Post by Jason T. Davis on Mar 9, 2013 21:40:33 GMT -6
Thanks for the feedback, Carey! I'm really glad I have your support for this reboot.
Andy was perfect for the role of Michael. It took a few tries to find a replacement, but I just decided to stop looking for someone to replace him, but instead change a few details about the character. I know casting isn't everything, especially considering this is only vs, but I think Luke Evans fits this version of Michael very well! And of course, I couldn't get rid of Rhona Mitra.
Post by Jason T. Davis on Mar 6, 2013 15:49:12 GMT -6
I do listen to music when I write, but whatever I'm listening to has to make sense for the scene or series I'm writing. Like, If I'm writing a really dramatic or sad scene, I can't be listening to Party in the U.S.A. (not that I would anyway) -- I'd have to be listening to something a little less uppity. I don't know if it actually helps in the long run. It's just something I do.
Post by Jason T. Davis on Mar 6, 2013 15:15:01 GMT -6
Really shouldn't be changing stuff this late in the game, but between my playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Chris watching "House of Cards," I'm getting a little tingling sensation about what this show could potentially look like.
Post by Jason T. Davis on Mar 2, 2013 10:15:43 GMT -6
Amin -- Thanks, a lot. Really thrilled you enjoyed this pitch just as much as the original. I look forward to completing the pilot!
stevieg -- Originally, I was just going to take the pilot and split it into 6 parts, and there goes our first sequence. But I've decided to start from scratch, of course taking a few key ideas from the original and throwing em' in here and there, but this webisode adaptation really calls for a new story. Hope you enjoy it when it's released! I actually discovered this song yesterday, and it's what inspired me to go ahead and pitch this thing.
Brady Brown -- Thanks Brady! Love that you think it's "dark," because that's definitely one of the tones I was going for with this.
Post by Jason T. Davis on Mar 1, 2013 23:06:51 GMT -6
An original WEBISODE SERIES developed by Jason T. Davis
"The gates of hell are open. Lucifer's army has scorched the Earth. Mankind is doomed. Yet we stand."
On the day of December 21st, 2012, the world began to have quick and sudden tremors. Strange. Every major city of the world, having tremors at the same time? An event that proved to be an icebreaker after what soon followed. As the sun went down, the Earth began to crack, releasing the souls from the underworld into our streets; into ours homes. Vicious, demented creatures that called themselves "demons". Many were killed that day, hell, more than many. They took out 75% of the Earth's population.
But, right when the world lost all hope, word spread among Earth's survivors of seven people who decided to fight back. Seven people who possess the willpower and the skills to stand against a legion of demons. What the world did not know was that these people are angels, who have been living among them all this time; Archangels.
This webisode series follows the journey of two out of the seven archangels. Michael (Luke Evans) andGabriel (Rhona Mitra),along with the humans, demons and other angels they meet along the way. As they travel the world, preserving life and slaying as many demons as they can, they must search for an answer to end this war before the entire human race is eradicated, and Lucifer unlocks the gates to Heaven.
CAST & CHARACTERS
Michael(Luke Evans)is strong willed, determined and all about the service of god. Of all the angels, Michael is known as the most powerful and most respected. He always knew this "Day of Reckoning" would come. Before Lucifer's army invaded Earth, he was spending his nights, and a good amount of his days, drinking, although being an angel strips him of the ability to get intoxicated. His outlook on the human race, and the world in general, is simple one of "tolerance." Some may say he was waiting for the war to begin; waiting for his existence living among mankind to come to an end, so that he could once against have purpose. Whatever that means.
Gabriel(Rhona Mitra)has been known to possess many faces, male and female. She can be described as an exact opposite of "Michael." She is compassionate and open-minded. She considers the human race to be God's greatest creations, and was genuinely honored to walk among them. Just before the attack, she was to be married, however, she is forced to leave that life behind to fight back Lucifer's Army. She was unable to save her fiancé from a demon horde, and since witnessing his death, she struggles with keeping her human emotion in check.
WEBISODES (Sequence One)
1x01 | The Purge
1x02 | Rampagers
1x03 | Dark of Night
1x05 | The Fallen
1x04 | Warrior's Cry
1x06 | World On Fire
*** Episode Descriptions Coming Soon ***
Official Theme Song: "World On Fire," by Les Friction
I said I wouldn't pitch this series until I completed the first webisode, but I caved. Sue me! haha! Basically, this is a reboot of my first virtual series of the same name. The original pitch can be found here. Some things have changed, like others remain the same. I'm new to scriptwriting, and since working on the original "Archangel" project, I've pitched a few more shows to this network, and even wrote a pilot for MZPtv; one of which I'm still re-writing (don't know how long that'll take). But I wanted to start this project to sort of test the waters of the webisode format, as I think it's a GREAT starting point for new writers wanting to dip into VS. That being said, I hope you enjoy this pitch. I know the first one, to anyone who remembers it from before, was pretty good (so I've been told). So, I hope I've lived up to it with this reworked version! More details and updates will be added to the pitch as they come to me. I'm still in the process of writing the pilot and outlining the rest of the first sequence. Thanks for reading!
Post by Jason T. Davis on Mar 1, 2013 0:08:20 GMT -6
Spinoffs are okay, but my opinion of them varies. All depends on the source material; what it was, how much did it appeal to me, etc...
Few years back, I would have been down to read any Buffyverse spinoff, but it's gotten more and more difficult to come up with fresh ideas for that universe. The fandom in relation to VS is plagued with "been there, done that" projects, so its hard to pick one that really stands on its own two feet, rather than riding on the back of its predecessors.
So recently, I've pretty much decided to look for more original projects, when writing and reading... unless you've got a really unique idea that takes a pre-established universe and brings something completely new to the table, or follows a character that truly "deserves" more attention, I won't bother getting into it, even if it's exceptionally produced. My random two cents.
Post by Jason T. Davis on Feb 28, 2013 23:51:49 GMT -6
Review of 1.02 "Bringer of Light"
This was probably one of my favorite episodes; right next to episodes five and six. Episode one dealt with Alyson, giving us insight on her backstory and origins, setting up her general story arc, and it did a great job of establishing her motivations, early on, as she moves forward within this story. Whereas episode two takes the same story we saw in episode one, more or less, and tells it from a completely different perspective; James' perspective. I love this style of storytelling. It's amazing to see how two-sided the world really is, and how point of view plays such a major role in character development, as well as audience interpretation of the story. The way you two decided to separate these two episodes, and put them together, worked out really well, in my opinion. Everything matches up nicely, and it didn't feel disjointed or discontinuous.
I think this episode gave us a bit more of a story than the pilot did because James is a central character already deeply involved in the supernatural aspect of the show. Yes, Alyson is in more ways than one, just as central and important as him, but I see James as the one that serves the most purpose and provides more opportunities for development in terms of plot... so far at least.
I was really excited to see Jeremy back again. There's no doubt that he was awesome in the pilot, just by the action. But being able to really hear the characters voice was a really get add. I enjoyed his scene early on with James, before everything went to hell. I would have liked to see more, and hopefully, we'll be able to get some flashbacks of some sort later on in the series; detailing more James and Jeremy adventures. Though... I think I've pretty much been healed over the fact that Jeremy died when I was introduced to the character of "Adam" -- but I'll get to that in a later review.
Still on the character of James since I haven't really given a personal opinion on him ... I'll settle that by saying how much I love him. Plain and simple. As far as I can tell, he a big mystery. Judging by his action packed scene with "Neil" and the words that were exchanged between the two, I can already tell he's been around for a very long time. He's seem many things in his immortal existence, and being a "seasoned" vampire, especially one that's part human, is a really great beginning arc that can lead to a hundred new ideas and situations. All of which I am soo looking forward to.
The thing I liked most about the episode, when it came to the writing, had to be the dialogue. Reading pretty much everything you write, I've always been able to tell that your scripts are very "dialogue-driven." Not that you don't make use of interesting action and detail, but your use of language really stood out when reading this. I like the way you subtly allude to things that are to appear later down the line; how you set things up through dialogue and your ability to feed us exposition without actually realizing it. Also, just like the pilot. I felt the episode had a clear 3-act structure, even for such a short script.
I know I probably really stink at reviewing and probably just compliment you guys on everything I liked. But swear, when my "newbie writer" mind is able to pick out something negative, I'll let you guys know. Until then, this show is absolutely flawless!