I’m still figuring out how I want to use this space. How often? What kind of material? How raw? For what purpose? However, I spent much of my life spending too much time trying to perfect things, such that it became a comfort to always work on a project without getting to the end. So, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. I try to write every day, so I will share bits and pieces for now.
My first post on my personal blogging site was about my web series, but already, I’m switching direction for a while. Today I worked on some characters for an original ensemble TV pilot, which I have to finish before I get back to the web series. I’m trying to hone in on their unique qualities and voices. It feels weird to talk about it so analytically – not sure if that’s helping me or getting in the way.
I’m concerned because I’m in love with the premise of the show. As a result, my obsession may be clouding my judgment of how the characters are working at their core. Do I need to clarify or improve the characters? Do these characters feel different enough from each other? Are they interesting? Are they cliché? Do they seem like people we could follow through many stories? Do they have enough conflict and flaws to support the funny?
I’m going to list just the basics of the characters without any reference to the setting or premise of the show – just to see if these characters could work simply on their built-in differences and relationships.
Bobby Snow (lead) – crafty, mischievous, and blatantly honest. He pushes boundaries using infectious charm. Always showing a big smile, he can be aggressive with his laughter, almost like he’s passing it on by force. He pushes others into pranks for his entertainment. He loves imitating his friends and enemies, and makes up weird voices.
Joseph Petruzzi (Bobby’s best friend) – professional, by-the-books, passive-aggressive and sarcastic. He tries to embarrass his brother Tony, even though Tony never learns. He often responds by blinking his eyes with a dry stare, and making his commentary under his breath. When he’s trying to make a point, he pauses at unusual places in his phrasing as his thoughts catch up to him. He says things like, ”ya got me, ya got me?” Ultimately, when faced with BS, he feels compelled to call them people on it.
Tony Petruzzi (Joseph’s brother) – opinionated ego-driven teacher. Tony always considered himself to be a free spirit, rebelling against the professionalism of his family. Unfortunately, he’s a dreamer who never seems to be able to follow through any of his dreams. He carries himself with a laid-back, live and let live attitude. He proudly refuses to judge anyone. He’s a loud-mouth with no filter, because he really doesn’t care what others think of him, (even if it would do him some good).
Erica Savage (Tony’s ex-wife) – manic depressive. Her moods are literally triggered by changes in the weather. She still relies on Tony as a friend when she’s not terrorizing him. She can be hyper-sexual, but also emotionally sensitive, encouraging and comforting, but also controlling. When she wants to take control, she can overpower a conversation. If she feels challenged, she will repeat words like “Listen! Listen! Listen!” and “dududududududu!” Other times, she huffs with condescension and biting criticism. She delivers instructions with authority and takes no prisoners. She has no patience for the weak.
Roger Szymczyk (colleague) – fresh out of college, naive and trusting. He wants to be accepted by the others. They are happy to corrupt him. Wide-eyed with open cartoon-like face, he tells pointless stories, and doesn’t always read the situation right. He can be clumsy from trying to hard, excitable and giddy, and loves gossip. He has shoved his true playful and creative nature under a shell of conformity, and now it’s bursting out of him with pent-up energy.
Frankie Shepherd (colleague) – wise veteran with plenty of funny, gripping stories with colorful details and a hearty laugh. He will pull you aside with his arm around you to give advice like it’s a secret. He often says “My my!” Ultimately he’s lonely.
Sandy Lagos (colleague) – smart, careful, and fearless. She prefers to keep her life private, but a dark sense of humor emerges. She only loses her composure around Roger at times due to their chemistry, even though he never notices. She can be coy , but also a straight talker, not easily shaken. She shares her opinion easily, and hides her sensitivity.