Bitten’s Daegan Fryklind on werewolves and the Toronto Screenwriting Conference
Daegan Fryklind (Bitten, Motive, The Listener) is one of the speakers at the upcoming Toronto Screenwriting Conference on April 6 and 7. She shared her thoughts on the conference, forming a writers room, and life as a werewolf.
- What do you want to convey at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference?
For the most part, that the talent in Canada is strong enough to make amazing homegrown shows. I’m proud to be sitting next to two great Canadian showrunners who developed their careers and series here. It’s possible, and something that is not out-of-reach for others like us.
- What do you hope to get out of it?
We go to camera on Season I following the conference. I’m hoping to get out of my office, really, and talk about this show!! And I’m looking forward to catching up with Tassie and Kevin. And come on … Glen Mazzara? Beau Willimon? Two of my favorite series. Mad respect!
- Have conferences like this played a role in your career development?
I started going to the VIFF conference when I was a development executive — keeping up-to-date on financing models and co-productions was an early education in how to start creating a show. There are those who say “just go for it!” in terms of what to write, but then you also have to have a practical sense of whether something is feasible production-wise. Also, it’s just so damn inspiring to hear how other writers do it — how they get up every day and put words to page. Their tales from the trenches. All good stuff!!
- How did you get involved in Bitten? Had you read the books, or were they brought to you by producers, or …? What was the draw for you?
Origin story: Bitten…. about 3 years ago, John Barbisan and Patrick Banister of Hoodwink Entertainment brought the books to J.B. Sugar at No Equal Entertainment. They optioned the Elena Michaels portion of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. I came on after that and developed the first novel into the first season and we landed with Space. It’s a series about a woman who is torn between two worlds. I’m a Vancouverite who mostly works in Toronto. Sold. (Also, I’m a werewolf. Write what you know!)
- Is Bitten your first time showrunning? What’s the biggest challenge in that transition?
Bitten is my first time to the big plate, yes. But I’m incredibly fortunate to have Grant Rosenberg as my co-showrunner and a team of whizbang Executive Producers (No Equal, eOne, Hoodwink) and crew who are seasoned players and who know the ins and outs of production. The biggest challenge is the workload. Not the writing; the grocery shopping — my fridge has been virtually empty since I landed in Toronto on January 15. I wish my dog was a helper monkey some days. Most days.
- What did you look for when forming your writing team?
It’s always a mix of personality and talent at the individual level, then mixing personalities and interests to get the right balance in the room. J.B., Grant and I had a development room in November with Denis McGrath and Karen Hill, which was incredibly productive and fun, and our current room is Wil Zmak and Will Pascoe. I’ve worked on the last 4 shows with Zmak so that was a no-brainer. Pascoe has fit in perfectly. And our coordinator Garfield Lindsay Miller was with us in November as well and is the go-to wellspring for fact-checking us on the deep mythology of the books. When you’re building a small room, it’s vital that everyone is a heavy lifter and drama-free … except when passionately arguing over story points.
- What’s your theory for why Canada has done so well with genre shows?
We’re positioned in a sweet spot here between US and UK influences and I think that’s really helped shape genre in Canada. And Canadian writers are jacks of all trade — the majority of us have grown up writing both comedy and drama, so genre is the perfect place to play with that full deck. Our VFX houses are top notch as well, so our genre shows can hold their own on the international market. And the Canadian genre fans are outstanding! We announced Laura Vandervoort as our lead at Toronto Comicon and it was a blast. I can’t wait until we can start hitting more Comicons with the show and reach out to the fans.
- Where does Bitten fit in that pack – what do you think is the heart of the story?
Bitten. Pack. Nice one. [Editors note: puns are my weakness.] We refer to ourselves as “The Pack” all the time. And the heart of the story is exactly that: what makes a Pack? How do you define who is in your own Pack, be it the family you’re born into, or the family you make for yourself. Who has your back? Who will help you bury a body (figurative/literal)? We’re playing with basic, primal stuff — family dynamics, a love triangle, good vs bad when morality is skewed, and some steamy sex scenes. Oh, yes, and there are WEREWOLVES. So basically, everything you’re looking for in one show.
- Anything else you want to add?
Thanks to the TSC for putting this together!
Another article on Laura at the Toronto Comicon: LINK
Exciting announcement: As revealed exclusively at Toronto ComiCon, Laura Vandervoort is set to star in upcoming "Space" original drama "BITTEN". The series is based on the novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, and Laura is going to be the perfect Elena (the main character).
As we all know today Laura Vandervoort was a guest at the Toronto Comicon, the first day (of 2) of the actress to this event was sensational!!!
With her stunning look, the beautiful Laura has amazed and surprised her fans with her great joy, cuteness, affection and kindness as always.
The biggest announcement of the day to event was the casting news for the upcoming series "Bitten" based on the popular Kelley Armstrong book series, Women of the Underworld. Laura made a special guest appearance at the panel as she headlines the series slated for fall 2014(?). The actress shares her excitement over playing the werewolf Elena and can't wait to be a part of this massive franchise. The series will take place and be filmed in Toronto. Fore more info on "BITTEN" visit the our other post dedicated to this topic: LINK
Laura Vandervoort on this day very elegant, sweet and smiling as always, spent her time to take photos, sign autographs, make the interviews and a Q&A for & with her fans.
To Q&A panel there was talk again of upcoming series "Bitten" where Laura will star as Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. Based on the critically-acclaimed Women of the Otherworld novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, BITTEN is set to begin production in Toronto next month, and additional casting for the 13-episode series will be announced soon... (Fore more info on "BITTEN" visit the our other post dedicated to this topic: LINK) ... And then Laura mentioned that the actor Michael Rosenbaum is her are... (About this topic check out this previous article: LINK ).
Laura will dress once again the role of supergirl (unfortunately only on paper) on the DC COMICS Smallville season 11 #14.
Here is how she will appear in the comics (in strongly muscled version XD ):
Some info on thisnumber:
SMALLVILLE season 11 #14 Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER, Art by DANIEL HDR, Cover by PETE WOODS On sale JUNE 12, 2013 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST PLOT: Reunited with Supergirl, Clark must find a way to keep the peace between EarthGov, the Legion, and all of…New Krypton?!
Remember to go visit Laura this weekend at the Toronto ComiCon (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, march 9-l0, 2013). The actress will be there Saturday (11am-6pm) and Sunday (11am-3:30pm) During the two days of the event, she will sign autographs (Hall D, Position E), will make photos and will make an Q&A session for her fans.
Laura has promised (via Twitter) that Saturday will be an exciting news day.... Be sure to be there!!!!
Here are the photos, the videos and the articles about the awesome performance of the wonderful Laura Vandervoort at the Canadian Screen Awards 2013.
She was an of the presenters and has amazed and grabbed everyone’s attention with stunning her red dress and was selected as Real Style's Best Dressed award winner! Laura was absolutely the brightest star among stars to this event.
Here is an article about Laura inthis event entitled: "The fat suit is back! Martin Short's flanked by gorgeous Laura Vandervoort and Sandra Oh as he hosts Canadian Screen Awards as famous character Jiminy Glick" by MailOnline: LINK
Here are instead some articles about Laura by Real Style Network. Laura was selected as Real Style's Best Dressed award winner, about her amazing red look they write: "The former star of Smallville wowed us with her strapless red dress. Laura said she picked the dress because of its minimalistic finish. We love how the form fitting red dress grabbed everyone’s attention and made her the belle of the ball."
Here isthelink to the article:LINK. Anotherarticle abouttheevent'sBackstage withLaura: LINK.
Laura is also on the Best dressedof List of the CSA2013 for the site PressPlus1: "LAURA VANDERVOORT Looking like a billion dollars, Laura Vandervoot rocked the red carpet in a red dress no less! She not only stood out from the crowd but she set the CSAs on fire! She is a complete bombshell and definitely worked it!" Full Article: LINK -
Be sure to follow LAURA VANDERVOORT at the CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS tonight, where she will as one of the presenters.
The CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS will be broadcast today, Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 8pm ET (8:30 NT) on CBC, hosted by Martin Short. Instead the RED CARPET SHOW, beginning at 4:30 pm ET, live streaming on CBC/Live.
About The CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS:
The CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS recognize the year’s best in Canadian English-language television, film and French-language film and digital media productions.