First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!
Be advised. We've got zips in the wire down here.
Roger your last, Bravo Six. Can't run it any closer. We're
hot to trot and packing snake and nape, but we're bingo on fuel.
For the record, it's my call. Dump everything you've got left on my
pos. I say again, expend all remaining in my perimeter.
It's a lovely fucking war. Bravo Six out.
Roger your last, Bravo Six. We copy. It's your call. Get them all in
their holes down there. Hang tough, Bravo Six. We're coming cocked for treetops.
Not entirely sure what the above means.
In order to call yourself a pre-pro screenwriter, you'd have to have
determined that you're going to be a professional at some point.
Amateur screenwriter, yes I am.
Aspiring screenwriter, yes I am.
An aspiring amateur screenwriter. Yes I am.
Concentrate on your writing. Make your stories the best they can be.
The Fantastic Four (2015)
Never heard such nonsense!
What I've come to learn is, this is complete nonsense. More often than not you'll read this type of nonsense in text books. Written by those that have never written anything, or had anything produced in any way, shape, or form. So they write these how to books on how to break into the business. As if there's some secret formula, there's not, by the way.
The only thing that matters when I read a script, is the STORY. This is what matters!
Is it INTERESTING?
Is it ENTERTAINING?
Do I care about these characters, and their journey through this story?
Is this a story that I'd enjoy watching on the small or big screen?
And I've read a number of scripts this month that I can honestly say that I've really enjoyed! And you know what, a bunch of them had we see, and camera angles in them. The only thing that mattered was the story. Did I find what's written on the page enjoyable?
Everything you write on the page is some form of directing.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Foxcatcher - Mark Schultz
There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it with charges.
Screenwriting - Getting an idea!
Getting an idea's one thing.
But is it a movie idea? Does it fit the medium?
It may work better as a novel, stage-play, or TV pilot.
It may not work at all in any medium, because it's just not a very good idea!
If the idea's viable, the fun starts when you try and turn this wonderful idea into a full-blown story.
Coming up with story ideas, interesting characters and situations, and creating plot points that will help move/push your characters through the story, from A-to-B-to-C. This is the hard part. Fleshing out the story, and working out what's going to happen as the story unfolds based off this wonderful idea.
Getting feedback and notes, and figuring out what needs improving.
Writing is rewriting!
Bad Boys (1995) - Mark Mancina
For all you amateur screenwriters out there, I've put a very basic forum up for people to use. I'm just going to leave it up whether it gets used or not. With Trigger Street Labs shutting its doors soon, people might like a place to hang out and talk shop.
Feel free to use it. It's pretty easy to login and use.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.
Escape from New York (1981)
I told you I wasn't a fool, Plissken!
Call me "Snake."
Extreme Prejudice (1987)
The Time Machine (1960)
What have you done? Thousands of years of building and
rebuilding, creating and recreating so you can let it crumble
to dust. A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams...
FOR WHAT? So you can swim and dance and play.
I hope in the months to come many more will voluntarily make the choice they'd made. And
if they don't, they will find that they are not as far above the law as they think.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
It can also be argued that DNA is nothing more than a program designed to preserve itself. Life has become more complex in the overwhelming sea of information. And life, when organized into species, relies upon genes to be its memory system. So, man is an individual only because of his intangible memory... and memory cannot be defined, but it defines mankind. The advent of computers, and the subsequent accumulation of incalculable data has given rise to a new system of memory and thought parallel to your own. Humanity has underestimated the consequences of computerization.
Actually, you can apply this to anything creative.
Never bore your intended audience. Because they'll lose interest, and won't stick around.
As an example, I'm currently reading through a first draft, a vomit draft. And this thing is boring. It's mind numbingly boring.
NOTHING IS HAPPENING!
It's so slow, I'm actually finding that I'm checking the internet quite regularly. That's not good! The crux of the story hasn't happened yet, and I'm on page sixty-eight. Nothing remotely interesting has occurred. Where is the main antagonist of the story? The event that is mentioned in the logline, hasn't happened yet. And this thing is is over one-hundred pages long.
And, I wrote this thing.
When you find your own work boring, that's a big problem.
It's a major issue.
NEVER BORE THE READER.
NEVER SEND THE READER TO SLEEP!
Backdraft (1991) - Hans Zimmer
The Lost Boys (1987)
Don't ever invite a vampire into your house, you
silly boy. It renders you powerless.
Screenwriting - Set your goals, work to your deadlines, and be realistic in what you can achieve!
Ten movies I'm looking forward to watching.
There are plenty more, but these are on this year's must see list.
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