Best television shows

Recently I’ve been thinking about what would be on my top 5 list of TV shows

If you’re asked objectively “what are the best TV shows of all time?”, then surely you are talking about which shows were seminal and changed the landscape of television for all time…

Let’s see

  • Happy Days
  • Star Trek
  • Doctor Who
  • NYPD Blue
  • Friends
  • The Simpsons
  • The Sopranos
  • Sesame Street
  • 60 Minutes
  • Popstars (which gave rise to the Americas Got Talent style shows and reality TV follow a pop band being out together, two massive phenomenons)
  • Crimewatch, America’s Most Wanted
  • Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones, Lost
  • Coronation Street

What do you think?

But, if I am asked subjectively, “What are your favourite TV shows of all time?”, then that has to be a list of rewatchability, where every episode is gold…

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Supernatural
  • QI
  • Community
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • The Good Place
  • Would I Lie To You
  • Black Books
  • Avatar The Last Airbender

Then that list is somewhat more difficult to get down to only 5

What would be in your Top 5 Television Shows? Subjectively and Objectively

Directing award for HIDING

Congratulations to Nirusha Wijaymohan

WINNER Debut Filmmaker of Short Film

She won Debut Filmmaker of Short Film in the Gona Film Festival (India)

HIDING has also been accepted into the UK Asian Film Festival 2021

Where to download screenplays

When I did the Producing Masterclass in 2012, Stephen Follows told attendees to read 100 produced screenplays then 100 unproduced screenplays, and then good writing will jump off the page.

I, like many other screenwriters and producers, have a Dropbox folder with hundreds of produced screenplays, ready to read. I shared these with my HND students. I also have a tracking spreadsheet of which ones I have read.

I can recommend Stephen’s advice: read screenplays.

Are you a writer? read screenplays

Are you a producer? read screenplays

Are you a director? read screenplays

Are you studying film? read screenplays

Are you a DOP? … you don’t need to read screenplays. Go out and shoot something.

But, where do you find these scripts?

Here are a few links…

BBC Writers Room Script Library
for BBC TV, Radio, and Film scripts

Script Slug

The Script Lab
free account to access

Indie Film Hustle

Simply Scripts

The Internet Movie Script Database

John August

Screenplays for you

Go Into The Story Blacklist.com

Script-o-rama

Awesome Film

The Screenplay Database

Movie Scripts and Screenplays

Horror Lair

When downloading screenplays, make sure you access the .pdf versions, not transcripts.

Transcripts have been written after the film has been released. You want to see what was written before the film was shot.

.pdfs also give you the page number. This helps you to understand structure by page number (especially if referencing some of the scriptwriting gurus with their “this action happens on page number…”)

However, if you just want to read the screenplay online without worrying about page numbers, .htmls will be fine.

Shorts on Letterboxd

If you’re making short films, you need to watch short films.

I haven’t written a blog post on Letterboxd and how much I have taken to using it (yet), but until I do, I thought I would share these useful lists I am using to watch short films.

Letterboxd logo
Letterboxd: Your Life In Film

Got 15 minutes to spare?

Alter: short horror films

Dust: short sci-fi films

Crypt TV: short horror films (1)

Crypt TV: short horror films (2)

Horror Shorts (1-10 minutes)

Letterboxd’s top 250 rated short films of all time

Pixar Sparkshorts

I’m also working my way through a Ranker list of Truly Scary Short Films You Can Creep Out To On YouTube Tonight

These lists help me to focus my short film watching. How do you pick which shorts to watch?

LSWF 2021

I just bought my ticket for the 2021 London Screenwriters Festival (Screenwriters Festival Online)

The event is fully online this year. I think one thing I’ll appreciate this year is that I can write my notes directly into Google Drive, rather than hand-write and have to type later.

The main reason I bought a ticket this year is because Showrunner Eric Kripke is speaking. He, of course, created one of my favourite shows (Supernatural), and also The Boys (starring two of NZ’s own). Plus I want to learn more about Showrunners and TV writing.

London SWF 365

There are a heap of amazing workshops and sessions. The LSWF is always a valuable resource for writers. Tickets are only £60 and it starts this weekend.

Are you taking part?

Sound Editing Workshop

As part of my Professional Career Development, this weekend and next weekend, I am taking part in the Fest Film Lab Sound Editing Workshop with Nina Hartstone and John Warhurst.

Fest Film Lab Banner
Fest Film Lab

I love sound for film, and in a past life, I would have loved to have focused my energies fully into sound recording and sound design. I still sometimes do freelance sound recording on shoots, and I am currently teaching sound design. However, I am rusty. My hope by the end of the workshop is that I am more confident in my sound editing skills so I will feel comfortable doing the sound design on my own projects.

This is a blog post

Hello to the students that I am currently teaching Web Design to.

This is a blog post. It appears in the feed. Blog posts appear in chronological order when you post them: meaning they are date- and time-stamped, and the most recent post appears at the top of the feed.

Your audience can engage with your posts by liking, sharing, commenting, and following your website. You can track audience engagement in the backend of your website (for WordPress, this is the Dashboard).

Remember blog posts don’t have to be just text: embed relevant images, videos, gifs, and links. Include headings, different fonts, font size, font colour. Learn basic HTML to help you.

If you embed images, videos, or gifs, include Alternative Text: that means readers can still see what the image was meant to be if it doesn’t load, and it is more inclusive for vision-impaired people.

Make sure you set an excerpt: that is a short sentence about the post that is shared on social media.

Set a category so readers can find similar posts on your blog.

Set tags to help your SEO and so readers can find similar posts on your blog.

Best practice for blogs is to post regularly, so readers get regular content. Blogs are meant to be live! Set a schedule and post away.

Earthlight

‘Earthlight’

Written by Jack Albert Cook

Directed by Nieta Irons

‘Lizzy’ performed by Melissa Phillips

Video Editing by Patricia Hetherington

“Does the ground beneath her still feel the same? Can she even still call it ‘earth’? Alone on the moon, Lizzy has no choice but to face the decisions she made and what she left behind”

*TRIGGER WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE*

Produced by Bloom Theatre for ‘SAPLINGS 2.(0)LINE’, May 2020

Released online 20 May 2020

I edited this monologue video for Melissa. It was fun working with Melissa and Nieta. Bloom Theatre company had commissioned a series of monologues, and this was the 5th in the series. Melissa did an excellent job.

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