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Scar Tissue Films
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They might change, but they all end up in the same place from what you said, : having rejected the possibility of God and having accepted Materialism as the only possible reality.

Everyone comes to experience the same thing.. That there is nothing after death.  

The danger is you reduce all the interesting moral discussions and interesting ideas surrounding death.. Whether death gives life meaning, does everyone deserve a second chance, the morality of bringing people back, possibly against their will or beliefs etc into one lesson, which from what you've said is that God is bullshit.

I'd consider throwing in an alternative viewpoint, just to give the story balance.
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They might change, but they all end up in the same place from what you said, : having rejected the possibility of God and having accepted Materialism as the only possible reality.

Everyone comes to experience the same thing.. That there is nothing after death.  

The danger is you reduce all the interesting moral discussions and interesting ideas surrounding death.. Whether death gives life meaning, does everyone deserve a second chance, the morality of bringing people back, possibly against their will or beliefs etc into one lesson, which from what you've said is that God is bullshit.

I'd consider throwing in an alternative viewpoint, just to give the story balance.


I gotcha. I'm not even interjecting my own beliefs into this thing. I'll probably go with the idea that maybe not all people experience something after death, but others do. It could actually be somewhat interesting if the reverend's wife doesn't experience anything while Robert can remember something vividly.

There will be moments or moral debate, across all three stories.
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Steven, I doubt you want my opinion, but I'm going to offer it because you've got my sympathy. As someone who's written this kind of story before, please, don't do it. You'll be saving yourself a good bit of trouble. =)


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Steven, I doubt you want my opinion, but I'm going to offer it because you've got my sympathy. As someone who's written this kind of story before, please, don't do it. You'll be saving yourself a good bit of trouble. =)


When you mean type of story, you mean with multiple, separate story lines?
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I immediately thought of the movie Valentine's Day when I saw this question.
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I immediately thought of the movie Valentine's Day when I saw this question.


Haha, yea, I haven't seen that. I'm basing this off things a little more edgy.
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Yes. I mean, I did one of these. Five intertwining stories set in the span of one hour with the characters from each story interacting with each other. It was a nightmare to plan and hell to rewrite because any time you'd edit a scene, you'd have to edit it multiple times for every time they appear on screen.


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Yes. I mean, I did one of these. Five intertwining stories set in the span of one hour with the characters from each story interacting with each other. It was a nightmare to plan and hell to rewrite because any time you'd edit a scene, you'd have to edit it multiple times for every time they appear on screen.


I can see where that would be a problem, but I'm not doing anything where the characters share she screen for more than one single interaction...maybe two but that's about it.


I imagine your story replayed the same scene from different POV's?
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Nope, it wasn't like Vantage Point or anything like that. Everyone had their own stories, but, for moments, they'd interact directly. That's where it most got tricky.


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Nope, it wasn't like Vantage Point or anything like that. Everyone had their own stories, but, for moments, they'd interact directly. That's where it most got tricky.


That would be a headache...and Jesus Vantage Point was tedious. I'm going to give this a good ol' try, and see what comes out. The 19 pages I have so far are pretty decent, with few exceptions and typos.
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Like I said, you've got my condolences. Best of luck with it. =)


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Like I said, you've got my condolences. Best of luck with it. =)


Thanks! check out the link in the OP if you're interested!
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