Nothing would please me more than Mads Mikkelsen becoming the definitive Hannibal Lecter for audiences. And that’s a very big wish, because Anthony Hopkins, those are huge shoes to fill. But it’s a new generation, and it’s a different version of the story, and I think for some members of the audience, Mads is the definitive Hannibal Lecter.
I am SO ready for this.
Byan Fuller: “Hmmm, we’ve made, like, the gothiest television show in history. But I think we can make it even more goth.”
Fuller: “GET ME SIOUXSIE!”
One of the things we talk about all the time is how this feels like a revolutionary age in storytelling, like the first decades of the motion picture camera, when they were still trying to learn the fundamental grammar of the art form: how cuts, for example, could work as transitions from scene to scene.
The next decades will see art get steadily more and more participatory. This is partly a function of the increasing importance of games in our culture, and partly something more fundamental about the hardware on which entertainment is now distributed. A book doesn’t have an “enter” button on it; movie theaters aren’t equipped to receive voice commands. Phones and computers are different; they are built to take input from the audience.
I believe very strongly that it is difficult enough to make television and films without having access to formats and examples of work that may be helpful in organizing your own work and polishing your craft. This sort of knowledge should not be exclusive. I also believe that the tools to succeed should be provided free of charge so that the art of television writing can flourish, and so that professionals, amateurs and interested fans can approach either their vocation, or entertainment, with a better understanding of the artistic process.
My webpage (OKBJGM.com) includes a DOWNLOADS SECTION with samples of my pitching and development documents, pilot and episodic scripts, and other writing. While my own career is a work in progress, and nothing there is in any way definitive, or even “good” and “correct” for that matter, I hope that by reading the documents – some for successful sales, others for failed experiments and unsold projects – those looking for guidance will find a useful example.