Here we go…

Friday we start filming the Slingers sizzle. It’s mostly a day of green screen (a little violence) and the chance to work with one of my favourite actors. Sunday is pretty much the full cast and we have a lot to squeeze in. Some gun fights, a space walk, a robot kicking ass and a love story…

I’m hoping to to be able to interview some of the cast and crew from Friday onwards as I would with any social media gig or set visit. I’m hoping having that extra job to do will take my mind off the fact that this is all my fault.

It’s a weird feeling knowing that an actress I’ve been watching for the last six years on another show is now learning the lines I wrote while sitting at the ICA or BFI drinking beer and listening to Black Flag.

I’ve been lucky enough to stay involved in the writing process right from the initial pitch in LA last year to the last redraft sent to Steve this morning. The universe we’ve created (because now more than ever this is a team effort) hasn’t changed a lot from the broad idea I got down on paper last November. But it has been improved upon and honed an awful lot. I’m very happy with it.

What’s been fun – and something I wasn’t at all prepared for – is for actors to get the characters as much I do. I knew Arran and Corran would love messing around in the Slingers universe because I’ve known them for years and we share a lot of the same interests and influences. Working with Sleepydog on Slingers (and much more) has felt natural since day one so its no surprise that we’re all on the same page at this stage. But a few days ago I heard that one of cast was eager to get this week’s shooting out of the way so she could start work on the pilot and then the series proper (we have the show plotted out as far as the third season) – she believes in the character. And that’s the biggest compliment I’ve had so far.

So this is the plan: we shoot the sizzle (an industry-only, not for broadcast, teaser) this week. The one for Slingers is designed as a mini episode to give a taste of what’s to come. Post production on it should be completed by September and then before the end of the year we’ll start filming the pilot.

The pilot as written right now is a two-episode ‘tv movie’. It should run around 90 minutes and we’re hoping that it will hit your TV screens sometime in 2010.

Between now and then we’ll also be doing a sizzle for De-Tech and working on the third show.

That’s the plan.

Let’s see what happens next…

12 thoughts on “Here we go…

  1. congratulations on getting this far Mike – sounds like you’ve got an awful lot of buy-in, and you’re still in one of the driving seats. let me know if I/we can do anything to help.

  2. Hey Dan – cheers.

    Right now I’m trying not to be too much of a back seat driver. Steve and the crew have heaps of experience in this so I’m just trying to learn as much as possible and not kill anyone.

    But we are long overdue for a catch up. Lots of stuff I’d love to pick your brains on, but lets get good and drunk first.

  3. It’s been a thrilling experience dipping in and out of your stream while this beast takes shape. I’m sure it’s going to even more so now it’s really starting to gain momentum. Best of luck!

  4. i hear you – i’ve got very limited experience as a writer/producer, but i quickly learnt to pick my battles, especially when we were working the scripts over, or on a shoot.

    with that in mind, concentrating on keeping the rest of us in the loop via the multimedium of the interspaz should make for a healthy distraction.

    looking forward to shooting the breeze. out of the country at the moment, will call you next week once we’re back.

  5. Well done Mike – very impressed with the whole set-up. I am currently trying to get a couple of ideas off the ground but not very experienced. Look forward to seeing something. Best wishes Jason (spidernix)

  6. I’m so excited for you, Mike, and sooooo jealous :-)

    Hope the filming goes well – don’t forget me when you’re heading up a team of writers!

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