‘1917’ Explained by Cinematographer Roger Deakins

Far too many showbiz newcomers don’t seem to understand what cinematographers – also known as Directors of Photography – do. Here, one of the true greats in the field (with 2 Oscars, 5 BAFTAs, and 15 Oscar nominations for Best Cinematographer) gives us the inside scoop.

Here at TVWriter™ we believe it’s especially important to know what every crew member does because it’s the writer’s job to please the crew every bit as much as it’s the crew’s to please the writer.

WGAW January 2021 Calendar

Here’s what going on, socially and professionally,  at the Writers Guild of America West this month:

January 2021

Events listed are current at time of publication. Dates and details are subject to change during the month. read article

Police Have a ‘Secret Weapon’ to Stop Fans Streaming Pirate TV

Usually in this Tuesday morning space we bring the latest developments in cord cutting. The latest positive developments, we mean. Today, however, to get the New Year off to a start, we’ve got a whole other angle to explore.

What do you think about the substance of the article below? Positive? Negative? Let us know.

by Andy Maxwell

Police, anti-piracy groups, and sports companies are fighting a battle, not only to prevent pirate IPTV services from operating but also to stop fans from becoming illegal streaming customers. Interestingly, a potent part of their arsenal consists only of carefully constructed words that, when delivered into the hands of the lazy and unscrupulous, can be amplified to distort and mislead. read article

…And We’re Back to Work!

The More Things Change, The More They Don’t

Greetings from TVWriter™ after our glorious Holiday Vacay!

Herbie J Pilato: My Top Ten Animated Christmas Specials of All Time

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part I of Christmas Joy brought to us all by TVWriter™ legendary Contributing Editor Emeritus Herbie J Pilato.


by Herbie J Pilato

1]  A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (CBS, 1965): Directed by Bill Melendez. Written by Charles Schulz.

Young voice-over talent Peter Robbins made his indelible mark as Charlie Brown in this poignant holiday classic that spawned a series of similar specials for every holiday. Here, Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas and the perfect tree. While directing a school play, he ultimately finds both, though not before our young low-acheiver is confronted by a number of obstacles. None the least of these conflicts is presented by his own dog Snoopy’s obsession with winning first prize for a local decorations competition, or by his mean-spirited peers who mock his choice of a tiny sickly tree. read article