Posts TVWriter™ Wishes We’d Published First

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This week’s collection of recent articles from other websites about TV, TV writing, TV biz, etc., etc. is as diverse as its disparate origins can make it.

As usual, the plan here is for you to click on the headlines over the excerpts below and visit the site to read the posts in full…and if anybody asks, tell ’em TVWriter™ sentcha, okay?

TV Is Using Social Media Poorly, But We Have Ideas</>
by Steve Safran

As we look at the fall TV season, one thing is clear: The networks are largely failing at using social media to promote their shows and to interact with their audiences. Social media is a critical tool, especially for new shows hoping to find an audience. But very few programs are going beyond the bare minimum of having a modest social media presence. That’s not enough….

Writing the Next Chapter in Cuba’s Television History
by James O’Neal

Television broadcasting is nothing new here; actually it dates back to the time of the big post-World War II U.S. TV launch. Two Havana stations took to the air in the fall of 1950 and additional stations soon followed, providing coverage to most of this island nation. And just as in the States, national networks were established and eventually color television became a reality….

17 Resources For Writing About Troubled Fictional Characters
by Amanda Patterson

If you want to write about mental health issues, we encourage you to research the subject thoroughly and to approach experts in the field for advice. We are not experts, but we do have resources and articles on the site that you may find helpful when creating troubled characters in fiction….

From “Buffy” Extra To Creating An “Empire”: The Unlikely Journey Of Danny Strong
by Joe Berkowitz

Danny Strong started out frequently typecast as a nerd on shows like Saved by the Bell: The New Class and the Clueless TV series. Around the time of his low-key breakout moment on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, though, he began honing an entirely different skill set: screenwriting. By the time Gilmore Girls was wrapping up in 2007, he had sold his first screenplay….

That’s it for now. Seeya next week!

Peggy Bechko’s First Appearance on TVWriter™

by Team TVWriter™

It has come to our attention that 2016 has been Peggy Bechko’s fifth year of writing for TVWriter™. Her first appearance here was September 23, 2012, and inasmuch as we’ve already missed four anniversaries of  one of our 3 most popular contributors, we’ve decided to rectify that situation right now, before we, you know, forget.

Here then is something we think everybody will enjoy: Contributing Editor Peggy Bechko’s first TVWriter™ column, almost exactly as it appeared on what was for LB, Munchman, and so many thousands of TVWriter™’s regular visitors, a singularly wonderful day.

Happy Anniversary(ies), Peggy!


Peggy Bechko: Writing Tips From One of TVWriter™’s Favorite Writers

My good friend Larry Brody, head honcho here at TVWriter™ seems to think my input on writing might be a welcome thing – so I’m happy to oblige.

I think as writers we all hear a lot of ‘tips’. How to do this, that and the other. You know, kind of nuts and bolts sort of thing. I also believe writers get a lot of that basic advice everywhere, so I think I’ll take a different direction and use broader strokes. We’re going to skip the grammar, punctuation, spelling thing and hit on other topics. I mean, English is the basic tool of communication. I hope you’ve learned it. If you haven’t, then do it. Lots of classes and information online and at local community colleges. Enough said on that subject.

So what am I going to talk about here in the way of tips?

1. A writer writes. Sounds simple? It is. It’s also hard. But the fact of the matter is, if you’re a writer you’ll be writing…a lot. I don’t care what kind of a writer you are. This is one size fits all. So don’t talk about it. Do it.

2. Don’t be afraid to shock. Okay, your Mama taught you good manners, you don’t like to make a scene, yadda, yadda, yadda. But, as a writer that needs to be set aside – at least some of the time. In fact, quite a lot of the time. Writing a story, creating fiction, whether screen script, novel or short story, is a condensation of life. There’s lots of stuff in life that’s just shocking naturally. And, really, it gets attention. Doesn’t have to be big shocks, can be small shocking. But to keep eyeballs firmly attached to your work, well, something startling needs to happen. Lunch at the kitchen table with no zip doesn’t cut it.

3. Go to the dark side. Dig deep into your own psyche and uncover the characteristics and traits you really don’t want to show the world. Then put them on full display in your book or screen script. Oh, and you don’t need to let folks know that’s really you.

4. Keep yourself physically fit. Really. No kidding. Get exercise. Move. Do other things you love that involve getting your butt out of your chair in front of the computer. Seriously. If you’re fit you feel better. If you feel better you write better. Try a stand-up desk. Do something! Get moving. If you don’t, you’ll pay the price. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

5. Rethink Normal. I mean what the heck is normal anyway? What was ‘normal’ some time back is no longer normal now. It’s kind of like trying to define crazy. Crazy really is in context to the society in which one lives. Normal is along those lines, but a bit broader. “Normal” weather isn’t ‘normal’ in many places any more. Societal views change with the passage of time. Don’t think you have to be stuck with normal or even that you really know what normal is. Be curious, open, and ready to use whatever you discover to keep your writing fresh and original.

6. Be yourself. Yes, you. Write in your voice. Don’t think you have to imitate someone else. Yes, at times you’ll write parallel to someone else. It’s a weird phenomena that happens. Keep writing and never, never give up.

Now I’m going to take my own advice and go work on my novel, or was that script…whatever…I already took my morning walk.

About Peggy Bechko:

I’m a freelance writer with a special love for fiction by day and jewelry creator by night I share my home in Santa Fe, New Mexico with my husband, three dogs and a bird. You can see my new young/new writer help book called “Out of Thin air” online at http://amzn.to/OUuwT3 and check out my jewelry creations at my etsy shop at
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverStreak

LB: ‘Spider-Man Unlimited’ News

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NOVEMBER 28, 2016 UPDATE: The good folks at Russian Spider-Man website THWIP have stepped right into the breach and created a video that turns the Spider-Man Unlimited Second Season arc into a dazzling visual display in both English and Russian language versions. It’s up on YouTube right now, and you can see the English version HERE.


Like the heading on this article says, after lo, these many, many years, TVWriter™ has some new news about Spider-Man Unlimited.

Nope, sorry, the news isn’t that after sixteen years of being off the air, the series is returning to broadcast TV. That web, sadly, has disintegrated.

But there is good news. Responding to a recent email from a fan of the show, I did some research and discovered some files I’d thought were lost long ago – all the first (and only produced) season scripts for the series, the planned overall story arc for the unproduced second season, and – drum roll – the first five scripts written for that second season.

This means that right now, today, you can hie yourselves (as someone we all know used to say) over to TVWriter™’s Spider-Man Unlimited resource page and find the links to both the arc and the first episode for Season Two, Spider-Man Unlimited: Destiny Unleashed, Part Two, and do the, you know, click and read thing.

As that self-same person who used to say “hie” would say, “Enjoy yourselves, True Believers!”

And while we’re at it, any infidels out there are welcome too.

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TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – Nov. 28, 2016

In case you’ve missed what’s happening at TVWriter™, the most popular blog posts during the week ending yesterday were:

Herbie J. Pilato: The Brady Bunch is Still the Best – and Here’s (the Story) Why

TVWriter™’s Herbie J Pilato’s New TV Series

Peggy Bechko’s Thanksgiving Rant

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

LB: First Thoughts on the 2016 People’s Pilot Entries

And our most visited permanent resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Teleplay

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Logline

THE BASICS OF TV WRITING: Overview

Major thanks to everyone for making this such a great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

Posts TVWriter™ Wishes We’d Published First

This week’s collection of recent articles from other websites about TV, TV writing, TV biz, etc., etc. is a mini-class in creating your own animated web series, because for many people this is absolutely the least expensive and most enjoyable way to get a foot in the series TV door. In fact, both our Scapegoat/Editor-in-Chief Munchman and our Beloved Leader LB are doing that very thing now. And if they can, so canst thou.

As usual, the plan here is for you to click on the headlines over the excerpts below and visit the site to read the posts in full…and if anybody asks, tell ’em TVWriter™ sentcha, okay?

Self Producing & Making Your Own Animated Web Series
by Gary Hanna

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You’ve decided to make your own animated web series. Viewers are already asking, “When’s the next video?”

Animating a web series can be hard work. For starters, remaining relevant is a gigantic challenge. You can easily spend months in between episodes, easily killing momentum and people will forget about you.

Obviously, you have to create more content to stay in the limelight. I hosted a Blab chat recently discussing ways how animators can produce more content around their series, but EFFICIENTLY….

Web Animation

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Web Animation is simply animation on the World Wide Web. Actual shows are relatively uncommon compared to webcomics, but the medium itself is pervasive in the form of commercial advertising.Aside from machinima and fanime, Web cartoons are generally in Flash, as is some advertising. Animated GIFs are even easier to make and don’t require special plug-ins, so they’re used by much web advertising and by many forum avatars. However, some such advertising uses dynamic HTML, which just changes the position of an image on a webpage. Animated SVG (scalable vector graphics) is a new technology still in development.The content of Web Animation often varies greatly from animation seen on television. Media classifications usually aren’t a problem and the length of the work can be anything. In addition, Web Animation is also available worldwide….

What I Do as a 2D Animator
by Andy Orin

The creation process behind 2D animation conjures nostalgic images of smoke-filled rooms where animators labored over their slanted drafting tables, flipping between thin pages while sketching a character into life. Those days may be gone, but 2D animators work in new ways to tell stories with their art.

Pencils, paper, and acetate have given way to tablets and digital compositing techniques that can do anything the old-fashioned methods could do while also streamlining the process…

 

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Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, announced today the addition of six new original animated shows that provide best-in-class storytelling for kids of all ages. The new series (LEGO Elves, The Hollow, Kibaoh Klashers, Robozuna, Treehouse Detectives and Super Monsters) will take viewers on wild rides and enchanting adventures that are sure to captivate young audiences everywhere.

Older kids will be met with suspense and intrigue in four new action-packed shows. In LEGO Elves, viewers will be transported to a magical yet dangerous forest as a group of humans and elves team up to protect their worlds from a wicked goblin king. In The Hollow, strangers-turned-friends scavenge through a surreal mystery world as they desperately search for a way back home….

That’s it for now. Seeya next week!

Gig Wanted: Freelance Film/TV Writer For Hire

Seen over the weekend on the SF Bay Area Craigslist:

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Does this kind of ad ever work? We hope so!

If you’re the writer of this Craigslist ad, let us know if it gets you a gig. If you’re a writer who has ever posted this type of ad online, let us know what the results were. Either way, we’re rooting for ya!

Forget Your Mic Drops – It’s Turkey Drop Time

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Hey, kids, it’s Thanksgiving, and you know what that means!

Right, it’s time to enter the Wayback Machine and travel to October 30, 1978, when one of the finest comedies to ever peep back at us from inside our TV sets gave us what has to be one of the 10 Funniest TV Episodes Evar!

In other words, this one:

Have a safe and sane Thanksgiving, everybody! Don’t eat too much!

(Yeah, we know you will, but what the hell.)