Keystroke Medium

Ep 5.20 - LIVE! ‘Gods and Heroes’ with Charley and Vlas Parlapanides

May 26, 2020

Josh, Scott, and Chuck sit down to talk with 'Gods and Heroes' creators Charley and Vlas Parlapandies.


 Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, C. Stephen Manley, Charley and Vlas Parlapanides

[00:00] Opening remarks—Dragon Award Nominations are open!

[03:37] 'Gods and Heroes' with Charley and Vlas Parlapanides

-Being a writer in film and television is all about work ethic and desire to tell stories.

-Charley started as associate, but Vlas was writing and they started collaborating.

-Writing is rewriting, so any scripts you get that give you something to read and learn from.

-Selling a spec script is like selling a first draft, which is the opposite of novel production process.

-Subjective vs. Objective notes in scriptwriting (feedback from the producers)

-Diagnosing the problem based on the notes.

-Learning to ‘take notes’

-Good writing is rewriting.

-Don’t record your notes meetings….

-Staying in the game long enough for someone to roll you the ball.

-Make it work.

-The invisible steps of collaboration or teamwork.

-The only rule is the Best Idea Wins.

-Building large arcs within your story to achieve the narrative arc from beginning to the end.

-In network tv, you have to close all the loops.

-In series tv, each episode has to have miniature arcs.

-The tv show Story Document and outline.

-The outline isn’t always gospel; the story is king.

-Scripts vs. budgets.

-A movie is never finished, but abandoned.

-Michael Arndt breaks down Star Wars

-You can be a slave to structure in a movie format.

-A tv show pilot has to have a solid structure AND launch the series.

-Nancy Miller advocates that the first ACT/first twenty pages of the pilot have to grab the viewer into the series.

-Length of a script doesn’t matter.

Example: Zodiac, The Social Network

[59:55] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey



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