Recently I have found myself developing a new web show in my head. It’s another one of my long standing concepts that has been bubbling away for about five years. With the WC Project well underway now, I’m finding myself keen to get STS through the treatment phase.

It’s a bit of a challenge to take on a new show while you’re still working on a project – and I really want to make sure that I get STS roughly sketched out in my spare time. The WC Project’s scripts are now complete, and so from a writing perspective I have a little window of opportunity to start laying the foundations of STS before I have to get on to other WC issues.

But here is the problem.

STS is a comedy-drama set in pretty much real life. It focuses on a single character (partially autobiographical) and how he becomes involved with a large number of people in his search for meaning and love.

The problem is… and this is kind of embarrassing… names.

I’ve been trying to think up names for all the characters – and I’m drawing blanks. I had Sean McCarthy – but that sounds kind of naff. The main character needs to have a kind of iconic name, something that rolls off the tongue and when you hear it you will think of this show.

Like Ally McBeal, Mary Tyler, Chris Rock – those kind of names that no matter how quirky – they just stick in your head.

Then I need to flesh out all of the main character’s friends and family – again, names… but also personalities. I don’t want to just copy-paste people I know.

I want to be making a bit of a subtle statement with STS.

The WC Project is actually carefully developed to contain messages about identity and responsibility – nothing that is in your face or immediately obvious. Instead, if you stop and think about the situation, the characters, the creatures… there is an allegorical/metaphorical tale being told.

I want STS to have something similar – which means that the characters need to be carefully crafted to represent ideas while also still coming across as real people rather than obvious metaphors.

A difficult juggling act, I can tell you. With WC, I have no idea how much of my intended undertones were successfully subtle or even noticeable. STS is, in some ways, even more challenging from a writing perspective.

The thing is I also have two other show concepts that I want to explore as well… so it is proving to be a case of loads of starting points – but a challenge to get any of them fleshed out at the moment…

Anyhow… this week while I’m in Auckland, I’m hoping to develop STS a little further. One benefit of STS is that it would be considerably easier to shoot than WC. No visual effects. 😀

Conan

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