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Forum: Basics 12-25-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,820
Posted By medavidson
Re: Short or Feature as First Script

Write a full length, and then write the short version of the full length (like an excerpted sequence).

After doing several shorts, and gearing up to do another, it seems wasted energy (from a...
Forum: Basics 04-20-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,278
Posted By medavidson
Re: What to refer to a possessed character as


Clean, simple. Doesn't take a lot for a reader to compute the change.
Forum: Basics 04-20-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,247
Posted By medavidson
Re: Car chase scene heading

I'd go with INTERCUT as well. It makes the read cleaner / faster.
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 01-04-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,317
Posted By medavidson
Re: Martin Ransohoff--old-school producer

Hey Andrew-

He's 86 and hasn't done anything since the late 90's. I'm guessing he's retired.

Forum: Basics 12-22-2013, 06:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,475
Posted By medavidson
Re: Movie title

I think it's pretty catchy. It also makes me go "tell me more..." which is a good thing for a title.

Forum: Screenwriting 12-06-2013, 10:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,501
Posted By medavidson
Re: Advice Act III/Outlines

Have you finished anything ever? The ability to finish and the ability to outline / create a 3 act structure are different animals.

Forum: Screenwriting 10-14-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,559
Posted By medavidson
Re: Working within a narrative

I think there's a certain time and space in a career for something that's non-conformist. It's probably the very beginning or the very end.

You seem to want to break rules (and I'm not saying that...
Forum: Basics 09-21-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,636
Posted By medavidson
Re: Portraying a mental deficiency

Explain it in the character description. Show it via dialogue once or twice quickly thereafter, and then don't show it again unless it's important to the plot.
Forum: Basics 09-12-2013, 06:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,203
Posted By medavidson
Re: "The" in Character Names in Dialog? Why not?

Whenever possible, get rid of extraneous words and simplify. This is one of those cases. While it may work either way (as in the examples above) I'd personally pick the method that made for an...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 09-02-2013, 08:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,150
Posted By medavidson
Forum: Basics 09-01-2013, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,303
Posted By medavidson
Re: Sluglines, fictional places, and quotes.

Keep it simple.


The daddy-centric ad agency bustles with activity.

Then use the same slug line every time.

The quotes ("Dad's Ads") makes it a little harder to read than it...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 08-18-2013, 06:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,169
Posted By medavidson
Re: Lee Levinson

Same thing back in 2006. He's a nice guy, but he's selling a service. You can get better notes elsewhere.
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 04-08-2013, 07:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,807
Posted By medavidson
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 04-01-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 905
Posted By medavidson
Forum: Basics 03-03-2013, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,753
Posted By medavidson
Re: Perspective

Or, drop the weak 'is' -- 'he moves through the room, face obscured by shadow.'

Forum: Screenwriting 01-29-2013, 04:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,455
Posted By medavidson
Re: "The First Ten Pages"

Basically, if you're an up-and-comer, you have a small window in which to make an impression. LITERALLY, it can be 10 pages. If you don't have your act together in a number of ways withing 10 pages,...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 01-29-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,275
Posted By medavidson
Re: First 10 script pages on website?

I've been doing it for a while now. First ten pages of full length work, complete shorts. Yeah, sure, some industrious geek could find those 10 pages, but... so?

I don't expect my agents or managers...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 11-27-2012, 06:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,807
Posted By medavidson
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 09-30-2012, 08:11 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 10,036
Posted By medavidson
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-05-2012, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,508
Posted By medavidson
Re: Outline for manager

Nope. No real format. In fact, I'd give him a short treatment instead (you can get a little more emotion and texture in that way...)

If it was me, I'd title each section (Act 1, etc) and write it...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-04-2012, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,248
Posted By medavidson
Re: The whole treatment thing....


But, look, if you're operating as team -- agent / manager / you -- you all want to be on the same page. You want to make sure that when you hand it over, there aren't any big surprises, so...
Forum: Announcements, News, & Opportunities 05-27-2012, 01:40 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 410
Posted By medavidson
Writing blog

Hey Gang-

Thought I'd throw my blog into the mix. Maybe you'll get a bit of amusement from it.

Forum: Basics 04-30-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By medavidson
Re: Superimpose, legend, title card?

As I look back through scripts, I see that I've done it a few ways. As always, I would lean towards clarity and speed. To that end, I've been using either...

Forum: Basics 04-17-2012, 06:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,319
Posted By medavidson
Re: Computer Generated Voice...(V.O) or (O.S)

... or neither.

Technically, the voice IS on-screen, but spoken by a computer.


Yes, sir?

or, better, more simple, and still clear -- nothing...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 03-19-2012, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,472
Posted By medavidson
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