“I picked an all-timer of a year to break into professional screenwriting,” has been the joke for the past few months’ worth of coffee conversations with interesting people. This was less about the since-resolved strike and more about the fact that, strike or no strike, the “money gun” of streaming expansion has been, likely permanently,… Continue reading What if I just wrote it?, part II
Look, it sucks. For all the degree to which I’ve maintained — since Iron Man! — that the MCU films are intended, and absorbed on my end, as entertaining Saturday-morning confections, it still bums me out to watch the whole thing fall apart in front of me, because I loved this thing. Part of my… Continue reading My beloved marvels
Sometimes I’m loading up my pill organizer and I look at those jewel-bright yellow and pink capsules in my hand and I am once again flattened with joy that I live here, now, and not in the 99.975% of human history in which antidepressants and thyroid medication didn’t exist yet. I spent some of the… Continue reading The fat of the land
This entry was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, this television series wouldn’t exist. To learn more, visit the WGA strike hub and the SAG-AFTRA strike site. Ahoska, the new Disney+ series from Clone Wars co-creator and Rebels co-showrunner Dave Filoni, does a lot… Continue reading The fierce paradox of letting go
Like soup, or the contents of a cauldron It was on or around the weekend before Labour Day, two or three weeks into my “official” efforts at charting out my next source of income, that I realized I was heading for the final week of the first summer I’ve spent outside “the building” in seven… Continue reading Thickening
Even if I hadn’t quit my job this year, I think this summer’s strike actions by the Writer’s Guild of America and the Screen Actor’s Guilt / AFTRA would feel like a central idea in … well, everything. My relationship to my own career, both where I’ve been and where I now want it to… Continue reading I’m so fascinated
Price shot me an invite for Bluesky and I joined (fuckos, I had been on that waiting list for months!). All this turned out opportune, timingwise, because Meta’s threads thing launched, I think, a day and a half later or something. I joined that too — my cold war against the other tedericks require that… Continue reading What if we threw a twitter and nobody came?
So, let’s get into it: what happened with Marvel? Let’s start with some obligatory table-setting: following Phase Three (and, specifically, Avengers: Endgame) would have been a monumental creative challenge for any studio, product line, or storyteller; take your pick for which one you consider Marvel Studios to be. One proposal which makes absolute sense in… Continue reading Phase Four
I. VCR My weird friend Miller got into swap meets and Marie Kondo last year, after moving to the Goo, which I guess is a thing that happens when you move to the Goo. I don’t trade much in swap meets, but I casually mentioned that I was after a working VCR, having somehow managed… Continue reading The wizards of speed and time
Here’s the thing: as soon as the phrase “machine learning” was on the table, any human being with a brain should have been so freaked out that they smashed all of their electronic devices with a hammer. We weren’t, and we didn’t, and now here we are: the beginning of the actual era where, to… Continue reading What if I just wrote it?