A Thousand Pages

I have production equipment and edit facilities.  People borrow my stuff all the time to make their short films (or feature film in one case).  It’s high time I start doing the same.

I’m pitching myself as a first time writer for a feature film on a TeleFilm application.  My ultimate goal is to direct the piece, but it’s a genre I have no experience directing.

I figure at best, it will be a couple of years before this project is ready for production.  In the meantime I need to get my directing chops polished.  So I’ve decided to pen a low budget TV series called ‘Highwaymen.’  It’s about a fictional professional football team called the Yellowhead Highwaymen.

I’ll structure it in such a way that it will be possible to capture great images for limited expense.  There’s an ACTRA program I can take advantage of.  No scene will have more than two characters.  I’ll use available light as much as possible.  I’ll block shoot multiple episodes at a time.  I’ll write really great stories and rehearse them prior to shooting….

We’ll, that last part is the trick.  Specifically, the first part of the last part.  I spent the past two days trying to start.  I’ve scribbled together a couple of pages, but between character bios, stories, and treatments, I’m a bit intimidated.

The journey of a thousand pages begins with a single pen stroke.  Guess I’ll just keep plugging away.

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