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Forum: Screenwriting Yesterday, 05:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 372
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Midpoint

But the rebellion wasn't on Alderaan. If it had not been blown up, Ben would have delivered the plans to Leia's father and Luke would have been free to go about his life. Maybe he still would have...
Forum: Screenwriting Yesterday, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 372
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Midpoint

The point of no return for the protagonist. "Risky Business" Joel's dad's Porsche slips into Lake Michigan and there is nothing he can do now to avoid dealing with the situation he spent the first...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 05-28-2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 92
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Final Draft v8 Issue Question

I mean, v.8 has been obsolete on Macs (not just unsupported but literally unable to run under the OS) for over 3 years now. But you probably couldn't have run your copy of Final Draft from 1999 on...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 627
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Rom-coms per Scriptshadow

It's "the drawbridge." The thing -- could be an external obstacle, could just be the people themselves -- that keeps them from giving in to each other for 3/4 of the movie. The trick is keeping the...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 852
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The Last 10 Days

Mostly the quarantine. I only had about 30 pages left (after multiple takes on the first two acts over the past [censored] years) when everything shut down so there really were no excuses left for me...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 852
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The Last 10 Days

Finished a rom-com spec that i've been working on for [censored] years. Final polish this weekend for AFF and Black List submissions
Forum: Basics 05-28-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 316
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Can brief, inconsequential dialogue be put into action?

The only time I do it (and even this may be once or twice a script) is if we are hearing some random words or phrases being shouted out in a crowd by some unidentified person in the crowd. Where...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 05-20-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 677
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Legalities of submitting into competition

I am a lawyer and I've entered various contests in the past (without major success). The only clause I would ever be concerned about legally is a first look or right of first refusal option, where...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-19-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Selling spec vs. selling pitch

The impression I get from (horror) stories I've read over the years:

Say you just sell the pitch to a producer (even with financing claimed to be lined up). Now you still have to write the script...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 05-16-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,025
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Nicholl 2020

The good news: 95-99% of those entries are probably not seriously in the professional ball park;

The bad news: it's really hard for any entrant to make their own script good enough to get in the...
Forum: Films 05-13-2020, 11:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 303
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Social Commentary Disguised...

Starship Troopers, Robocop, They Live
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-11-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 371
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Need manager/agent suggestions for an opportunity

Red flag to me: this doesn't sound like how it normally works (especially since you say he has already hooked other people up and does interviews with a lot of his connections). If he reads a script...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-27-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,592
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Can I do anything with a high placement in a screenwriting competition?

Winning Nicholl, maybe Austin, 9 or a 10 on the Blacklist review site are the kinds of wins that might move the needle for reps or producers.

Semis and quarters in contests of the kinds you list...
Forum: Films 04-12-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 409
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Favorite third acts?

Just because i rewatched it the other night, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan is great (among many other reasons) because act III doesn't just end with the climactic victory by Kirk over Khan, as the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-06-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 782
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: LA Area Code...

i've lived here 14 years and still have my Maryland cell number and i'm not that much of an outlier. maybe 20 years ago it would have been a thing but hardly anyone even uses phones to talk on the...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-02-2020, 02:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Paradigm Signs WGA Franchise Agreement

It gets worse. Oof . . .

https://deadline.com/2020/04/paradigm-lawsuit-sam-gores-debbee-klein-coronavirus-adam-kantor-1202895915/
Forum: Films 03-24-2020, 10:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Films that handle theme well and those that do it poorly

Shawshank Redemption. "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing. And no good thing ever dies." Not just for Andy (who we already know from the beginning is innocent) but really for Red, who we...
Forum: Television 03-24-2020, 12:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,969
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: My Brilliant Friend

bumping this for season 2 and because it continues to be the best thing on TV. every damn episode is a *journey*
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 03-22-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,428
Posted By JoeBanks
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 03-20-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,719
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Abrams Artists Signs WGA CoC

I mean, I guess there is a certain sense of "loyalty" in waiting around to cash out after Ari ****ed up the IPO to such a fare-thee-well that you're taking a big haircut relative to what you had been...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 03-20-2020, 02:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,428
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: With reps home now isolating - is this a great time or bad time to query?

Yuuup! (California's unemployment rate is going to go from zero to Great Depression practically...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-18-2020, 10:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 633
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Choosing a Location Where the Writer has Never been

Just gotta do the research. I wrote a pilot about 1970s Detroit, which I have never set foot in and I was like 5 years old anyway. The most frequent positive comment I get from readers on it is the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-16-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 13,536
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Effect of the Coronavirus

Yes, theaters here in Cali are closed indefinitely
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-16-2020, 12:44 AM
Replies: 251
Views: 13,536
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Effect of the Coronavirus

LA finally went on much more stringent public space restrictions at midnight tonight, including closing all theaters. Trying to game out what the spec market is going to be even six months from now...
Forum: Films 03-09-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 708
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Midsommar

This finally hit streaming this weekend. Florence Pugh does some pretty good stuff with what she has to work with but unfortunately as "horror" movies go (even purportedly elevated arthouse horror)...
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