It’s Black Friday.
It’s Black Friday.
Please note: I’m trying to be positive, to give thanks, but I had a subcontractor piss me off so bad this morning that I can still feel the blood surging through my brain.
The New York Times recently published an article/interview about/with 14 Screenwriters Writing. They open with the line “screenwriters famously get no respect” and then proceed to interview 6 actors that also write and 5 directors that also write. As far as I can tell, only 2 of those interviewed are non hyphenated screenwriters.
Oh, and did you notice that they only talk to 13 screenwriters?
But there is one good bit of advice. It comes from Andrew Bujalski. “Write out the scene the way you hear it in your head. Then read it and find the parts where the characters are saying exactly what you want/need them to say for the sake of narrative clarity (e.g., “I’ve secretly loved you all along, but I’ve been too afraid to tell you”). Cut that part out. See what’s left. You’re probably close.”
After roughly a month of binge-watching as many of the new fall TV shows as possible, I think I’ve found the ones I’ll be sticking with. It’s not a bold list, actually it’s all the hit shows of the season, but these are potential shows for me to spec early next year.
I have yet to check out Almost Human, which seems like the kind of show I might spec.
I’m also watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I don’t spec comedy but if I did, it’d be this show.
Is there something I’m missing?
Actually, that script might be awesome.
But on point, check out this infographic (click to enlarge… and I’m talking LARGE enough that you might want to follow the link to see the super hi-res version of this sucker).
Personal pet peeves:
Now go forth and write better scripts.
After giving a friend notes on his 80s inspired sci-fi script (which is really good), he told me he wanted to adapt the first act into a comic book. “Brilliant! What comics are you reading?”
CLANG! (that was the sound of my jaw hitting the table)
After a short lecture, I pointed him towards the following writers/books:
I know it’s a very narrow list but because my friend’s script relies on genre tropes from 80s science fiction films, I wanted to point him to recent superhero comics by some current writers. I wanted to avoid the titans (Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and even Brian Michael Bendis) because their work is so idiosyncratic. I also wanted to avoid indie / non-superhero comics because I felt like my friend needed to feast on some of the most popular titles first; if he loved a particular writer, I know he’d jump down the indie comic hole without hesitation. Why not steer him towards 80s comics? I feel like his script is 80s inspired but not an homage or a parody, so a contemporary flavor helps make the whole package more attractive to a modern audience.
So, how wrong am I?
Also, if I pulled in the wrong art, many humble apologies in advance.
Yesterday I wrote about the death of Blockbuster. Today I turn towards their killer, Netflix, and the just announced deal for a quintet of Marvel shows. Apparently there’ll be one show for each of the following characters (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil & Iron Fist) and then their team up, known as The Defenders.
And damn it, I want in on it. I want to be staffed on their Iron Fist show.
How? I don’t know, but it’s more important than ever to get a one-hour pilot, a spec comic book and a new TV spec done ASAP.
Three years ago I wrote about the end of Blockbuster. Yeah, I know, now that they’re really dead everyone is getting all misty and pancake syrupy remembering their local Blockbuster but I live in LA. We have (had) great video stores that carried foreign, independent and adult (non-porn) films. Blockbuster, they had 500 copies of Life is Beautiful for exactly one week. Yeah, thanks for trying. NEXT!
Do I miss video stores? Yes. Do I miss Blockbuster? Hell no.
If you’re in LA, go to these stores (I sure hope they’re still open):
So tired. So many parties. So many wonderful people. So little sleep.
My coffee. My coffee. My kingdom for a coffee.
Happy Pre Halloween!
I know people are throwing scary stuff at you like crazy right now but let me offer you something a bit different. I first heard this on KCRW, then again on How Sound. It’s the true story of a seance and it’s pretty fucking cool.
Saturday at 7:56a and I'm the only person at the bar. Does that say too much about me?
So far this festival has been great in terms of meeting people, specifically other peers. I feel like I need to step up my game as far as meeting some of the more established folk. I might try my hand at another round table today (I promise a more detailed festival breakdown once I'm back home).