I have to get back to my article, but I hopefully will rewrite the post later on today, so stay tuned. And I apologize for the lack of significant posting so far this week!
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-- On Screenwriting and Related Topics
I moved from NYC to LA in October, 2003. And though I still think NYC is the greatest city in the world, I'm truly loving life here in the City of Angels. I'm a writer, reader, and occasional picture-taker.
Your first draft is never as bad or as good as you think it is.
I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the LA International Short Film Festival (www.lashortsfest.com) taking place at the Arclight from September 6-13.
If you or your friends are interested in meeting great people and viewing films, we are having a volunteer meeting this Saturday morning at 10:00 am at the Arclight.
If you are unable to make it and are still interested in volunteering, please let me know.
I know some of you will be attending, please keep an eye open for me, I will be hosting some of the films and introducing the panel participants.
FILM: active, visual
THEATER: verbal, intensely focused
TV: verbal with some visual, more character driven
NOVELS: inner-focused, descriptive with some action
Pretty Persuasion is a very well-written film that captures reality with a dark and twisted sense. It offers up its share of humor, and the comedy works well, though in a very bitingly satirical manner. Still, while the screenplay clearly shows Halim to be a talented writer, and one with a handle on realistic humor, it is the script's very dark side that gives some pause. The key issue here is whether Halim can write equally well in a different, lighter style, and still remain entertaining and humorous. Furthermore, the script also suggests some weakness of structure, which may be a greater issue in a more mainstream type of film.
There is no question that Halim is a talented writer. Pretty Persuasion is both humorous, insightful, and moving. It contains complex characters and situations that are simultaneously realistic and heightened enough to be more entertaining than watching a mere slice of life. He does a wonderful job of making his points and getting his messages across, while also writing a film that moves quickly and doesn't get bogged down in exposition. It is a screenplay that is sure to provoke discussion.
Furthermore, Halim's structure in Pretty Persuasion is a bit rough at times. In particular, the introduction and coda both seem too lengthy. While such issues may work adequately in an artsier indie style film such as this one, they may not fly in a more mainstream film.
Join us for a festive and enlightening day of free programs on the art and craft of writing -- and save money on most fall courses. The Writers Faire features mini-classes and panels covering diverse topics in creative writing and screenwriting, hosted by the professional writers who teach for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Other Writers Faire highlights include:
Detailed information about this year's Writers Faire, including a schedule of mini-lectures and presenters, will be posted here August 10.
These graduate writing programs, professional organizations, arts collectives, and writing-allied businesses were on hand at last year's Writers Faire.
Antioch University Southern California
The other thing we see a lot of is the horror hybrid genre. So it's either vampires in the Old West or werewolves in the Far East. We see hundred of them. I can't tell you how many vampires in the Old West I see! Tricky because of the [sic] rules for one genre are tough enough -- splicing them is a challenge.
You can't worry about it. It's impossible to live as a creative spirit and constantly work from the outside in. You have to work from the inside out.
Point of it is: every year there are probably four of the same films being developed at every studio. And I mean, the same film. This is the nature of the business, massive companies trying to thread the eye of the needle in what they hope will be their commercial blockbuster. And their eye of the needle is just that - it's quite narrow creatively. So that means - a superhero movie, a cop movie, a killer thriller, a broad teen age comedy, a romance. They're going to develop about four of each of these to try and get one that doesn't suck, so they can pump more money into it than is in most third world countries.
Everyone swears their idea is unique. The only thing that is usually unique is voice and storytelling -- because we've seen most loglines.
that’s when I felt a pang of . . . not fear, exactly. A pang of comfort. I didn’t know comfort could pang like that. But it scared me. I’m now working for an organization that could potentially take care of my modest needs for the rest of my life, all the way into my old, old age. If I never made that million dollar spec sale, I’d still live comfortably.
There’s that word again. Comfort.
Is it the natural enemy of writing success? Does comfort necessarily lead to complacency? I don’t know. But I suddenly have this feeling that a regular income, paid health benefits, and a nice pension fund ended many more writing careers than we’ll ever really know about.
How would you handle dialogue between two people when one is on an intercom/walkie-talkie?