TV Insights, Observations and Obsessions from the NYTVF
Check out our Q&A series with Fest Founder Terence Gray (and others), designed to provide submitting artists and TV fans with insight to the current development landscape. If you're thinking about submitting to the NYTVF, this is for you.
Advice from Chicago Creators
Last week, the NYTVF headed to Chicago for a few days of
sun and surfing networking and panels, getting the word out about NYTVF's exciting deals in 2014 and providing advice and encouragement for the next generation of TV hitmakers.
While crowd-funding may be king in cities like NY and LA, Chicago creators talked less about the dollar amounts and more about the people. Their advice: Collaboration is Everything. Lean on your community: ask for favors, borrow equipment, and pool your resources. Surround yourself with talented people you enjoy working with. Forge good relationships and maintain that strong sense of community.
Ted Tremper (NYTVF Alum)
"Use deadlines (like the Independent Pilot Competition) as motivation to finish your projects."
“The very first thing I do when developing a new project is start what I call a 'mooch web'. I create a spreadsheet listing everyone I know that could potentially do me a production favor. List out actors, friends who own a camera, your local bar owner, etc. I look at my potential resources and see what I can build on to create a concept from there."
Brian Rolling (NYTVF Alum)
"Think access, and think out of the box. What do you actually have access to? What locations do you have access to that are interesting and dynamic?"
Dan Klein (NYTVF Alum)
"For me, it always starts with the story. I think about what kind of story I want to tell and let that drive the project."
Terence Gray (NYTVF Founder)
"Remember to create scenes that always move the story forward. Have a clear beginning, and finish with an open ending."
"Watch as much TV as you can."
On prepping to pitch their projects at the Festival − "Fully outline your pitch. Memorize it, memorize it, and rehearse it. Then forget it. Then put it into your own words and talk about it in your own voice."
On sitting down with network execs at the Festival − "Pitch meetings are like the most important first date you've ever been on. You have to be smart, funny, and engaging, but most of all you have to be yourself."
Steve Sullivan (NYTVF Alum)
On production − "We shot our whole pilot for under $300. That included pizza for the crew, three clamp lights, and The NYTVF's entry fee."
On developing a pilot on the cheap −"I always start with the location. I'll find a cool place to shoot for free and like to challenge myself to write a compelling story based around it."
By pooling their resources, our Chicago Alums have managed to pull off award-winning pilots for the cost of a couple cups of coffee. It doesn't cost a lot to make an impact.
For more information on the panel, visit NYTVF's Twitter feed @nytvf.
Check out previous downloads here:
Unscripted LA Panel - 2/25/14 | Drama Development - 2/20/14 | MSN Development - 2/12/14 | Casting - 2/5/14 | The Network Development Process - 1/29/14 | History Development - 1/15/14 | Comedy Formats - 3/18/13 | A&E Pipeline - 4/3/13| Fox Script Contest - 4/10/13 | From Film to TV - 5/17/13 | Lifetime Unscripted - 9/4/13