A great look at Aaron Sorkin and his new HBO show Newsroom
Cast of HBO’s Newsroom
Vanity Fair has up a great piece on Aaron Sorkin and his new HBO show Newsroom that will be premiering Sunday, June 24, 2012. The piece is on the longer side, but I enjoy that when it is on a subject I enjoy. The article gives you a great sense both in terms of the way Sorkin works and what the new show Newsroom will be like. Here is one quote on one reason Sorkin creates TV shows:
Sorkin, who has been criticized for credit hogging—most often, the television writing process is highly collaborative—defended his method. “I create these shows so that I can write them,” he said flatly. “I’m not an empire builder. I’m not interested in just producing. All I want to do is write. I came up as a playwright—writing is something you do by yourself in a room.
“That said, I couldn’t possibly write the show without that room full of people. I go in there, and we kick around ideas. I’m writing about all kinds of things I don’t know anything about. So they do research for me.” Argument ensues. And, for Sorkin, happiness. “I come from a family of lawyers, all smarter than I am,” he said. “I grew up really enjoying the sound of intelligence and the sound of a great argument, and wanting to imitate that sound.”
This next quote is a bit obvious sense can tell from the shows he has created but still gives some insight into why he creates the shows he does:
“I really like workplace shows,” he continued. “I like creating workplace families, and writing about people who are very good at what they do, and less good at everything else.”
Finally a quote about the way Sorkin writes the way he does, which as he as says himself, he is wordy:
“I’m pretty wordy when I write,” Sorkin said, putting it pretty mildly. In an era when images have largely muscled out words, and much film and television dialogue feels like a succession of one- (or half-) liners, Sorkin’s scripts hark back to the passionately idealistic, speech-rich screenplays Robert Riskin wrote for Frank Capra’s Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and Meet John Doe. Actors love him for it—it gives them more screen time, after all, and a chance to really strut their stuff. In return, there’s a price to pay.
There is many more interesting things in the article so make sure to check it out. In the end the article certainly helps keep my enthusiasm for Sorkin’s new show high.