This week Mark Thompson, Talent Coordinator for Our Cartoon President, came to talk to my SVA class about writing for animation. Their writer’s room has nine writers. In a typical meeting, the writers brainstorm and then go off to work on the assigned episode by themselves, and then will be reviewed in the room.
A big takeaway for me is that the story structure of Our Cartoon President follows the kind of story structure used The Honeymooners, The Flintstones , Family Guy and The Simpsons. The hero gets in a bad situation, makes a bad decision as to how to fix it, things get worse, and then the problem gets solved. Watch a few of these shows and see for yourself.
This holiday season is all about the retelling of wonderful stories, some of which are based on historical truths. Tonight, is the 6th night of Hanukah. The story of the holiday is one of heroism, and one that is intended to inspire hope.
A good exercise is to think of your favorite religious stories and rewrite them using the characters in your current TV script or screenplay.
Here’s to your successful writing,
Professor Marilyn Horowitz