Duffel Blog writers, we want you!

Paul,

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to reach out to your writers. More importantly, thanks for what you created, it’s brilliant and beautiful and we love it everyday.

Duffel Blog writers,

I speak for all of us at VET Tv when I say that we’re huge fans of yours, and have been for years. You guys crack us up, constantly. We happily bow down to the masters of military satire.

Now I’ve got a pitch for you….

As filmmakers, the foundation of our profession is the written word. Writing is our religion. Good writers are Gods.

Nothing moves in this business until there’s a script. The script is the bible.

When we started this business, we had a team of three guys conceptualizing and outlining our screenplays, and only one writer who put the words to the page. (That was me, and my screenwriting experience was one class at a junior college)

Currently, six of our 12 full-time staff, who had no previous experience, are now professional screenwriters.

We have all been forced by necessity to channel our comedic inclinations into quality screenplays, that we then produce. (Under harsh, unrealistic, unrelenting deadlines. It’s a nightmare.)

I’m telling you this because I’m confident that if you ever had dreams of writing for the screen, we can make those dreams come true.

Every one of us at VET Tv (and I think Duffel Blog) is a comedian at our core. We experience life with a humorous perspective and wish to share our perspective with others (Through writing, directing, or performing)

Our natural inclination as we walk through life is to joke about everything, especially pain, suffering, tragedy, and trauma. Comedy is our coping mechanism, it’s therapeutic for us, and therefore we have a passionate belief that professional comedians play a very important role in society. Our job is to show society a different perspective. Often, that means holding a mirror up to society, but as good comedians, we’re required to hold the mirror up to ourselves more often than not.

Through your writing at Duffel Blog, it’s apparent that you can do the two things necessary to be a comedy screenwriter for the veteran community.

  1. You can tell a compelling and complete story.
  2. You can make the military audience laugh.

With this foundation, combined with an unhealthy, family-destroying level of dedication to the company, and a willingness to be told, “this is pretty bad,” (when your product is pretty bad) and then work harder to make it better- I’m confident that you can go from the page to the screen in just a short period of time.

Make no mistake about it, screenwriting is nowhere near as enjoyable as traditional writing. It’s highly structured, formulaic, and requires an enormous amount of discipline. Further adding to the pain of screenwriting, OUR brand of screenwriting is even harder and less enjoyable, because we have to write to budget. This requires an understanding of not only filmmaking but of our specific capabilities as a production company.

(I should have stopped writing two paragraphs ago, but traditional writing is SO much more enjoyable than screenwriting, I just can’t stop myself. I’m having a blast right now.)

Traditionally, the path to getting something from the page to the screen is brutal and incredibly rare.

At VET Tv, we go from the page to the screen every 2 months, because we made a promise to the audience that they’d get one new episode of scripted veteran television, that recreates and parodies the military experience, every week.

VET Tv is going to experience large, Make-A-Wish-Foundation-style changes in the next year. I’d like to get ahead of the game and start training you guys as soon as possible. (unless you’re already a stellar screenwriter, in which case, we’d be happy to learn from you!)

In the beginning, it’ll be a lot of conference calls, workshopping, reading scripts, breaking them down, and other homework-type-activities that would equate to a screenwriting class.

Once you’re able to produce quality scripts, on time, you’ll be paid.

If this still sounds intriguing, let’s chat.

Paul, thank you for facilitating this. As discussed, any of your people who come to us will never write a blog post for VET Tv. We will stick to strictly screenwriting. (Besides we stopped the blog post thing a long time ago. We can’t compete with you guys. What were we thinking???)

 

Much love,

 

Donny O’Malley (Danny Maher)

**All interested screenwriters please email [email protected] with a portfolio of work**

BTW If you’re interested….

Here is our creative process:

 

We ask the audience what they want to see.

We narrow down all their ideas based on what we have the capability to produce.

We let the audience vote on the top 5 show ideas.

We, the staff, vote on the audience’s top 3, and pick our show.

We identify the target audience of the show. Branch, MOS, age, gender.

We identify how we want the audience to feel, and what we want them to think when they watch the show.

We identify the themes, the serious military issues, our stances on those issues, conflicts, and characters.

We identify the shows that will serve as inspiration for the show we’re creating, and what specifically we will take from each of those shows.

We outline the show and summarize the episodes.

We outline each episode. Then finalize the treatment.

We assign episodes to writers, with a deadline.

We meet, (Google Hangouts usually) read someone’s script, and give the writer notes. (We call this workshopping) The writer then has 24 hours to implement the notes, at which time, we meet again and workshop it.

We do this for all the scripts and get to a point where the production team can begin pre-production. Then I and one other writer make the final edits to the dialogue before we get on set.

Hope to talk soon!

 

 

**All interested screenwriters please email [email protected] with a portfolio of work**

 

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