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Weekend Longform Video: Screenwriting Lecture by Abi Morgan of “Shame”, “The Hour”

Still from Abi Morgan's lecture on screenwriting for BAFTA Guru.

Still from Abi Morgan’s lecture on screenwriting for BAFTA Guru.

Abi Morgan is one of the best writers out there, equally solid in television, film, and stage.  I’m incredibly impressed by the writing for The Hour: dense writing makes it light and fast-paced without being staccato or rushed, and the characterizations are incredibly rich.  In a large ensemble cast, every character is treated with great respect and shown as terrifically human, flawed and also wonderful.  (I’ve been thinking about how it’s done all week.  I’d love to see those scripts, but, man, try googling “scripts the hour”, and watch utter keyword failure in progress.)

In this video, she speaks about screenwriting in a talk for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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Lantern is a search portal created by the Media History Digital Library and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts to search a digitized collection of early industry periodicals from 1867 to 1978 relating to film, television, and radio broadcasting, with the bulk of them in the 1920s-1940s.  Among the titles that can be searched are Variety, Photoplay, the Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, Movie Makers, and the utterly brilliantly named Motography, International Projectionist, and Talking Machine World.   (I think I’m going to spend the rest of the week struggling not to write a screenplay called “Talking Machine World”.)

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Weekend Longform Video: Filmmakers in Television (IFP Film Week, 2012)

Rose Troche (The L Word) and Daniel Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood) at IFP Film Week, discussing transitioning from independent film to television.

Rose Troche (The L Word) and Daniel Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood) at IFP Film Week in 2012, discussing transitioning from independent film to television.

Time again to make a cup of coffee and sit down for the Weekend Longform Video.  This week, it’s a panel discussion from the IFP about filmmakers transitioning into television, with Rose Troche of “The L-Word” and Daniel Minahan of “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones”.

It’s a great panel; I’m glad the IFP posted this one, it was one of my favorites that Film Week.  The panelists are incredibly open and practical about network, cable, and independent film, in terms of money, contracts, and process.  And given the increasing role of cable television in production and distribution, this is pretty useful stuff. Continue reading