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Forum: Screenwriting 09-14-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 351
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Bring yourself to your scripts

I know practically nothing about acting.

For the sake of argument, it seems to me that a great actor should be able to perform the role of any character.

Could be that a great writer should be...
Forum: Script Deals 09-06-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 498
Posted By jonpiper
Re: The Crew -- Jeff

Congrats, Jeff.

Haven't seen it yet, but am just getting around to watching Mad Men on NETFLIX.

Thanks for visiting and contributing your advice.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-22-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,578
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Maybe I'm Just Not Talented Enough...

Gucci, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think you really give a rat's ass about untalented people who make it in Hollywood. Fukk them.

I think you're concerned about why many talented people...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 08-04-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,346
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Synopsis -- Producer to Financiers

Best of luck on this. Keep us informed.

At this point, based on the strong interest shown, I wonder if you could find an entertainment attorney to guide you on a contingency basis. He or she gets...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-27-2019, 12:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,325
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Best Way To Get Read

If you have the bucks:

17. Place an ad consisting of nothing more than your kick ass logline and your name and cell phone number in a trade mag. Add art work to draw attention to the ad.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-26-2019, 11:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,325
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Best Way To Get Read

LOL. Did you try any of those avenues and failed...or have you failed to try any of them.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-22-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,325
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Best Way To Get Read

No. I meant the short "logline" in query letter or the verbal pitch to people of interest. Just enough info to tickle their interest, until they ask for more. What Bono, Gucci, and others have...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-21-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,325
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Best Way To Get Read

Sounds like sound advice. Heard nothing to contradict either of you, and I'm certainly in no position to argue.

catcon, have you tried that approach?
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-21-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,325
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Best Way To Get Read

I subscribe to what you're saying about the content of your presentation, Gucci and Bono. Simple. Short and sweet until they ask for more.

What about getting to them? Are query letters a waste of...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-21-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,325
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Best Way To Get Read

In my dreams, I thought somebody had figured out the secret of how to get lucky, and he or she would reveal it to the rest of us.

What method has brought the most luck? Are loglines passe?
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-20-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,325
Posted By jonpiper
Best Way To Get Read

catcon's War on Terror thread made me think. Dangerous, I know.

You're unproduced and have what you think is a terrific screenplay. What in your opinion is the best way to get it read?

Send out...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-04-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,991
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How Tone and Voice = Writer's Style (attitude and personality)

Julysses, Your two examples tell us and the actor two different ways for the actor to behave in a situation. How do your examples pertain to tone and voice in the narrative of a screenplay?

Why...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-02-2019, 12:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,991
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How Tone and Voice = Writer's Style (attitude and personality)

Isn't it obvious that changes in word choice and sentence structure in the Balls Out action/description lines would change the tone and voice of the piece.

You could change words while keeping every...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-23-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,470
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Log The Line... LOGLINES

Joe, you said, “With a logline having at least the three basic elements, I believe an industry person would have no other reason but the concept itself not interesting them, rather than an incomplete...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-18-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,470
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Log The Line... LOGLINES

Okay. Sorry, I misspoke the truth, dpat. :shifty: A good 50 words max. in 1 or 2 sentences is better than a forced one sentence 25 word logline.
Forum: Screenwriting 05-17-2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,470
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Log The Line... LOGLINES

Piper: Order. Order. Order on the board.

DD: You’re not the moderator. You lack the authority to call the board to order.

Piper: Then I will get on with it and speak the truth.

In...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-11-2019, 04:47 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,470
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Log The Line... LOGLINES

Good point, Joe. Hey, isn’t that the only reason to write a logline for a finished screenplay? Isn't a logline a tool used to convince somebody who can do something with our pages to read them?
...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-10-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,470
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Log The Line... LOGLINES

The idea that a logline should also be used to guide you as you write a screenplay came from Larry Logmire.

Only kidding.

But a logline at the start works for some writers.

Say you have a...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-09-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,470
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Log The Line... LOGLINES

LOL. No goal. No stakes. No antagonist. Where is the story?:confused: :)

When a depressed writer with writers block stops creating everything but internet porn, he must elude a deadly moral bureau...
Forum: Films 12-28-2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,414
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Vice

Good to hear it rang true for you, Joan. With that and TigerFang's comments, it's definitely on my must see list.
Forum: Films 12-17-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,414
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Vice

Politics aside, this does look like a film to see based on all the elements of filmmaking including acting, directing, and screenwriting.

But I wonder how much of it is factual and how much is...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-03-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,121
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Breaking up a long scene

Also checkout the Inglorious Basterds script. https://www.scribd.com/doc/25017184/Inglourious-Basterds-Original-Screenplay The opening scene in the farmhouse goes on for 10 pages, is then broken...
Forum: Screenwriting 08-12-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,500
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Voice-Over

Go for it. It's your story and you must choose how to tell it. Being careful of the details doesn't mean you can't be creative.
Forum: Screenwriting 08-11-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,500
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Voice-Over

Really?

What I mean is the voice of someone who is not in the story. Peter Falk tells the story of Princess Bride. He' telling or reading the story to his grandchild.


The narrator in Little...
Forum: Screenwriting 08-10-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,500
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Voice-Over

The scene itself makes sense, but how could Salieri narrate it if he wasn't there to see and hear what happened between Mozart and his wife?


Are you sure Salieri narrated that scene? I didn't...
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