Introducing the Next Big Thing: Glitch Techs!
Today I moved into my new office at Nickelodeon Animation Studio. I’m a writer on a new animated series, Glitch Techs, created by Eric Robles and Dan Milano — two great guys that I’m enjoying getting to know.
What exactly is Glitch Techs, you ask? Here’s the series announcement in Variety:
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“Glitch Techs,” … is about two kids recruited to battle video-game monsters that have found their way into the real world. The series comes from Eric Robles (“Fanboy & Chum Chum”) and Dan Milano (“Greg the Bunny,” “Warren the Ape”), both mined from Nick’s Artist Collective, an in-house artist-led development program.
That’s the basic idea, but of course it doesn’t do the show justice. Nick has a great track record of introducing creative, original animation to the world. Glitch Techs will bring the fun, but it also has immense heart and character. I’m proud to be involved with this show and to be in the company of so many talented, caring people.
The one downside of working in animation, of course, is that you have to be patient. The show is set to debut in 2018. Stick around — it’ll be worth it!
On my way to writing good scripts, I wrote many terrible ones. In my long quest to improve, I found myself at UCLA. There, I spent two quarters with Professor Neil Landau at UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. Not everyone is lucky enough to live within commuting distance of UCLA, but fortunately Neil has written some terrific books. His Screenwriting Roadmap is one of the only books on screenwriting I regularly recommend to writers of all levels.
Neil’s latest book, TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution, is focused on TV’s new golden age of on-demand viewing and digital networks. Neil has a knack for distilling information down to very practical, usable points. The book is stuffed full with interviews from actual, current executives and creators. I can’t imagine a more thorough or richer treatment of this subject.
Happily, my interview with Neil is included in this book. It’s from a conversation I had as a guest in his UCLA screenwriting class. It covers my experience bringing Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street to fruition in greater detail than I’ve gone into anywhere before. Even if you have absolutely no interest in me, you should pick up this book — it’s timely, and has a high useful-information-to-page-count ratio.
A while back, maybe even before production began on Gortimer’s final season, and definitely before I cut my hair (how did I ever live like that?), Amazon sent a production crew down to SoCal to make a short video about me. It was part of a series called “Transformations” that features many authors and other various kinds of human beings who have been involved with Amazon in one capacity or another, and whose lives have been changed in the process.
Once you get past the weird feeling of being the center of attention, having a video made about you can be a fun experience. Everyone on the crew was great. Interviewer Cristin Miller has my gratitude for putting me at ease and charming me with her enthusiasm.
Cristin and team spent two days interviewing me and Amazon Studios execs. The crew shot at Amazon Studios’s office and also came to the Dave Cave to film. They’ve also incorporated behind-the-scenes footage into the story. You can make a game out of figuring out which shots are of the cave, and which are of Gortimer’s bedroom set.
The video popped up on YouTube a while back and I assumed it had been abandoned there. It’s been linked on my About page, so you may have seen it but probably not because who reads About Pages anymore. But now there’s a nice new write-up on the Amazon Transformations page. There’s a link on the front page of Amazon.com (yes, I’m bragging) but I’ll save you the bother of hunting for it. Please visit the Amazon Transformations page and enjoy.
It’s been a long wait — too long — but your patience is about to be rewarded. The epic “second half of Season 2” Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street will arrive on Amazon Prime Video in the USA on July 15th. (Amazon’s lawyers won’t let us call it “Season 3”.)
13 new episodes. One crazy street. Here’s the trailer:
Season 3 — I mean 2B — brings some surprises. Gortimer grapples with the news he might be leaving Normal Street. Mel adjusts to a life without her mother. And Ranger finally succumbs to the effects of taking on the weight of everyone else’s problems in a way you can only do on Normal Street. There are more than a few episodes in this batch that put a lump in my throat.
Check out the official announcement and first look at not-season-three of Gorimter on etonline.com.
There’s also a “bonus” retrospective trailer on the Amazon Prime Video web page-page. Check it out.
What a week for our show and for our writers. It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch as Garrett Frawley, Brian Turner, Gretchen Enders and Aminta Goyel were recognized for their work on Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. When you’ve been in the trenches with these people, when you’ve fought alongside them to make something truly unique and authentic, when you’ve held the line against compromise and held each other up so you could reach just that much further than any kid show has ever gone before, then seeing their efforts rewarded means so much more. It’s been a privilege to be in the room with these writers. They haven’t just made our show richer, they have defined our show, become part of its DNA. I’m beyond thrilled for them.
I forgot to ask if being a guest on the Chicks Who Script podcast makes me an honorary chick, or if that’s an honor reserved for something else. Regardless, I had a fun time discussing the art, science, and torture of TV-making and the business of writing with the three very enthusiastic hosts of Chicks Who Script, a podcast, as the website says, “by women, for everyone”.
It’s a wide-ranging discussion and if you give it a listen, you will learn fascinating tidbits such as what Marvel hero I have a crush on, why I tried to quit screenwriting, what my first development meeting with Amazon was like, how the casting process for our show went, and how I got started screenwriting in the first place. Also, I step on a landmine made out of Star Trek trailers.
I had fun and I think you will to. Hop on over iTunes and subscribe, or visit the CWS website and entertain yourself!
This was my first exposure to David Bowie. I was about 9 years old, staying up late and watching SNL, and witnessed the single most mind-bending, consciousness-expanding performance I had ever seen in my short number of years. It was one of the those moments when an artist goes beyond the art and sort of shows you a world of potential far outside anything you had imagined before. There are few moments like that in a lifetime.
David Bowie is one of the rarest sort of creatures — he plays a significant role in every generation. His time was every time. No matter what age you are, there exists a pivotal David Bowie moment in your life. He was what you were listening to in high school in the 60s or 70s or 80s or 90s, right on up to the present day. That’s an amazing feat, and it’s humbling. Bowie connects us all.
It’s gratifying to see this performance impacted so many others as it did me.