I’ve been wanting to make another TV show for the last year or so. It’s been six years since my last solicited major cable network pitch. My friend is a celebrity who travels the world. About seven months ago I pitched him an idea for a reality show based on his prolific luxury based travels. We did some research and found a few cable networks who are buying the type of content I’d proposed. He took off, traveled the globe, and filmed all of the footage for the sizzle reel to accompany the pitch. He got back into The States a few days ago and told me he’d captured an entire drive worth of film and is sending me the footage in a few days. I’m hoping to begin editing by the beginning of next week.
With this project, this will be the fourth cable network project I’ve worked on in my film career. One thing I can say is tat compared to my last go around, I am a significantly more seasoned and experienced filmmaker, with a much deeper understanding of the development process than I had six years ago. This time, rather than creating a random shot in the dark, we’re creating the show based on the development curve of networks that are looking for luxury travel based content. From the business meetings we had before he took off, we’ve got a pretty solid shot at nailing a show.
My expectations with this project are where they should be, though, because getting a show in LA is pretty difficult, what I would call a Hollywood scratch off lottery ticket. If the show gets picked up, I will be taking time off from SuperfundResearch.org and other projects, in order to commit full time to making sure the project has my full attention.
As far as the directorial path I am taking, it’s going to be all about georgeous outdoor cinematography, something that will be meticulsouly and beautifully shot, Nat Geo style. I can tell you flat out that if we get this show, I am really going to enjoy hopping around the globe making this happen. However, because of scheduling, if we obtain a chunk of development money, shooting isn’t going to begin until some time in late November, as far as I know.
At this point, I provided directorial advice and sent him on his way, but from what I have seen, we’ve got some amazing locations, and footage from all over the globe. I’m excited to see what I can make of it, and to once again be back in the reality TV director’s chair. And if it doesn’t pan out, we end up with one hell of a sizzle reel, which both of can use to help build our careers.
More info coming soon…