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The Predator (2018)   (reply) Posted by: Dreamscale
Date Posted: 27 minutes ago

Quoted from FrankM
Now I'm glad that Predator 2 put me off from watching any more of the series. Sounds like they made these guys out to be Elmer Fudd with better hunting gear.


Hey now..I actually enjoyed Predator 2, and even saw it at the theater.

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Warning Shot!  Trailer - In Theaters 9/14   (reply) Posted by: Heretic
Date Posted: 57 minutes ago
Watched it this morning -- wish I could have seen it in a theatre! I attempted an impartial review in the review section, so here's my partial review:

What a kick-ass job you did here, Breanne. Captivating monologues, thematic heft without preachiness, and a truly memorable character scene early on with the bird shit. The script delivers on what makes it unique without ever losing sight of the genre beats.

Lemme know when I can get tickets for the next Breanne Mattson feature
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The Predator (2018)   (reply) Posted by: Heretic
Date Posted: Today, 3:18pm

Quoted from James McClung
SPOILERS TO MULTIPLE PREDATOR FILMS: Any Predators teaming up with humans in this one to fight a common enemy? Cuz that's a dealbreaker for me. I'd rather have bad dialogue and inane plot.


SPOILERS FOR ONLY THIS PREDATOR FILM: I guess a grey area? There is a Predator character that is, er, sympathetic to the human cause. However, it does not meaningfully "team up" with humans, there are no scenes with humans/predators fighting side by side, there is no bond between a human and Predator character, etc...
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Warning Shot Posted by: Heretic
Date Posted: Today, 3:08pm
* SPOILERS THROUGHOUT *

I'm gonna try just a straightforward review here, but just to be clear, even if Breanne wasn't SimplyScripts OG, it would still be true to say at the outset that the script is the strongest part of the movie, and the movie's pretty good, so that's high praise.

Well okay. Bruce Dern is the strongest part of the project, but the script is a very close second

James Earl Jones is great, too, but unlike Dern, he's seriously undercut by inconsistent direction. This is one of the two big problems with the movie; not that the directing is bad, just that it doesn't cohere. Dern gets a chance to shine in part because he's given beautiful static frames and slow cutting to do his scene in. Jones' performa...

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The Predator (2018)   (reply) Posted by: FrankM
Date Posted: Today, 3:01pm

Quoted from James McClung
SPOILERS TO MULTIPLE PREDATOR FILMS: Any Predators teaming up with humans in this one to fight a common enemy? Cuz that's a dealbreaker for me. I'd rather have bad dialogue and inane plot.


Now I'm glad that Predator 2 put me off from watching any more of the series. Sounds like they made these guys out to be Elmer Fudd with better hunting gear.
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The Predator (2018)   (reply) Posted by: James McClung
Date Posted: Today, 2:37pm
SPOILERS TO MULTIPLE PREDATOR FILMS: Any Predators teaming up with humans in this one to fight a common enemy? Cuz that's a dealbreaker for me. I'd rather have bad dialogue and inane plot.
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The Predator (2018)   (reply) Posted by: Heretic
Date Posted: Today, 1:32pm
I thought it was fine. They haven't managed a good or memorable movie since the original, so there's nothing out of order with this just being a fun dumb blockbuster, which I thought it was.

Pretty generic action and not much of an edge, but the cast was good, the plot was entertaining and pleasantly small-scale, some of the performances were genuinely good (Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay and Sterling K. Brown are all exactly what we should want from blockbuster acting), and the jokes were comfortably bad and occasionally actually funny.

I'll take a mildly original action comedy that tells a complete story over Star Wars 11 any day.
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: Angry Bear
Date Posted: Today, 12:05pm
I'm pretty sure I won't have time for this. Dena and I are shooting two films in a couple of weeks then I'm off for a few days to DW for the Food & Wine Festival and MNSSH party. I know. I'm childish.  

If I do write something, it will be based on Dante's Inferno. Most likely using Gustave Dore's pictures.

PS: Since this is a horror challenge, I would suggest Googling horror art or macabre art for inspiration.  
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: Nomad
Date Posted: Today, 11:34am

Quoted from Dreamscale
I understand peeps are trying to come up with stories first, but to me, this is actually backasswards.  Come up with a picture...give it a title, and then formulate your story.


Cart - Horse.
Horse - Cart.

I guess it depends on which way you're going.  
Either way will work, but I see what you're saying, Jeff.

Thinking along those lines, here's a website that creates random images:

http://writingexercises.co.uk/random-image-generator.php

Personally, I came up with 5 ideas first and I'm going to create an image that alludes to the story, but not be an exact representation of the story.

-Jordan
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: FrankM
Date Posted: Today, 11:33am
I have definitely been keeping the artworks in mind for my vignettes. For the one that I have written out, it wasn't too hard to come up with nearly parallel images to start and end the story.


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FAVOR: The painting “A Moment of Reflection” depicts a young Caucasian woman in an 1890s high-collared, puffy-shouldered dress applying lip color with a brush. She peers into a mirror with a frame of elaborately sculpted frosted glass.

Her reflection is splattered in blood and holds a curved blade of some sort, also bloodied, in the same position as the lip brush.
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Not sure I'm going to be able to keep that up through all of the vignettes, though.
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: Dreamscale
Date Posted: Today, 11:22am
Whether I'm in or out, I feel like I have to comment here, as it seems to me peeps are completely missing Sean's concept.

Night Gallery is completely based on pictures/paintings/sculptures of creepy things in "The Night Gallery" and then shorts based around those pieces of art.

So, for Chris' idea, are you seriously going to start with a picture of a shark or sharkman?  Really?

Kham's idea, are you going to have a picture of a Gurza snake...or 7 Gurzas?

I understand peeps are trying to come up with stories first, but to me, this is actually backasswards.  Come up with a picture...give it a title, and then formulate your story.
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Ghosts, Ghouls and Demons   (reply) Posted by: Dreamscale
Date Posted: Today, 11:06am
I had hoped to read the 1st 10 or so pages, but I'm out before I finished Page 1...and I'm sorry for that, but there's just way too much that's wrong here, and I'm going to try and help a bit and also touch on the page length issue/debate.

Opening Slug is incorrect - When you have a "major" and "minor" part of a Slug, use a dash, not a slash.  A slash means either or.  A dash means you're going from biggest to smallest...like HOUSE - KITCHEN.  Simple fix, but something you need to know and understand.

Your opening passage, all in CAPS, is actually a "NOTE".  NOTES can be very helpful, when used correctly.  For instance, you can let your readers kno...

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Question about series of shots/using music   (reply) Posted by: Mr. Blonde
Date Posted: Today, 10:41am

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I use music in my stories sometimes, and I will mention artists and track names. These things can always be changed later so it doesn't matter what's in the spec so long as it reads well.


I take an approach similar to Dustin's. Having a script made taught me a lot of things. One of the most important things was that anything I don't mention the first time won't be put in there. As a result, if I want something in the script, I'm going to put it in there and if you want to change that, you're going to have to buy it from me.
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: Nomad
Date Posted: Today, 10:38am

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There's a sort of snake in Azerbaijan, cold gurza. They say they are born in 7 and if you ever kill one of them, its brothers and sisters will revenge.


This sounds great!  You could almost do 7 shorts, one for each snake.  Or just change the myth a little to 5 snakes and go from there.

You should stay as close to the myth as possible though, as that will bring an air or authenticity to the stories.

-Jordan
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Question about series of shots/using music   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Today, 1:46am
Yes, it's usually playing on a radio or something, perhaps for irony or to help create atmosphere.
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The Predator (2018)   (reply) Posted by: Penoyer79
Date Posted: Today, 12:49am
The Trailer was enough for me to avoid this one. Yech

The original Predator was awesome.
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: khamanna
Date Posted: Yesterday, 10:35pm

Quoted from FrankM


Then you have zombies (the uncanny valley).


You'd think these guys have no character or personality then bam - Zombieland is out followed by Warm Bodies, and both are so great. Time for another one.
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: khamanna
Date Posted: Yesterday, 10:32pm
Thanks for your thoughts on my story, Libby. I'll think about outlining it.
Chris thanks for your input as well.

Do you think snakes will bring the budge up dramatically? I need to google it perhaps.
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: FrankM
Date Posted: Yesterday, 9:23pm

Quoted from LC
Most people are scared of snakes, or have a healthy fear of them, so that's always good fodder for horror.


Seems that things with a very different body plan (snakes, spiders, tentacle monsters, etc.) or things that attack unseen (sharks, microbes, telekinetics, etc.) make for good horror fodder.

Then you have zombies (the uncanny valley).
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: LC
Date Posted: Yesterday, 9:14pm
Chris, I like the sound   of the 'ear tale'.

Just finished watching the Night Gallery story called: Eyes. A rich blind woman gets a new pair of eyes that allow her to see for only one brief ironic moment.

Starred Joan Crawford, and directed by Steven Spielberg.
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: LC
Date Posted: Yesterday, 9:07pm
Kham, I think the snake fable sounds really interesting and potentially horrific and scary. I like country of origin scary myths come true.

Most people are scared of snakes, or have a healthy fear of them, so that's always good fodder for horror.

Btw, we have regular visits from Diamond Pythons in our back yard that are freakishly huge - but pretty harmless, and Water Dragons swimming in our pool. Boring looking Brown snakes and Red-Belly blacks are the lethal ones in our neck of the woods.

Anyway, your idea sounds like a 'trilogy of terror' - three tales surrounding the same subject matter as opposed to separate but linking horror tales. Nothing wrong with that, in my book.
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: khamanna
Date Posted: Yesterday, 8:33pm
Chris, I didn't understand the Jaws meets The Wolfman meets 12 Angry Men. I mean how do these all meet at all? Rhetoric, you don't have to answer.
But the last one - The Odd Couple about two killers - this really made me excited. This could be super good. But you've got to make it a bit funny though, no?

I'm not sure about snakes now. I want something very low-budget. Snakes woudn't be perhaps.

@Dena, if I submit mine and one of us writes something that doesn't fit the challenge exactly I'd still read his script. But that person has to be one of us - we know we start from scratch and that means the same time and effort goes into your script as it does in mine. Outsiders perhaps might misunderstand and submit what they alr...

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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: ChrisBodily
Date Posted: Yesterday, 7:45pm
As long as you avoid planes and Sam Jackson, you should be fine. Snakes can go either way. A saw a snake movie in the 90s that was in the same vein as Arachnophobia. Scared the shit out of me. Might have been the made-for-TV Rattled (1996).

As for my script, I'm wondering if the following ideas suit anyone's fancy:

Jaws meets The Wolfman meets 12 Angry Men. A jury can't agree on a verdict for a man who was bitten by a shark, became a shark-man, and bit/ate/killed a bunch of people. This one turned out quite short.

I'm currently writing a vignette about an obsessed audiophile who suddenly becomes deaf and decides to cut off people's ears to replace his own and continue his vinyl record hobby. It's better than it sound...

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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: pale yellow
Date Posted: Yesterday, 7:36pm
UGh. Can't we just write our own horror feature? Asking everyone to write a feature based on this is crazy.. it take a lot of mental effort... a short anyone can write in a few hours.. but a feature takes a lot
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: khamanna
Date Posted: Yesterday, 6:43pm
Thanks, Libby, I knew I could count on you.

No, comedy horror - I love those, but I shouldn't try. I know how that one will end up for me.
I want to write straight-up horror but fearing the idea is laughable. I mean that in a bad sense.

Here it is.

There's a sort of snake in Azerbaijan, cold gurza. They say they are born in 7 and if you ever kill one of them, its brothers and sisters will revenge. Surely they are not born in 7, they are egg born, it can be any amount. And snakes do not live in 7, they don't have brothers and sisters and that's just a fable.
But there's this boy, whose sister died from gurza's bite. Then he learns that his Dad killed a gurza when they were little. He starts fearing for his own ...

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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: LC
Date Posted: Yesterday, 6:25pm
Snake fable? Sounds like the ticket.

Is it okay to post? Of course.

Yes Kham, I'll give you an honest response.

Funny ha ha, or funny weird? Or laugh out loud funny?
I thought it was supposed to be horror?

Is this comedy/horror, you're thinking of writing?
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The Night Gallery 7 Week Challenge.   (reply) Posted by: khamanna
Date Posted: Yesterday, 5:13pm
Glad to see it's not anonymous! Sean and his mistakes...

I'm toying with the idea of a snake fable but not sure if it's good enough. I don't know if I should tell the story here. Would it be like an ethical thing to do at all?
I want to know if I should even think about it. And I want to get an honest answer. But will there be an honest answer.
So, two questions: if it's okay to post the exact story, a short synopsis of a sort. And if I'll get an honest answer whether it's funny (as opposed to fun and entertaining) or good.

What to do. What to do.
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Question about series of shots/using music   (reply) Posted by: The Dark Horse
Date Posted: Yesterday, 4:35pm
Yeah. That's what I thought too.

I read this...
https://blog.finaldraft.com/music-cues-screenplay

Anyways. I might just use a few songs. Make sure they're necessary and not overabuse it. Are yours diegetic??
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Cyborn - The Comic   (reply) Posted by: Warren
Date Posted: Yesterday, 4:21pm

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Warren - Is your piece rolling out on Hyper Epics or another venue?

~John


I'll reply via PM, so as not to keep high jacking the thread.
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Question about series of shots/using music   (reply) Posted by: Dustin
Date Posted: Yesterday, 4:16pm
I use music in my stories sometimes, and I will mention artists and track names. These things can always be changed later so it doesn't matter what's in the spec so long as it reads well.
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