*Midgets are funny too

*The collective human experience

*We want


*Of all time

*I then revealed

*Check your ticket

*I give you the gift

*Harvesting the valley

*Island in a drained ocean

1. I ask you to do one effing thing
2. Did you?
3. The socks betray him
4. There will be none of that
5. Leave notes in his shirt pocket
6. Trained in the gentle art
7. Put me in coach
8. Our species may, in fact, survive
9.Swarm Swarm
10.During the wooing
11.BUT not private enough
12.The bottomless appetite
13.The first time we forget
14.This is a nice litmus test
15.To get the ball rolling
16.She invited you back to her place for coffee
17.Mary Magdalene or Eva Braun
18.It will only smell and make you queasy

   Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The hacks

Who can tell me why, as of recent, all of the good writers are writing TV...

...and all the rest, the hacks, are writing movies?

there are 2 doodles

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Patrick said...

Sure, I'll take a stab at this.

There are two reasons. And they are the same two reasons for everything (including the reasons why television writing is so much better than movie writing.)

Love and Money.

Money's pt I. Television pays better. A TV writer can move from writer, to producer to creator and make so much money that light will bend around him or her. A screenwriter is often treated like wheat before the thresher of the almighty director or incredibly expensive star.

Love is a bit more esoteric. But to write something well, you must love it deeply. And when something you love gets torn to bits, it hurts. A lot.

It's more likely that a movie will get shredded and re-shredded because they cost so damn much and everybody gets nervous. Seriously, you put $120 million into a film and tell me you're not going to be nervous?

And in the absence of strong moral character ( also known as the city of Los Angeles ) how can you hold your course through the strain of producing and distributing a movie without caving into the dark urges to add the next Jar Jar Binks. Or remake King Kong rather than take a chance on a new film that people may not like.

So what movie(s) are you hating at the moment my old friend? Blogtificate please?

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Dragonfly said...

yeah - what he said.

oh and don't forget... the TV writer(s) write a pilot on an idea - take the pilot and then get paid for the idea and every show after... the movie script gets written, then bought by whatever movie studio is willing to take the chance on it... the writter gets paid pittence after the writting gets done.


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