Writer’s Room

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Uma das conclusões mais importantes e diferenciadas de nosso Programa de Desenvolvimento de Roteiristas na Globosat foi a de que nenhum roteirista trabalha sozinho.  Este é o segredo das séries de sucesso americanas: o writer’s room, ou seja, as “salas de roteiro”, reuniões em que toda equipe de roteiristas se reúne para discutir e defender cada cenas tendo como único objetivo o sucesso da série. Este mês, quando os estúdios apresentam os novos programas para o mercado publicitário americano e canais estrangeiros,  o Hollywood Reporter  dedicou uma edição inteira a roteiros e num editorial reuniu o writer’s room de séries de grande sucesso na TV, como Arquivo X, Buffy, Murphy Brown e The Shield. Todos os integrantes daquelas equipes eventualmente se tornaram criadores de outras séries de igual ou maior sucesso. Como foi o caso de Howard Gordon, que começou com Arquivos X,  que é a foto aí de cime, depois veio 24 e agora é responsável por Homeland.  E tantos outros…
The writer’s room photo ed of the Hollywood Reporter is a classic already!

the brazilian allure

Not very long ago I used to delete any mention of the world “brazil” from my resume, such bias I felt in my industry. America may be the land of freedom, diversity and opportunity; but that Americans are very xenophobe, oh yes, they are.  Especially in television. However, and very fortunately, things seem to change; and for the first time in my life whenever I say I was born in Brazil, I feel the immediate sense of excitement. And NOT because of soccer, women or carnaval.

With developed economies struggling and emerging markets thriving, more and more financial deals are being cut well away from the traditional centers. And in the past decade, Brazil, Russia, India and China — BRIC — made their mark on the economic landscape. China may hold the US dept, but with over a billion people and a language being a barrier, it is still a little far off….  Russia will not anyone in very easily. India is, well, India. And Brazil finally is living its glory days as the Land of The Future.

So I’m riding high this allure to all things Brazilian. Fox TV Studios brilliantly open it’s development slate to foreign talent, and I was able to introduce them to three great titles. Hopefully we will seen them on screen in the next few years. It’s fresh and it’s a new business avenue… But I am seeing farther  then a studio and want to create a Brazil hub in a talent agency.  There’s enough talent to crossover. I’ve met with a few visionaries but opening the mind of an american? It’s a very strenuous task. So let’s see. I may see the results of my efforts only in two or three years; but I have not given up.  Thankfully things change.

the kids are alright

What a wonderful movie. Dialogue gems that will be immortalized in slang and endless quotations. Fun scenes that will be remembered in many parties to come. How I love a brilliant script! The Kids are Alright is that type of movie that has many points of entry, and strikes a chord, somewhere, somehow and you sink deep in the chair with a smile on your face. OK, it’s a lesbian family; but that’s just tapping into the cultural zeitgeist of gay marriage. It’s one of those movies to drag that someone-who-left–a-scar and didn’t listen to your rubicons and make sure they ‘learn-the-lesson’. See?!? Hear that?!?  They will listen “to the movie”. It’s nonchalant and deep and funny. And oh so very real. The movie talks about the basic things: emotions and vulnerability of family.  But screenwriter and director Lisa Cholodenko bombards it with every weapon in her arsenal. Bravo.

Paul (Mark Ruffalo), the anonymous sperm donor, is a laid-back entrepreneur who gardens. Anette Benning is Nic, uptight, control freak, one of the mothers with the emasculate role.  Julianne Moore is Jules, the sweet passive almost lost cool chick. Paul has no other commitment in his life but the restaurant and is totally cool with meeting his offspring. He is seductive, the kids love him, he loves them, and loves the chick. But ends up a jerk… Not unknown to real life no? Men seem so fearful of their emotions and so ignorant to how real relationships work, that they just screw it up. Always. In this case, Paul had never been in a relationship and feels he is “ready”  to attach himself into a family. Instantly, with two grown kids. Then there’s Nic with so many layers… The family survives because strength comes from within. If it doesn’t survive it was not love.

Precious

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You’ve seen this movie tons of times….a teenage girl growing up in a world filled with suffering, despair, abuse, difficulties, and pain. Her life is a nightmare and she dreams of moving away of her misery, dreams of fame and/or fortune, of beauty and bliss.  She gets in trouble, gets out of school, but a class filled with likewise troubled girls and a compassionate teacher is what gives her hope and makes her soul come alive. She raises from the dead.  We’ve seen that tons of times, of course. And obviously the performances and two powerhouse producers  (Oprah and Tyler Perry) will guarantee a few Oscars to it. But to me the value of the movie is the un-glamouring of glitzy stars, such as Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz, who come  up, close and frontal on screen, showing how common faces they are. The unsaid message is clear. Then there’s Monique, a flashy comedian turned into a horrible disgusting and unappealing mother, showing her shapeless hairy body crowned by  gigantic pimples on her face. And he morbidly obese main character who you magically empathize with and see no shape or color… Oh it’s powerful alright. Times they are changing.