I Just Found the Best Site…

by Larry Brody

…For how-to info on writing/producing/directing/you-name-it.

Why’re you still sitting there? Get thee to http://guru.bafta.org and check out everything that’s there. It’s the UK version of the U.S. Motion Picture Academy, but, as usual (except for the surveillance camera thing) the Brits get it right.

Of particular interest to writers/creators:

TV Drama Commissioners: Ben Stephenson (BBC)

The Controller of Drama Commissioning discusses what he’s looking for across BBC One, Two and Three and how to approach the corporation with an idea.

Screenwriting

It all starts here. Every line of dialogue and piece of action first appeared on the blank page of the screenwriter.

Producing

As the driving force behind a project, a producer’s tenacity and commitment ensures it’s delivered on time, budget and much more.

Craft

That killer line of dialogue. The melodic phrase that caught your ear. Here’s where we hone in on the many individual crafts that are essential to production.

With quotes like these:

  • “If the ending is going to surprise anybody, it should surprise you first.” Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • “There should be no fear of failure. What are we afraid of? We have stories to tell.” Caryn Mandabach
  • “I look to be afraid. Overcoming fear is perhaps the best teacher.” Viggo Mortenson

Gotta go now. Time to devour this site.

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.