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Forum: Films 11-05-2012, 05:46 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 13,308
Posted By sarajb
Re: Idris Elba: The First Black James Bond???

<---Roger Moore Bond Girl

Each actor who's played Bond has put his own stink on 007 (as has each era), and each has taken some **** for replacing the guy before him. I'd love to see Elba as...
Forum: Script Deals 08-06-2012, 11:17 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 19,966
Posted By sarajb
Re: Congratulations to jtwg50!

Great news! Congratulations, jt!! :congrats:
Forum: Screenwriting 07-09-2012, 06:00 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 27,486
Posted By sarajb
Re: Stop "Summing Up" Your Characters

The seasoned advice given about summing up characters isn't "opinion". It's fundamental. If it can't be seen, it's out of place in a screenplay. The exception is when it works - no matter who you...
Forum: Announcements, News, & Opportunities 07-08-2012, 08:00 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,476
Posted By sarajb
Re: I've sold my first novel...

You're a lovely writer, nic. It's great to see your hard work paying off. Congratulations!
Forum: Basics 06-19-2012, 12:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,255
Posted By sarajb
Re: Many workers

Craig's been a working writer in the thick of this business for several years. Like it or not, he's an authority on the subject of screenwriting whose knowledge should give pause to anyone with far...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-19-2012, 06:29 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 25,900
Posted By sarajb
Re: Is theme the opposite of a character’s flaw?

Lack of clarity is a root problem that affects every area of writing, a problem that's very hard to accept and correct. But, can anyone really tell someone else how to articulate her own thoughts?...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-18-2012, 01:01 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 25,900
Posted By sarajb
Re: Is theme the opposite of a character’s flaw?

Alex, I can't imagine anyone's saying the only valuable contribution to your script must come from pro screenwriters. Sure, some amatuers know some things, and accidental good advice on screenwriting...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-17-2012, 07:23 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 25,900
Posted By sarajb
Re: Is theme the opposite of a character’s flaw?

I think one of the reasons this happens is because many of us treat screenwriting like an assignment*, like each script should be wholly developed to please everyone else. From my own (hopefully)...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-13-2012, 06:49 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 60,384
Posted By sarajb
Re: Are the Screenwriting Gurus Muddying the Waters?

And according to the movie studios, whatever movie they just released is the most awesomest greatest super incredible movie ever with the wonderfullest script in history. Yeah, people with something...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-12-2012, 02:09 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 60,384
Posted By sarajb
Re: Are the Screenwriting Gurus Muddying the Waters?

Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need!
How to Write a Movie in 21 days: The Inner Movie Method!
The Screenwriter Within: New Strategies to Finish Your Screenplay & Get a...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-10-2012, 08:16 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 60,384
Posted By sarajb
Re: Are the Screenwriting Gurus Muddying the Waters?

Some of it might have educational value, but that's not all this stuff is. Textbooks don't have three pages of testimonials and titles like - The Historian Within - New Strategies To Learn It All And...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-10-2012, 08:50 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 60,384
Posted By sarajb
Re: Are the Screenwriting Gurus Muddying the Waters?

It's hard to face the reality that you might not be good enough. Hearing that you'll have better odds if you avoid "we see" is easy to implement. Hearing you can and should use it if you know when...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-08-2012, 07:48 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 60,384
Posted By sarajb
Re: Are the Screenwriting Gurus Muddying the Waters?

Gurus only muddy the waters if you let them. There's usually some value in their books and seminars, some useful piece of information/inspiration to gain. Is it worth spending money for? I don't...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-06-2012, 07:34 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 60,384
Posted By sarajb
Re: Are the Screenwriting Gurus Muddying the Waters?

Using these tools (and others that are less conventional, like the headline slugs that chilldivine mentioned) to enhance a script makes perfect sense to me. Assuming one has a handle on this, isn't...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-06-2012, 06:06 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 60,384
Posted By sarajb
Re: Are the Screenwriting Gurus Muddying the Waters?

Nice! If an aspiring writer asks you whether "we see" and "CUT TO" is advised, perhaps you should say what you have written above, rather than this:
Forum: Announcements, News, & Opportunities 05-30-2012, 12:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By sarajb
Re: Good Luck Emily!

Pulling for you, Emily! :)
Forum: Films 05-25-2012, 12:00 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,177
Posted By sarajb
Re: Snow White and the Huntsman - Chick Flick in disguise?

I'm kind of looking forward to this. I love the scary old fairy tales where there's cruelty and hacking and heart carving and wolves eating little girls.

I don't know what "acting like men" means....
Forum: Basics 04-08-2012, 06:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 26,141
Posted By sarajb
Re: Cutting to black in the middle of a script...

I've found in my own writing that it's usually a mistake to suggest a transition, however obvious the train of thought seems. The read tends to be mushy and a chore to follow.
Forum: Films 04-02-2012, 06:37 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,683
Posted By sarajb
Re: Analysis: "The Hunger Games"

I liked The Hunger Games, but for me its weakness was that it was entirely straightforward - the world, the story, the characters, the interactions. It went so far as to make sure no one believed...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-21-2012, 07:12 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 15,901
Posted By sarajb
Re: Words to Eliminate...

Don't remove anything that's key to capturing what you're trying to achieve in a script. Whatever you use, just use it well. If you're unable to use it well, then okay, maybe you, we, I shouldn't use...
Forum: Films 02-27-2012, 06:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,394
Posted By sarajb
Re: Oscar fodder films that you actually like.

The Insider, Slumdog Millionaire, Up in the Air
Forum: Screenwriting 02-18-2012, 08:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,219
Posted By sarajb
Re: Haunting, Atmospheric Music To Write To...

I'm with ATB on Nick Cave, especially the Murder Ballads album.

Lovely Creature (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh16adWqI10)

This irony in this song is what makes it haunting and gives me the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 02-14-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 13,259
Posted By sarajb
Re: Let Them Quit

Sometimes I'm afraid that I'm just a dilettante. Maybe I should be hoping it's true instead of fearing it.

Whatever. I'll still buy Derek's baby maker for the bookshelf of sincerity and...
Forum: Screenwriting 02-11-2012, 10:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,720
Posted By sarajb
Forum: Screenwriting 02-11-2012, 10:00 PM
Replies: 522
Views: 100,191
Posted By sarajb
Re: Central Dramatic Argument

I agree and am actually one of those writers who's written from a few different approaches. But, I didn't say it's a rule. It's a tool and it wasn't my intention to imply it's the only tool to...
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