Saturday, July 21, 2012

Dare to Dream

Me and Dawn and Leia. 
All the hard work that my brilliant writing partner, Dawn Ius, and I have put into screenwriting may be about to pay off. We've signed with a TV / Film agent who will rep us as a team, as well as take on our solo projects, we have interest in our work, and we've told anyone who'll listen - WE JUST WANT TO LEARN. We know we're green, but good freaking god, we'll work our asses off to produce worthy material. Just point us in the right direction and you'll see...

Because, we dare to dream.

Maybe we'll get to write other shows, have a spec script or tv series pilot sold or put into production someday. Actors might make lines we write - come to life - or demand Directors and production crews may take the stuff of our imaginings and turn them into stunning visuals.

Because we dare to dream.

If Dawn and I had talked ourselves out of giving scripts a go - if the prospect of having to learn a new writing medium through trial and error, and more error had seemed too much for our fragile writerly egos - we wouldn't be at this magical point in our lives. Characters and their worlds are being analyzed, our commitment to those characters and worlds is being tested, and at the end of the day, even if our projects go into production, there's no guarantee they'll be picked up by networks or get distribution.

But we dare to dream. And I can't wait to see where those dreams take us.

Where will yours take you?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Canadian TV on Canada Day

On this overcast, muggy Canada Day, I found myself skimming through YouTube videos for some classic Canadian TV clips to post on my Facebook page. After I indulged in a little Bob and Doug Mckenzie reminiscing, I soon clicked my way down memory lane. 

There were clips from: The Littlest Hobo, Beachcombers, Degrassi Junior High, SCTV, King of Kensington, The Kids in the Hall, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, You Can't Do That on Television, The Friendly Giant, Danger Bay, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, The Outer Limits, Hammy Hamster, and The Nature of Things.

Damn, I actually watched a lot of Canadian TV when I was a kid.

Now? Not so much. 

I might take in the odd episode of the Rick Mercer Report, Sanctuary, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, or Lost Girl, but that's about it. To be fair, I don't watch much TV, period. The only show I watch during it's current season is TrueBlood - everything else I want to see, I purchase on DVD and binge watch seasons at a time.

Here are the shows I've purchased in full / to current on DVD:


Boardwalk Empire
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the first show I started purchasing on DVD)
Game of Thrones
Greatest American Hero (don't judge, it's a classic!)
Walking Dead
Warehouse 13


Being Human
Doctor Who

And the only Canadian show I've purchased in full, on DVD: Blood Ties.

But there are some great Canadian shows out there that I SHOULD be watching, or at least grabbing the DVDs - ones that represent MODERN Canadian efforts: Being Erica, Slings and Arrows, The Tutors, Degrassi (the reboot), Rookie Blue...

On this Canada Day, I just might have to go on a buying binge. I'm hopeful I'll be pleasantly surprised.