Fun on a Friday: Push Button Drama

Oh if only it were as easy to add drama to your script as it is in this video below.

Kudos to TNT for their dramatic marketing prowess that got a lot of attention in the little square where they staged their scene, and garnered 20 million views on the ol’ Tube of You.

But in addition to some marketing Friday fun, there is also a script writing lesson to learn in what they’ve done.  What makes things interesting is the unexpected.  Make sure your show gives your audience something that makes them go, “Woah . . . didn’t see that coming,” and you’ll be sure to get them telling their friends all about it.

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  • Jon Mann says:

    I burst out laughing at the totally serious events unfolding in the belgian square. It got a bit questionable when the gunfire began, you wonder how locals didn’t run for cover. But that sequence shows how such ‘normal’ events to make drama on television are rare and shocking in real life — excpept for those who in places where danger and violence are normal everyday events. Which brings me to a recurring theme in my head about how wrong it is to be indifferent to the suffering of others. But wait, thats not funny and I want to hold onto the joy of the wild video you shared….

  • PamelaBee says:

    Hi Ken,
    Readers of your blog may want to know that a simple click can help
    restore the Helen Hayes Theater. This just came in from Second Stage:
    Second Stage is one of 40 finalists in this year’s Partners in Preservation program, funded by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program awards up to $250,000 to the organizations that receives the most votes from its supporters. Our grant money will be used to restore the façade of our future home, the 100-year-old Helen Hayes Theatre. The organization that gets the most votes from its supporters will receive up to $250,000. To vote:
    1. Go to , find Second Stage Theatre among the list of finalists and click “VOTE.”
    2. Login with Facebook or create a Partners In Preservation account.
    3. Remember to vote every day until May 21 – and tell your friends!

  • SPOILER for Godspell: Also, it’s a lesson in staging. I never expected the trampolines in GODSPELL. Although it is now a cliche, when CATS first came out the cats moving through the audience was still pretty novel (I didn’t see any 1970’s or 1960’s experiential theatre, so I don’t know how accurate that is). Also, my mind is blown when plays make me question whether it a play or real life. Even with its dramatic staging, I never question the veracity of the recent production of THE NORMAL HEART. The Boston Fringe production of BUG was so freaky that although logically I knew that the actor couldn’t pull his tooth out every night, his performance made me question that for a moment and make an “ew” type noise.

  • Kristopher Weaver says:

    Best thing I saw all day! Thank you, Ken… (I surely did not expect any of it.)

  • Hi Ken,
    Watching that amazing short – even though it was TNT this time – reminded me that that similar genius creativity and skill creates opportunities. This is the ultimate script-writing lesson. Thank you, Ken, for your blog, which I recently joined and am so happy to be part of. Wendy

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