Sunday, September 04, 2005

Writing update

I finished my 'House' spec in time for my last class on Wednesday. So what now? Well, I have a TV pilot to write. I'm collaborating with my sister who will one day be a very powerful producer (hey, I'm ridin' her coattails, I have to keep the faith). I'm looking forward to creating my own characters and 'universe' for a TV show.

I'll rewrite my TV specs in about a month and once I'm happy with them -- I'll hold my breath and send them out into the world.

Somewhere in here I'm going to keep outlining my new feature spec. I have a lot to do before the end of the year.

I may finally adopt the progress bars. I added a place for them in the sidebar, now I just have to get the code in there.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Labor Day weekend. Certainly it is overshadowed by the disaster in the Gulf States. Keep the victims in your thoughts and prayers.


Warren said...

Congrats, Shawna! I love that feeling when you've just finished a script. Good luck with it.

CharlieDontSurf said...

Curious how you approached your House spec early on in the creation/outlining stage?
Did you simply research strange diseases or did you go to someone you knew with medical knowledge?

Shawna said...

I started with a 'what if' about a boy who is anorexic but it turns out he isn't. Then I went researching for diseases and maladies that could cause someone to appear anorexic. I also had an idea for a 'big B' story regarding someone from House's past.

If I had it to do again (which, who knows, maybe I'll write another one someday) I'd start with a little bit more on the character's story (why would everyone think he was anorexic? What would be the impacts of being misdiagnosed for anorexia?) and focus less on the 'disease of the week'.

Not an easy thing to write, but it was a huge learning experience. The rewrite will go much better I think.

Jeff said...

Congrats on doing a House spec; I came close to doing one myself to use as my procedural sample but ended up scrapping it because it was just too difficult and time-consuming.

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CharlieDontSurf said...

What TV classes are you taking? UCLA extension?