Wednesday, August 09, 2006

what I've been up to

I've had a crazy month and this is one of the highlights.

photo by C.H. Greenblatt (back row L-R) an Anna Chambers' Proboscis Monkey, a blurry Gweelok, AJ "Nothing but net" Spalinski, your favorite uncle, Randy (Emmy Mug x2) Myers. (middle row L-R) total package Kristina, Little C, Billy. (front row L-R) Stephen of Stefano.

My Grandma (Little C) spent a week with me here in LA. That same week, Pete 'Gweelok' Browngardt, Grandmaster Stephen DeStefano, and myself met with development here at Cartoon Network. Our meeting went well, well enough that we should be busy on some pretty sweet stuff for at least the next few months, and hopefully will eventually lead to even more sweet stuff.

The pitch process was really quite the thrill ride. This was my first experience pitching traditionally and will definitely not be my last. I was lucky to be involved in a development cycle at Nick Jr. in New York. But that experience was much different, and all of our (Mike Oviedo, Rhada Blank, and myself) ideas were submitted on paper. We would receive feedback in person, but we never got to talk through our ideas with the people making notes. It felt cold at times, and the notes tended to contradict themselves, but it was a great learning experience that I was lucky to have... and our show made it fairly far into the process. Oh well....

But yeah... pitching at CN was awesome. Sitting besides Stephen and Pete was great enough, but sitting across from Craig McKracken, Rob Renzetti, Heather Kenyon, and Alex Manugian was the real icing on the cake. A handful of my animation heroes in one room, listening to us talk about know-it-all mechanics, pete's love of older men, the lack of good soap operas, uncles, uncles, and more uncles (coincidence, i swear). My only regret was that Little C wasn't in there with us, but then again, she was pretty busy cooking meatballs. And delicious they were.

11 comments:

CHRIS GEORGE said...

Oooooo, it all sounds so mysterious and exciting! Pitching is fun! I'm glad you guys are workin' together. I bet it's something amazing.

Mike Gordon said...

Homemade meatballs rock ( and that whole pitching to Cartoon Network thing is pretty cool too). Best of luck.

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sdestefano said...

I have no recollection of that whatsoever.
But the grey haired chick is unbelievably hot.

Kanokadafi said...

Good luck Rynda, I hope all ya'll get a piece of that pie.

Mooch Rex said...

I'm sure you knocked 'em dead Phil m' boy! Keep us posted on what happens with your project in the future!

Tell Anna Chambers I said hello! I've known her for years and I've never, ever met her face to face:) It's crazy, but she rocks!

Total Package said...

I'm laughing in that photo cause little C is touching my butt...it tickles.

Pencil Farts said...

that is an awesome picture. I wish to meat this grandmother of yours. And NICE with the pitch and all.

Pencil Farts said...

woops meet.

bc3 said...

Sounds great there Uncle Phil! Hope to see stuff and stuff n' stuff!

angela said...

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