Nov 12 2010

Bausch could direct new sitcom

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SOURCE: http://www.station.lu/?p=edito&a=external&id=85907

Luxembourg’s number one director Andy Bausch may direct the country’s first sitcom.


Speaking to News352, the movie maker revealed that he had been approached by a number of producers to direct the series.

The sitcom, which is being led by RTL Lëtzebuerg and the Film Fund Luxembourg, is currently up for tender.
A total 1.5million euro budget has been ear-marked for the project, a pilot for which could be produced as early as 2011.

Bausch, who has just released the documentary Chocolate, chewing gum and brown babies, told News352: “I’ve been approached by different people to direct the sitcom. It’s a political thing and everyone wants to have you because they need names. I think it’s a good thing and Luxembourg should have a sitcom. On the other hand I’m aware that the budget is very small. If someone asked me I would say yes, let’s do it.”
Bausch has worked on TV series in the past and is currently working on a documentary about Luxembourg during the “Bell Epoque”, from the 1880s to WWI.

He said that he was increasingly becoming interested in TV series’ and sitcoms.

“I’m mainly watching series, I’m a great fan of Sons of anarchy and Sopranos. Regarding sitcoms, I like my name is Earl, but I don’t watch TV. Normally, I buy these on DVD. I never used to like series though. It’s only during the last three years I’ve got into them.”
Currently five local producers are developing scenarios to compete for the role of producing the Luxembourg-made sitcom.
The final contract is expected to be awarded on December 15. The winning producer will then be tasked with making 12 episodes, lasting up to 30 minutes each and written in Luxembourgish.

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SOURCE: http://www.station.lu/?p=edito&a=external&id=85907

Luxembourg’s number one director Andy Bausch may direct the country’s first sitcom.


Speaking to News352, the movie maker revealed that he had been approached by a number of producers to direct the series.

The sitcom, which is being led by RTL Lëtzebuerg and the Film Fund Luxembourg, is currently up for tender.
A total 1.5million euro budget has been ear-marked for the project, a pilot for which could be produced as early as 2011.

Bausch, who has just released the documentary Chocolate, chewing gum and brown babies, told News352: “I’ve been approached by different people to direct the sitcom. It’s a political thing and everyone wants to have you because they need names. I think it’s a good thing and Luxembourg should have a sitcom. On the other hand I’m aware that the budget is very small. If someone asked me I would say yes, let’s do it.”
Bausch has worked on TV series in the past and is currently working on a documentary about Luxembourg during the “Bell Epoque”, from the 1880s to WWI.

He said that he was increasingly becoming interested in TV series’ and sitcoms.

“I’m mainly watching series, I’m a great fan of Sons of anarchy and Sopranos. Regarding sitcoms, I like my name is Earl, but I don’t watch TV. Normally, I buy these on DVD. I never used to like series though. It’s only during the last three years I’ve got into them.”
Currently five local producers are developing scenarios to compete for the role of producing the Luxembourg-made sitcom.
The final contract is expected to be awarded on December 15. The winning producer will then be tasked with making 12 episodes, lasting up to 30 minutes each and written in Luxembourgish.

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  1. Michaelon 13 Nov 2010 at 13:11

    Besides being a much longed for opportunity for luxembourgish actors to hone their film-acting skills, I was kinda hoping this was also an incentive to get as many luxembourgish directors as possible the opportunity to work and experiment in a narrative form outside of the cinema – together – as sort of a grand collective endeavor. Giving work to as many filmmakers as possible, inciting a little healthy competition, making way for another form of luxo filmmaking besides the glossy short film, cultural documentary and occasional feature film.

    Granted, a TV series needs a singular vision, but it does not need a single director. Even an extreme case such as Twin Peaks, so clearly formed by the style of one person, does not have one director directing the entire show. Surely that must have been the idea behind the FONSPA funding the project: providing work to a industry in need of alternatives – for actors, technicians and directors alike.

    So let’s hope this does not become a one man show, but a great collaboration.

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