I am a major geek, a sci-fi enthusiast and a nerd. Being that this is true, I am heartbroken that there is no show on the airwaves this prime-time season that deals with spaceships, other planets, and exploring the galaxy in a light hearted and action filled manner.I am also a Writer. I wrote Fan Fiction for a while, but eventually I realized that if I changed a few details, the writing was original fiction. Suddenly I was writing a dozen different characters, following their lives and having a blast doing it – and I couldn’t stop thinking about how their lives intersected, what worlds they were traveling to and the adventures they were having there. A richly layered mythology was emerging, with thousands of worlds, dozens if not hundreds of political factions, and a crew on a ship that bound these worlds into a cohesive story.I had a friend who went through one of my writing notebooks and “Was I planning on getting it published?” I was dumbfounded – it never occurred that my writing, the works that I’m so highly critical of, would be good enough to share. So I shared it with a few more of my friends, and they all liked hearing about it. I did some more work on the series, and told a random stranger about it in line at the bookstore. Turns out, they were a professional writer, and they liked it!
So, I’m giving this a go, but I learned a lot from other Science Fiction shows, like Star Trek TOS, Firefly, Dollhouse, and Fringe. And a long list of other shows that were miss-handled by the networks, or cancelled before their time, or moved to another night to make way for “a promising new show” that provided no real entertainment and had zero staying power. I also learned from Felecia Day’s The Guild, and Joss Whedons’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog. The Internet is a Powerful Thing, and the people on the internet have Power. And I believe that we can make something without dependence and reliance on a system filling time between advertisements.
My plan is thus: I have the Pilot written. I even have large chunks of it story-boarded. I know a couple of people with real experience in the film industry, who have filmed a pilot before, and will be able to help when it comes down to production. The filming of the pilot will take place because of crowd-funding and Kickstarter (or something similar) donations, and it will be available online to watch free of charge.* People, geeks, nerds, and the like will watch the pilot. If they like it, they’ll tell other people to watch it. If they REALLY like it, they’ll donate, and tell other people about the show and how it’s fan funded. If enough people like the Pilot, and enough money is raised, we’ll film a first season. Now refer back to the asterisk* and re-read the couple of sentences, replacing “pilot” with “first season” and “first season” with “second season”.
Like the guild, it will stay free, and hopefully grow an audience of loyal viewers who will fall in love with the characters and the world they inhabit as much as I have. (An introduction to the characters and worlds will come at a later date)
For now I leave you with: My promises to fans-to-be:
1. My story will be Riveting, and Solid. The minute it gets too easy writing for my characters, I will pause the writing and try and find where the formula is hiding. Life is hard, good storytelling is not easy, and if I can churn out an episodes script in my sleep, that means I’ve goofed up somewhere in the writing.
2. There will be Space. As in “Strange New Worlds”, “Foreign Cultures”, Planets, Moons, Spaceships, LaserGuns, maybe even Teleporters. Telling you more than that would be **SPOILERS** (and we cant have those ;] can we?) We will visit planets, not live on them, we will invade the great unknown of space, not be invaded by aliens (don’t get me wrong, I love a good alien invasion, but they have their time and place, and a really great show on TV right now) This is not a story about the end of civilization, but of the civilizations-that-may-come-to-be.
3. There will be Action! People will be running, there will be shooting guns, chases and daring-do. Things may even blow up. (scratch the “may. There will be explosions)
4. There will be Fighting! Between people with fists, guns, and with spaceships (in space). There will be death, and injury, but not horrifyingly explicit death, nor gratuitous gore (there are shows and movies that have that if that’s what you are looking for.)
5.There will be Romance! Because the best of Space Opera is flavored with love and romance, but NOT lost in the driving need for on screen filler between the gushy lovey stuff.
6. There. Will. Not. Be. Smut. I want this show to be family-friendly, and sharing approved. A show you can share your love of with everyone and anyone you know.
7. No network will ever hold the rights to the show.It will be fan-funded, and that means it’s the fans who decide if it is a success or a flop. The show may end up being broadcast eventually, but that will never be the way we fund and run this show.
8. It will be available internationally. Because America is wonderful and all, but who said that we own the monopoly on being fans of Science Fiction? Cause whoever that was, they need to have a little talk with me about Farscape, and about, oh what was that show called, Doctor Who? Plus I know that internationally there are a lot of my people (geeks and nerds) who have to wait years after it’s made to see a show in the Netherlands, Germany or Australia. That’s not fair.
Through this blog, I will share my perspective on the show – writing, production, and other news – and do my best to keep the fans, our lifeblood, in the loop.
I do not undertake this lightly, nor flippantly. I am this shows biggest fan, and I wouldn’t try to produce it if I was not. So, is anyone else excited?
From my universe to you,
Writer, Geek, Nerd, and SciFi enthusiast.