Lady Balls Nation‘s Coni Constantine is also the host of Lady Balls Radio, of course. This week, in Episode 017, Coni interviews the women of TeamRAD Productions about their new project Soiled Doves, but equally important they talk about the importance of women’s storytelling, and the future of female filmmaking.
It all started on a bench… In a park…
Team RAD’s members, Rebecca Holopter, Verity Butler, and Darby Kennerly explain why they went beyond the typical female stereotypes when they were writing their supernatural 1800s Western TV pilot Soiled Doves.
As a screenwriter myself, I particularly was interested in their decision to make it a pilot for the teevee, as opposed to a feature film. It seems like I have this debate literally almost at least once a week with my peers: is this script or that script a potential series or a feature?
The women of Team RAD have been asked that same question frequently, “Why not make Soiled Doves a feature?” Their answer is great for anyone having a similar debate:
“Our show is very much centered on character development…and more of a slow burn…rather than the quick pace of a film And especially, with understanding the women, giving the audience time to know them…television is definitely more of the platform that will help tell the women’s stories.”
Succinctly put, Team RAD!
As someone who, more often than not, writes scripts with a strong female lead surrounded by multiple female supporting characters, I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment of the medium. If you’re writing something heavy in rich female characters, you owe it to your audience to spend some time with those characters. Only television can give your story the proper space it needs.
Coni goes on to lead the women producers in a variety of directions throughout the course of the interview. They discuss everything from the two conflicting sides of nature, Shoshone tribal lore, and the future of female filmmaking (it’s bright). It’s a great podcast, with a great name, deserving of your time.