Crying Outside the Studio Gates
No one wants to hear it. But Rob Long says every script, joke and rough cut should be shorter
TV sitcoms used to clock-in at around 21 minutes an episode, but now any show can be any length on streamers. And everything, Rob Long argues, is just way too long. Even if creatives hate to hear it. Meanwhile, next time you drive past a studio, notice all the nice cars parked along side streets with a single sobbing person inside. It’s typically a director who just saw a bloated, messy rough cut. And someone just bumped the baby on the head. Rob explains.