Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Spilling Some Beans

So, who exactly am I working with to make Cricket Hill into a kick-ass TV series? You wanna know? Well, I'll tell ya.

Prospect Pictures. Yup, that's a movie they made right there, Pretty Persuasion, that played at Sundance and was released last year (now available on DVD). Good movie, pretty daring.

That film's director, Marcos Siega, is on-board to potentially direct the pilot of Cricket Hill, and I'm working very closely with him and the rest of the gang at Prospect to make this show a reality.

Marcos recently finished directing The Chaos Theory, starring Ryan Reynolds & Emily Mortimer, and has also directed several top TV shows including Veronica Mars & Cold Case, and countless music videos including several from Weezer (including Beverly Hills, Hash Pipe and Keep Fishin' (the one with the muppets)), All-American Rejects ("Swing, swing, swing!!"), 311, Blink 182 (All the Small Things, What's My Age Again?), POD, System Of A Down (Chop Suey), etc, etc, tons more.

Prospect also has Barry Munday in production, starring Luke Wilson & Zooey Deschanel, and Brian Cox.

I'm awaiting further notes on my pilot re-write. It's down to 33 pages, we're shooting to make it a half-hour. I should have the notes by the end of the week.

Working with them on Cricket Hill has been quite amazing. They know their shit, and are totally behind the project.

I got their permission to mention them as the guys behind Cricket Hill. Why? Well, mainly so you guys out there can see that it's possible to get a SMART company with many contacts within the industry to back your stuff. Many of you already knew that, sure, but it may be news to some of you beginning writers out there. They found me on winningscriptspro.com, not from some festival or contest, which just proves that websites like that one and inktip.com can make it happen for you if you can get your scripts in shape and list them.

It's been quite a ride thus far, it's cool to have an actual production company with ties all across Hollywood to believe in your work, and eager to help make it into something great.

I'll keep you all posted as things progress.

12 comments:

Steve Peterson said...

Very cool and big congrats! I'll have to check out some of those films.

William said...

That's inspiring, really. I got a screenplay out to Slamdance yesterday to meet the June 1 deadline. Next Zoetrope and that's it for the contests. Looking forward to watching the progress.

Lucy said...

Man I'm so jealous I could eat my own head. Well done tho. totally rocks.

News here: have highjacked the 14 day screenwriting challenge and made it the write-anything-you-can-in-2-weeks-with-mad-quotes challenge. Check it out. Doesn't rock as much, but could be fun....

Robert Hogan said...

Great job. Can't wait to see the Cricket Hill pilot.

Julie O. said...

Right the fuck on, Patrick! So excited for you.

Glad to hear you're working with great people. Can't wait to hear more as you move forward with it.

Continued success!

wcdixon said...

sounds good so far - keep the updates coming...

Systemaddict said...

That's fantastic man...I'll keep my eye out for the dvd...but I'm more interested in your progress.

Seriously- good for you and keep it up.

cheers mate
Robert-James

L.R. Williams said...

Congrats, Pat!

Alicia said...

Ongoing congratulations, Patrick! I will make sure to TiVo it when it airs (like I need another TV addiction).

Or maybe I will actually watch it live... :)

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Thanks, all.

I'll detail everything here as things (hopefully) happen. Right now I'm going over the notes for the pilot while finishing a re-write of Food Fight, a spec that my new manager is going to take out and try to attach some heavy hitters. Fingers crossed!

The Moviequill said...

just curious as to why one would need permission to mention a company's name? I can see if you were Josh Friedmann and you were about to eviscerate some poor fool, but just casual mention would be fine no? is there some sort of unwritten legality I am not aware of?

writergurl said...

Congrats dude!

Here's the question everyone else has been too "polite" to ask... made any cash from this? No, man, I'm not asking how much, just asking if they are investing dollars into the writer as well as the director and crew.