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Sci Fi Series ?

Dawn Chapman
Posted March 9, 2010 11:23 AM
Hey so I thought I'd post this.

As a sci fi fan, I love to write sci fi. My series is aimed for the sci fi channel, but who knows. Its not quite there yet. But it will be. :) I am utterly determined, and devoted to it.

Do any of you want to writer for TV? Like me? Or am I the only one here?

Hope to get to chat to some other series wannna beees....


Darren Seeley
Posted March 10, 2010 8:49 AM
No, you are not the only one. In fact, you are anything but alone on this.

Yes, I know 99% of your peers would love to have something they write be a theatrical film of some sort. But if one were to write something that can sell on a market, and that market happens to be a TV movie or show, is it such a bad thing? I'll tell you and all up front: I'll take it.

The script is still getting produced and made. Someone's going to see that film or show.
Sci-Fi, drama, comedy, action etc. Bring it.

Melvin Johnson
Posted March 11, 2010 7:21 AM
I'm sure we all have visions of walking the red carpet or making acceptance speeches, but truthfully I just want to see my work produced. If it means a tv movie (nothing at ALL wrong with that), theatrical release, or web series, it'll still be mine and that's what matters.

Steve Rossiter
Posted March 20, 2010 5:23 AM
Hi Dawn,

What do you think are some of the most interesting sci fi series?

Some that I like are Firefly, Star Gate and the original series of Star Trek.


Dawn Chapman
Posted March 20, 2010 9:13 AM
Hi Steve,

Wowie you got me there.

I watched 'Alien Nation' and 'V' as a youngster.

I watched Star Trek from a kid, and loved it. All of them. Star gate, is immense too. Even the new one isn't bad.

As for Firefly, never got chance to see them all.

Loved Farscape, followed that every week. One of the best ones I used to watch was called, Space above and Beyond. Earth Final Conflict was also a good one.

Umm am trying to think is there anything else I've missed.

Will let you know.... :)


Michael Fox
Posted July 1, 2012 4:12 PM
My own pilot is Sci-Fi for Young Adults, and while the SyFy Channel might like it, I think it would fit anywhere. But while I would be happy if the pilot could be produced, I really want the whole story to make it, at least through the first season, because there is so much to tell.

I liked all of the Star Trek series', but my favorite sci-fi show is Doctor Who.

Robert Adrian Yarbrough
Posted July 1, 2012 6:08 PM
Hey Dawn,

I too hope to write in television.  The dream job being a sci fi series  ;D.

But right now, I'm more focused in finding work in the business, wherever I can, and to continue honing my writing skill.  I love sci fi, but I feel if I don't branch out a little, my skills will be very limiting.

At the same time, I worry about what kinds of sci fi the networks are looking for.  The last two I remember watching a few episodes of were "Falling Skies" and "Terra Nova."  They didn't peak my interest as much as previous sci fi shows.

Mark Brown
Posted July 2, 2012 7:51 AM
I'm with Robert; my dream job is to be able to show-run my own sci-fi series (though right now I'm just looking for a paycheque). I just prefer the storytelling options that a TV series gives over the two-hours-and-change of a movie.

I'd actually like to get into writing for animation. We've reached a point where live-action shows just can't sustain the budget to do high-concept "space" sci-fi, which is why most modern SF shows are set in "the real world" --the days of Star Trek are pretty much over.

Yet I look at some of the sci-fi anime coming out of Japan (Ghost in the Shell, Mouretsu Space Pirates, No. 6, Viper's Creed, Sacred Seven, the Gundam mega-franchise, etc), and I realize that they can do a half-hour episode of high-tech cyberpunk/space-opera action for what American studios pay for a 30-second commercial (and it'll be considered high-budget).

Unfortunately, when I say "animation" to Canadian producers, they think either "Backyardigans" (pre-school fluff) or "Family Guy" (gross-out sitcom). I'm aiming for a middle ground that just doesn't exist.