Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Update: TV Spec

There’s a scene in “Purple Rain” where Kid is performing “Darling Nikki” while Appollonia sits at a table with Morris and Jerome. The more Kid sings about Nikki the sex fiend, the more flustered Appollonia gets until she can’t take it anymore and runs out of the club. The song was his private little message to her. Everyone else was just scratching their heads.

My Slamdance TV entry probably had a couple of readers scratching their heads. Looking at it now, the teleplay feels like it was written for an audience of one. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating but the script’s appeal was definitely limited. The goal this time around for Scriptapalooza TV is to simplify and broaden. It’s easy to get caught up in the trappings of the genre, but at the end of the day, people want something to hold on to, something real. The groundwork is already there, now it’s just a matter of bringing out the universal themes everyone can relate to...which is easy...sort of...

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