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Last Dance At The Mineshaft by - Anonymous - Short, RomCom - CAL, a respectable young executive in a Manhattan bank, turns down the chance of attending a Valentine's Day office party. Accused of being a virgin, Cal has a secret life, which he visits during that evening. Accused of being boring, his life is anything but. - pdf format
I'm of two minds on this one. Mind 1 is that this is competently written by a regular. It has all the makings of a good story, set-up, reversal, all that textbook stuff. Mind 2 says whomever wrote this was pressed for time, because you've shown you have a good vocabulary, but you also made some basic and grammatical and spelling errors. There was certainly more good than bad here and I also believe it to be written by someone older (the double spacing after each sentence).
Well it's certainly a different take on the romantic theme.. Pretty good as far as the story goes although I got a little confused with the last slug. I thought it was valentine's day the night before.
So, when I was thinking romcom I wasnít expecting to see the term ďanally manipulatedĒ, let alone the visualisation of a load of men having a knocking one off session. Still, different strokes, different folks...
What youíve got going for you. Thereís two star crossed lovers here, a split and a reunion. The comedy, well I was more shocked than amused if Iím honest. Itís out there and might have shocked me into smiling, but wasnít that funny.
I guess itís a romcom of sorts, just a very unusual one.
I think it's good for what it is. There's no big idea behind the story but it doesn't have to be. A neat little story about love. Not funny, but I don't think every rom-com has a need to be funny. Overall, I followed his story, I was interested in his life and what he wants and if he gets who he wants. You could probably inject their conversations with some memorable lines or something to make characters stand out - do that in the rewrite.
P.S. I read the comments above and surprised that people are disturbed with pornographic visuals. I think these are very relevant to this story - so that aspect of it good by me. Just proves our perception of things vastly differ.
My fifth script and the second one with a character named Calvin! Not weird in itself, but it's my Grandson's name, so it sticks out to me.
Perhaps finding a more interesting way of describing Cal that reflects his personality more than looks?
A lot of unnecessary descriptions just for his shower. IMHO, those two paragraphs could've been taken up just half the space.
1977. Was there video yet? I don't remember, but it seems that came a few years later. I think they were still doing real film in -77, but what do I know.
Ok. Finished. Didn't quite go where I thought it would...
There were flowers. There was chocolates and some red balloons too. My issue here I think is that I didn't feel a rom-com. Sure, Cal tries to convince Steve to go home with him, but it comes very late in the story and wasn't particularly funny, in my book at least. Not very romantic either, but that might have just been the setting, lol.
With the explicit descriptions you have, I would say this is porn'ish. Not exactly romantic territory.
Although, not bad, it probably wasn't for me either.
Very long descriptions at times that could be easily cut down without losing anything visually.
A bit too explicit for my tastes, but this is the pre-AIDS gay scene in NYC (I'm hetero myself), so I understand.
I note two musical anachronisms. This story takes place in 1977 (Valentine's Day, a few weeks after Jimmy Carter was inaugurated), but Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" was a hit in the summer of 1979 and "Last Dance" in 1978. Sorry, but I'm a stickler about these things.
First, I agree this is extremely overwritten. Here is an example:
EXT. FLOWER SHOP - NIGHT Inside the store Cal is observed, buying a small bouquet of flowers. He hands his credit card to the ASSISTANT, then reaches for a heart shaped box of chocolates, beautifully trimmed with lace and ribbons. The assistant smiles as she runs his card. Some girl is going to get lucky tonight.
All that was needed here was: "Cal buys a heart-shaped box of chocolates and a small bouquet of flowers."
The rest is either over describing (he hands his credit card to the assistant -- we don't need that, it's implied from saying he's buying something), or unfilmable (some girl is going to get lucky tonight). You could easily lose a couple of pages by cutting out this extra verbiage.
You could also lose the whole conversation between the cab driver and Cal. It doesn't add anything to the story. You should put a SUPER at the very beginning of the script that says: "NEW YORK CITY - VALENTINE'S DAY - 1977".
As to the story, it was just too over the top sexually -- there's nothing wrong with a gay love story -- you can show the gay scene without being hard core about it. I think the golden shower was just the popped cherry on top. I think you tried on the romance angle, and I would have been much more interested in a straight gay love story. It would be much more compelling, especially in the age of hypersexuality.
The humor was just flat to me, but you did use the chocolates and flowers appropriately. Overall, work on making your writing more concise and it will be much better.