The Matchbox / ABC Production Stateless is one of the latest examples of a number of Australian productions using the showrunner model. In this Screen Australia article, Elise McCredie describes the writing and production process.
“Belinda Chayko is a fabulous story producer,” McCredie says. “She’s also really forensic about character and trajectory of character. So Tony, Belinda and I over those years in rooms together would do massive diagrams on whiteboards that followed character lines.
“There were times we would just be tearing our hair out about a particular character, or how we were intertwining and weaving the four [stories], what was working and not working. But we would always slog through on those days and get to somewhere that we thought was dramatically interesting. [We] worked incredibly well together and our skills complemented each other.”
Read the full article at the Screen Australia blog.
Following the Australian Writer’s Guild National Screenwriters Conference in 2016, I applied successfully to be a part of the Sling Shot program. This enabled me to develop a pitch document for an initial idea that subsequently got me into the AFTRS Graduate Certificate program.
What a beautiful metaprocrastination link. Considering one of the things I write most about when I am not “writing” is stationery and the act of writing, this list will be meta meta fuel.
There is something slightly obscene about binge-watching any television show. To think of the years of writing, production, post and scheduling that have gone into creating the characters and their world, and here am I on the couch for 8 hours consuming it whole. Left without the angst of the episode cliff-hanger, or even the gaping questions left at the end of a season, the pace is dictated by the viewer.
In watching a show this way, I have joined the mainstream. Show me now. I want to beat the spoilers. Feed me. Feed me.
And yet we consume so many other entertainments in full. A novel we can read in a sitting. A movie beginning to end.
The mass marketing of content as a boxed set or streamable series gives us new opportunities to see the arc of characters, to engage in a way that invokes a greater visceral punch than seeing a story unfold week to week. The emotional energy may dissipate after the loss of a major character, or an injustice or a victory. Condensing these experiences allows us to immerse ourselves deeper into the world of the story.
Beyond the boxed set, technologies such as digital recorders, ABCs iView, Quickflix and cracked access to Netflix allow us to choose our pace and time, giving the viewer the greatest degree of control of story consumption. I can watch a show on my TV, my laptop, my tablet or my phone. Add to that those who access shows through streams and torrents and it becomes a viewer’s market.
That is a good thing for the creators of stories.
In our digital travels, we stumble upon things that were not our initial focus, but that warrant a little attention. When I am researching, it is important to try to follow the markers, to not stray too far from the path; yet there are tantalising nuggets of information, ideas that want to be revisited.
The web is also awash with quotations from so many sources. Writers and writing, and the sites dedicated to these topics, spawn thousands of quotes to inspire and motivate. Sometimes a few words speak to us more intimately, or spark an idea to be revisited.
An image, a video, a few words. For me Tumblr provides me with a live, growing commonplace book. Pinterest too allows for creating a visual snapshot of the things that piqued my interest, usually while looking for something else.
Meaning Business on Tumblr.
Me on Pinterest.