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Forum: Basics 10-24-2012, 08:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Help format this better!

Not sure how what I was said was twisted into my stating facts - but given the history on DD, it's certainly no surprise. I know the worst and the best writers do use WE and camera directions, but...
Forum: Basics 10-22-2012, 12:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Help format this better!

Oh, then I stand corrected. I thought you were referring to produced work. The WE SEE and DOLLY BACK, etc. can be tragically common in the spec arena, so yeah, I'm sure you saw them running like...
Forum: Basics 10-22-2012, 10:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Help format this better!

Are you sure you have that number right? Reading hundreds and hundreds of scritps is an admirable feat in itself, but to find hundreds and hundreds that use WE and DOLLY BACK, or whatever?

I guess...
Forum: Basics 10-22-2012, 10:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Help format this better!

Sure. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Screenwriting 10-21-2012, 09:42 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,204
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Frustratingly unmarketable.

Are you interested in selling them outright, or seeing them produced? You might want to consider marketing direct to small Indie filmmakers, and see if you can get one produced film under your belt....
Forum: Basics 10-20-2012, 12:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,472
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: What's your system for labelling your drafts?

I use the Emily system, and keep all old versions in a sep folder, and only the current one visible when I open the main folder. Notes and synops are in a second folder. So, whn I open the main...
Forum: Basics 10-19-2012, 11:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,953
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Help format this better!

I don't play golf, so a few terms are over my head.

Here's a challenge: try rewriting this without the camera directions or the 'we' refs. They really are an avoidable distraction you just don't...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-13-2012, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,387
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Story Suggestions

Write it how you see it, and hopefully it will blow him away.

Just nod, say thanks, and turn in your version.

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Forum: Screenwriting 10-13-2012, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,312
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Telegraphing and Red Herrings

I'm in that one-tenth of one percent, so none of this makes sense to me anyways!!


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Forum: Screenwriting 10-13-2012, 10:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,312
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Telegraphing and Red Herrings

I always work endless hours to ensure these kinds of dangling elements are either eliminated, or somehow connected. It could be the original script was clear as to why these characters were there,...
Forum: Basics 10-13-2012, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,948
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Correct format?

Along these lines.


SLOW FADE TO BLACK

Growns morph to moans of pleasure.

FADE IN

INT. DARK ROOM - NIGHT
Forum: Screenwriting 10-12-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,312
Posted By alex whitmer
Telegraphing and Red Herrings

We have all seen the flick where you know the outcome a mere three minutes into it. This character and that character are gonna lock horns and the good one is going to win.

How he or she wins is the...
Forum: Basics 10-10-2012, 07:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,865
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Pull Back to Reveal

I mentioned it after reading back what I wrote, and it sounded off. Not because of Craig's input.

And ...

There is a diff between a gag film and a good, well-written comedy. No reason for Craig to...
Forum: Basics 10-10-2012, 07:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,865
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Pull Back to Reveal

By this ....

I suppose if you are writing gag films, then there is less at stake.

... I did not mean NMSTEVENS, but in general. I should'a said 'I suppose if one were writing ....'

I agree, again,...
Forum: Basics 10-09-2012, 11:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,865
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Pull Back to Reveal

And here is why I really encourage screeenwriters who have not been produced to try and get even a short under their belt, so they can see where these kinds of things can get lost in translation....
Forum: Basics 10-09-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,865
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Pull Back to Reveal

Completely agree with your comments. And I admit I use an occasional CU and POV when I just gotta. But I think it is a crutch more often than not, and visual writing can replace one those...
Forum: Basics 10-09-2012, 04:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,865
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Pull Back to Reveal

I really don't like to see those kinds of camera nods in a script, as I feel pulled from the story and put to work on the set.

As the writer, you may see it that way, but on the down the line in...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-07-2012, 10:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,870
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: What Should You Worry About

There is a self-limiting belief among a majority of screenwriters that jamming brads and sending out queries is final step in the writing process. 'My work is done.'

This is why 99% (my own stat) of...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-06-2012, 09:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,870
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: What Should I Worry About

A refreshing voice of reason. Whew!

As I say even when blue in the face, you hafta think way beyond the screenplay.

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Forum: Screenwriting 10-05-2012, 09:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,870
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: What Should You Worry About

Man bites dog.

But is it news? Or, is it a movie?

I agree and disagree that not all stories are movies. I have had many story ideas pop into my head, but just wasn't sure how to translate them...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-04-2012, 01:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,426
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: Undeveloped but effective subplots -- Midnight Run

It's not that they HAVE to be complete, but do ask yourself what will the viewers think when the film wraps.

Will they wonder whatever happened to so and so and the tiff they were having with the...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-04-2012, 12:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,870
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: What Should You Worry About

First, different stages of the writing will have different concerns. When one begins a new screenplay, at least for me, one of my big concerns is motivation. Is is clear, and is it believable? Once I...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-03-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,870
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: What Should You Worry About

Is structure and formatting an element?


First and foremost for me is originality. Even a tried-and-true genre or concept can feel entirely original in its telling.

Second is fearlessness. Write...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-26-2012, 10:31 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 15,615
Posted By alex whitmer
Re: When did you crack screenwriting?

Often but not even close to always. PM me and I'll help you out.
Forum: Screenwriting 09-26-2012, 09:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,438
Posted By alex whitmer
Summing up characters

There is a non-postable thread in FAQs that discusses summing up characters. I have to argue it is perfectly okay, and again always comes down to the particualr script, or more specifically, the...
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