'All the good Sports' Sitcom pilot (1995)
This is an original sitcom pilot that I created and produced, on an extremely low budget, in 1995. Most pilots cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce. "All The Good Sports" was shot for a fraction of that amount, with the help and support of an amazingly gifted and generous cast and crew. And it was shot on one 19 hour day. The technical problems were enormous and never ending. Unfortunately you'll pick up on a few...like occasionally poor audio quality. And it was shot in a working sports bar...that never closed for production. We had to shoot around it...and we did. The edit alone was 90 hours. Sadly one of the local newspapers sent a critic to review the 21 minute production and he did so, as if it were a big budget production from a major studio, instead of seeing it for what it really was....an ambitious, all be it, underfunded endeavor, whose only goal was to show the 'real money people'...the major studios and networks... that there was potential and talent in the former Steel City....Pittsburgh. I'll always be grateful to NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson for making a cameo appearance and letting us shoot in his sports bar. Twenty years have gone by. Woodson's All-Star Grille, where we shot this, is 'no more'....razed to make room for additional parking at Station Square in Pittsburgh. Nothing stays the same. The copy may be a bit grainy and the sound, difficult in spots, but the spirit of the production is self evident and lives on. And although I'm twenty years older and the knees aren't what they used to be, I'm seriously considering trying to resurrect this project one more time...possibly with some of the same talented cast members. I hope you see it for what it really was....a pilot...for a pilot.