Top TVWriter™ Posts of the Week – April 16, 2018

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

LB: Untold Tales of the Animated SILVER SURFER TV Series Ep. 19 Teleplay

RIP Steven Bochco

Diana Vacc finally sees “Pitch Perfect 3”

And our most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

PEOPLE’S PILOT Writing Contest

SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED SECOND SEASON ARC

The Outline/Story

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

Bri Castellini: I Don’t Have Hobbies – @brisownworld

Who is this strangely masked, erm, being?

by Bri Castellini

In an attempt to make the laziest possible vlog, I asked Twitter for questions I could answer. 

One question I wanted to expand on was from my pal Amanda Taylor, who asked if I had any hobbies that I do strictly for fun, referencing the fact that for most people making movies/videos/writing weren’t a part of a larger scheme to get wildly famous and do them full time for lots of money. It legitimately took me a while to answer that question, because on the surface it really doesn’t seem like I have any “real” hobbies. I am, as you’ve likely discovered, very boring.

I couldn’t even consider watching TV shows a hobby, because even though I do it a lot and technically I’ll never be paid to do that, I’m always analyzing shows I watch for structure and themes and seeing what they’re doing that I could be doing better in my own work. To be honest, watching TV has gotten a little exhausting because I can’t turn that part of my brain off anymore. I’m always scanning for continuity issues, for where cuts take place and why they take place where they do, and if the writing or characters are problematic in any way. Becoming a filmmaker and a feminist have ruined my ability to casually enjoy watching things and there are times when I very much wish I was still ignorant.

I don’t consider “hanging out with friends” a hobby and besides, I rarely do it outside of work or networking anymore. Half the reason I’m always scheduling shoots is to see the people I love because otherwise we’re all too busy with OTHER shoots and projects and work. If I didn’t live with Quinn, I’d barely see him at all, and even now we often miss each other due to my work and creative schedule.

Crafting/crocheting could count, but I only really do that when it’s wintertime and Christmas and birthday season is upon me, because I have like ten years worth of yarn built up I can make hats and crocheted trinkets as gifts. That’s not for fun, but function, so crocheting is out as well.

That leaves the only real hobby I have left…

Video games.

It’s weird- though my brother and I played a lot of video games as kids, I never really considered myself a gamer. I considered myself a misanthrope. We used to play the podracer and Harry Potter PC games together, and then later Super Smash Bros on the Game Cube, and I had a Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advanced mostly for car trips, and for a while I had a flirtation with Runescape, but none of those things ever felt central to my relaxation or identity. They were just things I did to pass the time outside of reading and writing and playing sports and going to school.

Now, video games are truly the only time I’m not multitasking. Since I don’t have cable, I watch TV/movies on my laptop, which means I can leave the tab playing while I browse Twitter or Tumblr or check emails or send out press releases. Even while I’m crocheting and watching something I take breaks for email and social media, all of which are not for personal reasons but to keep up with my creative projects.

Playing video games doesn’t allow me to do that, because my hands are busy with the controller and my eyes and mind are busy with the screen, anticipating enemy movement or building a dope homestead on an island west of post-apocalyptic Boston. Depending on how familiar I am with the game, I might also be listening to a podcast, but usually it’s just me and the adventure.

I almost exclusively play open world games, because I’m easily frustrated by not being allowed to forge my own paths to my destination and having to follow a single storyline. I like being able to peel off from the plot to massacre some raiders or spend twelve hours building a mansion for myself and my twelve dogs. My favorite game of all time is Fallout 4, which Quinn got me for my birthday back in 2015, but close behind are Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed: Origins. I played all the way through Dishonored, another Bethesda game (the developer behind Fallout and Skyrim), but it’s not as open as the other games and being stuck in a single quest was really annoying. It was a shorter game which helped me complete it, but overall it’s not an experience I’m likely to repeat.

I like that I can’t multitask during games- it keeps me present and actually allows me to relax (even if the game itself is tense). Never thought I’d end up being someone who plays video games as much as I do, but I’m grateful for the role it plays in my life.

Now, Bethesda, for the love of GOD stop coming out with crappy VR versions of 7 year old games and just give us a new Elder Scrolls already.


Bri Castellini is an indie filmmaker and Community Liaison at Stareable, our favorite web series hub. Watch Bri’s award-winning web series, Brains, HERE This post first appeared on her seriously cool blog.

Why Isn’t There A Word For That?

More of that crazy, zany word stuff that only scholars, geeks and – aw, you guessed – writers care about. That’s right, boys and girls (and scholars, geeks, and writers) we’re talking about words!

More about Arika, YouTube’s Patron Saint of Wordsmiths

Cartoon: ‘Stages of Work’

Grant Snider continues to awe us with his deep insight into the creative soul:

More of Grant Snider’s sensitive perception at Incidental Comics, HERE

Buy Grant’s wonderful book HERE

LB: Untold Tales of the Animated SILVER SURFER TV Series Ep. 19 Teleplay

by Larry Brody

Over the past several weeks I’ve posted the scripts for Season 2 Episodes 1 through 5 of the FoxKids Network The Silver Surfer animated series I ran for those who wondered what all of us involved in the show back in 1998 intended to come if we hadn’t been cancelled.

Today it’s the turn of Season 2 Episode 6, Down to Earth: Part One.  This one never got beyond “First Draft,” status because the possibility of the series returning was becoming dimmer. It’s dated April 24, 1998 and features the supergroup that started the original “Marvel Age of Comics.”

That’s right. This episode features my favorite heroes of all time, The Fantastic Four. Let me know if I got them right!

PREVIOUS SEASON TWO EPISODES:

THE END OF ETERNITY: PART TWO

SOUL HUNTER: PART ONE

SOUL HUNTER: PART TWO

REBIRTH

THE HUNGER


NOTE: If you’re new to TVWriter™ and/or to the original animated SS series, you have some backstory to catch up on. Fortunately, TVWriter™ just happens to have a section dedicated to The Silver Surfer. To reach it, CLICK HERE!

And now it’s time for:


THE SILVER SURFER

THE SILVER SURFER

DOWN TO EARTH: PART ONE

(FORMERLY “HOME ALONE: PART ONE”)

(#2147-19)

WRITTEN BY

LARRY BRODY

FIRST DRAFT
APRIL 24, 1998

THE SILVER SURFER

“DOWN TO EARTH: PART ONE”

TEASER

FADE IN:

EXT. DEEP SPACE – CLOSE ON A GOLDEN STAR

BLAZING brightly against the blackness of space. Suddenly,
part of the star moves, and we SEE that it is in fact NOVA,
literally swimming through the heart of this sun. She LAUGHS
gleefully, having a great time, as:

NOVA
Surfer! C’mon in, the water’s
fine!

THE SILVER SURFER

On his board, circling nearby. TENDRIL-LIKE sunspots cling
to him and then vanish as they are absorbed.

SILVER SURFER
I have no need to immerse myself.
I can absorb all the energy I need
from right here.

WIDER

Nova dives into the star, comes back up with flame streaming
from her the way water would on Earth.

NOVA
I’m not talking about nutrition,
Silverado, I’m talking about fun!

The Surfer soars closer to her, and Nova “splashes” him with
FLAME. With a backhanded BOLT OF THE POWER COSMIC, the
Surfer EXPLODES THE FIRE before it comes near him.

SILVER SURFER
How can I think about enjoyment?
This very universe is my creation,
yet is it filled with injustice!
(hard)
Why can I not make it perfect?
Why?!

Frustrated, the Surfer FIRES ANOTHER BOLT. We ANGLE WITH it
as the BOLT passes Nova and goes into the star, which ERUPTS
like a volcano with coronal energy.

BRODY THE SILVER SURFER 2147-19 FIRST DRAFT 04/24/98
2.

ANOTHER ANGLE

The ENERGY SWEEPS OUT at the Surfer and Nova, and they ride
along with it.

NOVA
Where I come from there’s an old
saying — “You deserve a break
today.”
(beat)
How ’bout you take some time off
your blamestorming and come with
me?

SILVER SURFER
You have decided where you are
going now that you no longer serve
Galactus?

NOVA
Only one place I want to go — a
sweet little mudball called Earth!

The Surfer considers for a short beat and then nods. The two
of them are soar away together, speeding up and
FORESHORTENING INTO WARP as we

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. SOLAR SYSTEM OF EARTH – THE SILVER SURFER AND NOVA

WARPING IN together just beyond Earth’s moon. Nova CLAPS HER
HANDS like an appreciative audience.

NOVA
Check it out, my friend, Pink
Floyd territory…

The Surfer follows Nova’s gaze to:

THEIR POV – THE MOON

Its far side facing us as:

NOVA (O.S.)
The dark side of the moon. And
beyond it —

We TIGHTEN PAST the moon to the surface of the Earth, and the
familiar outline of North America beneath swirling clouds.

BRODY THE SILVER SURFER 2147-19 FIRST DRAFT 04/24/98
3.

NOVA (O.S.)
(continuing)
Home sweet home!

BACK TO THE SILVER SURFER AND NOVA

As the young woman streaks toward Earth.

SILVER SURFER
Nova, wait! You are not who you
once were — and just as I found
when I returned to Zenn-La, your
world may be also be much changed!

ANOTHER ANGLE

Nova isn’t listening. She continues downward, and we HOLD ON
the Surfer’s look of concern. Quickly, he soars after her,
and we ANGLE FROM THE TWO OF THEM TO:

READ THE ENTIRE SCRIPT HERE