Grab the Hoagies and I’ll make us a glass of words.
As a resident of No Film School in southeastern Pennsylvania, I feel obliged to share everything Mare from Easttown News. From writer, executive producer and showrunner Brad Ingelsby, this insanely popular crime drama showed us what it’s like to deconstruct a community facing tragedy. We have seen the best and the worst in people. We followed clues and chased them through twists and turns of the plot.
The show’s seven episodes were all kinds of fun and grueling. Sometimes tragedy would come over us and then we would laugh at a joke from Jean Smart and everything would get better. It was almost like real life, although we saw some justice in the end.
Still, it all started with the pilot script.
What I loved about reading the pilot was how well it built the world and characters. The character conception of Mare is something special. It tells us exactly who she is and how we see her.
Lately, some people on Twitter have had trouble describing Mare because it is a paragraph long. These people are wrong.
Scripts have no set rules. Your job is to tell the story and inspire the actors. The mare pilot does that and gives us a complete look at who Mare is and gives Kate Winslet a hint on how to play her as a person.
Another thing the pilot is good at is presenting Ingelby’s voice. He’s a very successful Hollywood writer now, and you can see why. His voice is here, not just because this was a show near his hometown, but in the way the words flow and the world is built. It is clear, concise and thoughtful in every paragraph.
It’s no surprise Ingelsby can find a script about a place he knows. He got the idea while chatting with a local police officer and discovered that the area was full of various dramatic elements that would make up a compelling mystery. He was able to make the place look like a character.
What were some of your favorite pieces?
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