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 putting it back into his left inside pocket.)

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.)

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anonymous asked:

are there any limits or "don't"s as to what a persona can be?

I don’t really think of “don’t”s when making personae- they’re cognitive representations, so I feel like you’d be able to make a persona based on what you think people would think when it comes to the deity/legend you choose!

one of my most favorite examples is the redesigning of Princess Kaguya: the things you’d most associate with her would be a graceful young woman, the Junihito-e (Heian court lady layered outfit), Outer space (astronauts, aliens, UFOs), and Moon Rabbits

so the designers literally put all of those together- she has bunny ears on something that looks like an astronaut’s helmet, and the outer metallic piece around her arms look like a fusion between the layered coats of the junihito-e and a UFO!

for March Hare (the initial concept for Br’er Rabbit) I ended up thinking about steampunk, porcelain teacups and rabbits, and went with those~

if anything tho I think there’s a pattern when it comes to personae of certain arcanas, though IDK if those applied to player character personas (the Temperance Arcana usually has animals which is why I chose a trickster rabbit in the first place hoho) but that’s really it.

u just gotta look at the various design elements employed by the game and see if you can mash something up using those + the stuff associated with the character you wanna use *u*

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-sensory processing disorder
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It kneels at the site of the destroyed Skyhold with a shield raised over his head, on top of it shattered ‘eluvians’ and the landscape of the Fade, revealed to the mortal world through the sundering of the Veil by the hands of the Dread Wolf.

There is no name carved at his feet, no dates. Only a man in pale stone with his shield with his back at the sky, kneeling in front of us the mortal, living spectators with reverence.

Only one sentence can be found, worn away from the winds:
“Your springs and rivers are poisoned will our blood.”

The last of us are dying, but we fought for our world to the bitter end.

Things to look forward to at the BBMAs:

  • Return of the Car Door Guy aka Jin when BTS will hit that magenta carpet with their dapper suits and on point styling. 
  • Tae is going to be jamming out and the cameraman will make sure to feature his reaction. (P.S. Boi is going to be fanboying nonstop with his favs like Lorde, Bruno Mars, John Legend and Celine Dion performing)
  • We’re going to see Jimin’s eye smile a lot along with Suga’s gummy smile. J-Hope will be beaming as always.
  • Rap Monster is going to scream “ARMYYYYY” like he always does when they go on stage to accept the award.
  • Jungkook will probably look Jungshook at least one point during the show esp during Nicki Minaj’s performance. 
  • Celebs will be sharing pics with “the hottest Kpop boy band” throughout the night on their social media.
  • ARMYs’ cheers will be booming across the stadium and will be heard loud and clear when the Top Social Artist Award is presented.
  • Finally we will be given a “surprise” performance by BTS probably featuring one of their super lit tracks like Fire or Not Today or BST. All artists are going to be snatched because they don’t know what’s coming. 

I cannot wait.