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Forum: Screenwriting 10-22-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 772
Posted By Timmy
Re: Reacting to the Dramatic Question

I think it's the same thing, execution-wise.
Forum: Screenwriting 06-09-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,389
Posted By Timmy
Re: Want/Need and Character Arc

Arguably, the basis of character arc is a change/reversal of a belief; the underpinnings of theme is belief.

The character may go on a quest, which itself is a kind of arc.

Then there is the...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-14-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
Posted By Timmy
Re: What are the key plot points in a screenplay?

I think they're easier to understand if you look at them from the perspective of change. Understand change and plot points fall into place.
Forum: Films 01-23-2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,520
Posted By Timmy
Re: Vice

I thought Sam Rockwell was hilarious.
Forum: Basics 10-18-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,393
Posted By Timmy
Re: The Opening - Problem vs. Opportunity

The problem sets the character on a journey/quest out of the everyday life. An opportunity does the same thing. There are lots of ways to do it.
Forum: Screenwriting 06-06-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,312
Posted By Timmy
Re: Is revenge only for anti-heroes?

Antiheroes can leave an Ordinary World.
Antiheroes can have Calls to Adventure.
Antiheroes can cross First Thresholds into New Worlds.

The word "hero" in hero's journey is misleading.
Forum: Screenwriting 03-19-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,599
Posted By Timmy
Re: Communicating Energy to the Page

Old school:
Forum: Screenwriting 07-13-2017, 06:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,738
Posted By Timmy
Re: Difference between Concept and Story Premise?

The premise, for want of better words, is your thesis/proposition:
"Anyone can become the heavyweight champion of the world."

Many concepts may show the premise:
"The heavyweight champion of the...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-04-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,494
Posted By Timmy
Re: Seeking Character Arc advice

Hero's journey is a classic for this: take characters into an Opposite World and turn them to belong there.

The outline is based on pushing characters on the journey and provoking the change....
Forum: Screenwriting 05-26-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,812
Posted By Timmy
Re: Choosing a structure

Take the most recent two big films, ALIEN: COVENANT and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2.0; there's a consistency in their execution, it's uncanny how similar they are in their execution.

If it was wholly...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-24-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,166
Posted By Timmy
Re: Multi-protagonist structure

It doesn't change just because there's more than one protagonist, the principle is the same.

It's really a protagonist question though, what makes a character a protagonist.
Forum: Screenwriting 05-14-2017, 04:36 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,812
Posted By Timmy
Re: Choosing a structure

They're reflections of the same thing, e.g. hero's journey has three acts and can be viewed as a set of sequences.
Forum: Screenwriting 04-21-2017, 05:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,966
Posted By Timmy
Re: What Have You Learned

Such a shame. Facebook seems to have monopolized forums/groups. Makes for a much more boring ecosystem IMO.
Forum: Screenwriting 01-11-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,098
Posted By Timmy
Re: Stephen King "On Writing" -- no plot



Without plot, you can't resolve change, theme, even conflict.
Forum: Screenwriting 09-29-2016, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,142
Posted By Timmy
Re: No Villain, No Confrontation -- Will it still work?


Joanna wants her son back but concludes he's better off with the father.
Forum: Screenwriting 08-17-2016, 10:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,712
Posted By Timmy
Re: Sacrifice as a need???

Reminds me of CASABLANCA:

He sticks his neck out for nobody and then he does.
Forum: Screenwriting 07-19-2016, 05:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,977
Posted By Timmy
Re: Naming Characters

I try and think of a few names that may represent the character as s/he changes.

A bit like John Dunbar becoming Dances With Wolves.
Forum: Screenwriting 05-25-2016, 01:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,566
Posted By Timmy
Re: What is voice?

I think it's theme.

Like, CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR - shall we sign the Accords? Give up our independence or not? Stick together or not?

I think it's what it's trying to say. And it'll tend to have...
Forum: Films 01-27-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,131
Posted By Timmy
Re: The Big Short

That's what Mark Baum (Steve Carell) says in the movie: "they knew, they just didn't care."

Worst thing is there's no regulation to stop it happening again. And it is starting to happen again.
Forum: Screenwriting 12-07-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,104
Posted By Timmy
Re: World building in sci-fi/fantasy stories?

You could let the arc help you decide.

If revealing the world helps you turn your character, then that's a good reason for teasing it out. Seems to me that's what's happening in Matrix / Terminator.
Forum: Screenwriting 11-22-2015, 03:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,641
Posted By Timmy
Re: Sex and Screenplays

Write it so that it makes you horny.

Don't self-censor according to some preconceived notion about the audience.

(I actually don't think this is too different from having sex through Tinder et al;...
Forum: Screenwriting 11-21-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 365
Views: 32,392
Posted By Timmy
Re: How can screenwriters control pace? Any thoughts on unintentional slowness?

Come on...that's just marketing...nobody believes that.

That's like Trump saying "elect me and it'll be just great, just fantastic." Nobody believes that, right? Right?
Forum: Screenwriting 11-20-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 32,392
Posted By Timmy
Re: How can screenwriters control pace? Any thoughts on unintentional slowness?

Apart from the adherence to page numbers, there's nothing here to get riled up about.
In terms of list-y-ness, it's less list-y than the sum of Michael Arndt's tips would be if he went through all...
Forum: Screenwriting 11-18-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 32,392
Posted By Timmy
Re: How can screenwriters control pace? Any thoughts on unintentional slowness?

And it won't be the last time either. This seems to be the bread and butter of the forum.


Michael Arndt uses a model to get through Act I:

Forum: Screenwriting 11-17-2015, 03:56 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 32,392
Posted By Timmy
Re: How can screenwriters control pace? Any thoughts on unintentional slowness?

Poor salesmanship doesn't invalidate the model.

I enjoy it too.

We don't need to veer into the realm of whether a model is universal or a rule every single time it comes up.
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