Just in case that the Lord guides us toward shooting a second season of Nikki & Babs, we’ve completed drafting the first episode for the new season called THE BEST LAID PLANS.
There were a couple of challenges to overcome.
First, the actors will be almost two years older from the first season, assuming we get to shoot this summer. That means we can’t just continue the story from the moment we left them after the first season because they’re teenagers and they change a lot from year to year.
Secondly, since the story would not be continuous, I had to come up with another reason for Nikki and Babs to spend another summer together. Once we were able to come up with the reasons, obstacles and, most importantly, the moral lesson learned by them, we were able to hammer out the script.
It was nice to get to write these characters again. One thing non-writers have a hard time appreciating is the fondness you grow for the characters you make up. After a few drafts, they become real people in your mind and I enjoyed “spending time with them” as I wrote the new storyline.
Fortunately, there were three unused scripts from the first season and one half-written script. So, with a little tweaking, I should have five other scripts ready in a matter of weeks. There is one script I’ll have to write in order to maintain the throughline required for the last story of the season, but getting another six episodes written and ready for production should be a snap.
Now we just have to wait to see if the Lord starts putting things in place, especially financially, for a second season to happen.
The first season was done on a very low budget because we used a house of one of the actors, the actors did not require summer jobs to survive (they were living at home), the scope of story was necessarily small and our time was limited.
Tiffany, Dorothea and Pete on set, Season One
If we were able to do a second season, well, our time will still be limited, but additional costs to the project include the fact that the actors are now in college and need the income generated from a summer job, most of the locations will not come free and the amount of actors involved, most of which will require payment, will also increase. That doesn’t include needing additional crew to facilitate a tight shooting schedule.
But, the Lord knows the challenges and he already knows the solutions. We’re just waiting to see if the Lord wants to implement them and have us work toward shooting this season.
Next up, prayers and discernment. We’re listening, Lord. Just let us know what you want us to do.