Just in time for the upcoming premier of Vikings on the History Channel, Michael Hirst, the show’s writer and producer, talks about his writing process in the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series.
“The key for me with historical characters is they’re interesting because they’re human beings,” he said. “A little bit of Hemingway goes a long way here, but journalists and writers should honestly look at their material and have a real interest, a real passion in what they want to write, and they should also have a lot of knowledge, as well. You don’t write police procedural stuff unless you really know that beat, but it’s ultimately not the procedure that makes the show work — it’s the people. The more real they are, the better.”
- Marcy Bloom on How She Became Condé Nast's Youngest Publisher
- Mets Farm Team Are Masters of Seinfeld Anniversary Domain
- Dick Cavett Revisits Alcohol-Soaked 'Worst Show'
- Boy Genius Report's Jonathan Geller on the Benefits on Anonymity