Once Upon a Time, In the Name of the Brother: Monsters, Men, and Fun With Visuals (Part 3)

I finally got around to installing Google Analytics, so soon I’ll be able to get a sense of how many people read this blog, how many are new readers and how many are returning readers. To my returning readers, welcome back for the third and final installment of my “In the Name of the Brother” recap. To my new readers, please take a moment to read Part 1 and Part 2. Continue reading

The Importance of Fanfiction

(Fanfiction, in case you didn’t know, is just what it sounds like: fiction written by the fans of a book, a film, or a TV show that uses the same characters and/or setting as said book, film, or TV show.)

The other day I was talking with someone in one of my classes about fanfiction and the fact that some fanfiction (50 Shades of Grey being the best-known example at the moment) goes on to become published work under new character names. She said she didn’t think this was so good, and that fanfiction really ought to stay fanfiction. I think she had a point, but I also think that fanfiction has a place in the world of a professional writer. After all–as I pointed out to her–is writing for television not just glorified fanfiction? Continue reading

Once Upon a Time, In the Name of the Brother: Monsters, Men, and Fun With Visuals (Part 2)

Part One can be viewed here.

I have to say, with some regret but no remorse, that this sparse, sporadic posting schedule I’ve got going on is probably going to become the norm for the foreseeable future, given that most of my teachers are not real considerate of the fact that I’m trying to run a blog. That, and my personal life has been getting in the way surprisingly frequently as of late. Continue reading

Oh Say Can You Scene: Match Point

This is a new segment that I’m trying out for the blog, and if it goes well I might do more of them. Although the primary focus of this blog is TV and TV writing, I’m also interested in feature-length films and the examples that they provide of good writing and storytelling techniques. Instead of trying to analyze an entire film, however, I’m going to be focusing on one particular scene from a film. I hope that you enjoy it. Continue reading

The Theme Music for a Show that Hasn’t Been Made

This is something that I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks and I’m really excited to share it. I mentioned on my “About Me” page that I like arranging music. Normally I like to write arrangements using existing music, but on rare occasions I’ll compose original stuff. Recently I woke up with a couple of interesting jazz sounds going around in my head and I started composing the piece below. It wasn’t until I finished, though, that I realized that it sounds sort of like the theme music for a not-too-serious crime drama.

If you want, take a moment to listen to it. Go ahead–I’ll wait.

Doesn’t it? I was thinking the first 35 seconds might play over the opening titles and then the rest would play over the end credits. Admittedly, this mental association could be due in part to the fact that I’ve had the premise for a crime drama knocking around in my head for the past couple of days.

Let the record show that I did not fall off the turnip truck yesterday and I am fully aware that writers do not control the theme music in their shows. But for people who like to think in terms of music (this doesn’t necessarily include me as a rule), writing some experimental theme music for a writing project could potentially be helpful in expressing the central tone of the piece. I know I’m looking forward to writing my crime drama a lot more after hearing this music.

Are there any musical people reading this? Let me know what you think of this idea.

The Walking Dead: While You Were Sleeping (Part 1)

I’m going to be trying something a little different today. So far, every TV show I’ve mentioned on this blog is one that I’ve either seen in its entirety or seen a significant amount of. However, I haven’t yet viewed past the pilot of The Walking Dead. I want to. It’s a good show, and I’ll have some nice things to say about it shortly. But it’ll be interesting to see how I fare in my commentary without the benefit of hindsight. Continue reading