General questions that are posted via the contact page will sometimes be answered by various 1947 Entertainment contributors.



Q: When you say 'young cast' for a starship based series, what exactly do you mean?

A: Young is relative. A 28 year-old has 20% less life experience than a 35 year-old. In many starship based science fiction stories there is a military-style rank involved. The truth is that any vessel typically carries a rank structure, even a cruise ship. While a vessel captain is usually well seasoned in experience, the crew can easily be quite young...relatively speaking. In US Army regulations, the youngest lieutenant officer could be 17 1/2 years old. In January 2011, Bavicca Bharathi, a female pilot for Kingfisher Airlines, became the youngest commander in the world at the age of 21. While the officers of a starship based series do not have to be in their early 20's, they certainly aren't excluded because of their age. As story writers, a younger age does usually limit the back story and depth of a character though, so age is always considered in the character development.



Q: Why put the effort into planning a series for 5+ seasons, when it might be canceled sooner (if picked up at all)?

A: 100 episodes is the traditionally accepted threshold at which point a television series becomes viable for syndication. 100 episodes are advantageous for stripped syndication because such shows can be sold for higher per-episode pricing and it allows for 20 weeks of five-day-a-week reruns without repeating an episode. Usually this point is reached during a series' fifth season. Yes, there are exceptions to every rule, as is the case with the original Star Trek series (79 episodes), and the original Battlestar Galactica/Galactica 1980 (31 episodes), but even the latest Star Trek series Enterprise was extended beyond its cancellation date in order to reach the 100 episode range. A series plan provides direction for character and story development that ultimately benefits the writers and end product quality, even if the direction changes during production.

One fan posted:

I don't care what the show's about, what genre, what cast, etc...if you can tell me the writers honestly know how it ends, I'm sold. -- Eugene C.

We believe this represents a large group of today's television audiences.



Q: I've heard/read about the plot of one of your stories, what else can you tell me about it?

A: While you may have read tidbits, ideas, tag lines, teasers, or a simple synopsis, these in no way provide a true representation of the overall story concepts for our larger projects. Our larger project plans look beyond the standard treatment and usually include full scripts, extensive character bios, artistic renderings that aid in story development, and even a series bible for an ongoing project. We keep these plans confidential to aid in the development and depth, while maintaining a level of mystery and suspense.


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