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Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 09-05-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,706
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Theme and Opposing conflict

I'm not saying theme is the key to the castle or that you're doing anything wrong. Just hopefully pointing out something interesting to try.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 09-05-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,706
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Theme and Opposing conflict

The problem with themes like that, IMO, is that I don't know what they get you. It's basically a character trait. Your hero is afraid of growing up.

The more helpful themes, to me, are ones that...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 09-05-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,706
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Theme and Opposing conflict

There's definitely a parlor game you can play where you argue for multiple different themes in existing films. Some of them may have been added consciously by the writer; some of them the writer may...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 09-03-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,706
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Theme and Opposing conflict

I think one word or simple statement themes are basically useless. I think the best use of theme is a question that you can argue either side of, and that's what the characters do during the movie,...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 09-02-2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,706
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Theme and Opposing conflict

IMO, the conflict in the plot should grow from and be answering the thematic question. They're not separate.
Forum: Basics of Screenwriting 08-28-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 435
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Going for it again after a long hiatus

Watch every movie in your genre that's come out recently and done well. Include Netflix, Hulu, etc, because that's where a lot of genres are landing.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-26-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

I think that all makes complete sense.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-26-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

I know you're joking, but my point is that it's a great movie. When you saw it, did it bother you that it so wildly broke with convention? (Also, like Taken or Ferris Bueller or a lot of movies...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-26-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

It's not really that hard to find them. After Taken, I started to wonder if other action movies fell into this mold, so I downloaded the original Mission Impossible script. It's VERY Taken in...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-25-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

There is zero reason a non-linear film can't have a traditional structure in terms of act breaks, etc.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-25-2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

I think a spec of "Taken" would have been very well received. It's relentless.

I don't know the history of all the projects mentioned in TigerFang's list, but if you sent any of them around,...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-25-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

Good list. I think I mentioned "Taken" before, and it's out of whack in an unusual way. I think the trend is towards shorter first and third acts, but it's lopsided. The script I have is 102 pages...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-23-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

My current show is a multi-cam sitcom (the ones with the audience laughs) and it's a rhythm unlike anything else. In movies and single cam comedies, no one tells jokes anymore. And as you point...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-23-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

It's "chase," you moron, and it's a film term! You are beyond hope! :)



I have spent literally decades - which is scary - doling out advice here. Until Q Anon took over that other thread, I...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-23-2020, 03:30 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

The majority of my scorn isn't heaped on the page numbers or percentages. When we're talking about STC, it's the 15 prescribed beats happening in a certain order. That's what makes scripts feel...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-22-2020, 11:25 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-22-2020, 11:07 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

But there was How To Write A Script in 21 days, and Linda Segar's books, and McKee, and Syd Field, and a dozen others that all had the answers.



But all three acts really means is beginning, middle...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-22-2020, 08:29 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

I get it - no guru looks at a hit successful movie and says it's "wrong." My point is that if you sat down with the idea for FBDO and a STC beat sheet, you couldn't write that great movie.

If you...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-22-2020, 07:59 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

So many movies have a main character that doesn't change! Forrest Gump is an obvious one. And the vast majority of action movies... James Bond never changes. John McClane never changes in Die...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-22-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

First off, I've read "Save the Cat" and most of the other big screenwriting books. Every time someone claims to have figured it out, I'm curious. ;)



I've met dozens of writers it's hurt here. ...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-20-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

No disrespect, I'm genuinely curious - are you saying that if you're writing a spec, you'll rewrite it so that the different beats all fall on the right page? And that if you don't, you're at a...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-20-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 4,248
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: High Concept vs New High Concept

There are bad high concepts.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-20-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 2,654
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Timings to specific page

FWIW, I have never heard an exec use some of the terms bandied around here. I know that "break into two" is from "Save The Cat," but that's the extent of my experience with it. The most technical...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-16-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 4,248
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: High Concept vs New High Concept

I'm stealing that.



I think he's got it exactly. Pilots fly ever day, but they don't fight the Russians and die in crashes every day. Ships sail every day, but they don't usually hit icebergs.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-16-2020, 08:37 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 4,248
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: High Concept vs New High Concept

Yeah, some ideas are definitely exciting. There was a spec script that went around a few years ago about Ronald Reagan - he had dementia, but they didn't want America to know, so they convinced him...
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