Turning Point

Writer/Director:
Jordan Schachter

Concept:
Entirely improvised show about the struggle to make film in New York City.

Short Synopsis:
Turning Point is a new kind of TV show which follows the lives of independent filmmakers and struggling actors and artists who are striving to "make it" while remaining true to their vision.

Their stories all intertwine. In the pilot episode Laney discovers her boyfriend has cheated on her the same day she has an interview for a film. Her boyfriend, a director, is trying to make a film about Mexican factory workers, but having trouble getting people interested. Meanwhile the director with whom Laney is meeting, has a bizarre sci-fi film, which requires nudity, and so actors keep rejecting the role. In the middle of all this is Carol, another actor, who is fired from her waitress job at the start of the episode, but starts to turn things around by the end.

In the tradition of "Curb Your Enthusiasm, " "Unscripted," and "Entourage," "Turning Point" looks behind the scenes at filmmaking/TV production, but the show takes place in New York City giving a different perspective and doesn't strive to be comedy or drama, presenting circumstances that are both. Turning Point aims to investigate the balance between art and commerce that creators face.

The lines of the show are entirely improvised and we film with a tiny crew and minimal lights to give a documentary feeling and create a more realistic setting for performers. We also shoot with minimal rehearsal and never more than a five hour day - this to keep it fresh. All of this of course also allows the show to be created very economically.

"Turning Point" - which may not be clear from this description above - will feel unlike any show you've ever watched. It feels real, spontaneous, yet as it is paced more poetically than television, provides a heightened reality at the same time.

"Turning Point" features characters that are not cookie-cutter stereotypes, and features a storyline that engages the audience - a delightful departure from TV program plots and characters which are, all too often, easy to predict.

Length: 22 minutes