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HOW TO GENERATE STORYTELLING EXPANSION.
She is an award-winning TV dramaturg with over 20 years of script development, screenwriting and dramaturgy for the BBC, CITV and ITV. Script Consultancy Script Advice offers scriptwriting trainings, TV writing courses and authoring talents. I' ve been working in the British TV industry for many years as a screenwriter, producer and executive producer of long-running dramas.
While I was intrigued with story telling and story telling in general before I went on TV, I soon realized that as soon as I walked through the production office doors (as against constantly tapping on the thing), I was quickly possessed by story telling and how I could deliver it for serialization.
The drama series makers have many reservations about giving them a night's sleep, but not having enough history or no history of excellence was THE thing that guarantees 24-hour acid reflux. A good story's elements are not always immediately apparent to all authors. My own experiences show that a long runner's seat around a narrative conference table with a set of chapters to fill does not ensure that an author erroneously opens what he thinks is an action, but what, under the unavoidable resulting narrative analyses, is actually an actual concept; a succession of events; an unsuccessful or unresponsive one.
Serial stories have to go somewhere and have a certain amount of tragic luggage with them to cover the route. Well, given the fact that high qualtity storylines are the one, sheer, pristine MUST in any long-running TV drama, here is a storyline wish book that I made during this sleepless years of producing drama, and I still spiritually relate to this book in my consultation with my Script Advice writer.
There must be high-quality storylines for a long-running series: Text - the history must revolve around something, say something. It is not a plot-driven history (e.g. the breakdown of a company), but rather a character-driven history (e.g. the breakdown of a married life after a motor accident).
A powerful tell-telling machine. How does the narration hold through the stories? Which or who drives the history and why and how do they do it? Is there any influence in this affair? It must be able to oscillate throughout the entire film and beyond; the public must be able to sense and see this wave effect.
A good serial must connect to other storylines. Thus, the plot integrates into the tissue of the plot through its interactions with other plotlines. To me, it's all about this rope, about the way the storylines unfold, evolve, web, move, react and contrasts in the dramatically changing worlds we see on our monitors.
The plot must reflect but also investigate the character(s). Outstanding storytelling in Blighty? Gurke - Russell T. David's (currently on TV here) Dazzlingly inventive, smart, emotive, instantly and mercilessly polish the characters sub-text episodes for episodes. Schamlos - Paul Abbot (the previous shows are better) Again a form brake, when it was broadcasted for the first time on C4 in 2004.
Rough, full of history, cheeky, fun and depressing. Is this my favorite show in the USA in terms of storyline power? And the opening scene of the first installment is just great. Slides like Holby City and soap operas, which I worked on and made like EastEnders, quite literally have storylines and create watertight storylines, create actors with which the audience resonates, and deliver all this to budgets and on demand makes authors and producer equally clever in their search for the best and fastest way to a maximal on-screen effect.
We all know that the best way to get the Narnia story on your computer is to refine the plot during the plan. Here is the story line checklist - a long story you have to have: I' m trying to be Glinda the good witch of TV series and series and I do my screenplay consulting servicesScript Advice to help authors create better TV scripting in a constructively, professionally and easy-to-access workspace.
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