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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


As this week is a busy week, and there is so much in the News that is Fuck-It-All worthy, I am sticking my head in the sand. Or punting after failing to convert on a 3rd Down. Pick your metaphor.

Instead of fresh content, I am linking to older, lighthearted material for those who need a laugh chuckle or like to stroll down memory lane.

Rules for the Writing of Plays

Rules of the Naming of Plays

You're welcome.


David D. said...

My God. It's like a Freeman Mid-Season Clip Show.

ian mackenzie said...

OK. You're busy this week so you probably don't have time for Star Wars questions.

But if you do, or you get to it later, here's one that I've been wondering about:

What's the deal with advertising in the Star Wars universe? I believe we see some ads among the night life on Coruscant – but not much elsewhere.

Advertising in the Star Wars universe? Any thoughts.

Thank you.

Freeman said...

Coruscant has some pretty jokey advertisements all over the place, especially in Attack of the Clones. I assume that in a story so laden with Trade Routes, one can assume a healthy economy. Advertisement makes sense there. Also, much of the capital city stuff is a not-too-subtle tip of the hat to Blade Runner, which prominently features advertising.

Yes, yes I always have time for Star Wars thoughts.

ian mackenzie said...

Thanks. What about the rest of the Star Wars universe. Don't Ewoks need to sell stuff?

Freeman said...


Well it seems to me that Ewoks work on a more rustic system. Bartering and trading. Communal living. They cook over a fire and don't seem to employ electricity.

Much of the way that planets appear in Star Wars is uniform to a degree that is more related to fantasy logic than science fiction. You don't see, for example, ads for swords in the Lord of the Rings. Hobbits have markets, but not billboards.

I'd assume that if you go to Toydaria (which is where Watto is from) you'll see some advertisments, or if they ever went to Corelia (Han Solo's apparently mainline home planet.) But much of what you see in Star Wars is either outer-rim (wild west) or war-torn, so you barely see much in the way of advertising.

Lucasarts did have something called Holonet News on its website for awhile, leading up to AotC. That was sort of the Star Wars universe BBC, and it featured ads. I hear they're bringing that back for the Clone Wars series.

I'd be curious if they factor that type of thing into the ongoing 30 minute series that's starting on Friday. It seems like that will leave them a bit more room for whimsy.

ian mackenzie said...

Fantasy logic versus sci-fi logic. Interesting.

Thanks for this.

Freeman said...

Ian -

You like watching me dance as you shoot at my feet, don't you?

ian mackenzie said...

No. But that's a great image.

I like Star Wars lore.

I was trying to dream up some marketing-related writing today and was bone dry so I started wondering about advertising in Star Wars and your name came to mind.

Turns out I found something else to write about, but I'm still glad to have learned more about Star Wars ads.

I did some genre study at school, which basically made me go insane for Westerns, cardinal functions, semiotic narrative plotting, character indices, complex-discovery plots, etc.

Star Wars is written like that. As if you could write something just by putting a bunch of graphs together.

It's nothing if not generic.

bfuqua said...

You guys are a bunch of wack-nuts.

David D. said...

I have an Ask the Star Wars Expert Question-

Is it true that there is absolutely no paper in any of the Star Wars movies? That it is a sort of paperless universe?