Posts tagged television
Posts tagged television
Thinking about doing Twelve Days of Screenwriting again this year. It’s a fun creative refresh for screenwriters over the holidays. There are activities everyday but no pressure. It’s just a way to do a little writing and even more importantly to reboot yourself creatively. You can create a little space for yourself during times that can be hectic. It’s all related to holiday traditions, stories and myths so it keeps you in the holiday spirit too. And, as always, it’s FREE.
It needs a little retooling. I have a nice Holiday Horror day to add. If I can get it finished I might run it on Tumblr this time.
And you can make it work for pretty much any kind of writing.
"Whether you set your story in the offices of a glossy fashion magazine, or simply the domestic home front, the world inhabited by your characters will reveal what you think about women’s lives"
Um, maybe limiting those settings to that range reveals a lot about attitudes to women. Seriously? Women are combat soldiers now too. And going on to talk about how men are changing via bromance and NOT about how all these traditional women’s roles, viewpoints etc. are changing reveals even more, even as the overriding conflict for women is noted to be gender expectations, is pretty funny. Mentioning conventional expectations of women as harmony or union bringers and then going on to recommend embracing that as women’s voice also seems pretty funny again in light of discussing how much of conflict for women is being held to stereotypes. Women’s roles are very often badly written and for these very reasons. Women’s voice is not about stereotypical representations and focus, which is exactly why so many female characters are written as two dimensional, stereotypical, plot devices and just plain uninteresting and unauthentic. Until all writers, male and female, choose to step out of cognitive bias and represent women authentically, women’s voice is pretty meaningless. On the other hand, at a time when, as noted above, women’s roles are changing and we have massive cultural conflicts around this, such as fundamentalist religions and social groups that want to return women to roles that are straight out of the Dark Ages, rising fights for LGBT rights such as marriage, women in combat roles, and woman on woman hate for everything from clothing choices to parenting and even lack of acceptance in nerd culture, exploring the struggle and ambivalence that women experience is more likely to reveal an authentic voice and create fresh characters that are not just another stereotype.
Think of it this way. Some African Americans are very good at sports which supports a stereotype, but would you recommend being a bringer of knowledge about athletics as suitable to representing an African American voice? Insert any cultural, ethnic stereotype and it becomes apparent that traditional, conventional etc are only part of the picture. Exploring how that stereotype challenges real human beings can reveal a much richer character with a real human voice.
"Before you call a type of behaviour a disorder, it should cause enduring patterns that deviate from the expectations of society. These are some of the symptoms of a disorder."
It’s not easy writing a script, especially when it comes to creating memorable dialogue. How many times have you had to re-write a scene because you couldn’t figure out how to make the characters sound different? Well now there’s a new, free-to-download software, that transforms every word you write into walking, talking, animated characters.
There was only $50 on the line, but millions of people would feel the impact of this little wager.
Writing and Selling Screenplays with Dov Simens
The man who taught Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan, Guy Ritchioe, Will Smith, Baz Lurhmann, Paul Brooks
Become a writer, they said. It will be fun, they said….
Thanks to @SeanHood for passing this along
Network Notes. genius.