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Posted by: Don, July 8th, 2006, 10:02am
Zen/Fury by Mike Shelton - Action - Two brothers, both contract killers.  One is calm, cool, collected.  The other, has serious anger management issues, and the differences between them have caused a three year separation.  But when their mother turns up dead, they must team up to find out who did it.  With a list of suspects in hand, they set out on their mission, but when their suspects start meeting strange deaths at the hands of a pair of supernatural killers called The Blue Meanies, they start to question just how accurate their list is. 82 pages - pdf, format 8)
Posted by: The boy who could fly, July 8th, 2006, 5:05pm; Reply: 1
an action script by Mike Shelton, how could anyone resist:P

This kinda reminded me of the film "four brothers" with Marky Mark

Mike, this script was a hit and miss with me, and unfortunatly there were more misses than hits :(

It did have some of that charm that you have in all your other scripts, but form me this was a lot weaker than "Hero" and "amsterdam"

there were of course some very funny moments, the first ten pages were very funny, I liked how you cut back and forth between Zen and Fury's day, that worked quite well.

but unlike your other scripts the dialog at times felt too spot on. Some examples,

on page 22 you have Zen say "lets try that bar he hangs out at"

on page 40 Zen says "speaking of Phil we should go upstairs for an update"

this dialog kind of took me out of the story which is something you don't expect from one of your scripts.

I did like the bob vila line on page 49:D

on page 57 you have Pal say "you know what these means"  I think you ment "do you know what THIS means"

I liked the blue meanies however, I think they were the most interesting part of the script, plus you had some kick ass fight scenes in here as well, so good job there:)

Then came the ending which really dissapointed me, I did not like it at all, I felt it more as a ploy that a plot twist, then you added another twist on top of that which didn't work for me as well.

all in all this was not one of your stronger scripts, but it did have some funny moments and some good kills, so on that level it was decent, but  as a hole it just didn't connect with me like you others did, but I am still looking forward to whatever else you put out, so keep it up :)
Posted by: Shelton, July 8th, 2006, 5:28pm; Reply: 2
Hey Jordan,

Thanks for taking a look at it.  I was a little nervous about putting this one up, actually.  Not because I thought it was bad or anything, but I'm usually a little hesitant abotu putting up features that seem "out of genre" for me.  I even went through this about 5x more than I usually do, just to be safe, but I guess I still missed some stuff.

A few responses.

I agree with this not having the charm of "Hero" or "Amsterdam", definitely.  I think both of those scripts play more to my writing skills in terms of comedy, without relying on too much action like this one did, and the main and supporting characters were probably more interesting as well.

I can see your complaints with the spot on pieces of dialgoue, but I think they're somewhat realistic.  They haven't worked together in a while and would be prone to talkign about the next move in their plan of attack.  I'll look into wording it differently.

I thought the Blue Meanies were pretty cool as well.  Like, "What's up with these guys?".  Pretty interesting villains I think.

Thanks for commenting on my fight scenes.  I was worried about how they'd come otu since my last attempt didn't work otu so well.  Glad to know they're getting better.

And lastly, the end.  It really does throw a lot at you doesn't it?  Every time I re-read this script, I kept trying to figure out some way to change it, something that made sense, but I was always at a loss.  I originally thought of the mother actually being killed, and having them found out that the father did it, but all of the scenarios I came up with based around that weren't to my liking.

Anyway, thanks a lot for reading it.  I'll keep working on this, but given the theme of this script, I'll settle for a decent at this juncture.

Posted by: The boy who could fly, July 8th, 2006, 5:49pm; Reply: 3
I don't think there is anything wrong with writing outside your "element" and this does have some potential, the blue meanies were great, very original.

I just felt a lot of the dialog was stiff at times, like when zen says "lets try that bar he hangs out at"

maybe it be better said
                                  
                                                ZEN
                                     "Let's try woogie's"

                                                FURRY
                                       why?

                                                ZEN
                                       Cause he's a drunk, that place is
                                       like a second home to him

Just a thought.

anyways I still look forward to your other writtings :)
Posted by: Shelton, July 8th, 2006, 5:52pm; Reply: 4


anyways I still look forward to your other writtings :)



Then take advantage of my two-fer upload day and go read "The Caper"!

Ok, that's a seriously shameless plug, but what the hell, it's a short.
Posted by: Heretic, July 13th, 2006, 8:57pm; Reply: 5
Hey hey, thoughts as I go...

-I don't really like the opening.  It's a little too full-on, the parallel, you know what I mean?  The shaving cream was enough for me, personally.
-"It means...after you...as in you go in first..."  This line is too much for me.  Cool calm and collected killers shouldn't resort to childish sarcasm.  Same with Hulk smash.
-"Who did it Phil?  Who fucking did it?"  "I don't know kid, I don't know."  Is that intentional?  It doesn't work for me.
-Fury's last three lines start:  "Fuck no", "The fuck I am", and "Fuck no".  Overkill, perhaps?
-Is the scene in the restaurant honestly that necessary?  We already know Fury gets mad easily.  No need to make him look like more of a dick, in my opinion.

Well, must leave now.  This goes really quickly so I'll try and finish it today or tomorrow.  Thanks for the read as always.  
Posted by: Breanne Mattson, July 14th, 2006, 12:11am; Reply: 6
Does this have anything to do with Blue Meanies from the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine?
Posted by: Shelton, July 14th, 2006, 12:14am; Reply: 7
No...mine are much cooler :)
Posted by: Breanne Mattson, July 14th, 2006, 12:27am; Reply: 8

Quoted from Shelton
No...mine are much cooler :)


You mean these aren’t the same Blue Meanies from the 1968 cartoon Yellow Submarine?-- haha! Darn. I would have put your script on top of my list if you had said they were named after them.  :)

Posted by: Shelton, July 14th, 2006, 12:37am; Reply: 9
Damn....Well, it's an action script by me, so you can assume that you're not missing THAT much...lol.
Posted by: The boy who could fly, July 14th, 2006, 3:10am; Reply: 10
mike, I love your Avatar.  Fucking funny as shit :)
Posted by: Heretic, July 16th, 2006, 1:06am; Reply: 11
Two things on page 69:  First, is there a scream when the Meanie dies?  And second -- actually, on the top of 70, you forgot the word "anger" in the second sentence.

Hmm hmm.  This one didn't work for me.

Number one in my mind: the action.  To me, this played like a made-for-TV kinda thing.  One short car chase -- with nothing too interesting -- and two small-scale fights were about all that there really was for action sequences.  No big stunts, no big finale, no gunfights, etc.  There just weren't any "big" action scenes.  

Now that can work fine in some scripts, but to me, this one was written like it was supposed to be a big action script.  The dialogue was all either comic relief or move-the-plot stuff, we didn't get into the characters that much past their initially set characteristics, and there was nothing thematic to speak of, so...what's the draw?  I guess that's really my question.  Who are you aiming at?

The first act was the weakest, in my opinion.  It felt like the same scene recycled a few times.  Fury is mad but Zen is calm...in a restaurant, in their bosses office, in the car, in a montage.  Need to get into those characters more...what DOES make them so different?  Otherwise, they're not really that interesting to watch interact.

I do have a question: were those actually freak accidents that killed the two on the list?  Because if so, seems ridiculous -- if not, why would the Meanies want to kill those people?  Just a thought.  I also have a suggestion: what if the script started with a flashback of the boy's childhood, complete with an explanation of how the two ended up as they are?  You could get Gail in there as well.  Just a thought.  

My overall thought?  Have some more fun with the action.  You know you're good at comedy -- or at least, I know you're good at comedy -- so get crazy with the action.  Give someone some henchmen and have a big gunfight in Abdullah's warehouse.  Drive cars through fruit stands.  Jump a motorcycle onto a speeding train.  You write the fights pretty well but in the end, would they really be that interesting to watch?  I don't think so.  Give us a curveball.  Astonish and amaze us.  

At least have someone jump away from an explosion in slow motion in case Nic Cage stars in it.

I think I have some more comments but I'll add them later -- thanks again for the read and I hope I helped in some way.  
Posted by: Shelton, July 16th, 2006, 1:52am; Reply: 12
Heretic,

Thanks for the read, it was a tremendous help.  I definitely agree with your assessment of this seeming like a TV movie.  I kinda wrote it low budget and kept the action to a minimum on purpose since I wrote this for someone based on a general idea.

There is a scream when the Meanie dies, but it comes from the one that isn't killed.

The deaths of Sid and Fenster were just freak accidents, but the arrival of the Blue Meanies coupled with Pal's paranoia had Zen and Fury thinking otherwise.

The flashback is a nice idea.  I'll look into that.

I definitely agree that I'm a much better Comedy writer than anything, and am working on expanding that part of my work even more with one spec in the outline stage and an assignment in the works.  I also have a general outline for a Suspense Thriller, but that one has me a bit nervous, although I think it's an interesting concept.

Does Fury being dragged from the Metro count as an explosion? :)

Anyway, thanks again.
Posted by: tonkatough, July 23rd, 2006, 7:47am; Reply: 13
I loved this script. It was so cool. If it was a movie I would add  the DVD to my collection.

The ying/yang contrast of the two hitman is perfect and works great.  I really dug the introduction of Zen and Fury how you cut between them doing the same thing but in their own uniqe way. Awsome.

Like your Coffee & Cigerette script, the dialouge is snappy and clever. The contrast between calm and rage is strong giving each character a very distinct voice and attitude.

The Blue Meanies works very well as their supernatrual pressence adds mystery and excitment to what has become a very formula type genre of crimes and hitmen. It is an unexpected element. Thank god you didn't try to rationalize it or explain it as to do that would make the idea lose it's mystical and fantasy flavour.

The big twist at the end involving mum I sort of suspected but wasn't suprised  when it hit. You could sort of see it happening. I felt the twist could have been a bit more simple and the whole set up to get the brothers to bond was just a little too sweet and sickly for me. Why not just have brother's manipulated to get them to knock out powerful threats to Phil and his buisness?

But this is just a small squibble.

Also I didn't get the whole bet if brother could destroy the Blue meanies. Wouldn't these blue supernatrual creatures be a valuable asset to people like Phil and Abdullah? Why would they want them destroyed when they could could gain so much from their hitman skills.

Oh yeah and one more thing about the Blue Meanies. While I was reading I kept thinking . . . "Blue Meanies? Where have I heard that before?" than it struck me . . . ;)

Are you a fan of the Beatles. Is it a nod and wink to them or coincident?


Posted by: Shelton, July 23rd, 2006, 1:55pm; Reply: 14
Tonka,

Thanks for reading and congratulations on being the first person to actually like this. :)

I wanted to keep the The Blue Meanies as supernatural, since I think if I would have rationalized it in the end with them being normal, it would have taken quite a bit away from it.

The twist was one of a few that I concocted, but this one just seemed to make more sense than the others so I went with it, and the threats being knocked out complemented that scenario best.

The bet was Phil having faith in them and standing to make a whole lot of money, which was more important than having additional hitmen to use. If they succeeded, not only would they get the money, but would also become a hot commodity for other work.  Who wouldn't want they guys who killed the Blue Meanies doing there bidding?  Also, it helped to serve as a happy ending.

I was aware of the Blue Meanies as I was writing, but it wasn't done as a nod or anything.  I described them and just used the best name I could think of.  It's more of a coincidence.

Thanks for reading.
Posted by: The boy who could fly, July 23rd, 2006, 2:05pm; Reply: 15
Hey, I kinda liked it, I just liked your other work more that's all :P
Posted by: James McClung, August 16th, 2006, 10:56pm; Reply: 16
Haven't sat down to read a feature-length script in a while. I've had my eye on this one, seeing as it's a Mike Shelton action, so I decided to check it out.

- I like the scene duality between the two brothers’. Duality in film can only go two ways but when it works, it works. However I’d say when the brothers are in gridlock, you don’t need them to say a word. You can tell their personalities based on their behavior and the music they’re listening to.

- Also, I would have Zen react to the bad news before his brother. The line “shit, I can only imagine how he’s going to react” sets it up all too well and you started the script with Zen anyway. Might as well keep some consistency.

- Where does Fury get off murdering an insignificant druggie loser? He clearly hasn't killed their mother. I think you need a more plausible reason for Boof getting offed. I don't think him being a crybaby cuts it. In fact, it hurts the likeability of the two protagonists. Even though I wouldn't want to be friends with Fury, he's still amusing.

- Following the list doesn't seem to be getting these guys anywhere. Maybe they oughta try finding out more about these Blue Meanies.

- Why do the Blue Meanies go through so much trouble to catch Pal if all they're going to do is paint him blue?

Overall, the script felt kind of hollow to me. There was so much more you could have given it that you didn't. The characters of Zen and Fury are written well however I think they could use more. Sure, they react to situations differently but there's no incite into why. You also don't give any information whatsoever regarding their mother or their relationship with her. For all I know, they could have had her cooped up in a nursing home. I think this kind of stuff would strengthen your story immensely. Maybe Gail treated Zen better than Fury and there's some longheld sibling rivalry that's carried on into their adulthood.

Most of the other characters, I'm afraid to say, are completely one-demensional. Who the hell is this Pal cat? We never get any information about him. He just seems to tag along. We also don't get any information about the people on the list. Why do they have beef with Zen and Fury? In any case, following the list doesn't seem to get the brothers anywhere. You don't give any information about the Blue Meanies. Why not have the brothers interrogate the guys on the list to see what they know about them? Then whenever they get too close to revealing certain secrets, they get offed. I'd actually say information about the Blue Meanies is the most important out of all these minor characters. They were pretty nifty. I wanted to know more about them.

I didn't care for the ending at all. I mean AT ALL. Sorry dude but I hate twist endings like this. I felt cheated. I figured the two brothers would be able to set aside their differences and work together on their own. You don't need a fake plot for that to happen. A real one will do fine. I think the father killing Gail would've been far more interesting. It could still be Phil too. I had no problem with that bit.

Finally, the action was kind of week. I wouldn't say this is out of your genre. You have a knack for creating these gangster-type characters and good plots to fit them. I just think you could have used more than just car chases. I thought the Blue Meanies with nunchucks were pretty cool. I'd have liked to see more of that stuff. Just my opinion though.

All in all, I'd say you have a decent basis for a story but it's not really developed at this point. You have a lot of room to grow, in terms of both pages and story. Maybe you could make something more out of this. As of now, it's kind of flat.

In any case, I'll give you props for trying something new. Can't win them all but it's always good to take a shot. Good job in that regard, Mike.
Posted by: Shelton, August 17th, 2006, 1:05am; Reply: 17
Hey James, thanks for checking it out.

I agree that it's kinda high on the "meh" scale, and I'll even go so far as to say that I wasn't a huge fan of the ending myself, but I couldn't find any really good way to bring the dad into it, and Phil just seemed too predictable.

I did enjoy writing the Zen and Fury characters, and I liked Pal as well.  There really isn't too much to him though, other than being the numbers running "man on the street".

The Blue Meanies were a lot of fun to write, but the action appears flat for cost purposes.  I didn't do nearly as much as I would have liked to do because it would have been way too expensive.

I've been tooling with it a little bit here an there in my free time, so hopefully the next draft will turn out better.  I'll probably be reworkign the list as well, to the point where it works better, but still keeps the Blue Meanies mysterious.

Anyway, thanks for checking it out, and I appreciate the feedback.
Posted by: George Willson, August 17th, 2006, 9:08am; Reply: 18
I remember reading this one and I noticed I didn't say anything. Weird.

The best part was the polar opposites of the brothers, though it was interesting as the story moved along how they became more similar. That's not a bad thing either. It seemed to be part of their development. One might say part of their individual imperfections was that they were so extreme.

You shouldn't worry about budget when you write. If you can tense up the action, that's what some people want to see. Otherwise, you end up with the "meh" effect where it's ok, but wish it had more action to it. Hey, you blew up a car. Might as well intensify things. Write the action you want to write. Screw the budget. Nearly everything can be done in a cost effective way.

My big problem was with the blue meanies. What are these things? You say you left them mysterious and while in some stories that works, I don't think it does here. Why do they behave as they do? Why do they work as they do? Why? Why? Why? I can see one answer leading to another question for some time. What is their interest in chasing our heroes down? Why abuct Pal? Why kill their targets? I understood it was a setup by Phil, but their overall actions didn't make sense to me.

After a story that ran as decently as this one did, the ending was just corny. We need some hints dropped as the story rolls onward. Just some stuff that runs against the grain to setup what happens in the end. It won't make any sense until all the clues fall in place, but without these hints, the ending falls flat. The reveal should complete the puzzle. Right now, it's kind of like we've been working on a puzzle and once we see the big picture, you drop a photograph on it of something different. If you said that doesn't make sense, you got the idea.

So I think this has a lot of potential in it, but you need to fill it out with a lot of missing questions. A descent into the lair of the Blue Meanies might be warranted at least to learn about them.

BTW, Blue Meanie...Yellow Submarine?
Posted by: Shelton, August 18th, 2006, 8:42pm; Reply: 19
George,

Thanks for checking it out.  I see what you mean about not worrying about budget, I think I just have a tendency to alwasy skate on the low side.  I'll beef it up a little.

The ending was the best of three scenarios I came up with at the time, so I just ran with that one.  I'm still thinking of something else, or to strengthen one of my other ideas.

The Blue Meanies name is just a coincidence, no homage intended.  I do like the idea of going to their lair though.

Thanks for the feedback.
Posted by: Bates, August 22nd, 2006, 5:31pm; Reply: 20
Ive been meaning to check this out for a while, so i finally did.

Characters - Zen and Fury were great fun characters with great dialog throughout. I lost count how many times i laughed at what those two guy's had to say, especially Fury. The other characters however, i didnt much like them, they just didnt seem to have a purpose other than to be killed, or pass out information. I too have been guilty of these kind of characters, so im not judging, just trying to help.

The Blue Meanies - These guys were cool, really, really cool, but i would have liked some back story on them, e.g where do they come from?

The Action - This is an Action script, so dont be afraid to write action. The action that was included was good, but it just seemed mellow. In action movies i want to see explosions, huge shootouts etc.

The Ending - Mike, i know this has been said, but the ending just doesnt go down well with me. It seems to extreme that their mother set this up to get them bonding again. I personally expected, Phil to be the killer of their mother for some reason, and if it had been Phil, i would have liked that better. The end just seems weak.

Overall, this was very enjoyable and entertaining read that goes in fast and doesnt drag. With some work i believe this script has great potential and i wish you the best with it and all future writing.
Posted by: Mr.Z, August 29th, 2006, 6:14pm; Reply: 21
Just looked at this one, Mike. Got some comments with --

*SPOILERS*

Matching up two opposites as protagonists was a smart move. “Lethal Weapon” already proved that these kind of couples are interesting to look at. I would suggest, though, to bring Fury’s Fury-o-meter down a notch. Just a bit. He shouted and cursed a little too much.

Plot wise, the script is about finding a killer (for the most part, until the twist happens). You’ve got two defined protagonists with a clear and defined dramatic goal. No major complaints about Act 1 then; it establishes what it has to be established.

Is in Act 2 when I started taking some notes to annoy the hell out of you. The main guideline to consider is that in any “finding” story, the finding must be hard. There are clues planted along the way, but there are also obstacles; the main one being usually an antagonist, someone who tries to avoid the protagonist from achieving his goal.

The cool thing about the second act in this kind of tale should be watching our heroes overcome very difficult obstacles in order to achieve their goal (in this case, catching the killer).

That’s why I think that the list given to Zen and Fury hurts the dramatic possibilities of this story. It’s an “easy way out”. The brothers get easily and right off the bat a suspect list, with out sweating a bit. So they just have to pay some visits, till they find the killer.

Before knowing the twist at the end, I was wondering why you didn’t include a scene in which the brothers had to sneak on the crime scene to find some clues by themselves. Finding clues (difficult clues) by their own (in whatever way) is much more interesting than having a secondary character handing them a list of suspects.

I believe that the list is the cause of another problem in the second act. Its sequences are quite disconnected from each other. Zen and Fury check on this guy, then on that guy, and so on. I wonder if it wouldn’t be more convenient make them find a suspect on their own who knows something but not everything, and points to a bigger fish, which points to a bigger fish, etc. Having the brothers working up their way on the food chain, killing their way to the truth (like Marv does in Sin City, for example).

Pal gives the brothers some important information by which Fury makes his own theory on who killed their mom. While not accurate, this theory is crucial at the time, and so the information which leads to it. Crucial information must be hard to get. Make the brothers hear that information from their enemies (after risking their lives to get it) not friends.

The supernatural element about the Blue Meanies came off as awkward to me. Kind of weird for a plain action script; I’d suggest an earlier plant of this story element. They were the closest thing to an antagonist (because they gave the brothers a hard time in some scenes), yet I didn't feel they were exactly that. They were killing the brother's suspects which, ultimately, was not opposing to their goal but helping to achieve it.

I’m not sure if  Phil as the father can work. I personally didn’t like it. The other twist felt like a pay-off of an earlier plant. We knew the brothers had a fight, and that they worked better if they did it together. But Phil’s twist seemed to come out of nowhere.

While there are some problems (at list for me) with this script, there are also some good aspects as well. I know you’re more of a comedy guy, so I must give you the extra credit for stepping into the action genre.

Hope this helps.

Good luck.
Posted by: Shelton, August 29th, 2006, 9:18pm; Reply: 22
Thanks, Z, and Bates as well since I'm a little overdue in my reply.

I've been taking notes on this one, and I think once I get ready to go at a rewrite I shoudl be able to make this a more solid script.  I'm definitely going to be changing the ending.  The dual twist thing hasn't worked all that well for me either, but I didn't want to end up being "generic".  Turns out it may be the best way.

The claims about lack of action are defintely my fault.  Going through this more and more, I'm starting to see it as more of a drama with a little bit of action than a straight up action flick.

Thanks for the comments.  Everyone's feedback has given me a REALLY solid base to work with on my next draft......

Such as  

*SPOILERS for those who haven't read it*


Phil will be responsible for their mother's death and she'll actually be dead this time around.  His motive will still be to get Zen and Fury back together and take out his enemies.  

The Blue Meanies will kidnap Pal, and hold him for awhile.  Zen and Fury will have to go in and get him.

The mystery of the Blue Meanies will be explained a little more as well, and the reasons they're brought in will also change.

END SPOILERS

Some heavy changes will be made, but I think ti will work a lot better in the long run, plus a have quite a few pages to use in expansion.

Thanks again for the feedback, guys.
Posted by: Seth, June 9th, 2007, 9:44pm; Reply: 23
Mike,

This had an off-beat, almost kind of slap-stick feel to it. It's was a quick, fun read. It was structured well. I enjoyed being intoduced to the two brothers, Zen and Fury. They were very similar, yet at the same time, very different which gave each character, at least as they related to one another, a kind of depth. Still, as the story progressed, I found myself wanting to know more about them -- why they're in the business they're in, etc. Ultimately, I suppose it doesn't matter.

The story itself, although, being in the "action" section, had many comedic moments. I wonder if such moments would have played even better if they were punctuated by more serious, dramatic moments? I don't know. Just a thought.

As for the writing, having read reviews of some of your other pieces, I expected this piece to be "talky." It wasn't. You struck a good balance between dialogue and action. Some of the action lines, though, were wordy. For example, one line read: "Zen slides the seat back and takes a seat in the passenger seat." This is, I think, awkward. I'd definitely tighten the descriptives.

As for the ending, I thought it was going to be revealed that Phil was responsible for Zen and Fury's mother's death. Having said that, and now knowing that this is what's going to happen in the next draft, I have to say, I feel this is the easy way out. It's too simple. Phil playing the role he does, supplying the the two with a  list of suspects makes himself an obvious suspect. Have you considered Pal? This might be a way of beefing up his role.

Seth
Posted by: Shelton, June 10th, 2007, 11:33pm; Reply: 24
Hey Seth,

Thanks for the read.

Normally, if I don't get called out for being too talky, I get called out for having an abundance of comedic material in something that doesn't necessarily warrant it.  Just a couple of my writing vices.

Some of the action lines are a little clunky, I agree.  This was written when I was still on the front end of trying to make things more concise in my descriptions.

As far as who ends up being the killer in a new draft...I haven't figured that out yet.  The more I think of Phil, the more I end up not liking it just because of the entire predictability issue.  I thought the original ending was alright, but when I piled on the additional twist is what hurt it.
Posted by: Tito_Zar (Guest), June 15th, 2007, 10:36pm; Reply: 25
Hi Mike,

I'm new to the boards and I happened to select Zen/Fury as my first read.

Right now I'm on page twenty and, I have to be honest, if I were a reader for a production company I would have already stopped reading.

Nothing has developed other than the brother's banter.

Every scene should move the story along, but, the first act in Zen/Fury appears to be a collection of opportunities for the two brothers to showcase their differences. By the restaurant scene it's a dead horse. I get it, he's zen and he's fury.

We've just come from a scene where Fury shoots a guy in the face, for no reason other than his own justification, and now he's pissed off about his french fries and cussing out the staff of the restaurant. Nothing is happening in the story. Stopping at boof's was pointless as is the restaurant scene. You can throw them out and it hasn't affected the story. And, as far as character development goes if Fury dies in the next scene it would be a relief.

In the previous scene at Phils office the two brothers appear more concerned about their personal rivalry rather than considering the death of their mother. If these two are more interested in there bickering than the death of their mother, why should we care about the death of their mother.

If the two brothers came together and showed heartfelt emotion for their shared loss then we could see them as real people and appreciate their desire for vengance.

And, who is Phil? What role does he play in the boys lives? We know that he's done some thinking and that he feels they need to get to work, but, I feel more time should be developed on who this character is in relation to the family. He comes up with a list of names who are candidates for murdering their mother and it's persons that have a grudge against the brothers. My first thought was, wouldn't the brothers already know who was on the list. Did they really need to be told who doesn't like them?

ON A POSITIVE NOTE. I think that you have an interesting dichotomy working with your two main characters. I think you could even take it further. Zen could be truly seeking an inner peace, rarely speaking (many of his comments in voice over) and when he does speak it's a whisper. And Fury needs to be less furious. He's supposed to be contract killer, but, his behavior is too out of control. He needs to be controlled fury able to unleash it at his beckoning.

I LIKE THE DUAL INTRODUCTION. But, I believe you should work on crafting two different and interesting contract hits showcasing the brothers personalities. The first ten pages should be dedicated to the hits, a beginning, middle, and end to each.

examples;
Zen's hit is to take out an entire boardroom in a high rise office building. He enters calm and collected, he's worked out all ways past security, he enters the boardroom weilding two pistols fitted with large silencers and within seconds has eliminated the board of directors, he exits the building calm and collected.

Fury's hit is to take out an entire Mob posse in an italian restaurant. He enters loud and brash, looking for a fight. The mobsters are willing to oblige him but quickly discover the foundation of Fury's cockiness when he reveals the grenades he's brought with him. He exits the restaurant amid a flurry of explosions.

They each recieve a call on their cells simutaneously after they've exited their hits. They say nothing. They recieve the information and close up their cells.

The next scenes we see them dealing with their loss in their own way. Zen could be working it out through meditation while Fury works over the heavy bag.

The next scene is their mother's burial. The brothers are indifferent to one another during the burial. There also conscience that someone could be targeting them.

So far it's been mostly action. Little dialogue.

Now comes the scene in Phil's office (no exterior, the two driving up) and this should be the scene where all types of details come out about the relationship of the brothers, why their mother was killed, who, specifically who, would want to kill her, what is Phil's relationship in all of this, that the brothers are being targeted, and that regardless of their disdain for one another that they're going to have to watch each others backs and work together to enact revenge.      

I think what's important in their banter is that it can be combative, but, these characters can also be intelligent. It doesn't have to degenerate into, 'Fuck you,.. No, fuck you more.'

I hope some of this helps. Best of luck to you with it.

Tito
Posted by: Shelton, June 15th, 2007, 11:00pm; Reply: 26
Tito,

Thanks for looking and for providing the info you have...This one is certainly not what I would have chosen as the first example of my work since I am without a doubt the talkiest writer on the board, and action, well action is a little odd for me most of the time.

It's still a work in progress though, and I'll definitely be looking back at your notes when I attempt a rewrite.
Posted by: tweak, August 5th, 2007, 4:36pm; Reply: 27
I just started reading this one.

It starts off pretty good.  We see two different collection approaches that starts to highlight the differences in the characters.

However, when I read page 7, the dialogue begins to drag.

I will continue to read this off and on throughout the day.

tweak

P.S. I don't like the name Fury -- reminds me of Nick Fury from Marvel Comics.
Posted by: Shelton, August 5th, 2007, 6:05pm; Reply: 28

Quoted from tweak

P.S. I don't like the name Fury -- reminds me of Nick Fury from Marvel Comics.



Noted, although it is the exact opposite of Zen, and my character bears no similarity to Nick Fury, or Sgt. Fury for that matter, outside of the name.
Posted by: tweak, August 5th, 2007, 7:07pm; Reply: 29
The name still bothers me enough to take me outta the story.

So I've read some more, and I am not getting it.  The script kinda feels like the tv show "Simon and Simon" with more profanity.   I guess, I could also draw some comparisons to the movie "Assassins."

But the script is beginning to feel like another "Natural Born Killers."  Is that your intent?  Is a R Rating also your intent?  You could reduce the profanity and target a PG-13 audience.

Have you read any of the scripts for the tv show "Life on Mars"?  There are some good relationship dynamics in those scripts that would work wonderfully in your storyline.  The 70's copper meets the modern copper.  

I will continue further and drop some insights.  I like to draw comparisons to other scripts and movies.  I'm just a tv/movie buff. Sorry.

Read some more.  And here are some more insights.

I am struggling with the two main characters.  I am hoping for some type of bound, some information about their mom, something to make me want to follow them along on their story.  I really need some good character development.  And as others have said, this story is like the story in "Four Brothers."  But what made "Four Brothers" work so well was the bound between the brothers even though they had differences.  Let's see some of that.

tweak
Posted by: awk, August 11th, 2007, 1:23am; Reply: 30
I was hearing that this was a good read and it did'nt dissapoint me. i liked the action though you could've given it a little more action but that didn't matter i still liked it you had characters and the story build got me interested more it was funny like starsky and hutch kinda and the beggining was great how it switched back from zen and fury and how they became friends slowly. the ending was weird but good you should make a number two. thanks for making a script as great as this it is a comedy/action script and i hope someday it will become a film hopefully i make it into a film.
great work keep it up
Posted by: awk, August 11th, 2007, 1:24am; Reply: 31
good characters i mean't spelling mistake
Posted by: Shelton, August 11th, 2007, 6:56pm; Reply: 32
Thanks, awk.

May I ask who recommended the script?  Outside of you and tonkatough, I can't think of anyone who genuinely liked the script.

Well, anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it.  I tried to do something a little different than I normally do by writing an action story, and the lack of over the top action was just my way of trying to make it lower budget and easier to film.

Thanks again for your comments.
Posted by: awk, August 11th, 2007, 11:05pm; Reply: 33
sorry i can't remember i think i saw it on the discussion board are you making another action script like this one because i'd read it when you finish it. (:
Posted by: Shelton, August 11th, 2007, 11:30pm; Reply: 34
No, no other action scripts in the works at the moment, but I do have an action/horror script called Disposable Heroes that's floating around on here.
Posted by: callinsky, September 29th, 2007, 1:57pm; Reply: 35
I read this last night.  I loved it.  I loved the banter and the childish behavior.  I'm not much on action flicks.  I like very few.  I cracked up on more than one occasion.  I love the dark humor.  Every time someone said Blue Meanies I rolled.  The Blue man killed me too.

I would definitely buy this on DVD and watch it many times over.

I did, from the beginning, think their mother was still alive.  I'm not sure why that is or if I was supposed to feel that way.  I didn't guess anything else.  I just figured Phil wanted the list of people cleaned up fast.

If you don't want us to figure that out first thing, you may wanna change how Zen and Fury react.  I didn't get the feeling that she had really died.

Great stuff Mike.  Do you have any romance scripts on here?  I know you have a lot on here.  Give me a title if you've got one. (O:

~Cindy
Posted by: Shelton, September 29th, 2007, 2:01pm; Reply: 36
Hey Cindy,

Thanks for the read, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.  I still have a few things I want to tweak around with on this, so thanks for the comments about the interaction between Zen/Fury.

I have The Odds of Love and Disparity of Devotion on here, which is basically two differnt versions of the same script with TOoL more romantic and DoD more comedic.

Thanks again.
Posted by: callinsky, September 29th, 2007, 2:34pm; Reply: 37
I'll check them out. Coolio.
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