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.
Damian Lanigan discusses the network development process
Fresh off of guiding his NYTVF project Sharing through the pilot development and production process with NBC and Executive Producer Jimmy Fallon, award-winning NYTVF alum Damian Lanigan joined Terence Gray on May 19 in NYC for a discussion on the network development process and tips for taking your project to the next level. Here are some of Damian's words of wisdom that he imparted to the sold-out crowd at the PIT:
On Getting Started:
Make stuff! "It's the best way to learn production and to test your ideas. It allows you to short circuit the traditional development process."
On Having a Strong Comedic Voice:
Damian noted that shows like Broad City, Louie, and Workaholics all have a distinctly original voice, and that's what allowed them to succeed. "These premises weren't exactly groundbreaking, but the voices were so original and fresh – they were simply doing what came naturally to THEM."
Damian's 3 key steps to shooting on a budget with limited resources are: "keep production simple, find a good DP, and find a good editor". Don't let the production get in the way of a good story. What it really comes down to is the writing and the performances; keep those aspects strong, and keep the production aspects simplified.
Find an editor who shares the same comedic sense as you. It's imperative to find an editor who will be a second set of eyes. Find someone who can be brutally honest and can take the air out the final project.
On Development, and Meetings:
The objective of any meeting you take with a network executive should be to get to the next meeting. They should be intrigued enough by you and your ideas to get you to the next level. Get them to want to work with you again, and always leave them with something.
"There are more opportunities now than ever. There's never been a more exciting time to make stuff. Shows like High Maintenance and Broad City couldn't have been pitched. It had to be produced themselves, and both these projects got picked up virtually unchanged."
"If you think you have a comedic voice, back it to the hilt, and keep producing."
Check out previous downloads here:
Alumni Q&A (Richard Keith and Erin Cardillo) - 5/29/15 | Alumni Q&A (Damian Lanigan) - 5/29/15 | Chicago Comedy Panel - 5/18/15 | Big Laughs at Just For Laughs - 5/5/15 | Alumni Q&A (Whatever Linda) - 3/27/15 | Insights from the intern bullpen - 8/27/14 | Insights from the intern bullpen - 8/19/14 | Insights from the intern bullpen - 8/6/14 | Insights from the intern bullpen - 7/30/14 | Insights from the intern bullpen - 7/24/14 | Rory Covey of My Damn Channel's Honchos - 4/10/14 | Drama advice from Siobhan Byrne O'Connor - 4/3/14 | NYTVF Alum Danny Abrahms - 3/21/14 | Drama Advice - 3/13/14 | Advice from Chicago - 3/10/14 | 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