For the past nine months we’ve been writing our Gabby Wells television series. We finished the scripts for Season One about four months ago and now, as we near the end of 2010, we can see the finish line for Season Two.
The writing process has been daunting, challenging and frustrating, but more than anything else, it has been a wonderfully rewarding experience.
For those of you new to the blog, we originally crafted a Gabby Wells film trilogy. After completing and releasing our Nikki & Babs: Dos and Doubts DVD we realized that it would be fun to explore the characters in the trilogy in the time prior to their lives in the films.
So, the Gabby Wells television series was created. What started out as a small cast of characters in the film trilogy has turned into an entire town full of people… teachers, parents, politicians, lawyers, police officers, priests, nuns and students. It’s been an amazing journey, from a writing perspective, to broaden the landscape of the characters and to layer in the foundations of plot and character in the series that will be later explored in the film trilogy.
For the first time, I feel like a real writer.
And that’s pretty cool.
When do we plan to shoot Gabby Wells? Well, that’s an interesting question.
One of the things we’ve learned from our Nikki & Babs experience is the life of a project is at least two years. One year to shoot and edit and one year to promote and distribute.
Knowing that time frame we hope, Lord willing, to shoot our Christian romantic comedy called An Unfinished Work in 2011 with its release in 2012. While prepping for its distribution, we hope to shoot Gabby Wells, both Season One and Two at the same time, in 2013.
Seems like a long ways away, but it’s not. Not in film time.
As I near the end of the writing phase of Gabby Wells, Season One and Two, I am conflicted. Part of me is excited to finish the writing experience so we can focus on An Unfinished Work and the other part of me is going to miss spending so much time with the characters in the Gabby Wells TV series. They’re a lot of fun to hang out with.
So, that’s the plan. We pray that the Lord’s will be done above all things and we hope we have been obedient to His call.
Next year should be a lot of fun and start us down an exhausting and exhilarating path of film production. A million things have to fall in place between now and each finished product, but with the Lord, all things are possible.