i like to make lists and track my progress with things. here’s what i’ve done in the first 6 months of the year. i’m only counting things that i finished, because starting something and not finishing it isn’t an accomplishment.
- finished my community spec that i started in dec 2010.
- wrote a spec for the nick show, robot & monster.
- wrote a spec for parks and rec.
- took an improv class at ucb.
if i wasn’t in the nick fellowship, i probably would have written 1 spec in the same amount of time.
here were my top 3 goals for 2011:
- get staffed on a show after the fellowship.
- write a pilot script.
- make a web series or animated short film.
1. get staffed on a show after the fellowship
ideally, i was hoping to get staffed on a show at nickelodeon, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in the last 3 months of the fellowship. my alternate goals are either 1) hopefully get accepted into one of the other writing programs, which would hopefully lead to getting staffed afterwards. i planned for this situation where i might not get staffed at nick, and already applied to the disney, wb, and nbc writing programs. they start making calls in the fall, so i’ll be nervously waiting just like everyone else who applied. 2) try to get an agent and get staffed on a show elsewhere. to get an agent, i need a pilot…
2. write a pilot script
i’ve been trying to write a pilot for a while now, but i’m still not done. i kept switching ideas and second guessing, which i hate doing. i really hate being indecisive. my goal is to have a finished, polished pilot script before the fellowship is over, which is 10/7/11. i decided on my idea, and i have the logline down. i made a schedule for myself, and gave myself 1 month to write a first draft, which is due on 8/12. on 8/12, please ask if i’m done with my first draft. being accountable to people will help me finish on time.
3. make a web series or animated short film
i actually have solid ideas for both. the web series will be animated in flash, and i have the first 5 episodes outlined. i was working on character designs and moving forward, but then i had a flash of inspiration for a short film idea, so i’m going to do that first instead.
i woke up one morning with a nearly fully formed idea for a short film that i was really excited about. it’s a comedy, will have visual effects (i have friends who work in vfx and animation), and i plan on raising the money through kickstarter. as soon as i finish my pilot, i’m working on the short film. an added benefit is that the short film script will be another piece of original material in my writing portfolio.
does anyone want to share what they’ve done so far this year, and what they want to do with the remaining year?