on May 23, 2012
I dug it! It's not really a show though. JD and Dan I think pretty much nailed it, but I think there's another element too. The punchline at the end, where the psychiatrist makes the call, that's funny, but it's also a punchline. Makes this feel more like a sketch, and less like a pilot. It feels like when it's all over, we're done with this room with these two people in it. I wouldn't be so quick to say that can never work, but it didn't here. Also, I think no matter what kind of show you're doing, whether it's arty or if it's just a typical dumb 101 show, you should constantly be asking yourself 'Why should anybody care?' Maybe we can see pieces of the girl on the couch's monologue cut in with her telling it. Maybe the candle-maker is actually a character, and not just an element of a joke. Point is, we need to be engaged and related to as an audience. I didn't feel truly engaged until about the three minute mark. I was hearing the words, and understanding what they meant, and nodding along, but it was only toward the end when things got really intense that you let me into either of these characters' heads. Only then did I feel like I could relate, or get invested. More of that, please.
May 27, 2012 at 3:33am
I'll echo what ol' Merle said. This was more of an art film than a TV show. Your best bet of getting screened at 101 is to make something that feels like a TV show. It's not the only bet, but its a good one to make. Therapeutic Tuesdays was like a mind-bending tone poem, a Lynchian exploration into the human psyche. One of the shows that got in was about a guy with a funny voice who runs a cartoon farm. In other words, have fun! The 101 audience is half drunk and has the average maturity level of an 11 year old. They're (we're) the ones you have to impress.
May 25, 2012 at 8:38pm
Well-produced and well-acted. This played well as a one-shot, but I think what the panel looks for in a pilot involves both execution and potential. Your idea was well-executed. But I didn't get a firm grasp of the concept of the show. Who would the main characters be going forward? The doctor? The patient? What is their background? Would there be a new patient every episode?
The shows that do the best are the ones that establish who the characters are and what to expect in future episodes. Or at least leave the audience curious to see what would happen next.
Also, as a side-note, I noticed that this video has been online for about a month. Generally, 101 shows are not available anywhere before they're screened. I don't think this factored into the panel's decision this month, but it is something that can be a negative factor when they're deciding what shows to put into the screening.
Hope to see more shows from you!
May 24, 2012 at 5:25pm
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