OLIVER TAYLOR =============

Hi. I'm Oliver and this is my site. That's the only introduction I could think of.


Textplay is command-line utility that converts screenplays written in Fountain formatted plain-text to HTML and FDX (Final Draft). The HTML is can be easily converted to a pagination-aware PDF with PrinceXML.


This package of scripts and text-filters aims to substantially improve your movement and selection abilities when writing prose in BBEdit.


Almost every website, piece of software, or communication protocol ever programed was written (at least in part) in plain-text. This makes it the most compatible, reliable, and flexible file-format in existence; one who writes in plain-text can rest assured their files will be readable forever by any computer ever made in their lifetime.

Because programmers work almost exclusively in plain-text they have built themselves amazing tools. With a little work one can learn how to leverage these powerful tools and customize their writing environment as they see fit.

For those who want a universal and future-proof way to store their writing, and powerful and reliable software to write in, plain-text is the ticket.


The single most important thing I do when writing, from a computing standpoint, is to put each clause or idea of a sentence on a separate line. I got the idea from Brandon Rhodes (via Brian W. Kernighan) and have been using it ever since. Here's how he explains it:

By starting a new line at the end of each sentence, and splitting sentences themselves at natural breaks between clauses, a text file becomes far easier to edit and version control. Text editors are very good at manipulating lines -- so when each sentence is a contiguous block of lines, your editor suddenly becomes a very powerful mechanism for quickly rearranging clauses and ideas.

Splitting each clause of a sentence into separate lines more clearly highlights the structure of a sentence. Apparently, Buckminster Fuller called it "Ventilated Prose". The effect has been so profound that I now write by hand in this way. (There's even an xkcd comic about it.)


Recommended Reading for Screenwriters - Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman - Bambi vs. Godzilla by David Mamet - Elements of Style - Maps of the Imagination - On Directing Film by David Mamet - Poetics - Into the Woods by John Yorke - Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell - True and False by David Mamet - Visual Display of Quantitative Information - War of Art by Steven Pressfield - Wordplayer.com A Partial List of Movies Released in 2007 - 3:10 To Yuma - Assassination Of Jessie James By The Coward Robert Ford - Atonement - Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead - Black Snake Moan - Bourne Ultimatum - Bug - Charlie Wilson's War - Eastern Promises - Gone Baby Gone - Hot Fuzz - Juno - Knocked Up - Michael Clayton - No Country For Old Men - Ratatoullie - Rescue Dawn - There Will Be Blood - The TV Set - The Wind That Shakes The Barley - Zodiac Software I Love - Arq - BBEdit - vim - git - gitup - fzf - pandoc - princexml Harrison Ford Movies, 1980-2000 - Empire Strikes Back - Raiders of the Lost Ark - Blade Runner - Return of the Jedi - Temple of Doom - Witness - The Mosquito Coast - Frantic - Working Girl - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Presumed Innocent - Regarding Henry - Patriot Games - The Fugitive - Clear and Present Danger - Sabrina - The Devil's Own - Air Force One - Six Days and Seven Nights - Random Hearts - What Lies Beneath WRITE LIKE A PROGRAMMER - Learn command-line software - Learn to use regular expressions - Write in plain-text - Use version control - Learn to code a little so you can make tools for yourself Places to Eat in Los Angeles Valley - Coffee Commissary - Jinya Ramen Bar - Joe's Falafel - Olive & Thyme - Porto's Bakery - Quenelle - Lemonade - Umami Burger - Tender Greens Silverlake / Echo / Atwater - Proof Bakery - Tomato Pie Hollywood-ish - Bludso's BBQ - Food Lab - Joe's Pizza - Kettle Glazed Donuts - Little Dom's - Mozza Pizzaria - Olio - Palms Thai - Salt's Cure - Stella Barra Pizzaria - Stout - Sycamore Kitchen - Tender Greens - Terroni - Umami Burger - Tatsu Ramen - Jar - République Downtown - Baco Mercat - Bar Ama - Bottega Louie - Wurstkuche - Grand Central Market West Side - Balconi Coffee Company - Huckleberry - Joe's Pizza - Milo & Olive - Nanbankan - Plan Check - Tatsu Ramen - Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle East Side - Din Tai Fung - Intelligensia - Bulgarini Gelato - Din Tai Fung - Golden Deli - La Cabanita - Luscious Dumplings - Union (Pasadena)