The Writer's Spirit "An Approach to Storytelling" with David
Four-time Emmy Award winner David Milch is Executive
Producer and Co-Creator, along with Steven Bochco, of the history-making
police drama NYPD BLUE. The highly-rated series set
a new record garnering a total of 26 Emmy Nominations and winning
six Emmy Awards for the 1993-94 season, as well as the Emmy Award
for Best Drama Series in 1994-1995. Most recently, Milch won the
Emmy for Best Writing in a Drama for the 1996-1997 and 1997-1998
In this five volume lecture series recorded at
the Writers Guild Theatre, Milch uncovers the consciousness
behind the act of storytelling. Dissecting it in psychological,
socio-cultural, anthropological and spiritual terms, Milch leads
the writer through a journey of self-discovery as he reveals the
thought processes behind creative writing. Milch dispels fears of
blocks and other self-imposed obstructions the writer faces with
his own brand of gritty, forthright and blunt insight. Like a sermon
being delivered by a master shaman, he approaches the act of storytelling
with a point of view that interweaves a sentient psychological analysis
with an understanding of mans historical impulse to communicate.
With this video lecture series, Milch delivers an unprecedented,
unique approach to dramatic writing sure to enlighten and inspire.
LECTURE ONE: "SHADDAP, IM TELLING A
In LECTURE ONE, Milch introduces the emerging writer
to the concept of "paradoxical doubleness", inherent in
the craft of writing: that of being simultaneously within the story
and outside of it during the act of creation. An exercise is suggested,
to be completed by the writer before beginning the second video.
Chapter headings include: The Writers Doubleness, Sinking
the Roots Deeper, Behavioral Strategies, and The Sacramental Storyteller.
LECTURE TWO: "HE KEPT SHOWING UP"
In LECTURE TWO, Milch uncovers the psychological and
physiological reasoning behind many writers despondent frustration
with the work, citing responses to the first weeks exercise
as examples. Exploring why writers experience procrastination, anxiety
and isolation, Milch unveils the psyche of the writer, exposing
problematic relationships to the material such as: pent up resentments,
the parental connection, and the need to keep showing up. Chapter
headings include: Justified Resentment, Connections to the Work,
War Stories of Isolation, and The Words Abide.
LECTURE THREE: "I DONT HAVE A ROCK"
In LECTURE THREE, Milch explains the human impulse
to tell stories through the act of signification, and how this fundamentally
affects the creative writer. Engaging anthropological references,
Milch demystifies the creative process. Rounding out this third
installment, Milch deals with the previous lectures exercise
and expounds on the virtues of adding a "third voice".
Chapter headings include: The Signifying Process, Accomodating
Uncertainty, Future Tense of Joy, and Danger of Incomprehension.
LECTURE FOUR: "THE THIRD VOICE"
In LECTURE FOUR, Milch continues delving into the
writers altered state of being when engaged in the process,
suggesting how to survive uneasiness towards form, creating emotional
momentum, and overriding self-imposed rituals that may be antithetical
to the work. Milch assesses the writers market, along with
fellow screenwriter Bill Finkelstein, who offers his own take on
whats commercial. Chapter headings include: Demystifying
Creativity, Chemical Constituency, A Spiritual Component, and The
Data of Experience.
LECTURE FIVE: "SHARING STORIES"
In LECTURE FIVE, Milch culminates the series with
dissecting his own work. Examining scenes from the CBS dramatic
television series, BIG APPLE (Starring: Ed ONeil,
Donnie Wahlberg, and Michael Madsen), Milch probes the deep emotional
truth behind character motivations, the effects of incorporating
a "third voice", the audiences secret pact with
the story and the accessibility of art to everyone. Chapter headings
include: Malicious Pleasure, The Characters Past, Earning
Emotions, The Voice of Form, and Art is Democratic.