View Full Version : My most amusing review
03-27-2004, 12:36 AM
Thought I'd share part of this with you.
"It was disappointing...you fooled around with our minds...it was like Dallas all over again, where the whole season was a dream. I don't like to be fulled (his/her typo, not mine) like that and I felt I wasted my time because you weren't honest with me in telling the story"
I might be wrong, but doesn't the unexpected happening in a screenplay make it more entertaining? Who wants to read/watch something where you know exactly what's going to happen in the end? Wow, and my measely sp was compared to Dallas, I'm honored :lol
03-27-2004, 02:12 AM
"This screenplay seems to be written by a juvenile with limited knowledge of dialogue. What is written seems to have been copied from what they have seen in bad comedies and television sit coms."
Here's one of mine that I thought was funny. I also got a lot of people that said it was good and had great potential but still tanked it. I got a lot of "I love the dialogue and ending" and a lot of "I hate the dialouge and ending." Overall, the contest really just left me confused since it seems my script was love or hate in a lot of aspects...
03-27-2004, 03:15 AM
My favorite started off...
"In the words of Simon Cowell: if this script gets made, it will be the end of film as we know it."
It went downhill from there. Since it just went on as complete nonsense and the other reviews were all pretty good, that one had become my "giggle" review I look at for fun.
03-27-2004, 04:35 AM
This is my most amusing review:
"This script is at best a rough first draft, suitable only as a writing excersize. The writer seems to never have heard of character arcs, structure, plot points, or have any idea how to 'build' tension. One doesn't care about any of the characters because there is nothing to like about them. As portrayed they are all losers, living loser lives. Pass."
I love it when the reviewer doesn't spell check. It makes it so much easier for me to laugh off my loser characters living loser lives. ;)
03-27-2004, 11:09 AM
That sounds like a cut and paste review to me...
03-27-2004, 01:03 PM
Wow and I though mine were harsh.
03-27-2004, 01:17 PM
So I guess the weasals who rushed through there reviews in the first day or two ended up ruling the day.
The people who gave the least respect to the process, who rushed through it with the least consideration ended up having the most impact.
03-27-2004, 07:03 PM
That review sounds bogus... but...
Interesting plot twists are what make the story interesting, but they have to be "honest" twists. In other words, when you look back at the story with 20/20 hindsight, the most satisfying scripts leave you thinking, "Why didn't I see that coming?"
If an interesting plot twists comes from something out of the blue, it isn't nearly as satisfying. That may be what the reviewer meant by "you weren't honest."
But I haven't read your script so I have no idea. I certainly don't want to be an apologist for some idiot reviewer!
03-28-2004, 12:06 PM
dudeheimer, that's actually what upset me because I felt like when you read my sp for the second time, you can honesty ask yourself "why didn't I see that coming?".
I may be wrong, but I think the reviewer was just upset because I stumped him and he is probably one of those strange people that like to know exactly what's going to happen before it happens. I bet he even reads the last page of a novel before starting it :lol
I sure hope he didn't watch Fight Club...it probably ruined his whole life :rollin
It's difficult to tell without reading the SP, so what's the basis of the twist, Kim?
03-28-2004, 02:32 PM
Well, this is probably giving away too much, but since it probably will never get made :lol
Through the whole sp, the protagonist, a psychiatrist, is investigating her patient's supposed suicide deaths. It is able to link their deaths to a man that had filed a malpractise suit against the hospital 20 years ago. When she discovers that the man recently died, she assumes that his "ghost" has come back for revenge.
In the end, we discover that it was actually the psychiatrist that had killed her patients, but due to her own psychiatric problems, had repressed the memories.
That description doesn't do it justice, but, believe me, it works (or at least I think it does and my manager concurs :lol ).
However, when you go back and look, there are clues scattered throughout that pin point the psychiatrist as the killer. So, the "ghost" she has been seeing is really a figment of her imagination created by her mind to take the blame for her actions.
I hope that makes sense.
That sounds very valid, Kim... not a "Dallas" type at all.
I'm curious... how are you going to rewrite the scenario to account for the vampires?
Thanks for the synopsis, and I'm glad to hear it's not a "it was all a dream" cliche.
03-28-2004, 08:53 PM
Jami, actually the original bears little to no resemblance to the current version, besides maybe the characters names and professions. It had a totally different plot. So I won't be changing the story around to accomodate for vampires, but instead, just going back to the original plot.
On a side note, my manager just emailed me encouraging me to pursue the changes suggested for the current draft of the screenplay, so it seems I will be working on the two completely different versions at the same time. I hope I don't get confused and try to have the psychiatrist character bite someone on the neck :lol Just joking!!
Oh, and vmf, I hate the "it was all a dream" cliche. I would never do that to my future viewers ;)
I did the same thing with a reincarnation script. So, now you'll just have two scripts instead of one. Best of luck to you! If you don't mind sharing, who's your manager?
03-29-2004, 01:02 AM
Jami, the comany's name is Vintage Entertainment and his name is Peter Scott. He was with the American Accolades Screenwriting Competition and contacted me after two of my scripts advanced to the semi-finalist round.
That's terrific, Kim! Hope he does great things for you. Please keep us posted.
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