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Smallville: Bryan Q. Miller talks to Inside Pulse
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audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: November 16th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for bringing this over.

One of my favorite thing about Bryan Q. Miller's scripts is that he manages to bring offscreen moments to life in a way that no other writer seems to be able to do.

One of the downsides of a show like Smallville is that the drama is always so intense that it's rare that we get a chance to really see what these characters are like in their inbetween moments or down time. I really like the way Bryan somehow manges to fit that in with this episodes. He lets you know what the characters do when we don't see them. And he does it in a way that is so much more vivid than just explaining something with a throwaway line. I always feel like I can actually picture what happened and paint the picture in my head. It gives the audience so much more information about the characters.

For example, I loved the way he painted the picture of Clark bringing Lois home in "Committed." You could watch that opening scene when Lois wakes up on the couch (in the jersey! haha) and you could picture Clark trying to get her home the night before, taking her keys, the hilarious notion of her singing in the car, Lois stripping down in the middle of the kitchen and then Clark trying to take care of her until she passed out. The way Bryan wrote it you could totally picture (at least I could) what had happened.

Then I was thinking about the opening DP scene in Hex and he did the same thing. You had this picture of what life was like on a daily basis for Clark and Lois at work and it filled in so many little details about how close they had become. No one writes scenes like that except for Bryan Q. Miller. And I love that about him. :)

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 17th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I know just what you mean. He writes such wonderful dialogue, that is not only captivating and funny and heartfelt, but that tells a rich story without ever sounding like traditional exposition. Plus his words play to the strengths of the actors. Those two scenes you mention are among my all-time favorites, and he gave both Tom and Erica such great material to work with.

I love the way BQM writes Clark, but I also think he does some of his very best work in how he writes Clark and Lois together. I'm no shipper, but I think BQM is. :) This is what he said about the ILY scene in Homecoming, in that podcast interview I linked to the other day:

Those last five minutes are essentially the heart of the show... The spirit of what the show Smallville is about was encapsulated not just in that episode, but specifically in those last five minutes.
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