Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Remfs, Tyros, Wonks, Waybacks, Poachers, and the Stained Glass Window...

This might possibly go down as one of the coolest yet longest and ugliest-looking posts here at Uninflected Images.

About ten years ago, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television teamed with Anne Frank to edit together a bunch of articles and essays from several prominent Canuck TV and film writers.

The resulting text was Telling It: Writing For Canadian Film and Television. It was the compliment to Making It: The Business of Film and Television Production in Canada. Both books were firsts of their kind up here in Hollywood North, in that they actually talked about the industry as a 'real' industry....and treated those succeeding here as sources worth hearing from.

And you can't buy copies anywhere. Seriously. Out of print for ages.

But I recently found mine.

Writing It is really a great read. There are informative and insightful articles about long-form drama from Suzette Couture and Keith Ross Leckie and Dennis Foon. And lots of clever tips and observations about series television writing from David Barlow and Donald Martin and even Peter Mohan. And all with a unique Canadian spin.

But the home run, as it were, is old pal Hart Hanson's (Bones, Joan of Arcadia, Judging Amy) 'How The Writer Deals with Story Editors, Story Teams, and Story Conferences'.

It's a classic...people would reference it at parties, and the story meeting archetypes described in the post title should be in Websters. Not only is the essay very smart, funny, informative, and entertaining...yes, it's still relevant ten years later.

Find it below in the best form my low-tech brain could muster...18 jpeg scans...each is a page from the article. You can click on each jpeg to enlarge them, and you should go in order because there's no page numbers on the scans.


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There you go...print away and read. But please read with attention --- there'll be a test later.

So sayeth a Wayback...(but at least I'm not a Wonk)!


Anonymous said...

That was a great read! Thanks!

Kelly J. Compeau said...

A lot of work went into preparing this for us, Will. Thank you!

Peter said...

Great post Will, though I'm sad to realize that I'm a Tyro (but as long as I don't become a Remf it'll be okay)...

Anonymous said...

Are there different archetypes of writers?

A good wayback should put together a list.