Saturday, October 21, 2006

Weekenders...

When you work on a tv series that is set primarily in a high school, you generally don't shoot Monday to Friday, but Wednesday to Sunday. Why you ask? So you have two days a week to film in a real high school when it's not in use... i.e. the weekend. Combine that with the all consuming nature of series tv when you're in production and it's very easy to lose track of what day it is (it's Thurday, right?).


So as I head into the office and back to writing another outline, here's some stuff out there that's worth digesting...

English Dave is wrestling with a brilliant idea, and thinks Antagonist + Goal = Story. Me thinks so too...

McGrath is busy writing but his casual query about Canadian tastes vs. U.S. tastes in television exploded in a whack of interesting comments...

Good Dog wants to know why the UK keeps remaking Sherlock Holmes...I struggled to come up with a North American staple we keep redoing, and came up empty...

The Film Diva has updated her excellent post on script coverage at the studios. I dig this because it really is the reality of what you are up against if you are even so fortunate to get your screenplay into the hands of a reader...a point system...checkmarks in little boxes...looking for that all important 'Recommend'...

Jutratest wants Sunday Night Canuck tv - wants it all night, all the time...

"Return To Cookie Mountain" is a great frakin' cd from TV On The Radio. Even Rolling Stone magazine agrees...

And Diane is concerned about kicking puppies, Canadian tv show puppies...I know exactly what she's talking about. I've received some seriously bad reviews for some of my work, but it was the ones that said things like: "It wasn't bad for a Canadian production..." that always bugged me more.

Enjoy your days off if you've got 'em.

5 comments:

Caroline said...

Thanks for the links. Hope you're having fun re-living your youth (and not getting detention).

If it's any consolation, I spent most of the day at the garage getting my car fixed, so even though a day off, not so enjoyable really.

Sal said...

Thanks for the links - interesting stuff.

Hope you manage to get a weekend at some point, even if it isn't technically at the weekend. Mine's been spent at a film workshop so far, and the rest is going to be spent doing house/garden jobs

Good Dog said...

Will, thanks for the link. Just seen the perfect American Holmes. Check out Fred Willard's first scene in the trailer for For Your Consideration

Jutratest said...

Thanks for the link to my commie rantings.

There's been a black (CTV?) helicopter hovering ouside my apartment ever since.

Callaghan said...

Glad you're digging the TV on the Radio. Now, if you like the new record, drop everything you're doing and go buy their first EP, "Young Liars." It is revelatory.

Go. Buy. It. Now.