Case study: TV Drama Sizzle Reel for The Vault

Our goal was to create a taster of our first comedy drama series for UK broadcast, and so to attract a co-producer.

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Case study: The Vault

Channel 4 Pilot
We created a 'sizzle reel' for Channel 4 of an 8-episode comedy drama. The reel provides a taster of the series and reveals the characters and action in the story. It was a 4-day shoot, a 6-day edit and about 10 days of pre-production. So far the series is uncommissioned but we're slowly evolving the project for co-production.

The challenge

Channel 4 is one of the leading commissioners of new drama and comedy in the UK, with a special relationship with new talent; they're more likely to take risks on unknown comedians and writers than most other broadcasters.

Our task

Our goal was to create a taster of our first comedy drama series for UK broadcast, and so to attract a co-producer.

How we helped

We created this three and half minute sizzle reel. Shot in Swindon, we assembled a cast of fourteen and a crew of eighteen, with a writing team of four.

Outcomes

Channel 4 work with previously commissioned co-producers and their initial feedback though positive, fell short of a commission. However, we're now working on plot and character evolutions which we hope will result in a co-production.

Timothy Cumming, Director

A great first effort for the team - time now for development!
Timothy Cumming, Director

Learnings that may be relevant to your firm

In filming this sizzle reel for The Vault, we learned. We've shared a few of our lessons below; hope they can help you plan out your next script.

  1. Get close to a commissioner and a co-producer at the start of the project
  2. Keep the project small if you're a first-time writer or producer
  3. Treat the sizzle reel as a kind of story in its own right
  4. Get your hands on the best crew and cast you can
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