In 2001, when I was all of 11 years old, my mom bought me Sports Night: The Complete Series on DVD for Christmas. That was the beginning.
In middle and high school I remember ripping the audio from the DVDs of The West Wing and listening to them while falling asleep every single night. I listened to them more than music. I remember starting fan clubs on Facebook for Studio 60 before the show aired a single episode. And I remember going to the Cinerama Dome at the Arclight in Hollywood for the first time 3 years ago to see The Social Network.
In the last 12 years I’ve internalized the rhythms and patterns of Sorkin’s language, like a vocabulary of linguistic heartbeats. When I started seeing connections throughout his works I thought it might be a fun editing exercise to put them together as a cohesive whole, not as a critique or takedown but as a tribute, a conversation-starter, a piece of fan-art that the die-hards would appreciate. Needless to say I was pretty surprised at how negatively many people took it, and even more surprised by how many bothered to watch it at all.
Knowing this is why I’ve put this lengthy of a disclaimer on Sorkinisms II. I want people to know that none of this flows out of bitterness or resentment, hatred or the desire to take someone down. Rather this all started with love. I’ll always remember watching Sports Night for the first time and thinking “I didn’t know TV could do that”
I moved to LA not solely but LARGELY inspired by the work of Aaron Sorkin. I interned at Tommy Schlamme’s production company when I got here in ‘09 because I wanted to work with the guys who made the television that made me love television.
So the new supercut is a continuation of that same tribute, but with this asterisk attached to it. In it you’ll find scenes, characters, and names EERILY similar to each other. But a lot of it is just having fun with words (certainly no one would count “from time to time” or “there it is” as self-plagiarism but rather a familiar phrase)
Aaron’s been incredibly kind and gracious in my correspondence with him and so I owe it to him to do the same here. (as if he needed my positive affirmation) Take it as criticism, don’t take it as criticism, it’s entirely up to you. My mindset is that it’s fun, it’s playful, and at worst it’s the gentle ribbing a little brother would give the big brother he looks up to and wants to be like.
I hope you enjoy it, and if you don’t…well, sorry. Watch the real thing on HBO Sunday nights :)