MMI is proud to announce the first project from the Independent Digital Film program, titled “The In Tandem Show” has been accepted into the Door County Short Film Festival. The script was written by Sean Little and produced by a team of MMI students, staff and alumni. Sean Little fills us in on how “The In Tandem Show” developed from an exercise in writing into a short film.
I wrote a script for a sitcom in hopes of submitting it to a contest. I don’t remember the name of the contest, but the mother of a former student emailed me with the information that Scott Hansen, a comic and comedy promoter from Minneapolis, was running a contest for a sitcom located in the Midwest, with the hopes of producing it locally for the internet, or possibly a small television station.
Being a writer and always looking for a new project, I jumped at the chance to expand my horizons with this challenge. I had written screenplays before, of course. In my undergrad work, my senior project was writing the pilot for a sci-fi show, and then doing all the groundwork toward figuring costs in production. I had written sketches for comedy shows, and I had dabbled in playwrighting, but I had never written a sitcom. A sitcom has its own set of rules and structure, yet the story still has to be obvious, and there needs to be a beginning, a middle, and an end. [More…]