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.
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!
I was sitting next to showrunner and series main-director Luke Matheny going over minor changes to our script for the finale. Our producer came over and said “Someone wants to talk to you”. He held out his phone, speaker on, and the voice of our production manager told us the WGA award nominations had just been released.
Four of the five nominations in our category went to Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, including the script Luke and I had written together in Season 1, “Gortimer vs. the Relentless Rainbow of Joy”.
If you’ve seen even a single frame of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, you know that our Production Designer, Kristan Andrews, is some kind of genius. She has imbued the show with a unique warmth and glow that flies in the face of every other loud, brash, obnoxious kid TV show out there.
Today the production goes on location for the first day of shooting for Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street season 2, episode 1, or “episode 201” as the cool kids call it.
I’ll be back at the office, however. There’s still much writing to do. This is the hardest part — feeling like all my friends are at a party, and I have homework to do.
Making a show is hard work creatively for sure, but it’s also hard work physically and my hat’s off to everyone today who is hauling equipment and cables and lights and chairs and monitors and props and doing all the other millions things I probably take for granted.
We had a marathon table reading of four episodes last week and it was the first time the cast was back together. It felt like no time had passed at all. It was great to hear Gortimer’s voice again, even if it is sounding more like a teenager’s voice and less like a kid’s.
I can’t say anything too specific about season 2, other than you will see all your favorite characters back in action. We have to acknowledge of course that the kids are a bit older, and taking tentative steps into teenage-hood. But as always, there is much fun, adventure, laughter and, yes, magic in store. And maybe a few tears. Most of all, we’ll continue to experience the enduring friendship of three very smart and resourceful kids. I hope to share more soon.