Writers Rule!

By Filip Terlecki

Remember how after Pulp Fiction came out everyone flocked to film school to be the next Quentin Tarantino? Well now they’re all charting course for Second City or the Upright Citizens Brigade to be the next Tina Fey or Amy Poehler.

Score one for HBO’s Girls creator 26 year-old Lena Dunham!

Television is at its zenith! It’s attracting some of the best creative talent and viewer eyeballs in droves. It’s a place where daring stories are told and where “pushing-the-envelope” has become common place.

Watching dudes in masks and tights fighting crime on the big screen is cool but if you want crystal meth dealing high school teachers or blood sucking vampire orgies – it’s all on TV.

Back in the day “the idiot box” was generally considered film’s underdeveloped poor brother but now it’s the place where the best creative minds aspire to be. GQ’s Mark Harris recently wrote an insightful article called “The Day the Movies Died” – check it out, it’s worth a read.

In TV-land the writer is king (or queen).

But what’s a writer’s life really like?

Perhaps Khyan Mansley describes it best in this video…

Looks magical, right?

If it’s enough to make you wanna pick up the pen and try your luck at TV stardom than you’ve come to the right place because we’ve got the how-to-get-rich-by-writing-a-hit-story formula right here.

Some time ago former Pixar story artist (and now director) Emma Oats tweeted a series of “story rules” that she picked up from her senior colleagues on how to create stories that stick (see the 22 rules here.)

And now, for your viewing pleasure, some of these have been Legofied by Alex Eylar, a.k.a. ICanLegoThat and premiered at Slacktory.

 

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