Thoughts From the Shed

Thoughts From the Shed

SYFY Wire Fan Creator and writer Mark Wooden explores the geek stories we love and figures out the tricks as to why they work (and in some cases don't). He then shares his discoveries to help other creators use these tricks to make their works great. Mark also drops knowledge on: * Histories of movies, comic books, and TV shows * Using role-playing games to help you write * Writing fanfiction and original fiction * Updates on his creative works Come for the knowledge, listen for the snark and comedy. New episodes of "Thoughts From the Shed" drop every other Wednesday starting November 3rd, 2021.

Episodes

April 6, 2022 17 min
For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-xiii-music-sets-mood/

Writer Mark Wooden plays some tunes to show how music sets the mood in movies and TV shows. He uses the works of John Williams, John Powell's music for the Jason Bourne Trilogy, and the TV version of "La Femme Nikita."

Mark then explains how writers can use music in screenplays an...
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For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-bonus-episode-more-thoughts-on-the-godfather-part-iii/

Writer Mark Wooden has more thoughts on Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part III." These thoughts are not as serious as in the main episode (number 12), but are interesting nonetheless.

They're also not safe for work. You've been warned.

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For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-xii-the-godfather-part-iii/

Writer Mark Wooden defends what some would call the indefensible: Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo's "The Godfather, Part III" and "The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone."

Wooden looks at some unfortunate choices the filmmakers made but why those choic...
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March 13, 2022 5 min
For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/my-thoughts-the-batman/

Writer Mark Wooden introduces a new segment for his Thoughts From the Shed Podcast -- My Thoughts!

In this inaugural episode, he looks at the new Batman movie, "The Batman."

Here's the link to the "New Jack City" episode that features a discussion on theme/ having something to say w...
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For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-xi-how-to-be-a-new-jack-writer/

Writer Mark Wooden finishes up Black History Month with a look at the Mario Van Peebles movie, "New Jack City." Specifically, he analyzes the movie to discover four New Jack Techniques Van Peebles uses to raise what could have been a forgettable gangster movie into a classi...
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March 1, 2022 39 sec
Advisory warning for episode 11 of writer Mark Wooden's "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast. I'll discuss Mario Van Peebles' "New Jack City" and four New Jack Techniques for making you a New Jack Writer. Which will include some history lessons racists don't wanna hear because it will hurt their fee fees.

Use the podcast links in the bio. Episode 11 drops Wednesday, March 2nd!

#NewJackCity #writertips #CRT...
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For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-bonus-episode-missed-an-episode-whats-next/

Writer Mark Wooden got smacked in the face by life and missed posting the February 16th episode. In this bonus video, he explains what happened and how he's gonna get back in the game - with a little New Jack Swing!

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DEFINITELY an NSFW video!

For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-x-offend-humor-and-educate/

For his tenth episode and Black History Month, Writer Mark Wooden uses African-American filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles's "Watermelon Man" and Mel Brooks's "Blazing Saddles" (written with Richard Pryor) to examine how a creative can make an...
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For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-ix-inside-the-writers-mind-part-2/

Writer Mark Wooden takes you back inside the mind of the writer! Watch him work through the first chapter of his Conan the barbarian fanfiction and get tips on why a writer makes the decisions they do and how those decisions enhance your writing and your connection with the audi...
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For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-xiii-inside-the-writers-mind-part-1/

Writer Mark Wooden takes you inside the mind of the writer! Watch him work through the first chapter of his Conan the barbarian fanfiction and get tips on why a writer makes the decisions they do and how those decisions enhance your writing and your connection with the audienc...
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December 29, 2021 14 min
For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-episode-vii-year-in-review-2021/

Writer Mark Wooden looks back on the year that was, 2021: the highs, the lowest of lows, and looks toward the future that is 2022.

See new episodes of the "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast every first Wednesday of the month and then again in two weeks.

Subscribe to the YouTube channe...
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For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://wp.me/p5SR7o-1XO

Writer Mark Wooden settles the argument of whether "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie using three elements that all Christmas movies share.

Also, get some behind-the-scenes info on the making of the film and tips for writers on how to craft the ultimate action (and Christmas) movie!

"Die Hard" (C) 1988 20th Century ...
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Writer Mark Wooden presents artwork to dazzle your eyes: character designs and logos for his "Shadowdance" action/ urban fantasy saga!

In this video, Mark also shows you how to navigate through the characters and organizations so you can learn the inner workings of his "Shadowdance" world.

If you're interested in reading the books of the saga, follow these links:

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Wooden/e/B005GU...
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For insight into the episode, check out the Creator Notes - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-ep-v-shadowdance-origins-and-updates/

This week, the Thoughts From the Shed Podcast looks at writer Mark Wooden's "Shadowdance" action/ urban fantasy saga: its origins, the influences, how he put together the first two books, and where he hopes to take the saga!

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For links to all the items mentioned in the video, check out - https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-podcast-ep-4-writer-geek-christmas-gifts/

It's that time of year again when you empty your pockets to give to the ones you love! So what to get that writer geek cowboy or cowgirl in your life? Writer Mark Wooden is here with a few ideas!

See new episodes of the "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast every other Wednesday continuing f...
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For an added bonus, visit the Writer Mark Wooden website at the following link for some creator notes, discussed images, and a list of where to find the movies discussed!
https://wp.me/p5SR7o-1RQ

In Episode Three of the "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast, Writer Mark Wooden explains why you MUST watch foreign films. He also gives you a starter set of movies to watch.

There's also some polite ribbing of Spike Lee's choice...
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For links relevant to the episode, check out the Writer Mark Wooden website at - https://wp.me/p5SR7o-1Sm

Writer Mark Wooden discusses three horror movies that influenced his creative style. He provides background on the movies, what influenced him, and how to use that influential technique in your creative works.

See new episodes of the "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast every other Wednesday continuing from October 20th, 2021...
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October 17, 2021 9 min
Full Creator Notes at https://shadowdancesaga.com/tfts-mark-wooden-intro/


Welcome to the premiere episode of Writer Mark Wooden's "Thoughts From the Shed" podcast!

This episode is a basic introduction to me, Writer Mark Wooden. I'll give you some background on me, what I'm up to, and what I hope to do with this podcast/ vlog/ whatever it is.

I'll also describe what I hope you, my dear viewers, will get from the...
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