“For kids growing up. there’s no difference between watching Avatar on their iPad or watching You Tube on their TV and watching Game of Thrones on their computer. It’s all content. It’s all story.”
2013 Edinburgh Television Festival
I’ve written over 2,000 post on this blog and less than 100 of them have been on TV writing. But that’s changing this year. And maybe Tv writing is the wrong term now that Netflix, Amazon, You Tube and others are creating content.
There are reports showing teenagers spending most of their screen time with smartphones, laptops and tablets —and less than 25% watching content on a traditional television set. I’ve met college students and twentysomethings who by chose don’t go to movies much or even own a television.
It’s like first we had silent movies, then sync sound movies, then television was added to the landscape, then cable, and now we have digital streaming and downloading. Storytelling isn’t going away, but how we tell stories is morphing into something new. And we may not even be able to define it (or name it) until the next iteration comes our way.
But I would to gleam as much as I can from what has traditionally been called television writing. And I hope to start that Monday with an in-depth look at the differences between movies and TV.
Until then I’ve found 16 posts that I’ve written in the past centered around television (as varied as Breaking Bad and The Beverly Hillbillies):
Is Tv the Best Place to Tell Your Story? “[Television is] the natural progression for any indie filmmaker.”— Edward Burns (Public Morals)
TV vs. Feature Films “I’ve experienced more heartbreak in the movie business than in the TV business.”—Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad)
How to Create a TV Cult Classic “Would you like to know how to create, write, and produce a comedy cult classic television series? It’s as easy as falling off a log—into a sea of quicksand filled with alligators, piranhas, rattlesnakes…” Writer/Producer Sherwood Schwartz (creator of Gilligan’s Island)
‘Mad Men’ Diet & Workout “I’ve learned that tenacity is a common part of the personalities of successful writers whom I have met.” (Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner)
The Beverly Hills—Ozarks Connection ‘Imagine someone from that Civil War era sitting here in this car with us, going 60 miles an hour down a modern highway…I think that’s where the idea [for The Beverly Hillbillies] came from because in my experience as a Boy Scout in the Ozarks I found there were pockets of historical places where people resisted modernization.”—Paul Henning