USING VJ SKILLS TO PILOT NEW SHOWS
NBC’s Jeff Zucker just made the (to my mind) unusual announcement that henceforth NBC would not longer engage in piloting.
This strikes me as a bit strange. I guess when you spend millions to pilot and it never airs it seems a waste of money. But once again, with small cameras and laptop edits, it doesn’t cost much of anything to pilot – or at least to get a sense of what a show looks like, or could look like. The Office, (the real one, the BBC version) was actually a project produced in a BBC director’s class.
If you want to write a novel, you sit down at a word processor (or typerwriter, if you can find one) and start banging out what is in your head. Either it works or it doesn’t, but it’s no one’s time but your own. (And no one’s vision but your own).
Likewise for TV.
Below, a tester (less time than a full blown pilot) I shot a long time ago in Detroit.
As a VJ, these things cost me next to nothing to try, except time.
We always tell the participants at the Bootcamps “just make what is in your head”.
I had in mind a reality version of Law and Order.
Law and Order is one of the most successful franchises in TV history.
Detroit Homicide, alas, went nowhere.
But…. you never know….