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Two Lists of Shows to Spec?! – 9. March, 2017

It’s beginning to look a lot like fellowship season. Time to pick a show to spec from the WB list of approved shows…

BUT WAIT — NBC/UNIVERSAL WRITERS ON THE VERGE PUBLISHED A LIST OF THEIR OWN?!

Below I’ve listed the approved shows and indicated if they’re on the Warner Bros list (#WB) and/or the NBC/Universal Writers on the Verge list (#WotV).

Comedy
2 Broke Girls #WB #WotV
American Dad #WB #WotV
Angie Tribeca #WB #WotV
Atlanta #WotV
Archer #WB #WotV
Better Things #WB #WotV – The buzz around the writing circles suggest this will be a popular show to spec.

Blackish #WB #WotV
Bob’s Burgers #WB #WotV
BoJack Horseman #WotV
Broad City #WB #WotV
Brooklyn Nine-Nine #WB #WotV
Casual #WB #WotV
Catastrophe #WB #WotV
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend #WotV
Difficult People #WB #WotV
Episodes #WB #WotV
Faking It #WB #WotV
Family Guy #WB #WotV
Fresh Off The Boat #WB #WotV
Girls #WotV
Grace & Frankie #WotV
House Of Lies #WB #WotV
Insecure #WotV
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia #WB #WotV
Last Man On Earth #WB #WotV – If I were to spec a half-hour, it’d be this show.

Life In Pieces #WB #WotV
Master Of None #WB #WotV – My second choice if I were to spec a comedy.

Modern Family #WB #WotV
Mom #WB #WotV
Mozart In The Jungle #WB #WotV
New Girl #WB #WotV
Search Party #WotV
Silicon Valley #WB #WotV
South Park #WB #WotV
Superstore #WB #WotV
The Big Bang Theory #WB #WotV
The Carmichael Show #WB #WotV
The Goldbergs #WB #WotV
The Good Place #WotV
The Mick #WotV
The Middle #WB #WotV
The Mindy Project #WB #WotV
The Real O’Neal #WotV
Transparent #WB #WotV
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt #WB #WotV
Unreal #WB – So far this is the only show to split categories. Warners considers it a comedy…

Veep #WB #WotV
Workaholics #WB #WotV
You’re The Worst #WB #WotV

Drama
Agents Of SHIELD #WB #WotV
American Crime #WotV
American Horror Story #WotV
Animal Kingdom #WB #WotV
Arrow #WB #WotV
Ash Vs. Evil Dead #WB #WotV – All you hardcore horror folk, you’re out of excuses.

Bates Motel #WB #WotV
Better Call Saul #WB #WotV – I bet this will be the most popular show to spec.

Big Little Lies #WotV
Billions #WB #WotV
Black Mirror #WotV
Blindspot #WB #WotV – I’m taking this show to the dance.

Bloodline #WB #WotV
Blue Bloods #WB #WotV
Bones #WB #WotV
Bosch #WB #WotV
Castle #WB #WotV
Chicago Fire #WB #WotV
Chicago Medical #WB #WotV
Chicago PD #WB #WotV
Code Black #WB #WotV
Criminal Minds #WB #WotV
Daredevil #WB #WotV – My runner up show to spec.

Elementary #WB #WotV
Empire #WB #WotV
Fear The Walking Dead #WB #WotV
Game of Thrones #WotV
Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce #WotV
Gotham #WB #WotV
Greenleaf #WB #WotV – Allow me to admit that I’d never heard of this show until I saw it on the lists.

Grey’s Anatomy #WB #WotV
Halt And Catch Fire #WB #WotV
Happy Valley #WotV
Homeland #WB #WotV
House Of Cards #WB #WotV
How To Get Away With Murder #WB #WotV
Humans #WB #WotV
iZombie #WB #WotV
Jane The Virgin #WB #WotV
Jessica Jones #WB #WotV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit #WB #WotV
Legends Of Tomorrow #WB #WotV
Lucifer #WB #WotV
Luke Cage #WotV
Madam Secretary #WB #WotV
Major Crimes #WB #WotV
Man in the High Castle #WotV
Mars #WotV
Masters Of Sex #WB #WotV
Mr. Robot #WB #WotV
Narcos #WB #WotV
NCIS: Los Angeles #WB #WotV
Once Upon A Time #WB #WotV
Orange Is The New Black #WB #WotV
Orphan Black #WB #WotV
Peaky Blinders #WB #WotV
Quantico #WB #WotV
Queen Sugar #WB #WotV
Ray Donovan #WB #WotV
Rosewood #WB #WotV
Scandal #WB #WotV
Scorpion #WB #WotV
Scream Queens #WB #WotV
Shades of Blue #WotV
Shameless #WotV
Sherlock #WB #WotV
Stranger Things #WB #WotV – Do we think everyone will spec this?

Suits #WB #WotV
Supergirl #WB #WotV
The 100 #WB #WotV
The Affair #WB #WotV
The Americans #WB #WotV
The Blacklist #WB #WotV
The Catch #WB #WotV
The Crown #WotV
The Exorcist #WotV
The Fall #WB #WotV
The Flash #WB #WotV
The Fosters #WotV
The Knick #WotV
The Leftovers #WB #WotV
The Night Of #WotV
The Night Shift #WB #WotV
The OA #WotV
The Originals #WB #WotV
The Path #WB #WotV
The Vampire Diaries #WB #WotV
The Walking Dead #WB #WotV
The Young Pope #WotV
This is Us #WotV
Timeless #WotV
Underground #WotV
Unreal #WotV – …but NBC thinks this is a drama. I guess if you’re one of those ride-the-fence “dramedy” writers, apply to both and let the studios put you in a box.

Wayward Pines #WB #WotV
Westworld #WotV

Holy, that’s a lot of shows. Kinda makes your head boil over with possibilities, right? Well, no time for that cause we all gotta get writing!

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Writing Log Week 09 – 6. March, 2017

I was just at Emerald City Comicon so instead of writing I was like…

But all was not lost.

I did a little work on my pilot and on my Blindspot spec. I also started cracking ideas for a Black Mirror spec but as it’s not on the WB approved show list this year (more on that list in a future post), I have to give it up.

Have you ever seen Manhattan? Granted, aspects of it are super creepy but the opening and closing imagery and music, wow!

If it doesn’t make you want to move to New York, check your pulse. Patriot’s Day, on the other hand, is a well crafted Peter Berg thriller about the Boston bombing. If you’re looking for a dude movie that isn’t dumb, check it out.

Bubbles was the highest ranking script on last year’s Blacklist, soon to be a Dan Harmon stop-motion movie. Dan Harmon. Stop-motion. Need I say more?

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Writing Log Week 08 – 27. February, 2017

Who’s a good boy?

… okay, not him.

I’m referring to me!

So this Feature Thriller has leapt to the front of my queue because I’m having a blast writing it. For the record, I decided to break the story using the eight sequence method. Basically, you think of your script as having eight sequences, each 10 to 15 pages. Each sequence has a beginning, middle and a cliff-hanger ending. For this particular project it’s working for me (so far).

This week I read two pilots. The first was Killing Eve, a comic thriller from Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Name doesn’t ring a bell? She’s the creator/star of Fleabag.

The second was the new pilot from The 100 creator, Jason Rothenberg. It’s called Searchers and it seems pretty cool. Boom. Out.

As for my movies, I watched a disquieting double feature about marginalization and micro-aggressions. I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz about Get Out but I would beseech you to watch Elle.

Despite the excitement about about my feature, I really need to keep cracking on my Blindspot spec because I start a Script Anatomy class mid March.

Wish me luck with keeping pace this week because I’ll be at Emerald City Comicon! Who else is going?

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Writing Log Week 07 – 20. February, 2017

Who shot Mr. Burns?

We all know it was Maggie but it could have been me because I sure as hell wasn’t writing…

WAIT!!!

Did you see that? Right there in the middle…

HOLY S**T! I actually wrote a script page!

I know, you’re not impressed, but it’s big for me. So, you’re asking, what the hell is this project? It’s a Taken like thriller and so far it’s fun for me. Writing for fun? Crazy, right?!

As for the movies I watched, Lion is the kind of movie that used to win Harvey Weinstein Oscars. John Wick 2 is… it’s okay. Don’t believe the hype. It’s good but it’s no Hard Boiled.

Blonde Ambition was the highest rated script on this year’s Blcklst. It’s a fun, unauthorized biography about Madonna’s rise from obscurity to budding icon. It’s written in a clean, simple style, nowhere near as muscular or stylish as other Blcklst scripts I’ve read (and all the better for it).

Time to get back to writing. Therefore, I’ll leave you with a track that would absolutely be on that Blonde Ambition soundtrack.

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Writing Log Week 06 – 13. February, 2017

A terrible cold knocked me out this week, so I was like…

Which means my writing was like…

Did you see The LEGO Batman Movie this weekend? Wasn’t his opening song the best! My other movie of the week was Gareth Edwards‘ debut, Monsters. I salute his hard work — he wrote, directed, shot and did the effects for his feature — but my inner editor wanted to cut at least 10 minutes out of his 94-minute movie.

Hummingbird was on the most recent Blacklist and it’s a super-slick read. When a executive tells you that “the read needs to be sexier,” use this as a reference.

Ugh, time to take another DayQuil.

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Writing Log Week 05 – 7. February, 2017

That’s me.

This is why.

My excuse: it was a hell of a week.

But let’s talk about what I did do. I watched two great features this week. Sleepwalk with Me is the assured directorial debut of Mike Birbiglia. Man Up is an awesome romantic-comedy written by friend-of-the-Scriptnotes-Podcast Tess Morris. Both are on Netflix, each is under 90 minutes (YES!), and you should absolutely watch them ASAP.

I also read two pilots that I’m not supposed to say anything about: Life Sentence and Reverie. Still, I think it’s safe to say that both were excellently written.

Next week I promise to get more writing done.

 

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Writing Log Week 3 2017 – 23. January, 2017

Guess who had a better writing week?

Check it!

Last week I completed a 2-page beat sheet for my Blindspot spec. This week I’m turning that into a 3-5 page outline.

I’ll also return to brainstorming my pilot this week.

As for the movies I watched, I found myself underwhelmed by both A Monster Calls and Prisoners (but for entirely different reasons). The direction for each was impressive but they didn’t hook me emotionally. Why? It’s entirely possible that I’m dead inside but I’m thinking that’s not it. I might flip through their respective scripts to solve that mystery.

Do you know about The Wall? It’s another Blacklist contained thriller that’s “contained” to an outdoor area (think of The Shallows) rather than a single interior (think Buried).  It’s a great read and soon to be a Doug Liman movie…

Gotta get back to writing. See ya next week.

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Writing Log Week 2 2017 – 17. January, 2017

Two weeks into 2017 and I’m already a sad failure.

Here’s my writing log for proof.

I didn’t write any pages, I didn’t read any scripts and I only worked on one project. Man, I blew it.

But I did see two interesting movies. Zootopia is a great noir staring fluffy animals. John Wick is a good action film, not great by any means, but good.

Hey, next week is a new chance to be awesome, right?

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Writing Log Week 1 2017 – 9. January, 2017

A new year means new ways to push myself to get more writing done.

Therefore, I’m taking Scott Myer‘s advice. Every week I will read 1 script, watch 2 movies, write 7 pages and spend 14 hours prepping to write. Here’s how I did this week:

Yeah, so I didn’t write any pages this week but I am preparing to dive head first into my Blindspot spec this month, with the hope of wrapping a first draft by mid February.

For those wondering about IN THE DEEP, it is the 2014 Blacklist script that became this summer’s THE SHALLOWS. The script is a much leaner version of the movie despite the script only being 81 pages versus the movie’s 87-minute run time.

Wish me luck, and luck to all my fellow writers.

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What’s the Best Action Movie Script? – 17. November, 2016

What are the best written action movie scripts out there? Many will say Die Hard

die-hard_john_air-duct

… or Aliens

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… or — if you require a contemporary example — Gravity.

Gravity-Disaster

What do you think is a terrifically written action movie script?

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