Tag Archives: webseries

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.


WRITING, ETC.: Links Roundup Aug 3-9

I spend a lot of time on Twitter. One of my main functions there is collecting and reposting interesting links. But a tweet, or a retweet, is so ephemeral. It vanishes into the livestream within minutes. So, I thought — I’ve wanted to do more here at The Diversionist and a collection of said links might be a good way to make them a little more permanent.

I figured I’d start with a week’s worth of links – which comes out to the grand number of 64! Here goes…

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My webseries Inhuman Condition – my passion project, which I have loved and shepherded for two years and relentlessly promoted for the last few months – has been selected to receive IPF funding. In short: We’re going to series!!

What does this mean? The details are scarce, as Smokebomb will be firming up official plans now that we’ve got the greenlight. It’s my personal hope that we’ll be in production before end of the year and release early next, but there’s no official word on that, so don’t quote me. Episode count and length, also unconfirmed, though I’ll let you all know the moment it’s officially firmed up.

What can you do to support us? Well, first off – many of you have already been amazingly helpful by participating in our IPF campaign, so I want to take a second to THANK YOU for helping make this possible! We – literally-  couldn’t have done this without your support and enthusiasm.

But, you say — the past is the past and we want to participate now. Well, thankfully, there’s plenty you can do – by engaging with our ongoing campaign & transmedia and, hopefully, having a bit of fun with us!

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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.


My webseries Inhuman Condition has been selected to move forward to round 2 of IPF funding consideration!

A bit of math: Out of 188 applications, 23 projects progressed to Round 2: 14 English-language and 9 French. So, it’s very exciting that we’ve been selected to move forward! We’ll know in June whether Inhuman Condition will receive funding to produce more episodes.


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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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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MY WRITING: My Dramatic Webisode Pilots

I’ve written a few articles on dramatic webisodes: on outlining them, and my own experiences one and two. It only makes sense that I share some of my work with y’all so I can discuss what I did and why…

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WRITING: Adapting and Re-Imagining Characters (The Emma Frost Remix)

There have been a rash of reboots and reimaginings in the last few years, ranging from literary switchups like Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, to the glorious reimagining of shlocky 80’s sci-fi Battlestar Galactica, to successful movie-to-series transitions like MTV’s Teen Wolf. This is alongside media where it’s common within a work to completely reboot things creatively, such as comic book series where the head writer changes every few years. The ability to pick out the essential traits of characters people know intimately, and successfully reimagine the characters and world, is a really cool skill.

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WRITING: The TARA Award, “Best Upper Year Script”

A bit of personal writing news this time around.

Every year, my program has an awards show to recognise the best work of the year: the TARA Awards. The winners are selected by industry professionals in the Canadian media field, and it’s considered a huge honour to win one. In the category of “Best Upper Year Script”, up against entries from years two through four of the program, my dramatic webseries script The Inhuman Condition won the category on Thursday night.

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