Category Archives: Career

MY WORK: Blogging At GLOBALTV

So this is pretty cool. As of three days ago, I’m now blogging for the website of Global TV, the Canadian network that airs such shows as The Blacklist, Under the Dome, 24: Live Another Day, and The Good Wife in Canada! I’ll be covering Under the Dome in the run up to – and throughout – the summer hit’s second season.

My first post – RIP: Deaths of Under the Dome – went up Monday! And I’ve got plenty more where that came from. Please, if you want to support me, keep checking out my posts at Global TV. If you want to go the extra distance, comment on the articles and discuss the content of them, to let Global know I’ve engaged your attentions. Please do, because I’m having a lot of fun!

ETA: My articles (and some written by others) can all be found here.

Introducing INHUMAN CONDITION!

In early 2012, I put the final touches on the crown jewel of my screenwriting portfolio: a 100+ page webseries behemoth called The Inhuman Condition. The script won me the Best Upper Year Script award at my school’s annual TARA Awards, and was bought by Smokebomb Entertainment, who would go on to produce a trailer and pilot the following year. Not only is this project where I’ve done my best writing, it remains my favourite.

This month, I get to finally share it with you.

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2014 Incoming

I try to get these posts done pretty soon into the new year. Last year it was out on January 4th, after all. January 2014’s almost over and I’m just trying to write this now, I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted, last year… But that’s not just it.  I hadn’t had a webseries pilot shot or a professional project released. I hadn’t been to Banff for the World Media Festival or co-founded Compass. I was, in a lot of ways more than now, master of my own destiny, because everything was a lot smaller than now.

This is the first year where big things feel like they’re on the way. Which makes it a lot harder to predict where I’ll be, come December 31, 2014. Will I be in the same place or fall even further back, disillusioned and disappointed? Will everything have changed and evolved into something amazing? It sounds the height of arrogance to expect that, but the past year has been so eventful, it’s hard to know what to expect. What’s realistic.

Either way, if 2014 is half the year 2013 was… It’ll be one hell of a year!

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PERSONAL: Something New

Since entering grad school in September, despite being in the screenwriting stream, a constant theme from all corners so far has been:

“Get something made.”

Though I love scripts, and I think they work fine on their own when done right, I can’t help agree with some of the sentiment in this vein. There’s something electric about bringing that vision to life with actors, lighting, sets, the whole package. No matter the budget, if it’s well done it can be magic. Plus, though writing is my first and true love, I know that to do what I want to do, I’ll have to develop a broader skill set than just sitting on my ass typing on Final Draft. The most prominent of these ‘needs improvement/experience’ areas is directing.

So I’m preparing to dabble.

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ABOUT THE BLOG: An Update and a Few Thoughts

The Diversionist has become that most hoary and yet consistent of blog cliches: once the writer’s beloved home base and regular publication, only to devolve into a quiet hole where the only posts are the occasional apology for the ongoing silence. In the past three months I’ve posted a grand total of twice, a shameful record.

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CHECK OUT: The Compass Network

I’ve written about how I’d like to expand the script series model so that more training screenwriters can give it a shot. I’ve also been pretty clear that I love being part of a creative community, networking and learning from brilliant folks out there in the global Internet space.

This summer, I have, with the help of a pair of friends and colleagues, taken a big step towards all of these goals.

Check out The Compass Network, the online community we launched last month.

The culmination of a lot of years thinking about writer development, script series, networking and promotion for writers who aren’t in a place to prove themselves to Hollywood bigshots – or, alternately, aren’t in a place where training is easily accessed. I know MZPtv made me into the writer I am now, as much as Ryerson University did, and I’ve been thinking about how to pay that forward for ages. This is how I’m going to do it.

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PERSONAL: Summer Blitz

I have neglected The Diversionist. As happens to many blogs, life has carried me away. That, and a general unease with acting like I know what I’m talking about since really entering the industry and realising exactly how little I know… I’ve had very little impetus to blog.

That, and a thousand projects capturing my attentions, making me feel guilty for even my occasional sidelong glances at my blog. As the wise ones say, you should be writing. So, I have indeed been writing.

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PERSONAL: The Writersroom Model

I’ve written quite a bit about the Writersroom model. That is, taking a bunch of writers with only some experience and no TV credits and recreating the environment of a TV writing staff under an experienced showrunner in order to help train them. My pilot project in this arena has shown some success, though there are a lot of kinks to work out in the process.

I think the Writersroom model was key to my development as an early writer, and is a fantastic opportunity for developing writers to grow. Which is why, within the next decade, I’d like to turn it into an actual training ground for emerging TV writers in a hub like Toronto or Vancouver. And after that… the world.

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2013 Oncoming

Last year, I went public with my goals for 2012. Now is the time to reflect on those goals, and make some new ones…

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PERSONAL: I Am Alive!

It’s been almost a month since I posted here (though, as usual, my Twitter‘s been going strong). Suffice to say, I didn’t even have time this month to finish NaNoWriMo, so I’ve neglected the blog for good reasons.

What am I up to?

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