Is This the End of Amazon Storywriter? Sure as Hell is, Compadre!

by munchman

Way back in 2015, Amazon made the inception of Amazon Storywriter a major deal with full press coverage. 

Last week, purely by accident, we learned of Storywriter’s demise (as well as Storybuilder’s) in what probably is the lowest key way possible, via a new Amazon Studios FAQ that feeds us this very disappointed info between “What is Amazon Studios” and a question about what visitors can do to support Amazon Studios now that it no longer is making any newbie product:

Why will Storywriter and Storybuilder no longer be available after June 30, 2019?

At Amazon, we are always reinventing ourselves and looking for ways to become even more efficient. While Storywriter and Storybuilder will no longer be available after June 30, 2019, you can still continue to enjoy great original content on Prime Video.

What will happen to my documents on Storywriter after June 30, 2019?

Amazon Storywriter documents will no longer be available after June 30, 2019. Please access your dashboard to export and download your projects before June 30, after which time you will no longer be able to access your account. Please contact us if you have additional questions.

What will happen to my corkboards on Storybuilder after June 30, 2019?

Amazon Storybuilder corkboards will no longer be available after June 30, 2019. Please access your corkboards and use the Print-Friendly view in the Manage section to print out your projects before June 30, after which time you will no longer be able to access your account. Please contact us if you have additional questions.

Amazon Studios is no longer accepting submissions, but I have a script, mini-bible, or video that I would like to submit. What are my next steps?

While we will no longer accept new submissions, there are other options….

Thanks for all this wonderful support, Amazon. We won’t forget how you stuck it to us!

munchman sees ‘Homecoming’ – Aiyee! Yikes! Oh Noooo!

Can you see Julia Roberts’ face here? Can you see what’s going on in this scene? Neither can I.

by munchman

THE STORY (direct from Wikipedia, so you know it’s accurate and not just yer friendly neighborhood munchero messing about: 

Heidi Bergman is a caseworker at Homecoming, a facility that helps soldiers transition back to civilian life. She leaves Homecoming to start a new life living with her mother and working as a small-town waitress. Years later, the Department of Defense questions why she left, which makes Heidi realize that there’s a whole other story behind the one that she’s been telling herself. Oscar winner Julia Roberts stars as Heidi in the first regular TV series role of her career. “Homecoming” is based a podcast of the same name.

THE GOOD: 

  • It’s created and written by Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail & based on a podcast by Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz
  • It stars a Big Deal Movie Star named Julia Roberts
  • It’s a potentially interesting new twist on the old evil government mind control story
  • It’s beautifully shot, possibly the best looking series in the history of TV anywhere in the world (that isn’t shot in a Scandinavian country anyway)

THE NOT SO GOOD:

  • No matter how great looking this show is it’s still the same old story with the same not really very surprising at all “surprise” ending
  • The dialog has been lauded for its “realism,” which in this case means that is boring as hell
  • If the dialog and story aren’t boring enough to put you to sleep long before you finish watching even the first episode of this overrated 10 episode season, the pacing will sure as hell do it for ya
  • Did I say it’s beautifully shot? It is, indeed, but most of the shots are so dark and shadowy that I was so irritated at not being able to understand what I was seeing that the beauty didn’t matter. I’m thinking the purpose behind the darkness wasn’t necessarily creative but rather done to disguise how old, bedraggled, and generally unpleasant Former Big Deal Movie Star Julia Roberts now looks

CONCLUSION:

A total waste of time brought to us by Amazon, the company that may have speedy delivery but sure can’t get TV (or film) production right. I know critics are raving about it, but hey, they’re critics, which means that they’re also probably wannabe TV and film writers, which in turn means that their futures are dependent on pleasing not the viewers but the production entities they hope to work for in the future.

2018 Emmy Writing Winners

You can go just about anywhere and see the latest Emmy results, but here, from your friends and neighbors at TVWriter™ come the ones that we value most:

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (“Alligator Man”)
Stefani Robinson, “Atlanta” (“Barbershop”)
Alec Berg and Bill Hader, “Barry” (“Chapter One: Make Your Mark”)
Liz Sarnoff, “Barry” (“Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast And Keep Going”)
Alec Berg, “Silicon Valley” (“Fifty-One Percent”)
WINNER: Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (“Pilot”)

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” (“The Dragon And The Wolf”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Killing Eve” (“Nice Face”)
The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things” (“Chapter Nine: The Gate”)
WINNER: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, “The Americans” (“Start”)
Peter Morgan, “The Crown” (“Mystery Man”)
Bruce Miller, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“June”)

WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, TV MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus, “American Vandal” (“Clean Up”)
Scott Frank, “Godless”
David Nicholls, “Patrick Melrose”
Tom Rob Smith, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (“House By The Lake”)
David Lynch and Mark Frost, “Twin Peaks”
WINNER: William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, “USS Callister: Black Mirror”

WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
WINNER: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
“Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

And if you really want to see all those, you know, other guys, we think that the most concise and easy to read place to go to on the interwebs is HERE

Writing Gig: ‘Cards Against Humanity’ is Looking for Writers!

by munchman

This just in.

Cards Against Humanity, one of our favorite non-video games, is looking for new writers. In case you’ve played it, or, worse, never heard of it, here’s the bottom line about the game as expressed by the manufacturers themselves:

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

The game itself is very, very simple. A player draws a black card and read a question from it out loud. After which everyone else answers with the funniest phrase they can find on one of their white cards. Hilarity – or at the very least greatly entertaining snark, results.

You can learn all there is to now about Cards Against Humanity (including how to make your own deck) HERE

And, just as importantly if you’re looking for some paying work, you can find out all you need to know about becoming a contributing writer to the game HERE

Don’t just sit there, click forth and conquer. And don’t forget to tell everybody that TVWriter™ sent you. And that a certain dood here who calls himself munchman is a “hot single dad.” (Um, see, the site you’re going to says that they’re also looking for hot single dads, so, er, you know….)

Embarrassed but not ashamed,

Hi, I’m munchman! If I was working at Cards Against Humanity, that would be a black card in my mouth.

 

Oh, lest I forget: If you give the gig a try, please let us know how it goes. And, as we say all the time because our mealy-mouthed lawyers insist, “this post isn’t to be construed as a recommendation of the potential employer. We’re just passing on some info we think will be of interest to our visitors.”

Buhbye!

Just Because You Can’t Be a Superhero Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Own One

by munchman

Ooh, ya gotta screw this motherfucker into the wall. Make sure you hang it straight!

Life got it out for ya? First yer keys go missing, then your phone, then your glasses, maybe a condom?

A little item called Heroshelf has ya covered, kiddies. You hang it, and, voila, it holds all those necessary little bits that always seem to have vanished onto another plane of existence when ya want ’em.

This superhero keyholder and organizer costs fiftyish bucks. You can find out all about it and even buy it (gasp? for reals?) at Animi Causa. Just CLICK RIGHT HERE

Tell ’em yer favorite neighborhood munchaderio sentcha!

munchman