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Posted by: Don, June 22nd, 2012, 7:57pm
Chapter One by Tony Beaulieu - Short, Horror - First dates can sometimes be very frightening.  11 pages - pdf, format 8)

Chapter 1 from SweetUnknown on Vimeo.

Posted by: Forgive, June 23rd, 2012, 6:54pm; Reply: 1
Error not found comes up ...
Posted by: irish eyes, June 23rd, 2012, 8:07pm; Reply: 2
Ya...What Simon says.

Posted by: tonybe78, June 23rd, 2012, 10:33pm; Reply: 3
The script can be found here:

Sorry for the snafu!
Posted by: Alex_212, June 25th, 2012, 8:00am; Reply: 4
Tried the link and it says "temporarily unavailable"

Will try back later !

Posted by: Forgive, June 25th, 2012, 3:50pm; Reply: 5
Sorry - can't do this one - it's direction from the very off.

If you have to do shots (inadvisable) then there are methods for doing them - not just writing it in the script.

EXE. should be EXT.
Posted by: Don, February 10th, 2013, 10:07am; Reply: 6

Chapter 1 from SweetUnknown on Vimeo.

Posted by: LC, February 14th, 2013, 8:10am; Reply: 7
Read it and watched it.

The script is very different to the finished product. Gotta say I liked the original scipted version better. I wasn't sure who the killer was in the filmed version, until the final scene when it appeared to be your female character... (contrary to the written version) and a few scenes seemed be omitted in your filmed version too, which I don't necessarily think made for as satisfactory a story.

Well done getting it made though.

On another note, the music is very professional - impressed with that, especially the top and tail, and at about the 4 minute mark where it amplifies the suspense.
Posted by: Dreamscale, February 14th, 2013, 9:49am; Reply: 8
Overall I was impressed with this (filmed version).  Not so impressed with the written version.

Sure, there are some areas that need attention, but for a no budget film, it shows signs of talent.
Posted by: Electric Dreamer, February 14th, 2013, 10:39am; Reply: 9
Haven't read the script.
But I watched the short film.
Clear up the murder part if you can.
A CU or two of an anguished face would help lots.

Pretty engaging for a lot of talking head stuff.
Gotta say, your leads have chemistry.
And that helps a ton in low budget shorts!

So good on you and best of luck!

Posted by: hawkeye, February 14th, 2013, 4:36pm; Reply: 10
Haven't noticed Tony making too many comments around here so I'll keep my comments brief for the moment.

The formatting is all wrong on the script.  You shouldn't have the date on the script, particularly on every page.  You have the page numbers at the bottom of the page, where they should be at the right-hand top of the page.  You start the numbering on the title page, but it should actually start on the second page of the script itself.

You only have one slug line for a scene in the entire script, when they exit the movie theater.  But the action takes place mostly away from the theater, so you should break up the script into various scenes accordingly.

I'm guessing you're not using a screenplay program to write with, so you should look into something like Trelby or Celtx if you're interested in continuing with the writing.  Those are free programs that can help you keep the script in proper format.

The dialogue isn't badly written--it's just...I don't know, it just jumps around and goes on for eight or nine pages and then all of sudden we get to the climax and it just comes out of left field.  That's okay, but no foreshadowing or anything to lead us to understand why he does this.   And then for him to sit down and just start writing, well, that just didn't ring true at all with me.   Others appear to have like the film and now that you have filmed it I doubt you'll go back and re-write this, but just remember formatting and plotting as you go forward.  Good on you for getting this filmed and good luck in the future.

Posted by: jwent6688, February 14th, 2013, 5:45pm; Reply: 11
Nice film. I didn't read the script.

I'm trying to learn film myself. I could tell this was shot with a very shallow depth of field. The focus shifts back and forth alot. It works in some films and annoys in others.

I didn't get what we were looking at after the killer pulled the knife out. Watched it twice. I'm guessing it was her shoes? Which there was a nice close up of earlier.

Anyway, nice short. It went a different way then most will expect. Congrats on having it made.

Posted by: colkurtz8, February 18th, 2013, 12:51am; Reply: 12

First off, congratulations on getting this filmed.

No point going into formatting so I‘ll just focus on story.

Frankly, I find it hard to believe that a girl who likes Mario Bava (or at least enjoyed one of his films and was willing to go to the cinema to see it) doesn’t know who Black Sabbath is.

Looking to go a little more
reality based…

- Bit of a giveaway line here.

The dialogue flows nicely, the banter between the two is sweet and light and since talking about films is one of my favourite things to do (to the occasional annoyance of others I'd imagine) I was engaged in their conversation.

The closing scene really ups the ante in an impressive way, the nature in which Stacy is sliced open is skilfully written while providing a shocking counterpoint to the idyllic scenes and mood that preceded it.

However, because of the above line I quoted I could see the twist coming so the ending lacked the impact it could’ve had. I like the idea of following a serial killer/amateur writer as he documents his “trophies” in the form of a quasi epistolary novel and the tie-in with the script’s title. Its Gonzo journalism taken to the extreme and definitely a cool concept but the method of delivering the story was a little too straightforward for my liking thus it suffered from predictability.

Also, I hope he doesn’t always intend to actually sit down and compose the diary entry there and then at the scene of the crime?! ;)

Congrats again on getting it filmed. Perhaps it could even be suitable material for a (over 18s of course) web series; an indvidual episode for each chapter…although that may get tedious.

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