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Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-22-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,275
Posted By ATB
Re: Why get a manager when you already have an agent?

IMO, no. Because there is no end to a career (unless your career ends). Managers don't just develop new writers into seasoned ones. They aide clients in developing new material and in carefully...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-22-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,275
Posted By ATB
Re: Why get a manager when you already have an agent?

The order in which you find representation doesn't matter. Manager and then agent is more common. But most writers have both a manager and agent(s) because there is value in each.

An agent has...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-05-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,931
Posted By ATB
Re: Need A New Agent

If your manager can't help you with securing a new agent, you need a new manager too.
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 05-05-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,574
Posted By ATB
Re: Scriptnotes 134: New Format

This has already been done too. Frazier's LINE OF SIGHT is full of images pulled from video game stills. Fincher's NOAH has more image-inserts than I've ever seen in a script. JT Petty's INHERIT THE...
Forum: Screenwriting 04-29-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,229
Posted By ATB
Re: Is naming the city your story is set in important?

Pinpointing where your story takes place isn't important, but giving a sense of what area of the world your characters inhabit is.

The script that landed me on this year's Black List does not take...
Forum: Screenwriting 04-12-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,851
Posted By ATB
Re: How to handle transitioning from POV to the full scene?

I never use BACK TO SCENE or any variation of it and I've never had a problem. I personally don't like reading it in scripts either. Just because it's unnecessary to me.

It's typically very obvious...
Forum: Basics 04-12-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,614
Posted By ATB
Re: Car chase scene heading

I find that in these sequences, it's best to utilize mini-slugs, rather than full scene headings:

INT. FIRST VEHICLE -- DAY
Hero does or says something...

INT. SECOND VEHICLE -- CONTINUOUS
Sidekick...
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 04-12-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,574
Posted By ATB
Re: Scriptnotes 134: New Format

I don't think anyone is saying insert pictures of Mount Everest in your script.

If youre going to describe some sort of image we haven't seen before (like monsters or aliens or futuristic devices),...
Forum: Screenwriting 04-08-2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,121
Posted By ATB
Re: Is this a feeling all screenwriters experience?

I'm overcome with a general sense of anxiety if I don't write or do something screenwriting related for a certain amount of time.

Sometimes it's only hours. Sometimes it's days.

What helps me is...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-25-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,858
Posted By ATB
Re: How do you choose your character names?

This all very much depends on the type of story you're writing. I mean, characters in Star Wars and characters in Goodfellas are going to have names so far removed they feel like they're from...
Forum: Films 03-20-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,231
Posted By ATB
Re: The Top Films of 2013

I know it's a flash-forward. And yes, many times this narrative device is used simply to "grab our attention."

This was not one of those times.

If so, why not flash-forward to any number of other...
Forum: Films 03-20-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,231
Posted By ATB
Re: The Top Films of 2013

If we're looking at it chronologically, yes. But what do we think was the purpose of the opening scene featuring Solomon attempting to write a letter with crushed blackberries?

His goal is...
Forum: Films 03-20-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,231
Posted By ATB
Re: The Top Films of 2013

His goal throughout was to get a letter to his wife. Clear and simple.
Forum: Films 03-17-2014, 01:59 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,231
Posted By ATB
Re: The Top Films of 2013

It's sad that people bought a ticket expecting that.

Who cares about brutality. It's an unflinching portrayal of one man's life story. And it was brutal. Maybe not fiction-brutal. But real-life...
Forum: Basics 03-16-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,583
Posted By ATB
Re: People talking with headsets

You can literally do whatever the fvck you want in a screenplay, as long as the story is solid.

That's all it's about. The story.

How you format it means nothing. People are beginning to just...
Forum: Television 03-10-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 12,580
Posted By ATB
Re: True Detectives on HBO

A beautifully shot, directed and acted mini-series. One of the best ever.

... except it was ultimately pointless.

Feels like a magic trick that holds your attention until you see the magician...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-09-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,214
Posted By ATB
Re: Working on spec?

Eszterhas was a hard-headed bull of a writer. He has some great, entertaining stories but it's impossible to take the man at face-value.

As a rule of thumb, I think you should seek advice from...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-03-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,214
Posted By ATB
Re: Working on spec?

Just thought I'd point out that John Ridley won as Oscar last night for a script he wrote on-spec, for free, for Plan B: 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

From on-spec to Oscar.

So it works out, sometimes. If...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-02-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,380
Posted By ATB
Re: How much is typical for a box office bonus?

This. Find an entertainment attorney. Let them deal with this. You deal with writing.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 02-25-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,214
Posted By ATB
Re: Working on spec?

This happens a lot with prodco's that have studio deals. Studios can't ask for free work. Prodco's can. So they do. A lot. Especially from new writers.

The excuses are vast and impressive. But at...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 02-24-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,789
Posted By ATB
Re: Backend points... standard?

There are net points and there are gross points.

You're not getting gross points and net points are useless.

Forget about back-end. Focus on front-end.
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 02-24-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 22,561
Posted By ATB
Re: Spreading erroneous screenwriting myths

“It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one.” - Chuck Palahniuk

... this thread is proof.
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 02-15-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,060
Posted By ATB
Re: Semifinalist - Worthy Querying?

Tons of successful, working writers have mentioned not advancing in the Nicholl. It's not a be-all-end-all. It's a contest. Inherently subjective. And if you do place? Query. Definitely. Be...
Forum: Screenwriting 02-12-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,308
Posted By ATB
Re: Writers and depression

Introverts also tend to be observers and dreamers, two things that lend themselves heavily to fiction.
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 02-08-2014, 01:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,286
Posted By ATB
Re: 8 on the Blacklist

Celebrate. Rejoice. Be humble. Hope for the best. Keep writing.
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