Monthly Archives: September 2006

Breaking News from England

From the BBC: “A breakdown patrol man who came to the rescue of a woman motorist has managed to get her car started using her dog.”

As Juliette Piesley of Surrey was changing the battery in her electronic key fob, the immobiliser chip fell out, and her dog ate it. Now she can’t start her car unless the dog is sitting inside it… at least, until the chip comes out the other end.

Theme

It’s been a little while since I wrote about screenplay theory…

Over at The Artful Writer, Craig Mazin has posted an interesting bit of theory on the relationship between theme and plot structure.

Craig sees theme as:

A proposed argument, e.g. “There’s no place like home,” “It is better to love and lose than never to have loved at all,” “The unexamined life is not worth living.” In this sense, “theme” could actually be referred to as “The Answer.”

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kurtz

An actual, untouched scan from the TV listings in last week’s Time Out: London:

Yes, that certainly would be the high point of the series…

Citizen Kane: The Musical

I’ve uploaded two of my short films to revver.com:

Why Revver, you might ask, rather than Google video or Youtube? Because Revver actually shares their revenues with content creators. Every time somebody watches my films all the way through and clicks on the ad at the end, I get a little money. My films have only been up for 24 hours, and already I’ve made 30 cents. At this rate, I’ll make enough to bankroll a feature-length film in… let’s see here… 456 years. Sundance, here I come!

Backstage at the Emmys, 2006

When my friends Rob and Sheryl went to the Emmys in 2004 and 2005, I posted their star-studded backstage roundups here at Yankee Fog. But their 2006 writeup is so Emmytastic, it requires its very own website. Go there, and be shocked by the decadent tales of backstage Hollywood, where the water flows like champagne and the martinis cost eleven bucks.