Monthly Archives: January 2014

What Should I Spec?

Not me. You. What should you spec? I know what I’m writing. But this is the first question writers ask, and sometimes the hardest to answer. First: Why write a spec? The traditional reason is that it shows a showrunner … Continue reading

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Depth of Field

I was watching this week’s Helix, and was struck by how the director decided to use depth of field. Depth of Field is a photography term that refers to how much of the image is in focus. If your aperture … Continue reading

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When A Day Isn’t Enough…

In keeping with the “what do all those words in the credits mean, anyway?” theme, I was watching a show the other day and noticed a 2nd Unit Director was credited, and started having flashbacks. Then I wondered how many … Continue reading

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Visualizing Death

Helix premiered last week, and in all the reviews there was always one moment that kept popping up – the monkeys. (No more details to avoid spoilers.) There was no dialogue, no movement, but the visual was arresting. Moments like … Continue reading

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Home Is Where the Set Dec Is

Last night I cleaned the sink portion of my bathroom. My apartment is set up in a strange way, where the sink is separated from everything else. It’s its own space, about four square feet, and it took me two … Continue reading

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The Fox and the Pilot Season

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CE (Common Era)

See, that’s a pun because I’m going to talk about ADs. Get it? I was watching this week’s Raising Hope, and over one of the producer cards in the end credits I heard a voice (I assume a showrunner) say, … Continue reading

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