Sucking, sex and (laughing) stock

(This is actually an exercise in drumming up spam comments) I leave the Internet alone for a couple of days and it vomited up all kinds of interesting and useful things. If only that technique worked with spec scripts. - Maureen Johnson's fabulous "Dare to Suck" video (with transcript by Martin_B, found here): - Lucy V's call to copulation - in scripts, of course (though I'm sure a little more IRL couldn't do any harm...). I admit to a little...er, frigidity in this arena but I'm pushing myself beyond the 'fade to black'. - Laughing Stock Submission Pile - A Behemoth. I actually started scanning the photo for my entry - I like to think it's that slim white one on top of the second pile from the left. *bounces off to the next project*...
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Density and Comedy

In my ongoing struggle with original voice, I spotted similar questions from readers of TBSR about blocky action paragraphs. I have issues in Steampunk Assassins with scenes where my protagonist is with his partner - who is completely silent. Therefore, all his dialogue is replaced by action paragraphing. That adds up to a lot of bulk. Trying to cut that down without losing the sense of the scene is proving very challenging. Bitter also links to one of Scott's posts where he describes WALL-E's haiku-style paragraphing. He does make the legitimate point, however, that it has to suit the tone of your film. Robot drama, yes. Rom Com...perhaps not. Now for something completely different: Laughing Stock 2011 - BBC comedy competition for those without a network commission (i.e. awesome funny newbies). 15-30min script plus one-page series outline. Winner takes a comedy masterclass and a one-week intensive development session. Closing Date: Monday 21st February 2011. Well worth a look. I do love my BBC....
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Equal opportunity writing

I'm a fan of the BBC. I enjoy the principle that you pay up front and receive a rich bounty of content delivered to your door. For less than 40p per day. PER HOUSEHOLD. That's insane. For that, you get an international news website, with full sporting and political coverage. Also, food and drink, hobbycraft, children's entertainment, and, oh, commercial-quality video games. And that's just the website. Today, Michelle Lipton posted BBC drama stats (garnered from the WGGB/BBC podcasts). They provide a fascinating look at the scale of the BBC, and how much we creators bombard them with submissions! But this line in particular caught my eye: "At the moment there are 194 men and 136 women writing across CDS, series and serials" That would be 59% men and 41% women. I think it only fair, at this point, to give a comparison. According to UK Labour Force Survey (2009), employed women make up: 36% managers; 43% professionals; 79% administrative and secretarial staff; 8% skilled tradespeople, and: 84% personal service staff (including...
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The television forecast

Now that the big work project is over, I have more time to work on my writing. Wrong. What I actually need to do is pack up all my belongings for a move. Wrong again. The bigger the task before me, the more I distract myself with writing. And it all gets done eventually, so it's a win-win situation. This morning, instead of piling books and old VHS into boxes, I wrote the series outline to go with my pilot. This may seem a little ambitious, given that the pilot is currently eight pages long and chances of it getting commissioned are slim-to-none. However, I don't think one can write a television pilot without knowing where the whole thing's going. Does it have the legs for a season, let alone five seasons? What is the theme of the season and what arcs need to be set up in that very first episode? Submissions to BBC Writersroom require a complete pilot script AND a brief series...
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