Inside Aaron Sorkin's Brain


Aaron Sorkin is a fantastic writer of dialogue -- as long as you're okay with listening to Aaron Sorkin talking to Aaron Sorkin through the voices of miscellaneous actors. But really, I do love Sorkin, and I love listening to that endless echoing conversation; it's like Mamet except it actually sounds like people I hang out with. (Yes, I hang out with TV production staff at the Oval Office. All the time.)

In this amazing video, superfan Kevin Porter goes deep on "Sorkinisms," the repeating tropes, bits of dialogue, and character moments that pop up repeatedly in Sorkin's work. And as Porter says, this is not to criticize Sorkin -- it's "a playful excursion through Sorkin's wonderful world of words." Like all writers, Sorkin has turns of phrase that return to him frequently as he writes dialogue...but now we can actually see those collected in one video. I can't imagine how long it took to make this.

Scenes taken from: Malice A Few Good Men Bulworth Sports Night The West Wing Studio 60 Charlie Wilson's War The Social Network & Tom Hanks 1993 Oscar Speech for some reason

Not for nothing, but Kevin Porter's tweets are really quite something, and you know it.

If you're an HBO-less Sorkin fan (who is allowed to watch TV-MA programming), you might enjoy the first episode of his new show "The Newsroom" on YouTube. Like, legitimately on YouTube.