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Shoot This One: Essays by Javier Grillo-Marxuach

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How do you become a television writer? What does it take to create your own show? Did the writers of Lost really have a plan, or were they making it all up as they went?

In a career spanning far longer than he cares to admit, Javier Grillo-Marxuach has not only written for some of your favorite (and not-so-favorite) shows from the Emmy Award-winning Lost, to Charmed,
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Published February 16th 2015 by Puppet Bureau
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series of essays on being a television writer. His description of the day he heard Donald Trump sing the theme from Green Acres alone would make it worth reading.

His take-down of David Mamet pleased me more than I should probably admit.

Grillo-Marxuach is a brilliant, talented, funny, and generous writer who has helped create some of my favorite shows. I laughed out loud many times. And now I'm REALLY GRUMPY we didn't get his Xena reboot.

Great bus book.
Jon Arnold
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Much of this writing was originally published on Grillo-Marxauchs Livejournal blog. This isnt intended to disparage the quality of writing, rather its to give blogging a very good name. Grillo-Marxauch puts the same level of care and attention into blogs as into scripts with the result that each piece is beautifully constructed and serves a purpose. As he explains, hes wary of directly introducing people into the industry but this book makes up for it with solid advice (along with the Children ...more
Scott Daly
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shoot This One is a collection of essays by TV Writer/Producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The essay topics are broad, ranging from insights into the business side of TV production, how pilots get ordered, the night Grillo-Marxuach won an Emmy for Lost, and a fair amount of political commentary from the mid 2000s (oh how I long for the time when George W Bush was the biggest of our political problems). Most of these are transplanted from Grillo-Marxuach's blog entries.

I appreciated the author's
Denise Nader
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Este libro es una colección de los ensayos escritos por Javier Grillo-Marxuach en LiveJournal. En conjunto, se puede decir que narran la historia de un geek apasionado por la escritura que busca triunfar en la TV sin perderse en el camino. Y además nos muestra ese camino: un recorrido lleno de egos, de trampas, de fracasos y victorias. Hablan de un mundo extraño, al que muy pocos acceden y la mayoría sólo conocemos del otro lado del espejo: la pantalla. Hablan de la fe como soporte y como eje.
Scott Williams
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I knew the author's work without knowing his name. I started following him on social media after he was announced as the writer of the Xena reboot and found that I liked him. This collection of essays has cemented that feeling. Insightful, witty and overall entertaining!
Michael T. Christensen
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A charming - and sometimes harrowing - collection of insights about the entertainment industry, from someone who has been in the trenches for a couple of decades. Its not a cohesive manuscript, but several essays that bounce around in time and from subject to subject, recounting tough industry moments, offering advice, and sharing his opinions on the politics of the early 2000s. All told with a strong, undeniable authorial voice. ...more
Tara Gelsomino
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The essays were far more political/general than Writing/TV industry based than I expected. And most of them seemed long-winded/overwritten. A little disappointing.
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Javi wrote for The Tartan when I was editor. This book is a loose collection of essays, mostly about his career writing for television. He's a smart guy, and hes got a really high degree of introspection about the work hes doing. ...more
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