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Nick Benedict, former soap star turned house painter, leaves people with a fresh coat of paint--on their homes and on their lives.

How would you like to be part of a new reality series?  Now you can be as Nick the Painter prepares for its debut. And while there will be drama, humor, and even a few character "explosions," this is a show that also features good old, sincere, help-your-neighbor Americanism.

Nick Benedict, soap opera star turned house painter, and his squabbling yet affable crew, come to the aid of neighbors in distress by offering free house painting, friendship, and counsel in their own quirky, campy style.

Twenty-five years ago, NICK BENEDICT, a Navy veteran, was the toast of the soaps, starring in All My Children and The Young and the Restless. Today, Nick is a successful house painter and bandleader in Tehachapi, CA.

Nick had this idea for a reality show, and being the former TV star that he is, he knew he had a winner, but what do you do with an idea?  In Nick's case he told everybody who'd listen, and then some that wouldn't.  He told my sister, who works at his bank.  He came in one day to deposit a check and sang her the entire theme song that he wrote himself.  He told her about the show and she said, "My brother does that!"  Nick and I met and arranged to shoot the concept reel. 

He found a local house in historic downtown that needed some attention and I showed up with Nick's notes and some enthusiasm for the concept.  I think we spent about...well...enough for lunches.  I threw in my cameras, recruited a second camera op, shot for three days, edited for two weeks…and that's where we are right now.  (Check out the concept reel at http://youtu.be/LFWUIksTAxM.)

We've gotten good reviews so now we're going to produce a real pilot, with all the bells and whistles, to showcase what the show will really be like.  That pilot will be submitted to our list of cable networks and industry friends to see if it can make it to cable.

There's nothing new about a show that takes something old and fixes it up, but when you add Nick and his crazy crew to the mix it changes everything.  We hope you agree.

THE TREATMENT

Here's an excerpt from our formal treatment.  It will give you an idea of the thinking behind the paintbrush...

"Concept Summary - Nick Benedict, former soap star turned house painter, randomly selects homes in need of repair and offers his services for free. In his very own quirky, energetic style, and along with his lovable, squabbling crew, Nick injects his special humor into the lives of the people he touches. While the house is repaired and painted we learn about the residents as we share their stories of hope and failure, struggle and success—and leave them with a fresh coat of paint—on their homes and on their lives.

Nick Benedict as Nick the Painter utilizes his skills as a painter, his talents with people, and his wit and humor, to enter the lives of people in need of a little help and exits with a clean house, a few well-placed painting tips, and the idea that we are all more the same than we are different. The homeowner is also left with something they need to make their lives just a little bit better: a new computer to start a business, music lessons, or maybe braces for a child. 

Nick is also an accomplished drummer and has a band, currently called Nick and the Painters, that appears in our demo. The band and some of its music will make appearances from time to time. Steve Hall, one of the lead guitarists, worked with Nick to put the theme song together and wrote much of the music in the demo.

Shot in a three-camera unscripted style, each 30-minute episode will complete a single narrative arc."

DEMO
We have a short sample episode/proof of concept that was shot over the summer in Tehachapi, California. Shot with two cameras and some GoPros for time-lapse, this 10-minute preview showcases Nick and his crew. It was produced to get Nick and his crew on camera to see what could take shape. We offer it as a proof of concept.  Again, you can see it at http://youtu.be/LFWUIksTAxM.

THE PLAYERS

The painting crew are really Nick’s actual paint crew. They have known each other a long time and add humor and warmth to the show. While their respect for each other is apparent, they are not shy about throwing each other under the bus, and their ability to prank, outwit, and complain about each other comes naturally:

NICK BENEDICT aka NICK THE PAINTER, is a no-nonsense character that wants perfection out of his crew.“If you can’t do it right, get outta my way!”  He’s bold, savvy, and knows what needs to be done.  He’s also a pussycat when it comes to helping people out of a jam.

ANGELO is a cocky, handsome hometown boy and Nick’s son (really). He’s also Nick’s biggest antagonist as he tries to break away from Nick the parent to pursue a career as a rapper.  Never afraid to speak his mind, he and Nick are often at odds.

CHIEF has been on the crew the longest and is the high-ladder man. He’s innately proud of his Mexican-Indian heritage, and while his cool, calm demeanor is what we see most of the time, there’s some serious heat below the surface.

SQUEAKY is the quiet but spunky member of the crew and often the butt of the crew’s jokes; a lost soul, whose latent qualities are emerging under Nick’s tutoring.  Check out the concept reel on YouTube to see the true story of how he got his name.

BIG BEAR is the athletic giant of the crew--quiet, gentle.  He’s down-to-earth, a peace-maker, and also Squeaky’s self-appointed protector.

GUMBY,  tall, thin, and the most versatile and hardest worker, is also the joker of the crew.  He loves to tell the story of how they found Squeaky. A master of sarcasm, he pushes the limits of Nick's patience.

MACK, short for Mackenzie, is a classic tomboy.  As the newest member of the crew she’s tough on one side; soft and pretty on the other.  She can hold her own with the boys and then some.

ADRIAN, a fiery blonde’s blonde, is the painting project coordinator.  She vets the homes that Nick scopes out and sets up the projects.  She’s also the band’s keyboard player and aspiring lead singer (with a star quality voice).

ROGER is the dilettante of the crew.  He knows it all, is quick to criticize, but slow (very slow) to get his hands dirty. This is not lost on the crew who follow him at Nick's command, but really struggle to accept him as one of their own.  A gifted musician, he plays lead guitar for Nick and the Painters.

Then there is an assortment of local denizens who appear now and then, providing a closer look at the variety of characters contained in a small mountain town.

CONCLUSION

With your help we can introduce this crazy crew to America and bring some help and relief to some struggling families.  Drop us a note and we’ll send you the full treatment and some episodic synopses:  nickthepainter@cox.net.

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With funding secure we WILL produce the pilot. The location is secure, the paint crew is ready, and so is the camera crew. We plan to shoot in late August or early September of 2013.

Our challenge is to make this the best showcase for the concept and use all our industry contacts to sell it as a weekly show. Our best case is that the show gets picked up, and our worst case is that we walk away with a really good pilot, which we'd air on the internet so all our supporters could show it off.

With audience tastes and TV requirements constantly changing, we will adapt our story arcs to current network thinking, but as is typical, that's no guarantee.

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