30 October, 2009

Linkage - 30/10/2009

Why Britain can’t do The Wire
Prospect
"The critically acclaimed US television drama could not be made here. We have writing talent in abundance, but its output is controlled by a stifling monopoly—the BBC. Plus, an interview with The Wire's creator David Simon"
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We must embrace failure to find great success in drama
Broadcast
"It’s worth the risk if we find the next great British drama series, says Ben Stephenson."
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Can the writers change the script?
Screendaily.com
"On paper, these cash-conscious times look particularly tough for screenwriters. But, as Geoffrey Macnab reports, the sector is also developing a powerful sense of collective identity which may help to redefine the writers’ role in the film-making process"
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10 Story Techniques You Must Use to Sell Your Script
Truby's Take
"The key question that all screenwriters should ask themselves is: how do I write a script that Hollywood wants to buy? Most writers mistakenly think that success is all about connections and star power. Not so. The real trick to writing a script that will sell is to know and use Hollywood’s central marketing strategy. And that can be summed up in one word: genres."
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The Three Fundamental Problems of Screenplay Development
Fast Screenplay
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The art of pitching
Broadcast
"Television needs to take the art of pitching more seriously, especially in today’s winner-takes-all media environment, writes Paul Boross."
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Storytelling is Eternal, Great Stories are Timeless
Walterhisownself
"Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms. We can surmise that storytelling was an integral part of our standard repertoire when our primitive ancestors sketched their hunting exploits on the walls of caves. "
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Screenplay Tips Archive (101 articles)
Life Tips
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Acts or reels?
Filmmaker.com
"If you’re like me, from your genesis as a screenwriter, from the very first screenwriting book you read, you were exposed to three-act structure – or from your first playwriting book, if you come from the theater. And if you’re even more like me, you felt even then that something was lacking. And if you are me, you’ve always had a nagging feeling there must be a better approach to story out there."
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Hey Screenwriters, Enough With The Backstory-Rationing Already!
AV Club
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Hey Jealousy
Julie Gray
"Ah, jealousy among writers. I know it well. Believe me, I’ve felt that green-eyed monster rise up with me more than once, and I’ve both seen it affect writers I know personally and infect anonymous writers on message boards like a veritable 28 Days Later. Why, my former writing partner recently experienced some wonderful news and (along with some congratulations, to be fair) was attacked on a message board by a few jealous/angry sorts who didn’t think the good news qualified as actual good news and couldn’t let it go"
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Where Do Ideas Come From?
LIfehack
"What separates the creative from the not-so-creative isn’t so much the ability to come up with ideas but the ability to trust them, or to trust ourselves to realize them."
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Creating a Biopic Brings Peril, Pitfalls
Backstage
"The trick to writing or making a biopic is: Don't make a biopic. Meaning, it has to be something else that's bigger than the life that you're writing about. The details of someone's life are just not that interesting. You really have to cut the line between making a compelling drama and being truthful to what actually happened. Facts are boring; the truth is fascinating."
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Download "Turing's Test": an exclusive new radio play
Independent
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Links to 80 literary magazines
Virginia Quarterly Review
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Nice writing assignments via competition
Scifi Scanner
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50 Essential Web Apps for Freelancers
webappstorm
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