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George Willson
Posted: December 3rd, 2009, 10:24am Report to Moderator
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Yeah, I did post it but that version seems to have cut off some dialogue at the bottom of each page as far as I could tell so after a few tests it's gotta be something wrong with my FD.


You can send me the fdr file. I have Final Draft, so I can read it.


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Posted: December 7th, 2009, 4:19pm Report to Moderator
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Hi George,

Don't know if you'd be interested, but way back in the 1990s I wrote a feature screenplay that might suit your needs. It's a psychological drama, very closed down, claustrophobic and intense. It only has two principal characters.

I started out writing plays, so this sort of set up is very familiar to me.

It would need work - apart from anything else, it does not exist in electronic format.

Although I am British the script is not location specific - no one has to get on a London bus as a major plot point or anything.

If you think you'd be interested, let me know and I'll dust it off. I may even have some other suitable scripts tucked away in the vaults.
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I would actually be very interested, Niles. I wrote stage stuff prior to movies, and some of the stuff I'm shooting first started as stage works that I adapted. If you don't mind typing it up, I'd love to have a look. The email address in my profile is legit and working. If it does need any work, we can either touch base, or if you want to let me just fix whatever, I can do that as well.


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George Willson
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Incidentally, everyone, my call for these zero budget scripts isn't a temporary one. You actually have time to write one (in more than a month) if you wish. Here's what I basically have available to me (at the moment, though it could change):

Broken Arrow requires no film permit to shoot in any public areas. This means parks, roads (though they told me to let them know if I needed a street shut down...duh...though that was interesting how easily THEY said it), and pretty much anywhere else that is publicly accessible in Broken Arrow, Ok. If you can see it from Google Maps, you can shoot there. One of these parks is rather heavily wooded and has a interesting little bridge over a creek. I have friends, of course, so houses are available. These are all pretty much middle class homes of 3 or 4 bedrooms. And of course, there's lots of fun to be had in cars and trucks.

The set parameters involve using whatever is there with minimal reorganization. "Run-down" ironically is not really an option in most cases. You just go with the standard house furniture layout, and it'll work.

For people, most everyone I work with is willing to work unpaid or with the distant hope that if the film sells, they get something afterward. These are all usually mid-20's to mid-30's age range. You'll want to keep the number as low as possible, so try and forego the crowd scenes, please.

For effects, I know how to do a lot of physical and camera effects at this point, but I have no idea how to do anything CG. Hence, I'm really old school at this point. I'm up for anything clever here though, if you have an idea. There's a lot of things that can be done effect-wise with some clever manipulation of the camera and backgrounds. So you can use your imagination as much as you want here...as long as it doesn't involve dinosaurs or other completely imaginary and giant creatures.

Miscellaneous parameters would be no nudity, please. Sure, a lot of them are uncommonly comfortable stripping down, but that's asking a lot of what amounts to volunteers. Undergarments, if you need to, but I'd rather just keep everyone's clothes on. As you may have noticed, I'm not a huge fan of profanity, but you write what works for you.

There you go. If you'd like to have a go at writing something that fits those parameters, there's a chance I might shoot it. I can't guarantee that, but there's a chance. There's plenty of time, nonetheless. I don't need anything next week. If you would rather wait and see if I improve after my last feature, feel free. Watch the credits populate without you.

I just figured that since I want to keep shooting stuff, I would go to my 2nd family here and give everyone the chance that no one in Hollywood wants to. I've proven that I can a) shoot something and b) get within six degrees of Kevin Bacon on IMDB. No, I'm not guaranteeing a worldwide distribution deal. Buy since it'll be publicly available, anyone can pick it up. Of course, there are always film festivals, etc. We'll see.

If you have any questions, of course, you can PM me or post to the thread.


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Well I'll be damned.  I'll be able to whip you up something, easily, just for shits and giggles.  I don't expect to get anything out of it but I'd like to help, man.  I could fit your parameters, definitely.
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George Willson
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Well, I'd be interested to see what you can come up with. However, I'm not sure that "shits and giggles" is the right frame of mind. You'll want to come up with something that you'd be proud to see made, not something that you'd hide every time someone mentions it and try to explain it away as "just something."

You'll have to note that part of my criteria is that I will like it. If you send me something goofy, I'll make you rewrite it.


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Quoted from George Willson
Well, I'd be interested to see what you can come up with. However, I'm not sure that "shits and giggles" is the right frame of mind. You'll want to come up with something that you'd be proud to see made, not something that you'd hide every time someone mentions it and try to explain it away as "just something."

You'll have to note that part of my criteria is that I will like it. If you send me something goofy, I'll make you rewrite it.


I'd listen to him.  It looks like he's got a gun. . . .

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Quoted from George Willson
Well, I'd be interested to see what you can come up with. However, I'm not sure that "shits and giggles" is the right frame of mind. You'll want to come up with something that you'd be proud to see made, not something that you'd hide every time someone mentions it and try to explain it away as "just something."

You'll have to note that part of my criteria is that I will like it. If you send me something goofy, I'll make you rewrite it.



When I said shits and giggles, I meant as in hey I'll do it just to see it made to film, and wouldn't want nothing in return but my name somewhere in the titles.

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When I said shits and giggles, I meant as in hey I'll do it just to see it made to film, and wouldn't want nothing in return but my name somewhere in the titles.


That's a given. Of course, I wrote into everyone's contract with the last one a percentage in the miracle that it does sell any number of copies at some point. I would continue to promise a payout to anyone involved if and when I actually receive some myself...


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George,

You can use 'A Song In My Heart' if you'd like. The producer who was interested in it, well, he sort of faded away...

There are street signs, road signs, but you can work with them, take them out completely if you'd like to.

I still think it is a money maker, not only because I wrote it, but because it leaves people  feeling happy.

Anyway, let me know.
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Posted: December 10th, 2009, 10:14pm Report to Moderator
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Question, George.  What's your movie soundtracks usually like? haha
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George Willson
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Slabby, you can listen to music I've written at http://www.myspace.com/georgewillsonmusic. I used the songs Something Left to Believe In, Tenderness, Morning Chill, Don't Leave Me Now, and Heaven or Hell Makes No Difference Tonight in the soundtrack. Most of the incidental music was just instrumental arrangements of parts of those songs, and mostly played on piano. That should given you an idea. You can, of course, hear 30 second samples of all the songs on the actual soundtrack at Amazon.com.

Cindy, I'll look at it.


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slabstaa
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No Rolling Stones or Bad Company, eh?
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George Willson
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Like I could afford them... I'm so cheap, I write the music myself.


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slabstaa
Posted: December 12th, 2009, 5:35pm Report to Moderator
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LOL jeez.  Well, I'm boiling up some ideas.  I'll see what I can do.  I'd really like to get something to ya.
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