8 Screenwriting Lessons from “Halt and Catch Fire”

Crap. Final Draft won't be invented for another 8 years

If I were an executive over at AMC, I’d be a little nervous.  What, with Mad Men and Breaking Bad all wrapping up, and to mention the producers of The Walking Dead talking about moving the show more towards a Cop Rock vibe and all. It’s a general truism for we in the screenwriting class (or at least, true enough) that nervous suits with … Read more

What screenwriters can learn from Downton Abbey

If you’re a cynical screenwriter, like me, it’s not merely recommended that you watch all 3 seasons of PBS’ post-Edwardian period drama, Downton Abbey… …it’s utterly essential. Especially in today’s over-sexed, over-crimed, lowest-common-denominator TV viewing environment. (This article doesn’t give away any plot points or spoilers, so don’t worry.) Downton Abbey starts in the post-Edwardian era … Read more

Things writers can learn from Homeland and shows like it

“This is the golden age for television,” said my friend Steve.  I debated him on that declaration, citing the 1950’s: Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Lucille Ball, et al., until we could agree with a revised version of his proclamation: “This is a new golden age for long-form storytelling.” And, hell yes, we hold this truth … Read more

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