Where and when will Marvel’s The Inhumans series shoot, and how will it coexist with Agents of SHIELD? Want to see how Korea’s Saturday Night Live is using Doctor Strange for comedy? How can you read DC Comics Rebirth comics by using your library card? What’s going on with Fox’s mystery X-Men TV series? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Here’s a promo for “The Patriot,” the tenth episode in the fourth season of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Gal Gadothas plenty of praise for Ben Affleck‘s turn as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Felt Films have given us an exclusive look at their upcoming eight-part sci-fi horror anthology series Dark/Web, which wraps production this month. The new series will explore the dangers of a connected world — the pitch is basically Black Mirror meets V/H/S.
One of the episodes is even written and directed by Zelda Williams, the daughter of the great Robin Williams making her directorial debut, in a video game horror story title “Zero” starring Gabriel Luna (Agents of Shield’s new Ghost Rider). Check out a bunch of exclusive photos after the jump.
The photos themselves are pretty standard looking, but the series sounds like it has a lot of promise. As a long time fan of the Twilight Zone, I’m excited that anthology series are making a comeback. I’m just hoping this is different enough from Black Mirror. The official description follows:
Combining a serialized narrative with stand-alone sci-fi/thriller segments, each episode deals with the dangers of a totally connected world. Each episode of Dark/Web explores themes related to the internet and the dangers present in the murky, unexplained layers of the web. Paranoia, isolation, vanity, loss of identity, the viral nature of ideas and social media pressures are just a few of the subjects the show tackles. Socially, the Internet is as unifying and divisive as it’s ever been; only now, when the entire world is connected, it’s never been harder to unplug.
Dark/Web is the brainchild of brothers Michael and Tim Nardelli, and Mario Miscione; creators of the 2016 horror film Circle, which was purchased for distribution by Netflix last year. Each episode is directed by a different filmmaker, which includes:
“EAT. PREY. LOVE” (Director/writer Roxy Shih (2017’s The Tribe))
“RIDESHARE” (Director/writer Boman Modine)
“HACKED” (Director Eric Salberg, writer Christopher Webster)
“ZERO” (Director/writer Zelda Williams (TV’s Dead of Summer)
“BLACKHEART” (director/writer Mario Miscione (Circle)
“VIRAL” (director/writer Michael Nardelli (Circle))
Dark/Web’s cast includes Gabriel Luna (“Agents of Shield”’s new Ghost Rider), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum Nicholas Brendan and Clare Kramer, along with Hannah Marks (“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”), Zelda Williams, and Sully alums Molly Hagan and Graham Sibley. Brian Elerding (“Mad Men”) Brandon Scott, Siobhan Fallon Hogan (“Wayward Pines”) and Michael Nardelli, and Shannon Collins (“Inherent Vice,” ”The Punisher: Dirty Laundry”) also appear in the show.
Count Olaf wins all the awards in a new Series of Unfortunate Events promo
Neil Patrick Harris’s Count Olaf wins all the awards in this new promo for A Series of Unfortunate Events, premiering on Netflix Friday, January 13, 2017.
Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny — whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.
The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and also stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire), Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire), Presley Smith (Sunny) Alfre Woodard (Aunt Josephine), Catherine O’Hara (Dr. Orwell), K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Poe), Aasif Maandvi (Uncle Monty), Don Johnson (Sir) and more.
Cameron Beyl is a writer, director, and producer. One of his projects I’ve been tracking is his excellent “The Director Series: The Coen Brothers” and he just wrapped up the 7 part Vimeo series. Here are all of the videos:
Part 1: Murder & Mania
Part 2: The Postmodern Pictures
Part 3: The Break Out Classics
Part 4: An Odyssey Into Style
Part 5: The Screwball Scoundrels
Part 6: A Prestigious Pinnacle
Part 7: The Art of Commerce
Beyl goes through the Coen brothers’ entire opus of movies they have written and directed, so it’s comprehensive. It’s also quite insightful and comes from a storyteller’s perspective.
One released every month in 2017. And best of all, they’re free!
In the 8+ years I have hosted Go Into The Story, I have published over 20,000 posts. I think we can all agree that’s an impressive number. It can also be overwhelming for a reader, especially someone new to the site to try to figure out how best to use the blog as a learning resource.
Learning resource. That’s one of the primary reasons I launched GITS back in May 2008: To provide information and insights grounded in my experience of three decades working in the movie and TV business, and to make that content available for free.
It’s my goal as a writer and teacher to do whatever I can to help open up the gates of entry to the world of screenwriting, and writing generally, to any and all who feel the call to follow their creative bliss. That’s one of the primary reasons I am proud to be partnered with the Black List to support our shared vision of creating new avenues for gifted writers with unique voices to break into Hollywood.
That vision has taken on new meaning and importance with cultural events these last several years. As I said in this tweet a few months back:
I know this. Now more than ever, we need STORYTELLERS. Writers who humanize The Other, who move us beyond fear to openness, hate to love.
Beyond that, we need storytellers of all stripes who have a GIFT and who have SOMETHING TO SAY.
With all that in mind, I am happy to announce a new initiative which I hope will make the content on this blog even more of a learning resource:
Every month in 2017, I will be publishing a Go Into The Story eBook.
Here are the twelve titles (not necessarily in this order):
30 Things About Screenwriting
So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules’
Everything You Wanted to Know About Specs
Guide to Aristotle’s “Poetics”
How To Read A Screenplay
Writing A Script
Rewriting a Script
Movie Story Types
The Theology of Screenwriting
Writing and the Creative Life
The Business of Screenwriting
Each is an aggregation of a blog series previously published on the blog. The idea is that having the content available as a readable PDF will be a more useful way for writers to digest these ideas and information.
Think of it as a kind Go Into The Story Greatest Hits collection.
Each will be free. Download them. Read them. Pass them along.
I reached out to the GITS community for volunteers to help with this effort and I’d like to express my deep gratitude to Trish Curtin and Clay Mitchell. They are stepping up to handle the process of taking blog posts and creating the PDFs in this series. I could not be doing this without the extraordinary efforts of these two fine people. A special blast of creative juju to both!
The first title is “30 Things About Screenwriting…” and it’s 95 pages long, so with 12 eBooks, we are talking about a lot of content.
As always, I don’t claim to be the world’s greatest expert. Everything in these eBooks and on this blog is what I guess one could best call ‘informed opinions’. I’m not an A-list Hollywood writer, but I have written 30 projects for every major movie studio and TV broadcast network, have had 4 movies produced, I have created and produced TV series, and I have taught about the craft and business of screenwriting for 15 years, so I have my own unique perspective on things. If you connect with anything I write, great. If not, feel free to ignore. Each writer needs to figure out their own approach to the craft and as I always say: Every writer is different. Every story is different. There is no one way to write.
My vision in hosting the blog and with this eBook series is simply to contribute to the conversation and hopefully provide writers with some insights and inspiration along the way.
So spread the word, would you? A new monthly Go Into The Story eBook series with the first title available for download on Monday, January 9 right here via the blog.
And once again, thanks to Clay Mitchel and Trish Curtin!
Disney XD teasers offer looks at the upcoming animated Spider-Man and Big Hero 6 shows
Disney XD has today shared some teases of their upcoming Marvel animated series Big Hero 6 and Marvel’sSpider-Man. Check out both the Disney XD teasers in the players below alongside a third video that celebrates the channel’s upcoming slate.
Set to premiere in 2017, the Big Hero 6 series picks up immediately following the events of the feature film and continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Along with their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred, they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains. In his normal day-to-day life, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.
Originally inspired by the Marvel comic of the same name created by Man of Action, the Big Hero 6 series will see the return of Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass; Jamie Chung as no-nonsense, speed genius Go Go; Scott Adsit as huggable robot Baymax; Alan Tudyk as tech guru Alistair Krei; Ryan Potter as tech genius Hiro; Genesis Rodriguez as quirky scientist Honey Lemon; David Shaughnessy as the butler Heathcliff; and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee as Fred’s dad.
Marvel’s Spider-Man, meanwhile, will tell the story of an unsure but courageous teen who has to figure out how to be a super hero from the very beginning. Look for both series to debut later this year on Disney XD.
Share your thoughts on these new Disney XD teasers in the comments below!
Animated web shorts have been growing massively in popularity over the years. Why? An animated web series is a fantastic way to engage an audience on so many levels. They are relatable, funny, colourful, dramatic, and sure to attract a crowd. A huge advantage web shorts have, is the ability to expand across all platforms of social media at a lighting fast pace. This will generate views and popularity, and have your audience begging for more! So if you’re interested in animation, a web series is an excellent way to get your work noticed!
Need some inspiration?
Check out these 5 very popular animated web series
How It Should Have Ended offers viewers a comedic perspective on alternate endings to popular films. Aside from their original “How It Should Have Ended Series”, they also offer a variety of animated shorts such as “Villain Pub” and “Superhero Café”. Their style of animation is excellent, the jokes are fresh, and it keeps audiences coming back for more. With over a million views on each video shortly after its release, it is no surprise their YouTube channel has over 6.5 million subscribers.
College humor has been producing comedic shorts for the web since their debut in 1999. They have grown exponentially since then, branching out to articles, viral videos, blogs, and merchandise. However, College Humor wouldn’t be where they are today, without their “College Humor Original” series. This featured comedic shorts, as well as animated shorts, that targeted a college bound audience. College Humor can be considered one of the founding fathers of animated web shorts. Their animation has intrigued audiences for years as they cover topics relatable to teens and young adults. Some topics include, Dating, Partying, Movies, Video Games, and pop culture.
Emerging as a comic strip in 2005, Cyanide & Happiness is one of the most popular animated shorts on the web right now. Their use of stick figure animation had quickly grown in popularity, as the animation around and behind the characters is much more than the simplicity of stick figures. The animation style is colourful, exciting, and leaves viewers either laughing, or in shock. Mostly focusing on dark humor, Cyanide & Happiness relates to the struggles one might experience in life day to day.
sWooZie is a great example of good and effective story telling. sWooZie focuses on story telling rather than animation. The animation is basic, but when paired with an interesting, and intriguing voice over, it results in a great short video. Using his personal experiences as material for his shorts, (such as “Confessions of a Disney Employee”) he engages audiences on a personal level using comedy and relatability.
If you own a cat, this series is for you. The series is based off the creator’s personal experience’s of owning a cat, and the trials and tribulations that ensue. Much like sWooZie, Simons Cat relies on good story telling over advanced animation. The shorts feature well crafted 2D animations that tell the story of a mischievous cat constantly getting himself, and his owner Simon, into trouble.
If you are interested in creating a web series yourself, Raindance offers a Web Series Foundation Course. This 5-week foundation series course will teach you the basics of writing, developing, shooting, producing and monetizing your web series. You will be able to develop your own ideas in class, as well as learn from industry professionals.
Cinematographer Neville Kidd captured Netflix’s Travelers using RED and Cooke Optics.
When a cinematographer visually depicts the personality of a character, it has the power to immerse the audience in the story, even through the briefest of encounters. The opening sequence to Netflix’s new series Travelers illustrates this, bridging color, movement, and tone to each characters’ disposition as they’re introduced into the story through vignettes.
Travelers comes from Stargate SG-1 scribe Brad Wright and is set in the present day, where five “travelers” from hundreds of years in the future are sent back through time to assume the lives (and bodies) of people just before they die. Using their knowledge of what’s to come, they attempt to alter a horrific outcome of human existence through tasks handed down from a higher authority.
Director Nick Hurran and Scottish cinematographer Neville Kidd stepped away from the traditional “bluish” sci-fi look to create the pilot, with Kidd lensing the first three episodes before a variety of directors finished the series with DP Stephen Jackson.
What’s the latest box office milestone that Doctor Strange has achieved? Who is scoring Logan instead of Cliff Martinez? Is Geoff Johns working on a new Watchmen comic? What is the next DC Comics TV series that is getting announced soon? Who is teaming up with Peter Parker for a new Disney XD Spider-Man animated series. All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Here’s the first photo of Stephen Huszar as the expert marksman Plunder from an upcoming episode of The Flash.