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Hmm, logline is a little deceptive... least a little disingenous, seeing as it reads as a 'straight' story.
And, as for your 'script' it feels like you just threw this together for effect. And what is it? A drawn out skit? Or were you going for a comic/religous satire/commentary? I dunno. Cause really you've a lot of mixed messages in here that just don't add up to a lot in terms of entertainment to me.
You had me at the start, I was interested to know where it was going but then following on from the description i.e. he looks a bit like Rob Lowe - or words to that effect, I thought... wha'? Lazy writing at the very least.
I just feel if you're trying for a 'shock and awe' comedy/hybrid, you should go the whole hog. As it is, it reads (imho) as if it doesn't quite know what category it's meant to fall into, as though you just kinda let your mind wander all over the place and amused yourself.
I suppose some might take offence to certain 'elements' of your story (maybe this will get you more reads) but to tell you the truth I thought it lacking in a little imagination and creativity. All jmo.
Will, just thought I'd add (in the interests of constructive crit.) you demonstrate capable writing - few issues with slugs, and you should delete those cont'ds but no glaring typos or punct probs. This one just didn't do it for me.
Iím not religious so let me start by saying that I found the heaven scenes funny but I have to be honest and say Iím not sure what to make of this as a piece?
It puzzled me, made me think and maybe I need another read. It felt like a skit/comedy short like Libby (LC) stated but also a bit of drama mixed in, I can see this offending certain people.
There were some issues for me personally in the writing technically, especially in the first 6 to 7 pages.
One scene read like you had the characters mixed up between Nathan and Joe when they talk about the Jesus game?
This was out there, not too sure what to make of it. I had a few giggles but donít know if I enjoyed it or not. Unlike Libby, Iíll give you an A star for Imagination though, it takes a wicked mind to think up a peculiar tale like this.
Good, bad...not too sure about this. Iím thinking.
first and foremost, you all are super crazy awesome. thanks so much for the reads. i will respond to you all individually, but first there's a bit of a back story here.
this is a sketch by all means. in fact, you may or may not know the song it's based on. for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, you'll need to hear it before understanding this sketch. check it out. it might just be the worst song ever written.
Just watched this. Wow, painful. Wtf is he getting mom shoes for? Doesn't look like she can walk, get her a morphine drip.
AS far as you script, I would've enjoyed it more had I seen this first. You shoulda tried to snag the an earlier post and slap that video up there stating what you're trying to accomplish, first.
That said, this is pretty funny. Glad to see you're not afraid to... "go there".
On the other hand, this script is a mess. You've got characters saying the other character's lines more than once. Typos galore. Can't believe you wrote this at Christmas time and just posted it now. You've had three months to review it. This should've been a much cleaner read.
Good luck finding someone with the balls to films this, but, if you do, I'd surely tune in...
Alright, so I have a revised copy but new submissions are closed until March 5. I'll upload it as soon as i can. Thanks for the heads up everyone! I have a bad habit of confusing characters and not catching it (even while editing). Also, I started this around Xmas and sat on it for a while. I came back to it every so often when I got tired of working on my feature.
I see you've got a new draft up... I missed the last one.
So, I'll read the new incarnation with fresh eyes...
P. 5 Where's Baby Jesus. LOL! That's bad... in the good way.
P. 9 Seems odd that Nathan knew it was that cop's ride.
P. 9 I didn't know Saint Peter was a sailor.
And the punchline... right in the eye, LOL. Cute.
Whatever bumps there were in the first read seem to have been smoothed. It's a cute story though some cop/hobo fight intercuts would've been nice. This is a pretty decent read, though I was waiting for a shoe comeback.
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so my SINCEREST apologies for the delay. I was waiting for the rewrite to go up before ressurecting this thread. plus i've been super busy at work and therefore haven't had the time to post as often as i'd like. but i'm back for good now. plus the rewrite went up a few days ago. so a few comments to everyone....
Leitskev - really appreciate the read. tried to be as bold as possible. hope you found little kev!
LC - totally understandable. i'm assuming you've never heard the song (which is actually the case for most people). even if you did, i totally respect the feedback and really appreciate the read. and thanks for pointing out my formatting errors. damn celtx adds those irritating "cont'ds." trying to figure out how to disable that feature...
SiColl007 - haha yep, this one was totally intended to offend. i tried to sink as low as possible. and yeah, i could see how some bits work, and others not so much. thanks for the read!
Coop - definitely taking your "wicked mind" comment as a compliment haha definitely check out the song if you haven't already. and thanks for the heads up about the whole name switching thing. everything should be corrected now...hopefully
jwent- oh yea, its bad haha i shouldn't say that i sat on this since Xmas. I started working on it around then, dropped it to start working on a feature, and then picked it back up weeks later. once again, the mistakes should be corrected. not sure if this would translate well onto screen. and if it was filmed, i'm not so sure I'd want to see it haha
ED - haha thanks man, glad you enjoyed it. nice to know i worked out all the kinks out in the second draft. right in the eye? come on dude, that's just gross haha thanks for the suggestions as well. I'll be sure to keep them in mind. totally agree about the cop's ride. just trying to think of something better to fit in there....
Cindy - thanks so much for read! while i'm usually not this offensive, i just wanted to write a script without any limitations whatsoever. seemed appropriate given the song. regardless, i can totally see where you're coming from and i hope you enjoy my script a bit more
Nomad - haha yeah i really wanted to stick to the song in the first scene. in fact, i tried to keep Nathan's dialogue consistent with the song (although I had to go off track a little bit). i hope i feel more pessimistic more often as well haha
to everyone, thank you, thank you, thank you! i REALLY appreciate all of the reads and I hope to return the favor in the near future. I'm back and ready to read!
I thought this was well written, very well written. The heaven scene reminded of south park for some reason. Just seems like something they would do. Anyway, this was good, didn't once have to force my way through it. Great job, very entertaining.
I will have to disagree....with most, (post edit - actually looking back kost enjoyed as well) for I thought this was good stuff.
It was offensive, dark but at the same time illuminating and in an over exaggerated way, a reflection of what happens, or can happen.
Also, and I think this is over looked, I found it consistent. Something I wrestle with and I think others do as well, is keep the same style through a script, especially humour, light or dark. This was clearly satirically dark from the outset, no change.
I could easily see this on UK TV, late one dark night as a sketch. I could also see a moderated version as a monty python takeoff.
Well, if you really want to be consistent and have the audience see this as a third party experience from the boy, maybe avoid the problem he faces directly, so that he OBSERVES the world in this way.
POST EDIT - had a think over night. The scene witH the mother in the trailer perhaps lacks something. I wonder whether she could be alive, but has pretended to be dead so to get the boy away. In affect she is a hypocrite like the rest, which gives a purity of the world being bad old place to the boy. Just a thought.
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