Friday Fun – Taking A Break

I really feel this one. I started writing this blog post about 5 months ago… I’m not sure what happened!


Friday Fun – Obsessive Compulsive Saving Disorder

Hello everyone. I’m here to talk to you about a disorder that has spread through a particular profession, writers. Millions of writers around the world, aren’t able to focus on their job, because of a fear that their work hasn’t been saved. This is a very serious issue. There has been a solution to this problem for years called auto save, but many writers still save their work every 60 seconds, wasting valuable time. I personally suffer from this disorder and saved this article at least 20 times during the writing of just this one paragraph. There is no known cure for Obsessive Compulsive Saving Disorder at this time, but I hope we find one some day. I’m just going to save this article one last time to be sure, but afterwards, I’ll still be wondering is it really safe?

Leigh Whannell On Writing

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New discoveries always make these weekly interview posts so enjoyable. This is Leigh Whannell, who actually started out with the Saw series. He got started along with James Wan, another master of horror. What a crazy film to start of couple of screenwriting careers. James and Leigh have taken off with separate careers now, but it seems they’ve both done very well. I especially loved Leigh’s newest film, Upgrade. It’s this crazy martial arts revenge movie with a horror twist.

Leigh Whannell is otherwise most well-known for having written Saw and Insidious. Both classic horror films that I love, and I believe he’s had a heavy influence on the direction horror has taken in recent years.

A few questions from the interview:

Are you terrifed of technology?”

By extension, you created a whole movie where a man is essentially controlled by an operating system, and I wondered where the first seed for that idea was planted. Where did “Stem” come from?”

What sort of movies do you take inspiration from when mixing all these things up?”

And here’s the full interview, which was written by Jacob Knight over at Birth.Movies.Death.: Leigh Whannell Talks UPGRADE, Cronenberg Movies & Making Perfect Audience Moments

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa On Writing

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This year there have been two standout shows that were reimaginings, both of which I binge-watched in a single day. Do I have a problem, or are shows just getting too good? I think it’s the shows. The first show, which I highly recommend watching is Lost in Space. Here’s our post which contains a great interview featuring the creators, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

If you liked the old Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, the main characters in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are the same, but it feels like everything else has changed. These changes are good, and the old comedy has flipped to a horror show. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa couldn’t have created a more different show. It’s amazing to me how a reimagining like this can capture the essence of the old story, but explore it in new and wonderful ways.

A fun fact about this show is that Sabrina was originally up for being the villain in season 1 of Riverdale. What a different world this would be. I always think it’s fascinating when I found out how a story originally started versus where it ends up. That leads me to Roberto. He’s otherwise most well-known for having written RiverdaleCarrie, and Super Girl.

A few questions from the interview:

You’ve previously talked about how Sabrina Spellman was originally set to join the cast of Riverdale, at the end of that show’s first season, and she would have been the antagonist on that show, as it leaned more into horror. So, how deep did you actually get into planning that, and when did you realize that she would just be more suited to her own series?”

What are you most enjoying about the Sabrina that we get to see in this series and the journey that you can take her on, now that she is in her own world?”

Did you realize just how much you’d be able to use this series as a metaphor for so many things?”

And here’s the full interview, which was written by Christina Radish at Collider‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Showrunner on Non-Binary Representation and ‘Riverdale’ Crossovers

Drew Goddard On Writing

It’s funny that last week I did an article all about adaptations. This week’s interview is about a movie that was written just for the big screen. This is the type of movie that made me fall in love with film. I love any good movie, but there’s something truly special about a movie of this kind. When everything is written from the ground up for a big screen experience, and only having that in mind. It’s tough to describe, but it’s certainly something you will know when you see it. They’re few and far apart now, so I got very excited when I learned about Bad Times at the El Royale.

The writer/director/producer of this film, Drew Goddard is responsible for having written some of my favorite shows and movies. That’s why I love doing these articles. I hadn’t heard his name until today, and all along he’s been an inspiration to me. He’s written The Martian, Cabin in the Woods, Lost, and Cloverfield.

A few questions from the interview:

What inspired this film?”

Was the El Royale inspired by a particular hotel?”

How interesting is it working with an ensemble cast?”

Can you discuss the style and look of the film?”

And here’s a link to the full interview: WhatCulture – EXCLUSIVE Bad Times At The El Royale Interview With Drew Goddard