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LINKS: Interesting Industry & Other Great Reads

A rundown of my favourite links from around the Internet the past few weeks. From essays exploring the direction of the industry to profiles of the intelligent and fascinating, to intriguing thinkpieces. Mostly webseries and TV focus.

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PERSONAL: Reading Update May 2014

I gave a reading update last month. Since then, progress has been slow but steady.

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INHUMAN CONDITION: Clips From the Series

A couple months ago, I introduced my webseries Inhuman Condition to you guys, and excitedly posted when we were approved for Round 2 of the IPF a couple weeks ago. Now, in addition to the trailer that debuted in March, there are two clips from the series making the rounds. All three below…

Please – watch, like, comment and share them around! The more attention and love we get, the stronger a case we make for funding! We’ll know in June.

Farewell, 2013

It’s been an amazing year, truly unbelievable, turning me from just another wannabe to a legitimate working screenwriter. A look back at the year that’s passed under the cut, with a ‘2014 Incoming’ post due early on in January. Are you ready for the new year?

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PERSONAL: I’m In Banff!

I’m writing this from my hotel in Banff, Alberta, where the Banff World Media Festival is held every year. This is my first time and it’s been a phenomenal experience. I’ve been tweeting away as much Banff/networking wisdom I could come up with while here.

Which mean, if I can sit down and get it done, I’ve got plenty of material for a decent networking post! As long as I remember to write it.

Festival’s functionally over tomorrow, and then I come home to Toronto on Friday. I’ll be hitting the ground running, with two scripts to bash into shape plus light-but-crucial revisions on my most popular portfolio piece, which lots of folks from the festival are eager to read. So here’s hoping I have the time…

PERSONAL: The Death of Alden Caele

In certain corners of the internet, I’ve been Alden for ten years.

My first fanfiction under the penname was released in 2003, the day I turned thirteen years old. One of the many indelible effects growing up during the birth of the Internet: practising my writing seriously for the first time in full view of the public, albeit under a pseudonym. The fanfics are still out there, by the way; I tracked down my old profile to verify that date, and they’ll be publicly available until the day Fanfiction.net finally burns to the ground.

In 2005, I joined MZPtv (then just MZP), a fresh-faced fourteen year old with big screenwriting dreams. Again, I developed in public: the two disastrous pilot seasons, the stumbling first attempts at episodic writing, the growth and development. Petulance and maturity, depression and excitement, all here on the Internet. There were years where I lived more fully on MZP than in real life, though that’s something I’ve since moved away from. Eight years later I’m still there, though a ghost now compared to my activity in earlier years. It’s still a second home of sorts, though.

And today, June 1st, 2013, Alden Caele dies. In a sense.

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CHARACTERS 2: That Haunting Feeling

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how my characters stay with me long after their scripts are dust in the wind. Sometimes it leads to a weird sensation when moments tied inextricably to music come rushing back when a certain song plays.

An in-progress pilot I’ve had in the drawer for a couple years now, a darker-edged approach to Glee, kicks off with a vivid musical sequence setting up the themes and relationships of the characters. It’s a moment of joy right before a horrible tragedy, and every time I hear the song attached to the scene, I can’t help but be pulled right back into the scene. Watching the characters perform, their hearts on their sleeve, not understanding what’s coming. There’s a haunting sadness to it.

Another song is attached to a scene from a spec I never wrote, and even though the scene never actually occurred in the show, the song still hits me with a wave of feeling from the scene I envisioned for that scene. For the vulnerabilities of the characters involved, the heartbreak of having to sacrifice your relationship with someone you love for your own good. I can see it as vivid as ever. And this is a scene that is essentially unwritten fanfiction. And yet. The feelings remain, striking me more than most beats in the show itself.

Sometimes I wonder if other people have the same visceral connection and sense memory of scenes they’ve conceptualised. Whether they can see their scenes, their characters, so vividly. Feel for them so strongly. I expect there are plenty of writers who do, and lots of others who don’t. It feels strange, though. Like they’re fully realised people that I know, like these are memories and not constructed scenes.

I don’t quite understand it, but I love it. It’s an amazing feeling, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Characters: In the Castle With Our Friends

I don’t know how other writers experience their characters, but I have an immense fondness for mine. They are like friends, hanging out in my brain with me. Having adventures and bringing me along. When they are victorious, I cheer; when they are victims of tragedy, I am solemn. And unlike real people, I experience characters at many different stages of their life in the same instant – I know their beginning, and I can see a dozen moments in their futures at once. Hypotheticals, yes, but in the moment feeling like they are carved in stone.

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TV: Spinoffs, Universe Extensions and a New Approach to TV Scheduling

The recent development of a Once Upon a Time spinoff, Once: Wonderland, has struck a thought for me. Network TV is dealing with a few issues: summer scripted shows struggle with the ‘summer ghetto’ preconception that summer shows are predestined to fail, despite cable seeing success in those months; meanwhile, 22-episode seasons of shows, despite occasionally struggling to be relevant for that entire run, are struggling to retain viewers for the full season thanks to regular hiatuses.

What if there were a smart way to extend good shows, remove in-season hiatuses and strengthen the summer season so that it could potentially become a viable concept?

Now you’re listening.

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PERSONAL: The Diversionist Diverted

It has been a month and a half since I’ve posted something to The Diversionist.

Not through lack of trying! I have a handful of drafts sitting in my dashboard, half-composed and abandoned. I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog, and about how I miss writing regularly here. So this is me dropping in to say: I’m not dead. This blog is definitely not dead. There have been some distractions, some of which I can talk about, most of which I can’t. Legally. Which, by the way, is a good sign for my career.

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