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Forum: Screenwriting 07-25-2020, 04:37 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,479
Posted By Vango
Re: How Do You Do Funny?

I've been watching Community because I love Rick and Morty. Season 1 started out very good/funny and now I'm on season 3 and there are so many horrible episodes. I rarely laugh now. I don't know why...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-25-2020, 04:35 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,479
Posted By Vango
Re: How Do You Do Funny?

2 ways.

1) Set up scenarios that have payoffs later on.

2) Wildly different character personalities -- usually opposite ones. Placing a virgin with a sex addict. A kung fu quiet Asian cop with a...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-09-2020, 04:19 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,035
Posted By Vango
Re: Picking Right Idea

I'll throw in my two cents:

Picking the right idea is hard. Sometimes you hear "write what you love." Other times, your manager will tell you to write something more commercial, in a certain budget...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-28-2020, 02:48 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,919
Posted By Vango
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

Lol. Search through the schrub and you may (or may not) find something valuable.
Forum: Screenwriting 06-27-2020, 08:50 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,919
Posted By Vango
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

I'll only offer my opinion.

Focus on writing something timeless and the politics won't be an issue. If you're writing something in a particular time period, it can still be timeless. Find a way. One...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-25-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,511
Posted By Vango
Re: What do you think about?

The "Why this story?" and "Why now?" often comes up. That's a good one to be prepared for. For the most part, I just think in terms of entertainment first, engage second. There's usually a deeper...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-25-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,035
Posted By Vango
Re: Picking Right Idea

Well said Bono.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-14-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,887
Posted By Vango
Re: When you query ...

Also just would add, the films you mentioned, there was more than 1 or 2 people behind them. Films are a huge collaborative effort, the greatest form of collaborative art in the world. There are...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-14-2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,887
Posted By Vango
Re: When you query ...

I think there should be some consensus, yes. It doesn't have to be unanimous.



I had an agent when I was 21 when I was as naive as most writers in LA today. That was 10 years ago. Recently sent...
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, Videos & Podcasts 11-12-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 933
Posted By Vango
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-12-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,887
Posted By Vango
Re: When you query ...

I think if there's not a consensus on your work, then it's not ready. Finding representation is simple if your material is undeniable. Is your work elite? Be truthful with yourself, and results will...
Forum: Screenwriting 11-12-2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,217
Posted By Vango
Re: Opening scene

Script is your vision. Others add to that vision later.

Personally not a fan of stock footage in films. Actually never understood this technique and I think it's a cheap tactic that's used as a...
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, Videos & Podcasts 11-07-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 933
Posted By Vango
Re: Martin Scorsese's Op-Ed on Marvel and Cinema

Scorsese has his opinion, but it contradicts what art should be. Art isn't just about creating something engaging with its own unique spin. The job of an artist -- and everyone involved in the...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-27-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,898
Posted By Vango
Re: Looking for an agent

Just some thoughts:

I'm not understanding the hook of this show. What is keeping me engaged? It is a good depiction of urban life, but I think it starts to get a little boring when the girl and her...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-19-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,917
Posted By Vango
Re: What do you make of this query response?

Who have you been sending your queries to? Have you been taking the time to research each person, or are you just blasting them out?

If the former, and after a few dozen you're still not getting...
Forum: Research and Resources 10-18-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,521
Posted By Vango
Re: Research... (consultants)

This is incredibly important for newer writers Gucci. I bring up Nolan a lot because he takes the time to seek out these consultants/experts in their field. For sci-fi, it is almost mandatory. It...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-18-2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,584
Posted By Vango
Re: PSA To All Film Schools Students and Graduates

Perhaps just letting off a little steam.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-18-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,584
Posted By Vango
Re: PSA To All Film Schools Students and Graduates

As long as you leave behind something you're proud of -- whether that's your work, your kids, your personal philosophy -- then you've done a great job, leaving the earth in a better place than it was...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-18-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,584
Posted By Vango
Re: PSA To All Film Schools Students and Graduates

Interesting points. I will say though that nearly every query I've sent out to a producer has been read and the script has been requested. So they do get read. This year I was 6/10 on those, and had...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-12-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,713
Posted By Vango
Re: Best Jobs While Waiting For The Big Break in Film

I think the best job for an aspiring screenwriter is to get a job in professional writing. Copy, ghostwriting, academic writing, journalism. It also helps to absorb as much writing in all contexts as...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-08-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,969
Posted By Vango
Re: Manuscript Wish List

Nothing worth doing in life should be easy. It takes about a decade or two to master a craft.

Tons of published novels are crap. The prose is weak, stories are boring. Makes me wonder why I just...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-07-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,105
Posted By Vango
Re: Where do you like to write?

Seems like a perfect Larry David moment for you to step in and teach a lesson, Bono. KO them on the spot.
Forum: Screenwriting 10-07-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,539
Posted By Vango
Re: Who Will Be The First To Put One Of These Satanic Horrors In Their Screenplay?

Oh wow! Thankful for logging onto DoneDeal during a break, learned something interesting today. A hurdy gurdy. I kind of like it. Nice post Story.
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 10-07-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 25,893
Posted By Vango
Re: Nicholl 2019

In addition, becoming an Academy Nicholl Fellow (and finalist) means that the writers and their screenplays garner considerable attention from members of the film industry. Typically, any new fellows...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 10-07-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 25,893
Posted By Vango
Re: Nicholl 2019

Yeah it's tough man. Nolan is a genius in my eyes, and I don't think Nicholl would recognize Interstellar or Inception as a clear winner, which it would be in my eyes. Nicholl winners write amazing...
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