To TV or Not to TV – April 7th, 2016

Last night I presented a beat sheet of my iZombie spec to my writing group and I got some great feed back. I’m ready to make adjustments, jump into a proper outline, and then pivot into scripting. Then it’s time to practice some project stacking. If I’m writing my spec then I need to start (re)breaking my undercover cop pilot. Technically this is a rewrite of a pilot I scripted last year but so many elements have changed that it’s like starting over again from square one… maybe square two.

But what about after that? I then confront the age old question: be a Jack of All Trades or a Master of One? Diversify or deep dive? Date around or commit to one… oops. Let’s ignore that last analogy.

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Do I focus on another television project or do I try my hand at features and comic books? Is it better to have a diverse portfolio or is that diluting my focus? Right now I’m currently brainstorming the following…
-A sci-fi roommate comic book (or possibly a “comic strip”). Think of SPACED after snorting a line of uncut RICK & MORTY.
-An 80s haunted house feature. I’m already building an EPIC soundtrack!
-A New Orleans set monster movie. I started this last year and I really should finish it (but that haunted house idea is calling).
-A pilot about a cult.
-A pilot about stopping Armageddon.

I could keep going but these are the ones that have passed the “let me sleep on it” test. That’s one comic, two features and two television pilots.

Jenga_Falling

What’s the best thing for me to do: go all in with television or hedge my bets? What have you done in the past? How did it work out?

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  1. Joel Kirk says:

    It’s cool to have a diverse portfolio, but don’t spread yourself too thin. At least for me, I try to focus on the stories that I feel I need to tell NOW. Not too mention, I’m trying to focus on creating a portfolio that will give me some diversity.

    For example:
    *1 spec script
    *1 feature film script
    *1 short film script
    *Short story project

    A problem I have is that the spec script I want to write is centered around two characters from Orange is the New Black, yet the show doesn’t start again until June. I won’t know where my story will take place or how my story will pan out until I know what the ‘powers that be’ have done said characters and storyline.

    I may have to think about a backup plan since I want to start on something now.

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