You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted as much as usual over the past 3 months. Some might assume that I’m slacking, others might assume that I’ve moved on to other projects. Neither could be farther from the truth. The real reason things have looked slow around here is because I have been feverishly working away at the single largest project I have ever undertaken.
After 5 solid months of production, Playtime Season 3 is now complete. I don’t have any release details to announce today, but I can tell you a little about the show itself.
Playtime Season 3 is massive; a far bigger endeavor than the previous two seasons. As I began writing the script for Season 3, it quickly became obvious that I would not be able to tell the story I wanted to tell within 4 episodes. The 4-part format had worked well for seasons 1 and 2, but I wanted to tell a much denser story this time around. More characters, more locations, more plot points.
So how long is it? How many episodes does it take to tell a story that includes over 20 characters, 8 different locations, and over 30 minutes of original music? As it turns out, the answer is “Ten”. Ten episodes, clocking in at a total running time of 52 minutes. I’m extremely excited to give Playtime fans a more substantial story this time around.
But there is more to Playtime Season 3 than just “more stuff”. So far, each season of Playtime had carried its own distinct feel and style. Season 1 is pure sketch comedy; 4 isolated scenarios, built primarily around the simple joy of slapstick humor. Season 2 is a sort of action comedy in the vein of late 80’s/early 90’s cartoons, such as Transformers or X-Men. We got a little more story and character development, and a hint of drama, but the focus was definitely on action and adventure.
With Season 3 taking on a longer format, I was able to tell a story in the vein of some of my favorite movies, both as a child and more recently. I had a very clear “Pixar-ish” feel in mind while making Season 3. There is a far greater focus on the feelings and personalities of the individual characters. Their thoughts and motivations are the primary driving force behind the story, rather than having a chain of events randomly occur around them.
With more emphasis on the characters, Playtime Season 3 will also cover a wider range of emotional experiences than I have attempted to portray in the past. Make no mistake, this show is still a comedy above all else, but I’m hoping that viewers will find themselves relating a little more to the characters then they have in the past.
I know what you’re thinking… “Blah Blah Blah, when’s it coming out?!?” As of right now, I simply don’t have an answer to that question. All I can say is that I hope to announce a release date soon… possibly in a week or two. As soon as I have all the logistics worked out, I’ll let you all know.