Friday, 30 December 2011

All my favourite posts...


I love some more than others.

Here's a bit of extra googlejuice for the favourites...


The most up-to-date list of my favourite posts is (click) here

2011


5 Ways To Bust Writer's Block And Procrastination


How to break a brand new story completely from scratch


As a Dad, when something like this happens, do you reach for the hoover or video camera? Me too. (Where baby powder goes...)


Want to hear the worst/best script note I ever received?


What's it like, writing for an ipad app for a US TV series?



How to live your life with Tina Fey's Improv Rules


10 Ways You Know You Spend Too Much Time On Twitter


Daddy Daycare: How I teach my son to count


A complete list of brand new band names


Meet My Lookalike, Footballer Andy Johnson


This is how I answer the phone.


Best Awards Acceptance Speech Ever


Best Pitch Invasion... Ever


Other Things Sid James Might Have Laughed At If He Had Been Alive When They Happened 1976-2001


Christmas gift ideas from the junk mail I get - 2011


Top 10 Upsides Of Recovering From A Boris Bike Crash


Bottle Booby!


Awesome story: How did Scrappy Doo happen?


Best Steadicam shot in the world... ever.


How much does Camden Council love clamping?


What is your Stars In Their Eyes


3 Favourite videos shot in TV control rooms.


What was it like when ITV regions ruled the world?


Quick way to generate character names for your #webseries


How to get men to listen


Your stuff: Please send me Kitchen Roll Art


My job means that I dont have to wear a hat


We have the fattest electricity in the world.


I was born tomorrow, today i live, yesterday killed me

DMA Direct Marketing Association junk mail body
Peace of Mind. Courtesy of my Junk Mail.


Turns out those fish that nibble at your feet are USELESS on beer guts


New product ideas: NIKEA


CLICK HERE for my latest favourite posts

CLICK HERE for my Scenes To get my daily post free from me by email, just click here. Thanks!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Technically... Guess this is where baby powder is meant to go?


Where baby powder goes.




CLICK HERE for all my Raw Dad Stuff



Follow me by email by clicking here

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Have you tried Superlame? - a free comic word balloon generator


Starting to bank all of the resources I use for my online content in one place...

It's just so I can remember where I can find them.
Also means that I can share them with you, so it might be more likely they'll stay in business.

This is Superlame.


www.superlame.com
"With our program you can quickly, easily, enjoyably, and freely add word balloons to all your pictures. We're currently in beta and will be continuing to add and update our tools."


As a demo, I used it to make a new work-in-progress character:
Hitler Cat Who Hates South West Trains' Monopoly.





CLICK HERE for all my links to the tools I use for creating online content

CLICK HERE for all my other links to my favourite sites



Or, click here to get these posts delivered for free direct by email.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Top 10 Upsides Of Recovering From A Boris Bike Crash

Top 10 Upsides Of Recovering From A Boris Bike Crash


10
Face looks like a themed Google logo. Changes by the day.

9
Being known to a handful of healthcare professionals affectionately as ‘that bloke who had the Boris Bike crash’.

8
Talking like Louis Spence.

7
Chunks falling off face like an maxillofacial advent calendar. Festive.

6
Patronising kids in the supermarket who stare to ‘always wear a bike helmet’, like some kind of deranged 1950s superhero.

5
Looking like a vagrant whose stuff never gets touched. Also festive.

4
Hours spent concussed equals hours not spent hearing about Eurozone crisis.

3
Drinking through a straw makes 2 year old son feel superior.

2
Finally being able to look my hero Erik Estrada in the eye. We know what this is like.

1
Looking like a Hitler cat. Or the bloke from Sparks. Or Blakey from On The Buses.





CLICK HERE for all my Dad Stuff

CLICK HERE for all my Likes


Or, better, why not follow me for free by email, by clicking here. It's completely safe, from my own email address, you can unsubscribe at any time, and it helps encourage me to keep on posting. Thanks!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Isn't Christmas just the right time for this?

Okay, one last Christmas Gift Idea, pulled from my Junk Mail.

On the First Day of Christmas, my Junk Mail gave to me...
Some Meerkat stickers for my wheelie.




On the Second day of Chrismas, my Junk Mail gave to me...
A face shield for my spraying...




On the Third day of Christmas, my Junk Mail gave to me...
Three Laced Modesty Panels




On the Fourth day of Christmas, my Junk Mail gave to me...
Four Hob Covers.




On the Fifth day of Christmas, my Junk Mail gave to me...
Perfectly... Smooth... Mash...




On the Sixth day of Christmas, my Junk Mail gave to me...
Silhouetted Dogs A- Dumping




On the Seventh day of Christmas, my Junk Mail gave to me...

Oven... Sparkle... er... (Includes applicator brush)





Say Goodbye To Grease And Grime

"I would use it in all of my kitchens. - Jean-Christophe Novelli"

"Note: Not suitable for self-cleaning ovens."


Seen any others I can add to this list? Would love to hear them on COMMENTS below, thanks!



Want to see some more of my Junk Mail? CLICK HERE!

All my DAD STUFF is here...

Or all my LIKES are here...


And if you want to follow me for free BY EMAIL, just CLICK HERE

Sunday, 4 December 2011

How To Break A New Story From Scratch


Having trouble planning out story beats?

This is Dan Wells, with an awesome system for plotting an outline, using a 7 Point Story Structure...

1
HOOK (Start)
2
PLOT TURN 1 (Conflict)
3
PINCH 1 (Horrible Things Happen)
4
MID-POINT (Move from Reaction To Action)
5
PINCH 2 (Jaws Of Defeat - lowest point)
6
PLOT TURN 2 (Obtain final thing)
7
RESOLUTION


Dan Wells On Story Structure Part 1




What's really useful with Dan's system is the order you tackle the 7 Points:

7 RESOLUTION
- Everything in your story leads to this moment.
- What is your story about? Where is your story going?
- Make sure you know what kind of resolution you want.
We start at the end because everything in the story leads to this moment. This is the climax. The point. Where it’s leading up to, what it’s about.
(eg Harry Potter: Harry defeats Voldemort)

1 HOOK
- Now we know the ending, figure out where we start.
- One easy way to do this is to start with the opposite state: eg if a character is going to end strong, she should start weak. (eg starting Batman as a depressed directionless loser, or Harry Potter as weak orphan under the stairs).

4 MID POINT
- Between HOOK and RESOLUTION
- How you start moving from Hero’s beginning state to end state. It’s where Hero moves from Reaction to Action.
(eg Fellowship of the Ring: ‘Oh no, let’s not get killed’ to ‘Let’s take the fight to them’. Midpoint is Council of Elron where they make that decision.
Harry Potter: Start sad & wimpy to Defeating Voldemort, so his MidPoint is ‘He learns who Voldemort is, what V wants to do, & decide he’s going to do something about it.’)


Dan Wells on Story Structure, part 2 of 5




2 PLOT TURN 1 (CONFLICT)
- This event moves us from the HOOK to the MID POINT. It’s what sets you in motion.
- This is where we introduce our conflict.
(So Harry Potter starts with a situation, but then a conflict is introduced. Changing the world the character lives in. A Call To Adventure, Or Confronting New Ideas).

6 PLOT TURN 2
- This is the thing that moves the story from MID POINT to END
- At MIDPOINT you determine to do something, and in the RESOLUTION you do it.
So Plot Turn 2 is where you obtain the final thing you need to make it happen.
“The Power Is In You!”
(eg Star Wars “Use The Force”; Oz “You Can Go Home Any Time You Want”; Matrix “Neo: You Are The One”).
- Grasping victory from the jaws of defeat: Something horrible just happened, but now the heroes have what they need...even if they don't realise it at the time.
- It's something that's going to give us the final piece we need to move from 'trying to succeed' to finally succeeding. (eg Harry Potter: Harry discovers the stone is in her pocket because his motives are pure).

3 PINCH 1
- A PINCH is designed to Apply Pressure. Horrible things happen. The purpose of a pinch is to force your characters into action.
(eg Harry Potter: The Troll Attack. No adults around, forcing children to solve the problem on their own. It's where we introduce danger into a fun environment.)

5 PINCH 2
- Pinch 2 applies more pressure, and makes the situation seem even worse.
A plan fails; A mentor dies leaving the heroes alone; The bad guys seem to win.
- These are the jaws of defeat from which your Hero will be snatching victory. Make sure the teeth are sharp.
(eg. Harry Potter: Harry loses Ron & Hermione to the traps and is left alone)
[Forces Hero to grow up, forces to work alone, SEEMS HOPELESS].


Dan Wells on Story Structure, part 3 of 5



Examples of Romantic, Tragedy, and Horror Plots


Dan Wells on Story Structure, part 4 of 5



ICE MONSTER PROLOGUE
- The Hook scene in most story arcs is not very interesting (Most arcs start in a position of weakness)
- Most plots start before the conflict is introduced
- You need to grab readers attention NOW

TRY/FAIL CYCLES
- Before Heroes succeed, they need to try and fail
- Victory should be earned
- A problem that can be solved on first try isn't big enough to care about


Dan Wells on Story Structure, part 5 of 5



SUB PLOTS
- Each thread can be mapped out - Spread events for pacing
- Line up the events to create powerful moments & scenes


CLICK HERE for all my Cool Stuff

CLICK HERE for my raw story ideas

CLICK HERE for my posts on writing


PLUS it really encourages me to keep this blog going if you follow me BY EMAIL here

Sunday, 27 November 2011

What Was It Like When ITV Regions Ruled The World?


Back during the constant working-in-televison daydream as a kid, TV wasn’t too timid about pointing the camera at itself.

Now it’s gone all self-conscious and ‘cool’





(to the point where *all* channel idents in the UK are bizarrely identical - itv1, Channel 4, sky one, and BBC One are above in no particular order...)

So we don’t get gems like this. The ITV Region startup theme tune.

It’s a genre in it’s own right.




Love the bit where the heap of furniture is part of the image of “what we do”.

A mate who used to work there pointed out the Yorkshire Television shelf-of-booze.



Ah branding consultants of 2011...

Have a stab at which approach we think has more impact, substance and love...



This is one (#7) of my 100 all-time Favourite TV clips - CLICK HERE for the full list.

<-- #6 Pingu Needs A Wee

#8 This Is The BBC -->



CLICK HERE for all my Cool Stuff

CLICK HERE for things that I love


Or, follow me for free BY EMAIL by clicking on here. Big thanks to everyone who has subscribed so far!