Once I came up with the title, I knocked out the first six scripts in pretty short order. I wrote the three principal roles with specific cast in mind: Cynthia Dane from LAST SEEN ON DOLORES STREET, Gillian Shure from DEATH IN CHARGE and regular Deviant player, Circus-Szalewski (Red in TRIPPIN’, Bela Lugosi in RAVEN GETS A LIFE and Dr. Szalewski in DOLORES, among others).
Truth is, I often write roles for people I already know and like. Some call it nepotism, I call it electing to work with people whom I know will not only “bring it” but will also make it fun. All three are some of the most amazingly talented actors I know.
Since coming out to L.A. and playing with the “big boys” I’ve learned that too much is reliant on other people – financing of course – but also having to consider soul-crushing things like packaging, marketability and so forth.
I could give a rat’s ass about such things.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind being rich. I suspect I might be rather good at it even. But not if it meant being unhappy, too.
So, each script was written with autonomy in mind. If we need vampire bats for an episode, rest assured, they will be store-bought rubber ones hanging down from a visible wire that will not be removed in post. There’s no room for pretension and certainly no budget for it. Besides, rubber bats on wires are endearing, right? Well, they are for our purposes.