Mark Conway and Mike Nayna’s Fancy Boy is one of five groups of short sketches, from more than 70 created last year, that will be developed into a half-hour pilot in a joint Screen Australia-ABC initiative, Fresh Blood.
In the third and final stage of Fresh Blood, one of the five pilots will be commissioned for a series that will air on iView.
Mark chats to us about developing the pilot for round two.
Screen Australia: How did you come up with the concept for your pilot?
Mark Conway: We’d been kicking around the idea since the first run of Fresh Blood. We wanted a format similar to sketch comedy just so we could work with a whole bunch of our comedian mates, but with a narrative arc to it. We want to expand on that arc for a series.
SA: How far into creating your pilot are you?
MC: We wrapped filming about three weeks ago, which was a beautiful moment of unadulterated joy (many hugs and kisses were shared between previous strangers). We’re now about a week away from our first cut of the pilot and sitting down with ABC to show them.
SA: What’s the main point of difference you’ve found between creating a sketch and a TV pilot?
MC: The workload. We wanted to bite off a lot more than the first run of Fresh Blood, so [we] raised the bar on ourselves as much as we could. Writing was considered a lot more and the amount of producing needed to pull it all together was a lot, lot bigger. The catering was also much better.
SA: If you could make a feature film, what would its one line synopsis be?
MC: You’ve seen Point Break. Now see the musical.
Pilots will air on iView soon, but until then here’s a Fancy Boy sketch from Fresh Blood phase one: