Animation The Precinct

The Precinct: here’s what an animated cop show pitch looks like.

In 2011, the Precinct team put this proposal to SBS — a proposal for a half hour animated cop show for adults.

We were told it would be good to have an idea of how three seasons’ worth of the show would work, hence the enormous cast and loads of plotting and ideas. We left out a lot of stuff, too.

In the end, it was more than the programmers at SBS really wanted to see, but making it helped us enormously in figuring out what we like about the show and what we would like it to be (and the divide between Adam, my co-writer and I, on that issue!).

I thought it might be interesting for people to see just how much work we put in. And obviously we’re still working on Precinct, but going in more of a “ACTUALLY MAKE CARTOONS” direction than a “PITCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN” direction.

I should point out also that, although she didn’t go for it, Caterina (our contact and yours at SBS when it comes to comedy and drama shows) has been extraordinarily giving of her time and experience over the last year or so.

So, here’s our proposal! Is it a good proposal? Not sure, but this is what we put to them, warts and all, and I’d still love to see an animated Aussie adult cartoon on SBS more than just about anything. Obviously I’d prefer it be ours, but there’s enough talented bastards around that we’re gonna see one, finally, one day, and I’ll be bloody happy whoever it comes from.

Feel free to comment here or anywhere else (FB? Twitter?) as to what you reckon about it.


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