Lots of new visitors over the past few days, thanks to kind mentions on Blogger Buzz
, Dusk Til Dawn
-- the latter from my post on second-guessing Serenity's supposed failure
, and from Diane Kristine's terrific review
of my book, Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box
. Diane points out that the book isn't just for writers:
Crafty TV Writing will also appeal to the television fan keeners who want to take a peek at the wizardry behind the curtain, to discover how television shows are put together from the writers' perspective.
And so is this blog. It's about writing TV and movies, focusing on the craft of the writer: how we think and the tools we use. But it's not just for writers; it's about thinking
about TV and movies, for anyone who's interested in how they're invented by writers.
On the right sidebar there's a link to a few of my favorite posts
: there you'll find the best entries from the past few years. Other sidebar links will take you to information about my two books
, about my career as a screenwriter and producer
, and a radio interview
I did recently, as well as the usual blogroll. Happy reading!
Why do you think "PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST" screenplay sucked?
I have just seen the film and did not like it as much as I liked the first installment, of which I am not a fan, but feel is better than this one. I believe this one was too complicated, and not in a smart way! Jack Sparrow has a vague motivation - so vague that it switches back and forth between plans to achieve it. Subplots _ Turners in particular - do not counterpoint the theme in any way; they just lengthen the story. Some sequences - where Jack is taken as a god and the rest of the crew is captivated - are totally decorative. Fun to watch but do not further the narrative. And that violence! Don't the writers and the producers know that an important part of this film's target audience is children?
Great marketing, though. They have managed to create a hype similar to the Matrixes. My guess is, third installment will not make as much money as this one, just like "Revolutions" could not match "Reloaded"s boxoffice.
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