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"Documentary Filmmaking: Redux" was FUCKING BRILLIANT, and is both the most ironic and perfect episode to air amidst all of this uncertainty about the future of Community (reality check: shows have been shelved mid-season before without being prematurely cancelled, i.e. Parks and Rec). Jim Rash was front-and-center and he KILLED IT, Joel McHale’s Dean impression killed me, the montage of Troy-Britta hug retakes was a smart and hilarious way to throw wood into THAT fire, and the Hearts of Darkness angle was an ingenious context for the mockumentary format. There were so many moving parts to this single plot (I forgot to mention LUIS FUCKING GUZMAN), and it all clicked to create this magic combination of clever, heartfelt, self-aware, and offbeat. 

The reason I gush so much praise is that I can totally relate to the stress of writing an episode like this, in which the Dean is mounted into the leading role and the cinéma-vérité aesthetic is played with. Believe it or not, last year for my Sitcom Writing class, I wrote a spec script that is EERILY SIMILAR to this very episode, in that it operates on the basic narrative kernel of the Dean spearheading the production of a hip, ambitious promotional video for Greendale that winds up involving the study group and a one-off guest-star character. To be fair, our episodes only share this basic Dean-centric skeleton, while the rest of the anatomy differs substantially — whereas my script’s like a fat lazy kid, in that it clung too closely to season 1 canon, Megan Ganz’s is full of heart and lean with muscle that’s willing to push the characters forward… which is to be expected, since, ya know, I’m a (not-fat) lazy kid and this FUCKING BRILLIANT episode was carefully crafted by a staff of professionals. Still, it was both kind of validating and humbling to see the Community writers tap into the full potential of my premise and twist it with this awesomely referential Hearts of Darkness documentary angle.

However, if you feel like laughing AT something rather than laughing with, contact me at zedinuo@gmail.com and I’ll send you my spec… in fact, excuse me while I go burn my hard copy of it and spread the ashes all over my body. 

popculturebrain:

Guess which Community star showed up on Cougar Town | ONTD

When it came down to it this season long, very subtle crossover was kind of brilliant on the part of both shows.

Am I the only person who missed Kim Kelly’s Community cameo (alliteration / consonance intended)? Apparently she was somewhere in the finale?

Also, Abed’s 5-minute Cougar Town monologue in (the Ayoade-directed) Critical Film Studies still blows my mind (not because of the content of the monologue itself, but just the fact that most of Act I was an extended monologue about Cougar Town … respec to the writers). Still need to see My Dinner with Andre so I can catch all the subtle, esoteric references. 

OPERATION: GET DONALD GLOVER TO READ MY COMMUNITY SPEC

Donald Glover’s coming to Park West next Wednesday. The goal (as the title more than suggests) is to personally give him a hard copy of my Community spec script … hmm, maybe I should give Troy more lines? Lulz.

Here’s the plan: Basically, I’ll intercept him as he enters the venue to do a sound-check. According to a friend of mine (let’s call him Xavie B.), there is roughly a 2.5-hour window between said sound-check and showtime … which means I should arrive at Park West 3-4 hours before doors open.

With any luck, in a mind-blowing-ly super awesome ideal world, I will catch him with his pants down as he exits his tour bus. I will then awkwardly approach him and be all like, “DONALD GLOVER YOU ARE THE PERFECT HUMAN SPECIMEN, I’m a huge fan (wait for reaction) … Okay, so, I dunno how often people-trying-to-infiltrate-Hollywood ask you this, but, if you have some down-time on your tour bus (perhaps insert a joke about how the lack of space and privacy doesn’t allow him to jack off), I would REALLYREALLYREALLY appreciate it if you could read my Community spec script- I swear I’m not a hack writer! I mean, if I am a hack, don’t be afraid to tell me, please. My e-mail’s on the title page. I want your brutally honest professional opinion. Even if it’s just a terse holistic gut response, like ‘Ehh’ or ‘This is shit.’ You would be my fucking hero, man- I mean, you’re already my hero, which sounds fucking cheesy but it’s true (wait for reaction; he accepts and has one of his people put the script in his bus) … DUDE, THANK YOU SO MUCH, man. Wait, can we do the Troy-Abed handshake? Am I pushing it? (he says it’s cool; we perform the handshake) … Wow. I have the weirdest boner right now. That was … ok, I’m gonna stop being a fanboy. I LOVE YOU DONALD GLOVER.”

Well … that’s the script, anyway. Hopefully this actually works. I’m starting to wonder if it’s even a good idea to begin with … like, who the fuck wants to be bothered by some sweaty erect kid looking for some short-cut to Hollywood? I feel like the whole interaction could reek of that, because of its aggressiveness. Although, I also feel like Donald Glover could empathize with my situation, since he himself was a college kid writing spec scripts not too long ago.

Also, is it sad that I have hypothetical/pretend conversations with other people in my mind? Like, I do that all the time. Sometimes, before a social gathering or outing, I’ll try to forecast how conversations will pan out, or I’ll at least brainstorm conversation-starting topics, and then proceed from there with my forecasting/scripting. I also often revisit past social scenarios and revise the actual, organically-arisen dialogue, often in a pathetic masturbatory way. Like, if there was a transcript of my high school experience, it would be bleeding profusely with the ink of my revisions - I guess I regret a lot of shit … but who doesn’t sometimes feel like the uncle from Napoleon Dynamite? I hope my reason for loving screenwriting is self-evident, now.

Yikes. “Loving”? Strong verb. I’ll flag it for now and re-evaluate its usage after I’ve written a few more specs. 

Today in SOSC we discussed Freud’s lecture on sexuality and the libido. This classic scene from Community pretty accurately captures the climate of sexual tension that was in the room … or at least that was the vibe I felt (professor so fiiiiine).

Also, who else thought that sex/intercourse involved urine and feces when they were really little (as in, you thought that love-making meant pooping and peeing on another party)? Because that’s totally what I imagined adults doing beyond kissing (since I always figured there was a pleasure-seeking physical act beyond kissing, although I’m not sure how I even arrived at that conclusion … culturally conditioned from watching a suggestive movie, maybe?). 

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Spring Break To-Do List:

  1. Read Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
  2. Read Submarine
  3. Apply for internships with Paramount, Second City, and Media Whiz
  4. Apply for a MAB board position (fat chance)
  5. Finish Chrono Cross
  6. Watch seasons 1 and 2 of Misfits (it’s like Heroes and Skins had a bad-ass child)
  7. Find a Nintendo 3DS kiosk
  8. Re-watch Pulp Fiction to prepare myself for Richard Ayoade’s Community episode this week (an Abed-centric Pulp Fiction parody)
  9. Return Zombie Spaceship Wasteland (paid $25 and finished it in one sitting - Patton Oswalt’s an amazing writer)
  10. Figure out my major (“C” is for CRISIS)

Not exactly an “MTV WOOOOO!” spring break, but I’m looking forward to it. Except for the 10th item … that’s why it was relegated to the bottom of The List.

A fan recut Community into a drama / thriller trailer using the children’s choir cover of “Creep” from the Social Network trailer. Pretty convincing.  

thedailywhat:

Rough Draft of the Day: Community showrunner Dan Harmon tweeted this page from what is supposedly the script of an upcoming episode of the show.
Seems like something of a step down creatively, but I do like the part about farts. 
[splitsider.]

DAMMIT DAN HARMON STOLE MY COLD OPEN IDEA. 

thedailywhat:

Rough Draft of the Day: Community showrunner Dan Harmon tweeted this page from what is supposedly the script of an upcoming episode of the show.

Seems like something of a step down creatively, but I do like the part about farts. 

[splitsider.]

DAMMIT DAN HARMON STOLE MY COLD OPEN IDEA. 

DAN HARMON (creator of Community) tweeted this!
Flippin’ RICHARD AYOADE is directing an episode of Community this season! Worlds are colliding! I hope he makes a cameo! Man, I would kill to be on that set.

DAN HARMON (creator of Community) tweeted this!

Flippin’ RICHARD AYOADE is directing an episode of Community this season! Worlds are colliding! I hope he makes a cameo! Man, I would kill to be on that set.

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