Surface Tension Writers’ Room – March 2021

Call for writers!

I’ve been fortunate enough to attract some funding to ‘punch up’ the current draft of my TV sitcom pilot Surface Tension, and am putting together a two day writers’ room, to be conducted via Zoom.

The script placed in twenty-one contests in 2020, winning five.

I’m seeking the services of brilliant comedy writers to help brainstorm ways to elevate this script from ‘good’ to ‘great’.

Logline: When the world ends in a nuclear explosion, a family of pampered and petty one-percenters bicker and blunder their way through the apocalypse, confined in their luxury underground bunker.

Tonal comps: The character dynamics from Succession meets the confined survival comedy of Red Dwarf.

Key dates: The room will be run on Thursday March 11 and Friday March 12, 2021. Applications from writers needed by 31 January, 2021. Final decisions will be made around mid-February.

This is a paid gig: $1,050AUD per day for two days, which is slightly above the AWG daily brainstorming rate.

As the funding I’ve received was granted on the basis of personal and professional development, applicants with writers’ room experience or production credits will be given extra consideration.

In the interest of fostering as diverse a range of voices as possible, I encourage writers from all backgrounds to apply. Underrepresented voices will be given extra consideration too.

For ease of logistics, I’m primarily seeking writers in or near Australian time zones.

At present, I’ve got enough left in the budget to pay for two days (either one writer for both days, or two writers for a day each), though if additional funding becomes available (pending), more slots will open up.

What I need from applicants: Please send an introductory email to shane@shanewsmith.com with “Surface Tension” in the subject. Tell me about yourself as a person, as well as any writing experience you’ve got. Please also include at least one screenwriting sample that demonstrates your ability to write character-driven comedy.

Thanks, and hope to hear from you soon!

More than happy to answer questions via email.