Friday, September 7, 2012
TV writing versus Film writing.
So, you live in an apartment. You fill it full of stuff. You think to yourself, when I have a house with a garage I'll have loads of room. But of course, after you get the house you fill it full of stuff. And the garage, which you were certain could never be filled up, is somehow full. You find you even have to 'make room' to get the car in the garage. And there in a nutshell is the difference between writing for TV and writing for Features. In TV you know you have to be economical, effecient, make your point and move on. With a feature you think 'I have so much room to do so much more.' But you don't. Those pages fill up quickly and if you're not careful, you won't be able to fit in the car. 100 pages fill up FAST! And just like cleaning out the garage, no matter how much you love that old lamp/gag/golf clubs/plot point I'm afraid it's gonna have to go. Can you tell I've spent a day cutting and killing and culling?