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Getting into the Pilot’s chair

This week I finally began writing the first draft of the pilot episode script. I know I said I would do the first draft and the final draft this past week, but I realized that was a little much to do in a week. I also think it’s in the script’s best interest to do one script a week since that would give me more time to get feedback instead of scrambling to get it all done in a few days. I had a lot of fun watching the script come to life. Writing is something I’ve always loved and at points, it seemed as if the script was writing itself (as crazy as that sounds). It just flowed. I do think for the final draft that I need to add a bit to it.

It’s roughly 15 pages, which for a TV drama is a little short. I know it’s only the pilot episode, but I still think the pilot episode should be around 22 minutes (which would be about 22 pages). But this is part of the whole process of learning how to write a TV pilot episode as well as scripts for TV. I did say, I wasn’t going to do much research on how to write a pilot episode or TV script this past week. I’m sticking to that. My research for that begins this upcoming week, and I’m very interested to see how my first draft changes once I find out the correct way to format and write a pilot episode (as well as how long it will be).

Along with writing the first draft of my script I also began the process of character costume design. That was a lot of fun to do. I have a pretty big background in theater (been doing it for pretty much my whole life), but I had never been a costume designer. I was very excited to dip my hand into something I had never done before. I think it came out very well. I had to do a decent amount of research on medieval colors and what colors knights would wear, but I think the costumes turned out very well.

For my main character, Aurora I used pretty bland colors (tan and brown). She came from a peasant family, so I had to take that into account when designing her costume. “Many colours were deemed unsuitable for the peasant class. Bright colours, it was thought, were not humble and engendered a feeling of pride which was a mortal sin” (Gilbert). Her costume was also supposed to reflect a peasant boy, not a girl. As she didn’t want Galahad to know she was a girl since she wanted to be trained to be a knight (Galahad is blind). Yes, Galahad is THE Galahad. The one from Arthurian legends. He pretty much just looks like an old hermit at this point with bland colors as well (tan, brown, and white). I did, however, put what his knightly armor would look like, which was based on a basic armor set (tunic and chainmail).

My favorite designs came when I was designing the villains, Abigor and Lillith. It is the medieval era, but I did always envision Abigor in a black suit. I think it’s within the realm of possibilities that the grand duke of Hades could be in a suit. He does have his suit of armor which is all black. “A black knight was almost a character of primary importance (Tristan, Lancelot, Gawain) who wanted to hide his identity; he was generally motivated by good intentions and prepared to demonstrate his valor, especially by jousting or tournament” (medievalists). I wanted his armor to be somewhat ironic. Normally, “A red knight, on the other hand, was often hostile to the hero; this was a perfidious or evil knight, sometimes the devil’s envoy or a mysterious being from the Other World” (medievalists). Abigor is described as a handsome knight, so I wanted his armor to portray that. I may end up going back and adjusting what his armor is going to look like.

The final costume was for the evilist character of all, Lillith. Her costume, like Abigor’s, is all black. I’m playing with two different costumes right now. One is almost like a black ranger’s outfit because I like a hood for that character. The other is a black sorceress gown/robe. I may end up combining the two of them. “Bernard replied that white was the color “of purity, innocence, and all the virtues”, while black was the color of ‘death and sin’ and was how the devil looked” (medievalists). Since, “…Lilith was known as a dangerous embodiment of dark, feminine powers. In the Middle Ages, however, the Babylonian she-demon took on new and even more sinister characteristics” (Gaines). I decided that Lillith is the complete opposite of purity and innocence, and she is 100% the dangerous embodiment of dark, feminine powers. She will also match Abigor which makes sense since she is second-in-command.

This week was a lot of fun, but I’m even more excited for next week when I will finish the TV pilot as well as start the process of the first episode. However, before I can do any of that, I need your help. I’m going to add my script to this post. I need all your feedback on it, so I have an idea of what an audience would want. That helps me adjust the TV pilot and would help me in the beginning stages of mapping out the first episode.

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