Friday Fun – Getting In The Right Mood

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Some say you need to wait for inspiration, but that just isn’t true. That’s a procrastinators way of putting off their dreams. To find inspiration you need to seek it. That’s the quickest and surest way to get it.

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Storytelling in Videogames

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This week, in celebration of E3, we’re going to depart from film and TV to celebrate the storytelling in video games. E3, for those that don’t know, is the Electronic Entertainment Expo. It’s the largest video game convention, which is held annually here in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center. Video games are a major passion of mine, and the storytelling in them has evolved to the point where I believe they can compete with film and TV. In fact, one of the greatest things about the storytelling in games is that in some games you can create a story of your own, and make decisions that will take you down a different path than others that play. Whether you play games or not, this post should fascinate you in seeing how far storytelling has come in video games over the past 30 years. For a perfect example of how far gaming has come watch the trailer below for “The Last of Us Part II.”

Pretty amazing, right?! Well, if there’s any indication games and the storytelling in them will only get better and better. There’s still a long way to go, and the experiences created are already truly one of a kind. For a full look at how the storytelling in games has changed over the years, watch the video below:

Dan Harmon On Writing

Look at that guy. That right there is the creator of “Rick and Morty.” I think he knows you’re looking at him… This is possibly one of the craziest, most intelligent, and funniest shows on TV, and to top it off it’s a cartoon. You have to see it to understand, and once you’ve seen it you’ll be a changed person, mostly for the better.

Besides “Rick and Morty,” Dan Harmon is most well-known for having written “Community,” “Monster House,” and “Laser Fart.” He really broke out with his comedy “Community,” which was known to be a fun comedy about community college.

This interview was taken after season 3 so there will be spoilers! This is a pretty good interview. I had to go through too many that asked mostly about Szechuan sauce… as delicious as it looks I wanted to know more about the writing process.

A few questions from the interview:

This season took longer to write. Why?

We meet so many different types of alien species in Rick and Morty. How do you guys come up with ideas for new types of aliens, and what is that process like?

One trait that makes Rick so interesting is that the audience doesn’t ever really know what’s going on in his mind. It’s hard to tell if he actually cares about Morty and his family, or if he’s just using them as a means to an end. Will we ever really know what’s happening in Rick’s head?”

Are there any other characters that you’ve wanted to dive into more deeply but haven’t had the chance to yet?”

And here’s the link to the full interview: TIME – Dan Harmon on the Future of Rick and Morty and That Community Movie

How I Get My Story Ideas

Last night I was talking to a friend, and they asked me how I come up with all of my story ideas. I thought it would make for a fun post. I told them usually when I’m in the shower, driving on the freeway, or when I’m about to go to bed are the most frequent times… Why is life so cruel?! Ideas don’t just come out of nowhere though. I mean sometimes they’ll pop up into my mind, but generally the best ideas come to you when you have your mind on something specific.

I like to write sci-fi, so I’ll typically think of things I’d like to know more about. Could time travel really work? If you were sent through a teleportation device, is what comes out on the end really you? Is extraterrestrial life out there, and what is it really like? One story that comes to mind is about the future of dating. I had been online dating at the time, and I began to wonder what the future of that would be like in 15 – 20 years. Once you have that question in your mind all sorts of things will come at you. Researching and brainstorming can help immensely once you have a basic idea. Honestly, the idea is the most important part. Once you have that, a flood of supporting questions and ideas can come your way.

There are numerous ways to come up with a good idea for a story. They come best from a passion and the urge to want to know more about something, or to see something come to fruition. There are a plethora of things to write about. You might want to know how to properly protect yourself during a zombie apocalypse, or you might want to know the intimate details of the life of Albert Eintstein, or you may just want to rewrite the “Fantastic 4” in a vision of your own. If you’re not the idea generator that you want to be, than you can always create an adaptation of a comic book or novel that you love. That’s the beauty of this industry. We can create and share the stories we love. Ideas are not hard to come by, and if you put your mind on it there is always an interesting story to tell. I also believe that if you write something that you are truly interested in and passionate about that there will be an audience out there just waiting to see it. There are an infinite amount of ideas waiting in that brain of yours just waiting to burst out. Let them run wild.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless On Writing

I’ve realized I’ve been posting so much about the big screen, but the little screen deserves some love too! These two writers, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, have just put out the Netflix reboot of “Lost in Space.”

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Oh, you miss the one with Joey from “Friends” too…? A part of me really wants to go back and watch that again.

Anyways! It’s really an awesome show, and they have fully reimagined everything that went into the original to modernize it… including the badass new version of everyone’s favorite robot. This is very much a family show, but it’s very mature for being so. I think adults and kids alike can enjoy it, and it’s hard to find something like that these days. I felt like it just pulled all the right strings.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are most well-known for having written “Gods of Egypt,” the new “Power Rangers,” and “The Last Witch Hunter.”

Here are a few questions from the interview:

Tell me a little bit about both of your histories with this franchise. Was the original Lost In Space a big part of your TV experience as kids?”

In developing this premise for an different audience than the one who watched the original in the 1960s, what were some of your main objectives for updating the story?”

The first season dives directly into the Robinsons’ spacecraft crashing and then backs into a lot of their backstory from there. Was that always how you saw the season playing out?”

Here’s the full interview: The Daily Crate: Interview with Lost In Space’s Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless!

Friday Fun – Out of Time

There comes a time in every writer’s life when they just have to let their script go. I know it’s difficult, but there is a point in editing when you just don’t need to do it any more. Beyond that point is when you edit out of fear. The fear of rejection. The one thing that’s worse than rejection is inaction. If it’s a good script, great! If it’s not, than you can use this as an opportunity to learn. Either way, it’s a good thing to move on.