The Difference Between Villains and Antagonists
Oftentimes, the words "villain" and "antagonist" are used interchangeably, and there's good reason for this (which I will talk about it just a moment). However, they do not mean the same thing, and this is where some writers get tripped up. Image found at http://undertheivy.tumblr.com/page/44. It is not mine. I had to figure out the difference for myself a while back, when I realized that while my main character (Mara) for Shadows and Light was a villain, she wasn't an antagonist. Likewise…
Writers’ Rooms Vs. Solo Scribes: Where Does TV Creativity Flourish Best?
The writers’ room has become a staple of American television production. But look to our British friends across the pond, and they’ve got other ideas. Imagine: one writer, penning all the episodes …
Matthew Weiner’s Creative Solution For Eliminating Doubt
Matthew Weiner discusses his process for writing Mad Men and the particular form of collaborating that allows him to get through a large volume of material–even if it sometimes feels like cheating.
The Epic Saga of Joel Silver: Money Struggles, Feuds and (Another) Second Chance
A meeting in Palm Springs led to a deal with a Canadian billionaire as the 1990s' most high-flying producer concludes a long search for financing amid heavy debts; lavish, leveraged homes; and, sometimes, a trail of bad feelings. Says Silver: "There are always people willing to say things that are not nice."