Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's short film "Sequin Raze" premiered at SXSW earlier this year before screening at New Directors/New Films -- and now it's headed to television, in a reworked form.
Shapiro and former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" showrunner Marti Noxon wrote "Unreal," a pilot based on the short that's set behind the scenes of a "Bachelor"-style dating competition show, focusing on a staffer whose job is to manipulate the contestants to get the best on-air drama. According to Deadline, Lifetime's now ordered a pilot for "Unreal," with Sharpiro to produce and Noxon to executive produce alongside Sally DeSipio and Bill Davenport at Wieden+Kennedy Entertainment.
The short "Sequin Raze" stars Anna Camp ("True Blood") as a dismissed dating show contestant who ends up in psychological combat with "Goldberg" (Ashley Williams, "How I Met Your Mother"), a once-feminist producer who's come to specialize in sparking on-camera meltdowns. Shapiro drew upon her own conflicted experiences working in reality TV to make the short, a trailer for which is below.