Watching special features

Watch the special features

Most of the TV I’m watching at the moment is on DVD, and usually I’ll just watch the show and forget about the special features. The last couple of weeks, like has been marginally quieter, so I’ve been watching the special features also.

What does this have to do with writing? I hear you ask. Well, I’ll tell you.

Some of the special features include interviews with the writers, directors, even the set designers of various shows. There are some great tips there that we can apply to our own writing.

This morning I watched the special features for Whitechapel, a British crime series that I really enjoyed. The special features included interviews with the actors as well as the writers, director, and more. They gave some great insights into how the series was created.

One thing that stood out was talk about the colours used when filming at night. The comment was made that usually in TV shows, they use blue lights at night, however in this series they used orange as the Whitechapel area had an orange glow at night as well as adding an air of suspense and making it all seem more sinister.

It’s not easy to write colour in a book, however talk of these different layers of the story was interesting and got me thinking about some of my own stories and how these different layers can be added. Simply changing a colour or tweaking a description can change the feel of a scene, quite dramatically sometimes.

I’m not quite sure how to do this, yet, but it’s something to think about.

You never know what gems you may pick up simply by watching the special features on a DVD.

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  1. wow, we are just on the same wavelength at the moment – I’ve just finished a post for next week based on a tip I picked up from watching a TV special feature. Great minds… And I liked your comment about colour – it reminds me that things like colour and senses shouldn’t be forgotten about. back in the day when I was studying creative writing, we had to do exercises on this sort of thing, but then you forget to apply it.

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