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Henry Schmidt: A Tosher's Tale - WT2   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Today, 5:35pm
I was there right from the beginning with Rincewind and the luggage. Ankh Morpork and the university. I'd open the first page of each new book with relish. I read the early books several times and there isn't many authors I can do that with. I sucked in every single word. A genius, a true storyteller. Right up there with the greats.

Did you ever read any Tom Sharpe? He was a master too. There'd be a build-up for a hundred pages or so, and then the shit would hit the proverbial... hilarious. Not enough writers of that ilk, unfortunately.
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Henry Schmidt: A Tosher's Tale - WT2   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Today, 5:07pm

Quoted from Scar Tissue Films
Pratchett is fantastic. I'm very sad he's dead. Great world building, full of great characters and the stories are always gripping, yet he never descends into any nastiness. It's impressive stuff.


I'm sad he's dead too. His books carried me through some troubled times.
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Get me the Italian   (reply) Posted by: RodriguezFruitbat
Date Posted: Today, 12:02pm
There's a lot to unpack in this logline, and I had to read it a couple of times to understand it. What are the most important pieces here that sell the heart of the story?

(Note: I personally suck at writing loglines)

I'll try to check the script out soon.
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Henry Schmidt: A Tosher's Tale - WT2   (reply) Posted by: Scar Tissue Films
Date Posted: Today, 11:12am
Pratchett is fantastic. I'm very sad he's dead. Great world building, full of great characters and the stories are always gripping, yet he never descends into any nastiness. It's impressive stuff.
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Steven
Date Posted: Today, 11:07am

Quoted from eldave1


Just figure it out before you start writing more scenes. Good luck


Yup. Thanks.
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: eldave1
Date Posted: Today, 11:03am

Quoted from Steven


Thanks for the response.

You're probably right about me getting tired of the logistics, but I think it has to do more with initially being happy with a concept, then talking myself out of it. Too much negativity as I write is what I'm trying to say. Like "why am I struggling with this, it won't go anywhere." Obviously not a good mindset to have.

As for this particular story. My plan after the "realization," or whatever you want to call it, was to have one of them introduce the other to their family. As I started writing, Benjamin was the one to do this. He would tell his ex-wife that he found someone...but leave out the man part. Then there would be a reconnection with his daughter. Th
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Steven
Date Posted: Today, 10:48am

Quoted from eldave1


Yes - finish!!!

How to IMO.

1) Have a concept that you love.

Dustin - your sci-fi spec script (Exhibit 22) was the best sci-fi spec I've ever read. You had just a killer concept/premise - I assume that starting with that premise energized you to plow through and the finish it.  So, Steven - love your premise.

Steven, you're still waffling on the core concept/premise. You've gone from two straight guys ending up gay to this:



In other words - you still are not comfortable with your premise. It has to be your touchstone. Stop writing scenes until you get clarity on it.

2) Write or at least outline your most problematic scenes first.

Steven, for you - I w
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: eldave1
Date Posted: Today, 10:36am

Quoted from Dustin


I've heard women say that too. I've also heard men say that... but that doesn't mean they're going to change sexual orientation.

Dave is correct... the most important point here is that you finish a feature. I understand how you feel because I used to have the same problem. I had so many ideas running around in my head, I'd write half of one down and then get bored (because I already know the story) and start a new one.

Writing a feature is a little like long-distance running. You hit barriers, be that stitch or even a back ache that you must run through if you are to finish. You don't hit a barrier and stop.

You have some great ideas... clever... they deserve to be finished.


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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: eldave1
Date Posted: Today, 10:22am

Quoted from Dustin
I don't understand what that has to do with finishing a feature?


Same question I had
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Today, 9:57am
You know what... thinking about it... I don't actually give a fuck what excuses you make. It's up to you what you do. Carry on.
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Today, 9:56am

Quoted from Steven


Are you responding to my response from your previous post? If so, it should be obvious what that has to do with a feature. Unless I have to spell it out?


It is not obvious to me. Yes, spell it out.
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Steven
Date Posted: Today, 9:48am

Quoted from Dustin
I don't understand what that has to do with finishing a feature?


Are you responding to my response from your previous post? If so, it should be obvious what that has to do with a feature. Unless I have to spell it out?
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Today, 9:17am
I don't understand what that has to do with finishing a feature?
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Steven
Date Posted: Today, 6:30am

Quoted from Matthew Taylor


Sounds like me lol Thank god for bosses who don't check up on us



It doesn't seem like it at first- but this is all really positive stuff. Sure, things happened beyond your control and these projects fell down. But, the positive thing is that they took off in the first place.
Your writing is obviously doing something right if people have taken notice and started these projects - shit happens sometimes, but keep writing, play the numbers, and you never know what will happen.


Thanks and yea, not gonna stop. Just frustrating. Those things were totally positive. I'm tempted to have the short which was filmed uploaded to the site.
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Matthew Taylor
Date Posted: Today, 6:23am

Quoted from Steven


I do a lot of my writing at work which isn't too common for people but I have a cushy job. Home life is busy with kids and a wife so I get it in where I can. Haven't had the same amount of free time lately though.


Sounds like me lol Thank god for bosses who don't check up on us


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I think I was deterred by a few things. The first being a short I wrote which won a competition didn't get filmed as it was supposed to. Had a director and couple of actors - one of which I know - but kept being delayed until finally nothing.

The second being a horror short that actually was produced turned out to be the biggest piece of shit I've ever seen. Even the director admitted this after the f
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Steven
Date Posted: Today, 6:09am

Quoted from Dustin


I've heard women say that too. I've also heard men say that... but that doesn't mean they're going to change sexual orientation.

Dave is correct... the most important point here is that you finish a feature. I understand how you feel because I used to have the same problem. I had so many ideas running around in my head, I'd write half of one down and then get bored (because I already know the story) and start a new one.

Writing a feature is a little like long-distance running. You hit barriers, be that stitch or even a back ache that you must run through if you are to finish. You don't hit a barrier and stop.

You have some great ideas... clever... they deserve to be finished.


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Scriptapalooza - 2019   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Today, 5:59am

Quoted from FrankM

...they charge a healthy fraction of the original entry fee...


Those blasted admin charges... pens ain't cheap, y'know.
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Steven
Date Posted: Today, 5:54am

Quoted from eldave1


The latter is Grace and Frankie - tv series. You may want to check it out. Either way,  good luck with it. I'll take a look at it when you're done if you want.  


Yea I've watched some of that with my wife.

Thanks, I'm going to try and figure this part of it out today.
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Scriptapalooza - 2019   (reply) Posted by: FrankM
Date Posted: Today, 5:37am

Quoted from MarkRenshaw


I think this was an early version as well - doh! Some comps have allowed me to send an update but Page and this was one of the ones that didn't allow it.


Well, they allow updates, but they charge a healthy fraction of the original entry fee to do it. Page allows anyone who makes the semifinals to send in an update for free, but that is your one and only opportunity.
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Scriptapalooza - 2019   (reply) Posted by: MarkRenshaw
Date Posted: Today, 3:55am

Quoted from Warren


Early or later version for this one?

Good luck!


I think this was an early version as well - doh! Some comps have allowed me to send an update but Page and this was one of the ones that didn't allow it.
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An Alternative History drama series   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Today, 1:20am
What about the Jewish people?

This is interesting but it seems to ignore what is possibly the most important factor of the time period. The Jewish people 'betraying' Germany during WW1 and causing the end of the war due to Germany losing her will to fight. Then Germany's 'revenge' during WW2. Does something happen here? It is interesting that the US enters the war on Germany's side given their large (and important) Jewish population, but the US would only do that if it gained control of the oil and therefore the economy... as was the deal with GB.

WW2 was a fight over oil resources in Africa and the Middle East. Whoever controlled those was going to have all the power in the new industrialised world. I highly doubt GB would ha...

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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Today, 12:59am

Quoted from Steven

You live in California, I'm sure you've heard a woman say "I'm done with men for a while." Well, maybe this is the same thing. They realize they're bi sexual.


I've heard women say that too. I've also heard men say that... but that doesn't mean they're going to change sexual orientation.

Dave is correct... the most important point here is that you finish a feature. I understand how you feel because I used to have the same problem. I had so many ideas running around in my head, I'd write half of one down and then get bored (because I already know the story) and start a new one.

Writing a feature is a little like long-distance running. You hit barriers, be that stitch or even a back ach...

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Dog   (reply) Posted by: Arundel
Date Posted: Yesterday, 10:58pm
Thank you for the review, KevinS. It's not a time period western set in 1810 or 1910, so that's why things like phone booths are included and why there's such a description as "faux western clothes." I believe another description stating the opening scene/setting to be "a time/town out of place." This may have been removed from the version on the site. So it's meant to be anachronistic.

The breakdowns such as "ACT I, ACT II," etc. aren't explicitly meant to be superimposed, but more as emotional(?) cues as to what's going on. If a director would choose to super them, that would be their choice. It was an experiment in style.

Thank you for your compliment on the characters' names. Originally they...

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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: eldave1
Date Posted: Yesterday, 10:42pm

Quoted from Steven


I get it, and there's two ways I can handle it. I could go the Brokeback route and have them super conflicted, but engaging in their feelings. Or I can have them realize what's going on and rationally sort it out. Maybe it can play out uncomfortably rather than passionate and intense. I don't know.

You live in California, I'm sure you've heard a woman say "I'm done with men for a while." Well, maybe this is the same thing. They realize they're bi sexual.


The latter is Grace and Frankie - tv series. You may want to check it out. Either way,  good luck with it. I'll take a look at it when you're done if you want.  
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Steven
Date Posted: Yesterday, 10:27pm

Quoted from eldave1


Hmm - okay. I'll check back and give it a read when you finish it.

Note: IMO, it is important for you to realize that this:



Will be your speed-bump.

No one will be offended by a gay love story - or if they are - so what. That is not an issue. Your speed-bump will be explaining how two straight men become gay. You will not be able to explain rationally how a growing relationship with a man changes their sexual orientation.  Christ, we all have best friends - we don't want to sleep with them if we are straight. And you're going to make this complicated by two - two men are going to change their orientation. The reason it ain't been done before as a plot point is that it ain't pla
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: eldave1
Date Posted: Yesterday, 6:49pm

Quoted from Steven


Couple things. I've written random things in various genres, all of which were received pretty well but something would happen where I'd just stop writing. With horror I get bored, because I'm tired of the tropes. With Sci-Fi I get too deep in my own head and focus on world-building rather than style. See my project titled New Life as a good example of this. I meticulously detailed everything but when asked what the story was...I didn't have an answer.

So, I tried the straight up drama genre. The outcome was something a little too personal from my childhood and it caused me to step away.

I did get like 80 pages into a Western. That was Winterhaven, which had very good reception around here and on /r/scree
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Scriptapalooza - 2019   (reply) Posted by: PKCardinal
Date Posted: Yesterday, 6:15pm
No contest for me this year.

Well, except for Imagine Impact...

Why isn't my phone ringing? Anyone? Anyone?

Could someone call me, just to make sure it works?

(I kid. Should find out on that one in a week and a half or so, actually.)

I just finished Shaka. Good stuff, Warren.

I'll be watching for your name on all the lists.
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An Alternative History drama series Posted by: Seb
Date Posted: Yesterday, 6:14pm
Hey, Iím working on an alternative history scenario for a drama TV series screenplay. Iím planning on having it follow the lives of a German family under French occupation in world where the Central Powers won the Great War, but a revanchist Fascist France got even 20 years later.

What do you think life would be like for civilians in this scenario? Or for that matter occupying French soldiers? How would resistance manifest?

This is the basic timeline.

1917 - unrestricted submarine warfare is forbidden by Germany
America does not enter conflict
1918 - resources from Ukraine and Belarus saves Germany from starvation
1919 - a German offensive causes mutinies in the French army and a withdrawal of the BEF. Franc...

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Scriptapalooza - 2019   (reply) Posted by: Night_Writer
Date Posted: Yesterday, 6:13pm
Good luck, everyone!!  
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A Change of Pace - First 10   (reply) Posted by: Steven
Date Posted: Yesterday, 6:07pm

Quoted from eldave1


Steven, take it or leave it advice - finish one.

What is the point of continuing to write the openings to features if you aren't going to complete them?  If it's not in your DNA (e.g., scattered brain), I get that - but then why not just write shorts?? At least that way you have a product for your efforts. You're a pretty solid writer from the samples I've read - I really think you would serve yourself well by (a) completing what you start and (b) only start those things that you think you will complete.


Couple things. I've written random things in various genres, all of which were received pretty well but something would happen where I'd just stop writing. With horror I get bored, be...

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