Published on February 8th, 2016 | by Chris Blundell1
Making A Cartoon Movie 3: Pitching A Rick Wakeman TV Show
Continued from last week: Development Is The Best Part
When I was developing The Hit Squad movie, I just had a bunch of story ideas and a a few characters. One day I randomly came across Rick Wakeman’s (outspoken member of prog rock band “Yes”) email address and thought it would be The Best Idea Ever ™ to ask him to play a wizard of a mythical dreamland powered by the sound of prog rock. His response back was short but positive, he said he was interested.
In my infinite wisdom I decided that this sketchy scrapbook of ideas and vague zero-committal Rick Wakeman endorsement would somehow be good enough to pitch as a TV series, something short, simple and outrageous. I emailed a bunch of British television companies with some rough sketches I’d made in pixel art, character descriptions, and a very very loose plot. Surprisingly, I got several emails back from people saying about how they were interested in reading scripts and having a chat with me about it. One person replied with “Rick Wakeman in a pitch document? You have my attention, sir”. Doors had started to open in this industry for this kid with zero experience. So I sat down and fleshed out these six episode ideas.
Six awful terrible clichéd episode scripts later, I started emailing people back, prideful, excited, ready to start my career as the new Matt Groening, Trey Parker or Seth McFarlane.
When the replies came back, that bubble quickly burst.