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Message #19 of 39

Message Date Posted: 7/22/2017 10:59 AM

Script Oracle

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My advice to you.
You want your script to impress the pros.
You want your script to start a bidding war.

First , your script must be in top notch shape.

THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO:

Get some top Hollywood scripts.
Read them. Read one TOP script per month.
Dissect them line by line.
Analyze each line.
Memorize.
Read parts out LOUD.
Make your own note on the script.
DON'T DEPEND ON PAST NOTES FROM THOSE ON GOOGLE .
THEY MUST BE YOUR OWN NOTES.
TRUST YOUR "FILM INSTINCT" AND WHY YOU LOVE MOVIES!!!!

Do this OFTEN. And your own script will improve effortlessly.
Don't force it. Don't stress. Be cool. And just read and study them at a quiet NATURAL pace.

Just read in a relaxed setting and subconsciously let it work.

SOON YOU WILL SEE MAJOR IMPROVEMENT IN YOUR SCRIPTS.


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Message #20 of 39

Message Date Posted: 7/28/2017 2:05 PM

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one way to write good dialogues is to study how top American and Russian politicians talk

meaning: how they argue, debate and bullshit and exchange insults

watch FOX NEWS and CNN and take notes or tape it (and listen and act it out)

if you have mob script for example: listen how New York politicians talk - trust me, you will learn a lot on dialogue writing and get more ideas and get motivated


AND YOUR SCRIPT WILL BE SPICY AND HOT


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Message #21 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/4/2017 8:57 AM

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Hi screenwriters.
If you really love movies.
If you really love writing scripts.

Best advice I heard from James Cameron on Youtube.

Make a short film.
Go crazy.
Make it poetic.
or
Make it surreal.
or
Make it dramatic.
or
Make it fantastical.
or
Make it family.
or
Make it horror.
or
Just make a teaser.
or
Make it a sitcom.
or
Make it a comedy.

Hire a director.
Or direct IT yourself.

Build a team. You produce it. ETC ETC

MAKE A SHORT FILM.
MARKET IT ONLINE.
YOU CAN DO IT.
THE WORLD IS YOUR AUDIENCE.

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Message #22 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/5/2017 9:53 AM

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If you want to write COMIC BOOK screenplay.

Your own or an adaptation.

Here is an perfect example how to write one:

http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/catwoman.pdf

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Message #23 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/12/2017 9:57 AM

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As you journey into Hollywood.

It's good to learn how a film director thinks.

Here is one example.

Sometimes a director will be interested in your concept or treatment ONLY.

Some of them are leaders and they will take you under their wings.

Here is a great script from famed director Robert Rodriguez.

His script is amazingly visual.

Most directors are dreamers and visualists and visionaries. About all - they are leaders.

So network with upcoming directors. And introduce them your treatment or concept.

And study this script and understand how a film director writes -

http://www.avpgalaxy.net/files/scripts/script-predators-rodriguez.pdf

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Message #24 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/18/2017 1:22 AM

Patricia Poulos

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THANK YOU ALL FOR THIS. I've been unable for some months to interact but intend to read these comments slowly and with purpose once my immediate matters have been dealt with or at least subsided.

Kindest regards,
Patricia

Patricia Poulos

Message #25 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/18/2017 1:28 PM

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MB Posts (62)

no problem, it's all about working hard and marketing
that's how we will all make it, never give up

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Message #26 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/18/2017 1:38 PM

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Screenwriting and marketing.
Hmmm.
This is what some spec script specialists do -
*** market everyday for 2 or three hours
1. query producers, directors, actors, cinematographers, actresses , assistant directors etc (each letter much be unique)
2. make cold calls, eg. Independent film companies
3. make a list of production companies (their movies you like), create a database
4. help other writers
5. volunteer to work on movie sets and pre-production projects
6. enter script contests
7. find a script coach
8. rewrite until the cow comes home
9. practice your pitch everyday verbally and get feedback

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Message #27 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/19/2017 9:32 AM

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It is okay to write a clean spec script.
It is okay to write a minimalist spec script.

But sometimes you want(need) to write a spec script that is so atmospheric
that you can taste it.

Here is an example that got raved reviews;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syriana

SYRIANA



Written by

Stephen Gaghan



Based on the book "See No Evil" by

Robert Baer

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Message #28 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/23/2017 9:50 AM

judi Blaze

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Wow! It sounds like all doom and gloom to me. I don't think like that and I truly hope all of you amateur screenwriters pass over his comments. Think positive. Law of Attraction, whatever it takes; you will succeed!!

judi Blaze

Message #29 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/25/2017 2:10 PM

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If you start you script with #9 of the Heroes Journey
and then with #2
and then with #1
and then with # 5 etc

Will you have unpredictable script?


1. Heroes are placed in the BORING ORDINARY WORLD, where , FOR SURE
2. they get the CALL TO ADVENTURE OR URGE
3. Heroes RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALLING, but
are PUSHED by a MENTOR/FRIENDS/COACH/VILLIAN to
4. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD(OF MANY TO COME) and enter the EXTRA-SPECIAL UNIQUE World EXPERIENCE, where
they meet all sorts of - TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES AND Villains and Villainess
5. They APPROACH THE INMOST darkness, to meet second threshold
where they will live and suffer the ORDEAL.
6. They take control of a REWARD/GIFT/WEAPONS and
7. are pursued on THE ROAD/PATH home-bound to the boring Ordinary World.
7.1 but want to turn back to the adventure
8. They cross the third or forth or fifth threshold or more
9. experience a deadly emotional RESURRECTION and might or not be changed by the special experience.
10.0 They RETURN WITH the power? ( or a skill or treasure or gift) to assist the very boring Ordinary World what we call HOME.

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Message #30 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/25/2017 2:56 PM

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Who should you make friends with in Hollywood and all around the FILM world?
Who should you take out for lunch ?
Whose lives should you study?
Whose work should you study?

CINEMATOGRAPHERS.
YES.
CINEMATOGRAPHERS.
THAT'S WHO.

Before CINEMATOGRAPHERS come to the set, they work laboriously TO DETAIL THE finest details via PRE-PRODUCTION.
Yes they break down the script in METICULOUS DETAILS.

THEY BREAK DOWN THE SCRIPT.

So make friends with CINEMATOGRAPHERS.
ATTEND THEIR SEMINARS
ATTEND THEIR CONFERENCES.
READ THEIR BOOKS.
VOLUNTEER TO WORK WITH THEM ON THEIR PRE-PRODUCTION STAGES.

By doing so , you will learn why a script must be concise, lean, engaging and FORMATTED LIKE A MASTERPIECE.



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Message #31 of 39

Message Date Posted: 8/31/2017 5:53 PM

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One of coolest thickly atmospheric engaging and passionate script ever written is this one:


Gladiator (2000 film) - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladiator_(2000_film)
"Screenplay. Gladiator was based on an original pitch by David Franzoni, who wrote the first draft. Franzoni was given a three-picture deal with DreamWorks as writer and co-producer on the strength of his previous work, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, which helped establish the reputation of DreamWorks."

Here is an analysis of it that will make you want to re-read the script and study it comprehensively (it will change your life and writing skills forever):

DO IT NOW.
READ IT NOW.
STUDY IT NOW.


http://screenplayhowto.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Gladiator-Script-Analysis.pdf

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Message #32 of 39

Message Date Posted: 9/1/2017 11:36 AM

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Script Advice 01 09 2017

Always get feedback/notes on your scripts from script professionals/coaches/readers and friends.

Good or bad. Read the notes.
Let it sink in.
Don't fuss.
Don't get upset.
Or brag.

Let it sink IN.

NEXT STEP:
1. print your script and do a rewrite
2. upon the rewrite, you will make changes
3. don't think too much of the notes YOU GOT EARLIER
4. let THE SCRIPT FLOW NATURALLY without trying - while editing
5. DON'T FORCE THE NOTES INTO THE SCRIPT. LET THE NOTES FALL NATURALLY INTO THE SCRIPT. NATURALLY.
6. YOUR SCRIPT HAS LIFE. IT WILL EITHER reject the notes or accept the notes

Respect your talent. Respect the notes. Respect the the laws of writing.

It's an art. Screenwriting.

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Message #33 of 39

Message Date Posted: 9/4/2017 11:37 AM

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Before you start writing, make sure you have a slim nutritious power breakfast -

1. it will help your cognitive creative function
2. it will keep your glucose level balanced, so you don't feel tired typing or editing
3. it will give you carbohydrate as brain food if you have crazy business or personal deadlines
4. it will improve your memory, yes, lots to remember if you have 20 scripts on the go
5. it will improve your concentration, so you don't mess around with TV , Radio, Internet, Vegetating

Try this breakfast tomorrow morning or today and you will have lots of energy for your screenwriting endeavors and deadlines and progress.

a. rye toasted bread with low-fat raspberry jam
b. 2 egg white scrambled or boiled
c. baked potato wedges
d. small glass of orange juice or pineapple or mango
e. and a very small bowl of oatmeal with banana or strawberry on top with a sprinkle of brown sugar
f. and your favorite cup of coffee or tea for later - xtra large cup

Do it , and you will have lots of good energy to write in the mornings.

You can do it.
SCREENWRITING IS HARD WORK.
SCREENWRITING NEEDS LOTS OF ENERGY AND STAMINA AND BRAIN GYMNASTIC.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!



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Message #34 of 39

Message Date Posted: 9/10/2017 5:47 PM

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When you do a REWRITE.
YOU must be serious.
WHY are the managers or agents not calling you?
BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO DO A REWRITE.
Why is it you are not placing in contests?
BECAUSE YOU MUST.
YOU MUST DO A REWRITE.

AND :

YOU must know THAT it will be difficult.
YOU must know it will affect your moods and energy level and anxiety.

THIS IS WHY YOU MUST DO A REWRITE.

STRESS ANXIETY = WRITERS MOTIVATION.

The best way to do a rewrite is to print and edit with a pen.
YOU HAVE TO GO INTO THE TRENCHES LIKE THE GREAT PAST WRITERS OF THE WORLD.
GOOGLE HOW THEY EDITED THEIR DRAFTS.
THE best writers edited with a pen and then gave their TYPISTS to re-type.

AFTER you finish your reWRITE.
JUST update your digital files.

IT MIGHT TAKE YOU A MONTH OR LESS or more to complete your rewrite.
But when you are done - it's the most rewarding experience ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU CAN
DO IT.
WORK HARD.
WRITING IS FOR THE SERIOUS.




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Message #35 of 39

Message Date Posted: 9/25/2017 10:16 PM

Chok Hin Chan

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After you finish your rewrite on paper, type it yourself. Don't let anyone else do it. It will be your second rewrite.

Chok Hin Chan

Message #36 of 39

Message Date Posted: 9/26/2017 12:26 PM

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Recently met independent producers who got excited about a story/script and EVEN more excited because OF THE AFFORDABLE BUDGET AND MINIMAL LOCATIONS.

Yes, do write your big budget script.

But ALSO write an amazing story that can be directed under 1,000,000.00

Upcoming independent directors and producers will love you. They are obsessed with locations and budgets.

Low budget scripts/FILMS:

ONCE
PRIMER
CATFISH
ANOTHER EARTH
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
THE CASTLE
MONSTERS
Pi (1998)

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Message #37 of 39

Message Date Posted: 9/29/2017 8:53 AM

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Getting coverage and notes for your scripts -->>> IS the most important part of this business.

Good or bad notes will help you now and in the future.

If you haven't optioned you scripts - keep getting notes and do lots of rewrites - until it sells.

Readers are here to help you. They might be HARSH, but they REALLY DO care, sincerely. And they want you to succeed.


YOU CAN DO IT.
LISTEN TO THE READERS.
GOOD OR BAD NOTES.
THEY WANT TO DISCOVER A GREAT SCRIPT.
AND THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP YOU.
THE ARE HARD WORKING.


WRITING A SCRIPT COVERAGE OR GIVING NOTES IS HARD WORK.
THEY WORK HARD - SO YOU CAN SUCCEED.






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Message #38 of 39

Message Date Posted: 9/29/2017 8:53 AM

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Getting coverage and notes for your scripts -->>> IS the most important part of this business.

Good or bad notes will help you now and in the future.

If you haven't optioned you scripts - keep getting notes and do lots of rewrites - until it sells.

Readers are here to help you. They might be HARSH, but they REALLY DO care, sincerely. And they want you to succeed.


YOU CAN DO IT.
LISTEN TO THE READERS.
GOOD OR BAD NOTES.
THEY WANT TO DISCOVER A GREAT SCRIPT.
AND THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP YOU.
THE ARE HARD WORKING.


WRITING A SCRIPT COVERAGE OR GIVING NOTES IS HARD WORK.
THEY WORK HARD - SO YOU CAN SUCCEED.






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Message #39 of 39

Message Date Posted: 10/12/2017 3:28 PM

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There are so many creative ways a screenplay gets to a producer or a Reader.

So, be creative.

One example.
As humans, we are attracted to one another for different reasons.
NO one knows why or how. Or how long term relationships are formed.
It's not a science. It happens. It's an emotional journey.

YOU CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE AND LEARN HOW TO CUT A DEAL OR BECOME A UNIQUE SOCIAL BUTTERFLY.
AND STILL BE IN CONTROL.


You GOT to try - TO BUILD relationships by sweating it out. Yes the first steps are very hard.
BUT JUST BE NICE AND RESPECTFUL AND WITTY.

IF YOU FAIL. IT'S OKAY. PICK YOURSELF UP AND try try try again until the the cow comes HOME.

LEARN HOW TO DO THIS.
TAKE YOURSELF OUT YOUR COMFORT ZONE.

READ BOOKS. GET A coach. Ask friends to help you.

Socializing is VERY VERY VERY hard for SCREENwriters. But you got to do it. It is VERY VERY VERY hard and painful.
YOU GOT TO DO IT - WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE AN AGENT OR MANAGER. OR NEVER WILL.

So, talk and become friends with staffs at the production companies and agencies etc.

Friends help friends.

Try it - you will surprise how friends help friends.

Some times - ACQUAINTANCES HELP ACQUAINTANCES.

GOOD luck.

Script Oracle

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