Monday, November 26, 2007

Yellow Pantera

You may have heard that Nickelodeon has decided not to make anymore El Tigre's for the time being.
Our ratings didn't justify the budget, so that's that.
My only real regret of the series is that I didn't get to work on more scripts by Scott Kreamer. Episodes like Yellow Pantera are the reason I feel this way.
Scott thinks visually, which makes boarding from his scripts a pleasure. On top of that
he's really funny. And even better than that, his humor is character based.
But one of my favorite moments of Scott Kreamer writing isn't funny, or particularly visual. It's the argument with Rodolfo, when Manny calls his father a coward. In the Miracle City universe, this is about the worst thing you can call someone. Rodolfo loses control of himself for just a second. And in this moment of rage he terrifies Manny. And after recomposing himself, Rodolfo instantly feels regret.
It wasn't an easy thing to convince the studio that what their network needed was more parents yelling at their children. But to their credit, they trusted us, and I think we played it well. A little humor was added to lighten it, but it still plays pretty honest. To me that's the mark of some pretty good writing.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Albino Burrito

I love Davi Rocco, (AKA the Albino Burrito.) Being the little brother to someone much cooler, I totally empathise with him. The fact that "Davi," is my name (David) minus the last "d" probably doesn't hurt either.
He is supposed to be annoying - and I guess he is, but I see him as a well meaning and enthusiastic kid. Like a lot of us, he wants to be better than he is, but comes up a bit short.
But I like his moxy. He's got a good attitude. We hold the same beliefs - that I may suck now, but if I apply myself in earnest, I won't suck forever.