part was a joke. However, this series would be very different from the idea I worked on when I was in my twenties. While that would’ve been a half hour sitcom, this incarnation is an hour long dramedy.
I’m not surprised that the script spilled out of my head and onto the page so quickly. The idea for the story had been percolating in my brain for a couple of weeks, and I had gone so for as to write up an outline, which is totally out of character for me.
Even though I had a clear plan for the Pilot, I am excited to say that I ended up adding a couple of new scenes, and a character who was not supposed to appear until later in the series, because creativity just took over.
While I was writing all week, ideas for subsequent episodes kept popping into my head. I will definitely have enough material for a series, and I’m sure my old college friends will keep popping up on Facebook to share memories that they think should be included.
Of course, as I pointed out to my buddy Fitz last night, this is not a documentary. The series is inspired by my years at NYU, but it is also a work of fiction. So not everything in the script actually happened, but there is definitely some real life experience in those pages.
In fact, the very first scene in the Pilot is about something very embarrassing that that happened to me on move in day of my Freshman year.
It has been a blast strolling down Memory Lane again, even if this journey back to Washington Square Park has led to some very vivid nightmares about a certain someone I met at NYU.
I’m excited to hear what my friends think, and I can’t wait to send the Pilot to my Producer. We did chat about it the other day, and he told me he couldn’t wait to read it.
I’m having so much fun working on this, that I might just keep going and get to work on the next episode. It’s always good to be positive, plus The House on the Hill is much more alive these days with all these characters running around in my head…