Steven Moffat talks “Sherlock”

I went to see Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue tonight. I made notes like the good little researcher I am, and I've picked out a few things that might interest my fellow writers: - They originally wanted 6-12 episodes of 60 minutes. The ninety minute format gave them the opportunity to write longer scenes – there were scenes of nine to eleven pages, which is very different from the short, sharp scenes of Doctor Who. - They had small living room focus groups for the early pilot drafts. Moffat said that you need to treat such things with circumspection and care – people try to be interesting when asked for their opinion. - The problem with adapting some of the short stories with the Granada version was that there were only really twenty minutes of plot. How did they solve it – "walking very slowly". Moffat said ACD would've just stuck in another bit of plot to make it work – their problem...
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Everything old is new again

I have successfully moved across Wales - go me! New job officially gets going next week, and while it's going to seriously cut into my writing time, it also pays pretty well. Still, like all amateurs, one day I dream of going pro. However, I take Michelle Lipton's caution that it might not all be hearts and roses when I get there. I signed up to The Bitter Script Reader's collaborative writing project. I think the last time I did something like this was at a sleepover when I was a teenager and we were trying to plan a rom-com-esque date for two oddly-named characters on a concertina piece of paper. I'm the third writer in Team Chynna, so I should receive my portion of the assignment mid-late August. In another piece of nostalgia, I completely agree with Laurence's ravings about Sherlock. I want to be that writer. I'm going to pick up some of my old projects now that the Red Planet Prize...
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Role models

I'm in rewrite Hell. I hate every damn word of my script and I want to throw it in a fire. Scratch that - I'll rake it over glowing embers so that it suffers more. Meanwhile, I decided to populate my brain with good writing. This involved going to the cinema to watch Inception and catching up with Sherlock on iPlayer. And, well, damn. First, a confession: Christopher Nolan does not rev my motor. He did pretty much nothing for me with the Batman franchise, because I like my Bats with a little less brooding and a lot more sidekick. However, Inception was beautiful, twisty and really frickin' weird, with pitch-perfect dialogue and character building. I have not seen a film that good in a very long time. And then there was Sherlock. Obviously, I caught the high-budget period version, which I frankly adored, but this was something else. It captured the spirit of the original brilliantly and yet modernised it with a delicate touch...
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