Oliver Parsons

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Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander on Rev - the sitcom that has them rolling in the pews

With none of the otherworldly airs or whisky-soaked vices of stereotyped TV priests, this thoughtful comedy shows the day-to-day reality of a religious calling: 'It's f***ing hard!'<p>"It was important to us that the priest is not represented as a complete idiot in the show," says Tom Hollander. He's …

Carol Leifer talks life in TV sitcoms, from 'Seinfeld' to 'Devious Maids'

<i>Veteran TV writer Carol Leifer has tapped her storied Hollywood career as fodder for a new memoir,</i> How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying.</i> …

20 Years Later, ‘Dinosaurs’ Is Still TV’s Weirdest Family Sitcom

Sometimes I’m convinced that <i>Dinosaurs</i> was just a fever dream. A four-season, 65-episode-long fever dream about clunky dinosaur puppets going through …

TV

Subtext: Sight vs. Insight

Subtext is what a character is really saying between the lines, and it is revealed by a character’s actions and reactions.<p>If the text is the words we …

Screenwriting

Stephen King on Writing, Fear, and the Atrocity of Adverbs

<i>“Employ a simple and straightforward style,”</i> <b>Mark Twain</b> instructed in the 18th of his 18 famous literary admonitions. And what greater enemy of simplicity and straightforwardness than the adverb? Or so argues <b>Stephen King</b> in <b>On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft</b> (<i>public library</i>), one of 9 essential books …

How To Be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done From Joss Whedon

The writer-producer-director who made Much Ado About Nothing while editing The Avengers, and who’ll return to TV this fall with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., knows a bit about “getting things done.” In fact, he cites David Allen’s book of that title as an important guide–even if he never finished reading …

Nobody Knows Anything #9: Deep Metaphors

<i>By Charles Peirce</i><p>Deep Metaphors are a concept from Harvard Professor, marketer, and researcher Gerald Zaltman that find their obvious use in …

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 3: The Thing Your Character Wants vs. The Thing Your Character Needs

The Lie Your Character Believes is the reason for all character arcs. After all, if everything’s hunky-dunky, why change? We might think of the Lie …

5 Ways to Hook Your Readers

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>"You need a strong hook" is advice you hear a lot of in writing, and it's good advice. A strong hook pulls readers in …

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes

People hate change. We may sit around and wish our lives were different, but when the rubber really starts streaking the tarmac, we usually find …

How to Make Your Horror Screenplay More Effective

Horror is a film genre that is much more complex than it appears to be. The violence, sex, and gore speak to our deepest fears, anxieties, cultural …

Desperate Housewives Script - Pilot

The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

<i>The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations</i> is a descriptive list which was created by Georges Polti to categorize every dramatic situation that might occur …

The Types Of Fear In Horror Films

Fear is a negative emotional response precipitated by an actual or perceived danger. It often manifests as anxiety or an increased awareness of …

What Is Emotion And Why Is It So Important To Your Screenwriting?

I’ve previously talked about emotionally engaging your reader, or giving your audience an emotional response to improve your screenplays, but how do …

How To Write a Screenplay: The 5 Step Process

Have you ever fantasized about writing a Hollywood movie? Or, with a bit of luck, create the next great TV series?<p>In a visual age, with the decline …

Periodic table of storytelling (chart)

Published on Aug 22, 2013<p>1,366<p>Absolutely awesome chart by deviantARTist DawnPaladin.<p>Conflict is the essential part of every story, but there are so …

Creating Suspense in Your Script

Suspense is much more than a genre. Just like conflict, suspense is something that every screenplay should have, regardless of the genre. It is a …

10 Memorable Opening Scenes in Film

Truth be told, there are few greater pleasures in the world than a kick-ass opening scene.<p>An audience walks into a movie theatre with expectations, …

Screenwriting

An introduction to screenwriting

Overview<p>Screenwriting is no more complicated than old French torture chambers, I think. It's about as simple as that.<b><br>James L Brooks</b><p>From plotting your first draft to pitching your final script to a producer, this comprehensive one day seminar covers everything you need to know about screenwriting. …

Screenwriting

Some Artists Sign Their Masterpieces, But Nicolas Jolly's Mark is the Art

A quick glance at Nicolas Jolly's most recent work and it could be easy to simply write it off as swirling, Van Gogh inspired works of art. By now we …

Gehard Demetz: The Invocation

Gehard Demetz could perhaps be called a modern-day Geppetto—but instead of woodcarving puppets with curiously growing noses, he creates lifelike limewood sculptures of children that captivate as much as they unsettle. Each child holds a special object—not a pacifier or teddy bear, but objects …

Art

10 Designers' Chic Outdoor Dining Spots

There's nothing more satisfying than dining alfresco.<p>There's nothing more satisfying than a feast in the open air. Ten designers show us where they like to gather with friends.

Is Your Mom The Ultimate Hostess? She'll Love These Gifts

Finds for the hostess with the most-est.<p>Ensure that your mom is fully equipped for her next dinner party with these classic entertaining finds.