Over a 38 day period we were able to complete the first draft of the first season of our future Gabby Wells television series.
When creating our Nikki & Babs web series we originally intended each episode to last under 10 minutes. However, due to the story requirements and character development, each one ended up being about 15 minutes long.
When the idea of using our Gabby Wells movie trilogy as a basis for a television series, where we could explore the life of the characters prior to the storyline of the trilogy, we realized that 30 minute television series are actually 22 minutes in duration. Eight minutes of every 1/2 hour is reserved for commercials.
That’ s not much longer than our 15 minutes Nikki & Babs series, which makes being able to pull off shooting a 22 minute series a possibility.
After a lot of prayer and discernment, we got to work on writing the Gabby Wells television series and, in just over a month, were able to complete almost 300 pages of scripts encompassing 13 episodes of faith, humor and mystery.
Writing can often be like birthing a child. Once I finally got the courage to start the daunting task of writing this series, I enjoyed asking the Holy Spirit to participate in the process. I loved how some nuggets of story potential on page two would suddenly be the answer to a pivotal moment on page 20. Or something layered in episode three evolves into a major moment of faith in episode 11.
It’s exciting to see where the story leads, where the Holy Spirit guides us. I always look forward to the surprises that await during the writing journey. It’s what makes the experience worth while.
After a few weeks off to recuperate we’ll start writing season two. We’ve hashed out an outline and now have to put the interweaving pieces together, connecting season one to season two, layering in things during the series that will be expounded upon in the movie trilogy.
Thanks for the kick in the pants, Lord. Pushing me down this path has been a rewarding experience. I can’t wait to see where you take us next.