#Follow Series Summary

One of the requirements for the Celebrate the Web 4 Festival was to submit a one-sheet explanation/overview of the overall series. So, just for fun, here is what I submitted — and I’ll be posting character bios (which were not required and not submitted) later today.
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#Follow is an episodic thriller/mystery series about a group of friends who discover that their memories of the past may not be accurate reflections of reality. Inspired by the quote from William Gibson, “Time moves in one direction, memory in another,” the series seeks to answer two interrelated questions: “As time passes, do our memories define us, or, can we escape the trappings of our past to become something else?” How much do our collective memories determine what we are and what happens to us when those memories are altered?

Eric, Josh, Abby, Bree and Doug have gathered to celebrate Connor’s birthday. While quizzing each other on events from their past, Connor puzzles over a strange question – “What happened on 4/2?” No one seems to know what significance the date holds or who even wrote the question. As they search for the meaning of this elusive date, they are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of their old friend Matt, who they haven’t seen in five years. Matt has pulled himself back from the edge (literally) to help his friends. He races to warn them that they aren’t safe; they all need to run.

Now the friends must try to understand the truth about their past, and why it puts their lives in jeopardy. They soon discover that their collective memories are suspect and may not represent their true history together. Further, someone else knows about their mysterious past and wants to erase all trace of it, even if it means killing them all to accomplish the task. Who are they running from? Why are they in danger? What important event happened on April 2nd and why don’t they remember it? Quickly the friends find themselves on the run, with an urgent need to find the answers to these and other questions as they try to stay alive.

Like popular epic television series such as “Lost” and “The Walking Dead,” “#Follow” is a thrilling story about a group of people who must band together to make peace with their past and work to build a future by staying alive.

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This post was written by Shawna on March 11, 2011

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Celebrate the Web 4: Mission accomplished!

Today I finished the marathon that was the Celebrate the Web 4 Webseries Pilot Competition.  The challenge was to write/shoot/finish a webseries pilot in 7 days.

I expect to blog a lot about my experiences, as there were a lot of ‘firsts’ for me this week.

For better or worse, I no longer rest on the laurels of my teen opus “Stegron” which I shot for Jules when she was in high school — she was doing a school report on B-movies of the fifties, so we made one to accompany her paper.

She got an A, which, for a schlocky B-movie made me quite proud.

But what I did this week… far beyond anything I’ve done before.  I don’t mean necessarily quality but just the amount of work, the decision making, the responsibility…it was a lot.  And it was hard.  And sometimes I thought I was insanely stupid for trying to do this.

But somehow, I made it through the week, completed a project, and actually wouldn’t mind doing it again (but, not in a race like this — I’d like to have more than 5 hours to write my script).

There are lots of people to thank, lots of stories to share.  For now, I’ll just leave you with this.  Ladies and gentlemen, my little baby… #FOLLOW.

You can watch the other 12 pilots here and if you feel like voting for us, that would be nifty.

Thanks.  Now I’m gonna go sleep.

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This post was written by Shawna on March 10, 2011

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Writing update

Today my sister and I got the ball rolling on renewing our option for our pilot. This was a happy happy thing as you can imagine. We’ll get another year to fight the good fight with smart people who love our show.

Really can’t ask for anything more. Well, except to sell the darn thing and make a series.

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This post was written by on October 10, 2008

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The Education of Shawna

Yes, I know, I keep popping in, even though I’m on “hiatus”. I guess I just can’t stay away.

I don’t like blog posts that tease. You know, someone says ‘I have this awesomely cool thing to tell you but I can’t tell you so you’ll just have to sit there wondering what it is until I can tell you and even then it might not be as awesomely cool as you thought it would be.’ Or something like it.

I’m about to tease you. But really, I don’t mean it!

It’s just…it’s hard, when you have weird, amazing things happening all around you…and you just. can’t. talk about it. Not yet.

It’s still progressing in baby steps. A little bit this week. A little big next week. But as I stand back and look at the whole thing, it’s turning into an amazing journey. Lots of steps, taken together, that are going to make one hell of a story when I can tell it.

Let’s just say, I’m meeting amazing, interesting people who like my work, and might even want to work with me. These are amazing, interesting people that I would NEVER get to meet in normal circumstances, but some of you may know that my circumstances aren’t exactly normal. If you don’t know what my circumstances are, go back to January on this blog and you’ll figure it out.

For now, I remain bewildered. And it is so faaaaar from over.

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This post was written by Shawna on June 17, 2008

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TNT Picks up 2 Shows

This is real news (and no rick-rolling here!) TNT has given the greenlight to two new series, “Truth In Advertising” and “Men of a Certain Age”, the latter a return vehicle for Ray Romano. The two shows will join current TNT programming of “Saving Grace” and “The Closer” as TNT continues to build more original programming into its schedule.

No airdates announced as yet…

[Oh, and I’m testing Digg.]

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This post was written by Shawna on April 1, 2008

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Optioned

So, at long last I got a greenlight from my sister to announce the big secret we’ve been harboring for months.

As of the end of October, our tv series “The Protector” is optioned by Tig Productions, better known as Kevin Costner’s production company.

It is an 18 month option, which we agreed was warranted since the strike was breathing down our collective necks at the time. We are being packaged by a major agency in town…and that’s about all I can say.

Of course, the option was signed two days before the strike. This of course means that all of the work from June to October came to a screeching halt.

It started in June when I finished writing the pilot. My sister Julie is credited as co-creator on the series with me. We sent the script out to a couple of people who had shown interest at management companies. As a strange coincidence, she happened to meet up with the producers of our project that night and casually mentioned that we had sent out the script in an effort to get me representation. They expressed interest in us coming in to pitch.

We didn’t think they were serious. They were.

So, we pitched. Left them the bible and the script. We had prepared our seven minute pitch, but they wanted a casual meeting and we ended up chatting about the show for an hour. The told us they were very interested in working with us, and on the whole I felt lucky to just have an opportunity to pitch a project as *practice*.

A week later they wanted us to go to Big Agency #1 to pitch our project to the head of the TV Lit Department. The producers had a couple of other projects they were working on with this agency and thought it would be good to have us in to talk specifically about ours.

We freaked out a little bit, yes.

Then in August we met with Kevin and got his notes. Yes, that was weird and I’ll supply details at some date in the future.

Finally, we pitched to a packaging agent at BIG AGENCY #2 which Tig was talking to. And by October we were optioned.

And now we wait. But this is what I’ve been alternately stressing and giddy about for the last half of the year.

Now I hope that 2008 will be THE YEAR for us to really make some headway.

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This post was written by Shawna on January 1, 2008

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ABC in love with "Cupid" again?

In what may be the strangest resurrection story of the week, ABC has given the greenlight to Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars”) to recreate his show from eight years ago. “Cupid” ran 13 episodes in 1998-99 and put Thomas on the map. It starred Jeremy Piven and developed a cult following over the years.

It’s not uncommon for networks to revisit shows which worked and try to revamp them (“Bionic Woman”?) but to take a show that was cancelled so early in its run and try to recreate that? With the same showrunner? This is practically unheard of.

I certainly hope Thomas can find a way to make the show work the second time around. I enjoyed “Cupid” during its original run. Piven won’t be back since he’s moved on to playing Ari Gold.

Weird. Interesting. Exciting.

Link: Variety.com.

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This post was written by Shawna on October 3, 2007

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Writing while fatigued

I’m trying to finish the first draft of my new pilot spec in the next 8 days. Of course, today I’m feeling under the weather. I can barely hold a thought in my head for more than a few seconds (I find even typing passwords to be taxing). This does not bode well for cranking out pages.

Suggestions? I’m already loading up on Vitamin C and chicken noodle soup…

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This post was written by Shawna on September 21, 2007

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K-Ville has a promising premiere

The premiere numbers were a bit better than the numbers “Vanished” got last year. Whether it holds up in week 2, will really depend on how much it loses from going up against ‘Heroes’ premiere next week.

And really Jill’s breakdown of K-Ville’s pilot is a must read for aspiring TV writers.

In fact, her blog is now one of the top ones I read every day. Just too much good insight and analysis to NOT read it.

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This post was written by Shawna on September 19, 2007

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And the ground keeps shifting beneath our feet

So, this new media game is ON, people. Two big names in TV Zwick and Herskovitz (ever hear of a little show called “My So-Called Life”? “Once and Again?”) are taking a pilot they developed at ABC and shot two years ago revamped, updated, rewrote, and it’s going to be distributed through Myspace. AND it will have its very own social networking site Quarterlife.com (The pilot is called “Quarterlife”). Read the article at Variety today.

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This post was written by Shawna on September 12, 2007

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