I Just Found the Best Site…

by Larry Brody

…For how-to info on writing/producing/directing/you-name-it.

Why’re you still sitting there? Get thee to http://guru.bafta.org and check out everything that’s there. It’s the UK version of the U.S. Motion Picture Academy, but, as usual (except for the surveillance camera thing) the Brits get it right.

Of particular interest to writers/creators:

TV Drama Commissioners: Ben Stephenson (BBC)

The Controller of Drama Commissioning discusses what he’s looking for across BBC One, Two and Three and how to approach the corporation with an idea.

Screenwriting

It all starts here. Every line of dialogue and piece of action first appeared on the blank page of the screenwriter.

Producing

As the driving force behind a project, a producer’s tenacity and commitment ensures it’s delivered on time, budget and much more.

Craft

That killer line of dialogue. The melodic phrase that caught your ear. Here’s where we hone in on the many individual crafts that are essential to production.

With quotes like these:

  • “If the ending is going to surprise anybody, it should surprise you first.” Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • “There should be no fear of failure. What are we afraid of? We have stories to tell.” Caryn Mandabach
  • “I look to be afraid. Overcoming fear is perhaps the best teacher.” Viggo Mortenson

Gotta go now. Time to devour this site.

A Show I’d Probably Watch

by Larry Brody

Having spent most of my life feeling like a really lost, Lost Boy, this one’s a natural to me:

Imagine & 20th Century Fox TV Prep Peter Pan-Themed Series ‘The League Of Pan’
by Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: One of the first high-profile series projects for next season is coming together. 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV are developing The League Of Pan, a fairytale-themed drama series that takes on the story of Peter Pan. Based on an idea by up-and-coming writer Brian McCauley Johnson, League Of Pan is described as a re-imagining of the Peter Pan mythology. Set in modern day, it centers around the Lost Boys and takes place 10 years after they’ve left Neverland. Imagine TV and 20th TV are in the process of searching for a showrunner who would co-write the pilot script with Johnson. With a showrunner on board, the project will be taken out to the networks.

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munchman: And the Award for Most Useless Showbiz “Analysis” Ever Goes to…

…TheWrap.Com, of course.

Emmy vs. Oscar: Which Honors the More Substantial Work?
by Steve Pond

It’s become conventional wisdom that there’s more vital work taking place these days on television than in movies.

At some point, goes the story, a bunch of TV writers tired of the usual small-screen fare and started stretching their creative muscles. (And strangely, lots of them were named David: David Milch did “NYPD Blue,” David Chase did “The Sopranos,” David Simon did “The Wire”…)

But how long has it really been going on? And how is it reflected in the awards picture? If one were to compare the Emmy-winning drama series and the Oscar-winning movie from each year, which medium would consistently deliver the more significant achievement?

I did just that, and the results aren’t pretty for Oscar, at least not lately. Since 2000, we’ve had 11 Best Picture winners and 11 Emmy drama-series champs—and by my reckoning, the TV shows have been more substantial, and more impactful in the culture, nine of those 11 years.

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By his reckoning? Who the fuck is he and how did he arrive at his reckoning? His own personal taste? Don’t get me started.

Oh-oh, too late. I’m revving. Under orders, as I am, to be cooler than I, um, may have been in the past, I’ll just go back to the basic premise of Mr. Pond’s masturbation article: Hollywood trade organizations – cuz that’s all the TV and film “academies” are, don’t you know? – honoring “substantial work?” In your dreams, Steve-o. You know, the ones about you and the Davids in the steam bath with Revolta swapping writing tips?

Seems to me that if a site like The Wrap, which makes, like, real money from real advertising, unlike TVWriter™, which has no advertising at all because whenever we contact those miserable ad reps to get them to buy some space they in turn put on the pressure for us to buy from them so we can improve our visitor stats and attract – maybe – Final Draft or Creative Screenwriting or some other niche company that has no money and just wants to trade links anyway…

Where was I? Crap. Oh, wait – if a site like The Wrap is looking to fill up pages so people don’t notice that 90% of it is P.R. handouts, they could at the very least give us something helpful or fun, like pictures of hookers hanging with Michael Bay, because catering to my fantasies over some other writer’s definitely gets my vote.

Bottom line: Forget TheWrap. Go to P.R. wire. Or Deadline.Com because even though Nikki’s got a lot of the same stuff she’s nutsy fun.

munchman

munchman: I Miss the Olsen Twins

Remember what fun the countdown to their 18th birthday was?

Mary-Kate, Ashley Slammed as “Trollsens” By PETA for New Designer Fur Bag

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are being ripped by PETA over a new fur bag from their luxury line, The Row.

The actresses-turned-designers recently unveiled the patchwork purse, which retails for a whopping $16,900 and is also available with calf and alligator skin.

In a statement furnished to Gossip Cop, PETA blasts the Olsens for the product, saying, “If it looks like a troll and acts like a troll, it’s probably a Trollsen Twin — or someone wearing one of their new $16,000 totes, which are made from the fur and skins of innocent animals.”

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So many openings for jokes. So little interest…

munchman

LOUIE is Back! Tonight!

A TVWriter™ Don’t Miss, even if the Hollywood Reporter, which becomes more obsolete by the second, loves it. Sometimes even dying publications can get their swan songs right. (? Never mind. Sorry.)

Louie: TV Review
by Tim Goodman

Still TV’s greatest comedy, with observational humor, a sad-sack life, a fearless look into the mundane — FX’s “Louie” is a thing of original beauty…

The Bottom Line
A fictional look at the life of Louie C.K., based kinda-sorta on his own, filled with outrageous laughs, a DIY sensibility, no creative interference and the kind of ground-up originality that’s so simple and hilariously true that it almost shocks you with how naturalistic the show is…

In its third season Louie is the gold standard for comedy and it remains both ridiculous and humanistic as ever, like a show handed over to a guy who didn’t want to make something the way that everybody before him had.

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