Ryan writes: How is your drama pilot coming along?
(btw - thanks for the kind comments, Ryan!) As for the pilot: Eh. It's okay. I started it last fall, then took a break and wrote a feature (of which I recently finished a much-revised second draft), and now I'm trying to revise the pilot simultaneously. Problems I'm running into:
Both my leads need work. Even though it's a character-based drama, I started with the concept, the WHAT and not the WHO - and now I kind of have to go back and figure out who these women really are. Also, when you have a character who is stoic and professional and not very funny, it's harder to fall in love with her.
The two leads go from hating each other at the beginning to wanting to move into together at the end. They're big arcs with big character growth, and it takes a lot of work to make that believable.The whole pilot story happens as a result of a death - and it really brings down the tone. It's hard to write jokes when everyone's grieving - unless you want it to be pretty dark (which I don't). I'm not quite sure of the tone yet. I'm aiming for something like Brothers & Sisters or Gilmore Girls, but a) the story might better lend itself to a Weeds/Six Feet Under kind of thing, and b) the tone I'm probably most successful with is a kind of romcom "clubbing Juno" style (someone else's words). Color me disappointed that Samantha Who just got cancelled.
But...pilots are hard. There is so much to think about. I feel like maybe in another draft or two I'll have something worth reading.