Video Pitch: Blue Light, by Andrew Fisk (TV PILOT)

Get to know the writer: 

  1. What is your story about?

The main character, Michael Wenders, has had visions of a comet made of blue light coming to Earth since he was twelve years old. He also had visions of the “monster” it would bring with it. He knew his life would be intertwined with its arrival and he became a scientist to prepare for its coming. When the comet finally arrives, his obsession takes over his life and nearly ends it.

  1. Why should people know this story?

The team of biological researchers that Michael belongs to recover the winged alien from a lake in Northern California. They are diverse to say the least: a religious fanatic who has conversations with his computer, an empath, a Holocaust survivor, a Russian defector and a scientist who escaped a childhood of poverty and abuse.

 

Michael’s obsession with the alien leads him to inject himself with its DNA. He slowly becomes the alien and Michael almost disappears. His transformation from human to alien is amazing to watch. The universe has somehow selected him to help the alien accomplish its mission. But is the alien benign or evil?

  1. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words? 

Lost love. (Found again.) Okay that’s actually four words but two of them are in parentheses.

  1. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Blade Runner. Followed closely by Forrest Gump and American Graffiti. I realize there are very few similarities between these movies.

  1. How long have you been working on this story? 

A number of months. It only seems like forever. This story started out as a feature film but I realized there was too much material for two hours of screen time. So I restructured it as a twelve episode limited series and included more backstory on the main characters (including the alien).

  1. How many stories have you written?

I have written six feature length screenplays, a dozen short films, and two TV series.

It only seems like forever.

  1. What motivated you to write this story?

I am intrigued by the story of someone whose obsession is so intense that they are willing to risk their life (and suffer a horrible death) to follow it through. Michael is so controlled and emotionally isolated yet the alien he wants to emulate  is willing to fly across the universe looking for his lost love. Even if it takes thousands of years.

I also enjoyed writing about the alien’s home world and their civilization. There are flashbacks in the story that could provide some great visuals.

  1. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

College football, the outdoors, ocean kayaking. I have been on several weeklong kayaking trips in the Canadian Pacific and it is the best vacation imaginable.

  1. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

The well-known saying is that “Writers write.” But to that you can add “Successful writers read.” Whether you write novels, non-fiction, advertising copy or whatever, reading makes you a better writer. It can be any kind of material…history books, magazines, science fiction, trashy novels. Your brain needs to make friends with the written word.

TV PILOT Video Pitch: Accountants Can Cook, by Ken Frost

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Accountants Can Cook recounts anecdotes of my travels to various cities and regions around the world including; Seoul, New York, Salt Lake City, Johannesburg, Stockholm, The Baltics, Moscow and Windhoek. Additionally, it contains 120 of my favourite recipes amassed during 40 years of travelling, eating and cooking.

Why should people know this story?

I have spent the first forty years of my life eating good food and drinking fine wines, ales and spirits; I fully intend to continue in the same vein over the next forty, or so, years. However, when I do finally “pop my clogs” I would like to be made into a pate which would be served at my wake. That way my friends will be able to relive the culinary experiences of my life. Should you not wish to wait that long, then may I suggest that you read on.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

food fun

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Battle of Britain

How long have you been working on this story?

My entire life

How many stories have you written?

just this one

What motivated you to write this story?

a major change in my life

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

food

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Be disciplined with your time, and set aside a portion of each day to write down your thoughts.

TV PILOT Video Pitch: Go Fetch! by Lejon Ryan & Greg Ryan

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

“Go Fetch” is about friendship, loyalty, and fitting in. Paul is a talking dog who pretended to be blind in order to get adopted by Doug, his master. Paul and his best friend James, a turtle, are constantly trying their best not to get caught as they both hold jobs and tend to get into a little trouble when they are out in the real world.

Why should people know this story?

The engaging and witty dialogue are just some of the precursors for the underlying themes of true friendship and spirited relationships between animals and humans as well as animals among each other.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Refreshing Perspective

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Shining

How long have you been working on this story?

My brother and I worked on this story for about four months.

How many stories have you written?

I have written four or five short stories and am currently working on another series with my brother.

What motivated you to write this story?

Creativity has a way of bursting through walls with a vengeance by way of necessity. No motivation required.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Tennis, reading and film.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write without conviction. If not for the sake of your sanity, then do it for the rest of us who might want something to read some day.