Why the SPN mixtape scene from 12x19 is screenwriting gold, and should be taught to the next generations of screenwriters everywhere - analysis
20 seconds. Two lines of dialogue, three gestures, a couple more camera angles. Episode 19, season 12 of a genre TV show “Supernatural”. A single strike of screenwriting and cinematic genius. The mixtape scene.
Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn, I bow before you.
This scene should be used as an example for future screenwriters how you can put maximum of meaning into minimal time and dialogue. Should be analyzed and taught at universities everywhere, how to achieve the most using the least. How to write for TV, where you only have less than an hour to built something spectacular.
Let’s just peel off all the layers of these 20 seconds of footage and these 13 words. 13 WORDS.
(Cas knocks, Dean doesn’t say anything. Cas opens the door, apologizes for disturbing Dean in his room, and then takes a cassette tape out of his left inside coat pocket, and puts it on the desk, while tapping the label on it that says “Deans (sic!) top 13 Zepp traxx”.)
Cas: Um, I just wanted to return this.
Dean: It’s a gift. You keep those.
13 tracks. 13 words. The future. So number thirteen is important for the future. I mean, are you trying to tell us something here, writers?
(Dean takes the tape, oustreches his arm, and gives it back to Cas. We see Cas’ hand grabbing the tape, and taking it back.)
That tiny scene is ENORMOUS from the perspective of the narrative and the characterization. Let’s see what we can get out of it. (Prepare yourself: it’s gonna be long. Damn, how much meta can you write based on 20 seconds of television and two lines of dialogue?) (Hint: A lot.)
I am so bitter about the lack of attention that The Dark Prophecy is getting. I am seeing almost no fan art and very little writing and I KNOW that I could probably be the change I want to see and whatever but come on.
Where is all the love for Emmie and Jo, an aging lesbian couple RAISING A CHILD TOGETHER? And they literally run a waystation for demigods who want to live a normal life? Like, why is no one talking about this??
WHERE IS ALL THE LOVE FOR OLUJIME (otherwise known as Jamie/Jimmy bc white ppl can’t pronounce Olujime) a Yoruba demigod who works as a mercenary to pay for his graduate degree in accounting.AND HE CAN CONTROL LIGHTNING TOO, BTW
OR HOW MEG AND APOLLO LITERALLY STARED INTO THE PIT OF PRIMORDIAL CHAOS?? OR HOW MEG HAD BEES COMING OUT OF HER TEAR DUCTS? HOW MEG ALMOST DIED AND APOLLO SAVED HER?? HOW APOLLO ALMOST DIED???? LITERALLY, THEY WERE BOTH ABOUT TO PUT INTO THE FIELDS OF PUNISHMENT AND NO ONE IT TALKING ABOUT THIS WTF THEY DON’T BELIEVE THEY DESERVE ANYTHING ELSE SOMEONE HELP THESE POOR BABIES.
Leo and Calypso’s relationship and how it (at least I believe) is falling apart. All they do is fight like what kind of relationship is that?
HOW LEO AND CALYPSO WERE LEAVING CAMP HALFBLOOD TO LIVE AT THE WAYSTATION AND GO TO HIGH SCHOOL. Seriously, Leo just got back and he’s leaving again? And in the first book all the communication was down for demigods so I guess Calypso and Leo just aren’t coming back and wtf Rick.
HOW TWO BOYS LITERALLY WENT ON A HUNGER STRIKE TO PROTEST COMMODUS.
Styx is coming after Apollo bc of his broken promise?? “Yeah, the goddess of hatred wants to kill me but I got other problems so whatever”
HELOISE THE GRYPHON. Apollo is just so upset over this gryphon’s death.
The elephant that Apollo saves
How Apollo talks about the Hindu pantheon.
APPARENTLY THE HUNTERS OF ARTEMIS HAD NO IDEA THAT NON-GREEK/ROMAN/ DEMIGODS EXIST???? Thalia is just so surprised that Olujime is not Greek/Roman. How have they not experienced any cultures.
It is literally so dark, this has to be the darkest and most depressing book Rick has written so far jfc. The Dark Oracle literally cut off his own brother’s head so they wouldn’t be identified after his brother was crushed by a giant brick for stealing. Georgie nearly went insane she’s like 10 that poor child. And that Nico lookalike Marcus just being brutally decapitated. Damn.
LITYERSES. He survived the war with Gaea and just joined the Triumvirate. AND HE’S A SON OF DEMETER, MAKING HIM MEG’S BROTHER. Him and Leo are bros now, even though Lit is a murderer and having a very serious existential crisis.
Apollo peed on Leo omg I died
GROVER UNDERWOOD IS GOING TO BE A MAIN CHARACTER AGAIN
Rant over. I know people do what they want but I am so bitter about the lack of attention this book is getting and someone needs to stop me because I can probably write another book just on how much I love this book.
“Run it by me once more” Cisco asked, narrowing his eyes as he tried to wrap his head around things. “Seriously?” You huffed, dropping your arms to your side. “We’ll get it this time” Barry assured you with a light nod of his head. “There’s Castiel, an angel of God. Crowley, a demon aka King of the crossroads at the moment. Lucifer, Gabriel the trickster, Gadreel, Jo who was a hunter, Ruby and her and Cas kinda had a thing. Charlie aka awesome” you smiled happily as you listed some characters. “Dean and Sam are brothers and they hunt the supernatural, reason for the title. Their father John thought them how to hunt after their mother was killed by a demon, Azazel, who gave his blood to Sam; making him what’s called a Special Child. They also have a half brother, Adam, that they didn’t find out about for a while, but he’s in the cage now anyway” Getting this far you stopped to see how the boys were following. “Nope still don’t get it”
Summary: The biggest vamps nest known to all hunters is threatening to take down the city of Chicago by killing all humans, and it’s up to the last of the hunters to stop them. They have some problems getting along and Chicago will be in deep trouble if they can’t learn to get along.
Characters: Dean x Reader, Sam, Cas, Crowley, Bobby, Ellen, Jo, Rufus, and Charlie.
A/N: I have no idea where I am going with this fic, so I hope that you enjoy reading this! This is defiantly a challenge because of all the characters I am going to be adding so it will be a long one! This idea just hit me last night and I thought about it all day and I am going to try and put my ideas into words as best as I possibly can so PLEASE stick with me till the end! Love you guys! Xoxo
Warnings: language, Angst, a little fluff between reader and dean.
Word count: 1746
=============== Y/n POV throughout
This is going to be a long fucking week, I think when I step foot inside of Bobby’s house with Dean and Sam by my side. Getting the most stubborn people I know to work together and agree on what to do about the vamps in Chicago is going to make me want to just run into the vamps nest and just scream “kill me!”
It was Dean’s idea to get everyone together. Bobby, Rufus, Ellen, Jo, Cas, Crowley, and Charlie would be working with Sam, Dean and myself on trying to take down the vamps as a team, which is going to be a lot harder than what we thought it would be.
Lone eyes, longer road
Up ahead we’re all alone
And what I want is what I’m owed
Too late to stay, too late to go
The trick the devil did
The trick the devil did
The trick the devil did was make me want it
The Trick the Devil Did by Sick Puppies
Stone King Ryan based on @justisaisfine ’s King Chibis and @whalehuntingboyfriends ’ fics Where the Lost Go, Crowned Souls and now Golden Ghosts