Typing Faster

July 3, 2009

Friday Link Roundup: July 3rd, 2009

Filed under: Friday Link Roundup — petertypingfaster @ 12:40 pm

A bunch of writing / film related links that I stumbled across this week and thought were worth sharing.

1. An Interview with Steven Bochco

Initially found courtesy of Alex Epstein.

Bochco’s one of the greats, and he’s got some fabulous advice for anyone new to a field.

“Your only job is to get invited back. Don’t try to win an Oscar; don’t try to win an Emmy; just get invited back. Because that’s how you progress in life.” – Steven Bochco

Definitely words to live by.

2. The great Denis “One ‘N'” McGrath rocking out on the Tyranny of “Why?”

At the heart of the post is a simple observation:

The Brits used to make movies about “what happened.” The Americans make movies about “what happens next.” And we tend to get pushed into movies about “why it happened.” Which as box office shows – nobody really gives a shit about.

Two of them can lead to pretty good, or even great — films and TV shows.

But the “Why…” The Why will kill you every time.

Go learn from Denis. He’s one of the smartest guys in the Canadian TV racket.

3. Jane of Ruts and Grooves talks Premise in two parts.

These posts are from May, but whenever I find myself talking to someone about what makes a good premise, I usually wind up sending them over to take a look at those posts.

Take the first couple of examples she gives:

1) The social significance of marriage is explored while two families and two generations experience different problems in their relationships.

2) A son tries to keep his feuding parents together while planning the perfect proposal to his longterm boyfriend.

The first I’d call an idea; the second, a premise. Which do you think will be easier to write?

Definitely a good read.

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