74 – The Writings On the Wall

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Writer Ian Carpenter at the Home Office

So you want to be a screen writer…

Post Factum:

Bob intro’s the show & J-Dean is extra silly, giddy & weird as the guys conduct a cross country interview with their guest from Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Writer: Ian CarpenterG+

Ian goes right into talking about the highs & lows of working in the entertainment industry.

Bob leads with a “gigantic question”: Do you ever really get to do what you want to do 100%?
Ian’s answer is interesting & thorough – some ideas talked about:

Next, Bob follows up with the mention of:

Also talked about:

Then Bob jumps in & asks Ian about his transition from Theatre to TV & along the way they discuss:

Next Bob compares Web Series to TV & Theatre in terms of lighting, shooting & budgets & then the guys get into:

Which brings to mind what Ian calls “The best of what’s out there”:

•    High Maintenance – 12 episodes – IMDB: 8.8 – 95 users
•    Created by Husband/Wife team – Actor/Editor: Ben Sinclair & Casting Director: Katja Blichfeld

Also mentioned:

  • Rumoured costs about $1000.00 per episode, In kind production services costs of up to $10 000
  • Casting Director for 30 Rock
  • Easy to Assemble – Online – 4 seasons – IMDB: 7.1 – 97 users
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Ian’s shares his writer room strengths & they guys also talk about:

QFL: If you are a writer, what would you say is your strength? What is your weakness?
Are you a Structure guy, Plot guy, Character guy or Dialogue guy?

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Next Ian takes Us into the writers room & he mentions along the way:

also mentioned:

  • Lost Girl – Showcase – 4 seasons – 5th/2014 – IMDB: 7.9 – 14 800 users
  • Index card walls
  • The hell episode – 1 month of work for just one episode
  • ReGenesis – Movie Network/Movie Central – 4 seasons – IMDB: 8.1 – 2306 users
  • Stakes
  • Train 48 – Global TV – 318 episodes – IMDB: 3.1 – 178 users
  • Global TV
  • Rookie Blue – Global TV – 4 seasons – 5th/2014 – IMDB: 7.6 – 9603 users
  • Has a story arc ripped from the headlines reflecting – Toronto Mayor: Rob Ford
  • Da Vinci’s Inquest – CBC – 7 seasons – IMDB: 8.0 – 736 users
  • Based on former Vancouver Coroner turned Mayor: Larry Campbell

Then Bob jumps in & asks about the risk of working on a show with Bad Karma or running out of ideas which leads them into:

QFG: Are you still able to enjoy watching TV as a Writer? Also mentioned:

QFG: What shows do you use for entertainment?

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Fox – 1 season/2013 – IMDB: 7.5 – 14 500 users
  • Girls – HBO – 3 seasons – 4th/2015 – IMDB: 7.5 – 31 200 users
  • Portlandia – IFC – 3 seasons – 4th/2014 – 5th/2015 – IMDB: 7.8 – 7391 users
  • Community – NBC – 5 seasons – IMDB: 8.7 – 100 800 users
  • 30 Rock – NBC – 7 seasons – IMDB: 8.3 – 71 700 users
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – NBC – 1 season – IMDB: 8.3 – 17 900 users
  • Writer/ Producer: Aaron Sorkin
  • Lost Girl – Showcase – 4 seasons – 5th/2014 – IMDB: 7.9 – 14 800 users
  • Bitten – Space – 1 season – IMDB: 6.9 – 2277 users
  • High Maintenance – 12 episodes – IMDB: 8.8 – 95 users

Ian’s get to list:

  • True Detective – HBO – 1 season – IMDB: 9.5 – 39 729 users
  • Rookie Blue – Global TV – 4 seasons – 5th/2014 – IMDB: 7.6 – 9603 users
  • Continuum – Showcase – 2 seasons – 3rd/2014 – IMDB: 7.8 – 26 900 users
  • Motive – CTV – 1 season – 2nd/2014 – IMDB: 6.9 – 1721 users

also mentioned:

Ian’s Top 4 Dessert Island Shows:

  • Friday Night Lights – NBC – 5 seasons – IMDB: 8.7 – 30 000 users
  • Twin Peaks – ABC – 2 seasons + 1 movie – IMDB: 9.0 – 68 800 users
  • Coronation Street – ITV/STV/UTV – 8328 episodes – IMDB: 6.1 – 2595 users
  • The LA Complex – MuchMusic – 2 seasons – IMDB: 7.4 – 2220 users

The part where the guys talk about bringing back cancelled / ended too soon TV series & these other ideas:

Finally the guys talk about extending the culture of Canadian TV into new media platforms like games, web & 2nd screen technology & they also get into:

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