» Posts Tagged ‘sopranos’

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walterwhite_tonysopranoA few months ago, I wrote a post called The Story of Story, which attempted to explain, in as simple a way as the subject can bear, the roots of narrative structure, and specifically, how these roots were planted several thousand years ago, in ancient Greece, and have been passed down through the works of Aristotle. Today, I’ll begin with a sort of riddle: what do David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, and Vince Gilligan, the mad genius behind Breaking Bad, have in common? That’s easy enough, you say. Well, then, what if I asked how they differed? It’s not an impossible riddle, but its answer just might be the key to the next story hurdle you have to surmount. And it might be closer than you think. More »

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James GandolfiniThere’s no doubt that James Gandolfini was an incredible actor. With countless awards under his belt, such as 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 3 Emmys, and a Golden Globe — all for his portrayal of Tony Soprano in The Sopranos – there is much to be learned from a talent like him. He appeared on Inside the Actor’s Studio, hosted by James Lipton, back in 2009, and shared with the audience many pearls of wisdom about acting: the struggles of portraying a violent man, working with directors, and the most important factors of choosing a role. Take a look inside the mind of the late, great James Gandolfini. More »

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sopranosJust as they did in 2006 with their list of the 101 Best Written Screenplays, the Writer’s Guild of America has released their list of the 101 best-written TV series. While many screenwriters aspire to see their vision on the big screen, with cable becoming ever more cinematic every year, the hard and fast division between the two mediums, at least in terms of quality, is fast falling by the wayside. Click below for the top ten on the WGA’s list! More »