4th draft in the bag. FINALLY! I feel great about it. I finally feel that I have the story in tact. Now with the story in the bag, it’s time to look at the other side of things: style and execution.
My story isn’t some brilliant, new plot that will cause such shock and awe that everyone will literally rip out their eye sockets and give them to me so that I can please them with more goodness. Like most stories, it’s been done before. What makes every story different is how it is executed. This is where the brilliance kicks in. Ask Todd VanDerWaff, just because it’s a trite concept doesn’t mean it still can’t be executed well.
I’m not trying to defend my story, not at all. Like a majority of my posts, I am going to look way to into it so that I can honestly understand what it is that I am trying to do and figure it out somehow. What am I trying to do with this show? The answer to this question will lead me to the answers of other very important questions that I haven’t (and probably should’ve thought about while writing. [I’m sorry, Edgar. I’ll try harder next time]) thought about yet: How does Achmed dress? How does the house look? What kind of music will be playing at the party? What kind of music will be scoring the episode?
This all comes into style. What you want to do with the show will definitely heavily affect the style that you pick. And that is where I was challenged earlier this week by my teacher. Am I trying to be more Community or am I trying to be more Californication (thanks for another show to watch, Tag)? Both shows are funny (or so I’ve heard) and both shows are cult favorites which were ratings challenged (oops…I am being repetitive) but what differentiates the two shows is their styles. Community's style is a lot more loose and less realistic. One episode might be about a girl who is excited about moving in with her friends until she realizes how immature they are, which is completely normal but then the next episode could be about two people learning the value's of self-confidence while playing foosball in an anime sequence. Californication is a lot more grounded in reality. It’s funny because we can relate, we understand those human desires.
I don’t dislike either of those types of comedies. I love comedies that are more realistic than others. When Hung was starting out, I was all for it. I even gave Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time a chance because of it’s embrace of surrealism.And I So, my question for Tag was “Can’t I have both?” And the answer I’ve realized, of course, is a complicated yes and no. Yeah, you can do it Edgar. You’re pilot can balance both of those worlds as much as possible. Let’s say you can keep this balancing act going for one season ( a season which you intended to be more about establishment). The second you decide to let the story go and develop and start moving forward in plot in bigger ways, you’re gonna lose one of the halves. You’re either gonna have to go deeper cartoonishly or become more serious. So, by doing so, you cut your audience in half or you lose both of them. Either way, you are ruining someone’s expectations.
So, by going into that little thought section…I find my answer for my “what am I trying to do” question (or more accurately put I find a way to find out my answer…oh goddamn it you get it). By figuring out who my audience is, I’ll figure out what style I can take on. Yes, it hurt me when Thor wasn’t interested in my script, but would I really expect Thor to watch a show like this? Would I want people like Thor to tune in every night and watch this? Or would I want people who watch things and blog about it? Would I want people who are more proned to blindly worship it rather than dissect it in an intellectual manner? Or can I honestly have both???? Oh well…more things to think about while I work on my fifth draft. Back to the drawing board…..literally!