Series, Serials, and Standalones
Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:33 PM
My past experience with multi-part projects has been in serials - more-or-less mini-series projects, which present one story in many parts. Last Rites was that kind of story, as is the still-unfilmed Redemption and my unfilmed Conquest projects (you will see both one day, if we live long enough...).
The Poacher project is a true series, and in the writing, I've done things that I've not had to do, or been able to do, in the past - recurring characters, two-part standalones, serial epsodes where both are pretty much standalone but one immediately follows the other. I'm also weaving in a meta-plot, much like X-Files, Fringe, Babylon 5, as well as other shows that I haven't seen.
Backstory has also been an interesting experience - with a series, I've been able to tease elements of backstory in a couple of episodes, then have the payoff in a third episode. Though you can obviously do the same in a standalone or serial, it seems different, maybe more calculated, doing it in a series.
So how about ya'll - have you done a series, or a serial? Or does it hold no interest to you and you only do standalones? If you're a standalone kinda writer, do you have an interest in a series? (I'll admit, up to the Poacher, I had no real interest in a true series - I'd interview Uber or Killian about Enigma or Odyssey and we'd talk about the trials and rewards of doing a series - and at the time, it didn't seem appealing....)
Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:52 AM
I hadn't thought about the dribbling out of backstory over multiple episodes, which I admit has some appeal. The idea of a meta-plot also has some appeal, but I feel like even considering such a thing would only cause more delays in working through the backlog of crap (uh, I mean creative writing) I'm already working on.
I'm looking forward to your series now though
Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:45 PM
I also enjoyed Hugh Hancocks (short lived) GuerrillaShowRunner blog which was full of good advice and interesting stuff.
Posted 27 March 2013 - 05:29 PM
So the story of life never ends...so it can never be finished.
Series is an example of art painfully revisited over & over until death
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