OBEY: A Film That’s Actually About Something

chris hedges
Movies should be about something. They should bug us. Otherwise, why bother going thru all that crap to make one?

…Something real.

And very upsetting.

See the film from Studiocanoe

Based on the book “Death of the Liberal Class” by Chris Hedges.

It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.

The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognise the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity.

It was made completely of clips found on the web.

Music by Clark (warp.net/records/clark)

Warning – this film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Which we have to say here and now is probably why we like it.

Top TVWriter™ Posts for the Week Ending 2/22/13


Here they are, the most viewed TVWriter™ posts for the past week:

HOUSE OF CARDS Is a Losing Hand.

Did We Mention That the TVWriter™ Theme for the Day is – Rejection! (Part 2)

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Want to Read the Most Highly Praised Screenplays of 2012?

Why We Totally Hate HBO’s GIRLS

And our most viewed resource pages were:


Writing the Dreaded Outline



The Teleplay

Thanks for making this another great week, and don’t forget to read what you missed, re-read what you loved, and, most importantly, come back for more soon!

Dammit, We Missed IndieReCon!


Indie ReCon, an interweb conference for self-publishing writers and their support groups, ended yesterday, and from all reports was a worthwhile event chock full of info for what are now called – and rightly so – indie writers and publishers.

We meant to write about this last week, when you could have, you know, actually attended the event. But what with one thing and another, the post got lost in the scheduling shuffle. (Maybe cuz it wasn’t about TV writing per se, but hell, writing’s writing, no?)

The good news, however, is that the Indie ReCon site is still up, and on it are the most helpful articles we’ve ever read for self-publishing indie writers et al. For example:

  • Indie Publishing Then and the WOW of Now by LM Preston
  • Indie Authors Selling eBooks in Bookstores by of Kobo
  • Your Book as an App by Richard Smith of Bowker Identifier Services
  • Top 10 Tips for Successful Self-Publishing by Barbara Freethy
  • Chat with Steena Holmes and her agent, Pamela Harty from TKA (the Knight Agency)
  • Partnering with an Agent by Steena Holmes
  • All about Audio by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
  • Breaking into International Markets by Orna Ross of ALLIi
  • The Double Life: Walking the Fence in Publishing by Nancy Holder
  • Measuring Success by Susan Kaye Quinn
  • The Magic of Awards and Reviews by Amy Edelman
  • Creative Book Launches That Command Attention by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
  • 12 Steps to Blog Tour Success by Joel Friedlander
  • Building an Author Brand by Ali Cross
  • Build Your Mailing List! 5 Ideas That Really Work by DuoLit
  • Reaching Your Readers Online by Brittany Geragotelis
  • How Can You Use Social Media to Your Advantage? by Jason Letts of the Kindle Fire Department
  • Building a Sense of Community by Melissa Foster of World Literary Cafe
  • Importance of SEO and Metatagging Part 2 by Lori Culwell
  • Importance of SEO and Metatagging, Part 1 by Lori Culwell
  • Marketing Plans Made Easy! by S.R. Johannes
  • How to Sell a Million Books (Vlog Joanna Penn interviews CJ Lyons
  • Capturing the Magic of Self-Publishing Middle Grade with Sybil Nelson & Laura Pauling
  • Releasing Singles and Listening to the Audience by Hugh Howey
  • Secrets to a Successful Series by Addison Moore
  • The New Adult Wave in Indie Publishing by M. Leighton
  • Building a Bestselling Publishing Team by Miral Sattar of BiblioCrunch
  • 10 Ways to Make Your Cover Stand Out in the Crowd by Alicia Kat Dillman
  • An Editor Reveals Her Best Secrets by Cheri Lasota
  • Setting the Foundation for Your Writing Career: A Business Plan by Denise Grover Swank
  • Self-Publishing Basics: Part 2 by Heather McCorkle
  • Self-Publishing Basics: Part 1 by Heather McCorkle
  • Costs of Self Publishing by Miral Sattar of BiblioCrunch
  • 7 Worst Mistakes Indie Authors Make by Joanna Penn
  • Sidestepping the Stigma of Self-Publishing by Colleen Hoover
  • Entrepreneurial Authors Wear Many Hats by S.R. Johannes
  • The Honest Inside Scoop or the Pros and Cons of Indie Publishing by Jessie Harrell

And more, all of it HERE.

Speaking of Oscar Nominated Shorts…


…This is a my-T-fine one:

Further proof that animation of any kind no longer is a kiddy format. And surprising news that somebody who could get this made in, you know, “Hollywood” actually understands mature relationships, Timothy Reckart’s HEAD OVER HEELS makes this a smiley, optimistic day.

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/22/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • George R.R. Martin (GAME OF THRONES) has signed an overall deal with HBO to continue on THRONES and also develop and produce new series. (We admit it. We love this guy. Everything he writes perfectly justifies our, you know, paranoia worldview.)
  • Want to write an animated TV series based on FarmVille? (We didn’t think so, but if you do, have your peeps get in touch with Brett Ratner’s peeps cuz he’s all gung-ho about such a project and doesn’t have a writer – or network – for it yet.)
  • Justin Herber & Adam Hoff (no credits, which is cool) are writing the pilot for THE EDGE, a thriller type drama about dark goings-on at a hot financial institution for USA. (Music legend John Legend looks like the guy who made the deal…but he doesn’t have any TV credits either, does he?)
  • Frank Spotnitz (THE X-FILES) is adapting Philip K. Dick’s muy heavy novel The Man in the High Castle into a Syfy TV film. (We know Frank’s a Big Writing Gun, but how do you get good science fiction past the Syfy Gateskeepers of Crap? Even with Ridley Scott on board to produce?)