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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-12-2013, 11:21 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 15,145
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: At some point you have to give up

Gotta apply for membership in the DD Hack Union.

I've been writing for a paycheck since 2000. As a Copywriter, I've written web content, corporate blogs, catalog copy, product descriptions,...
Forum: Screenwriting 08-08-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,431
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: An interesting take on "formulaic" writing

What I find interesting about all the derision heaped on STC: It only seems to be the scapegoat because it's the most plainspoken book on screenwriting there is.

I've read McKee and Field's books....
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-08-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,085
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Getting in at UTA

Bingo. A lot of contests also offer written reader feedback if you either enter by a certain date, or kick in a little extra on the entry fee. My notes from Fresh Voices were really well-done. It was...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-08-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,085
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Getting in at UTA

Depends on which contest, and on whom you talk to about it.

The PAGE contest is considered by many to be a close second to the Nicholl in terms of a potential cap-feather. The TrackingB contest is...
Forum: Television 08-08-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,772
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: The Newsroom Season 2 - July 14

I count myself as being squarely in the "Sorkin Fanboy" camp. I never watched SportsNight (being as I'm not a sports fan, and therefore had no real basis of reference for what the show was aping),...
Forum: Writers & Scripts 08-07-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,691
Posted By UglyShirts
Online script dumps?

Whenever I have a question about structure or formatting, I tend to want to go to an existing script to see how someone I admire and respect has done it. And I find online script dumps are a great...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-07-2013, 05:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,716
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Why write a good movie when you can be successful writing a terrible one?

Admittedly, I hadn't considered that. Because yeah...When you talk about big tentpole blockbusters, you ARE often talking about franchises. Or things that the studios hope WILL be franchises....
Forum: Script Deals 08-07-2013, 05:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,696
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Winner, least descriptive logline...

Gadzooks. At MYBLKRK&GZBBFG-LSCJL&W, everyone's a partner.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-07-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,327
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Meeting with a Management Company

If "no pants" is an option, always go with no pants.
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 08-07-2013, 05:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,577
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Final Draft's wonky title page...

Aha! No worries. I'll just make it a link, then.
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 08-07-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,577
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Final Draft's wonky title page...

This is one thing I gotta ding Final Draft on a little bit.

I have NO IDEA why they did it this way (rather than simply putting the title page up at the top), but the title page is accessed...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-02-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,085
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Getting in at UTA

For anyone who isn't, there could be no more pressing question than, "How do I get repped?" It's probably one of the most important questions any aspiring screenwriter could ever ask.

I think it...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 08-02-2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 33,700
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Question about TrackingB contest...

Well, sure. We're all doing that anyway...At least on some level. But there is the persistent argument that when it comes to contests (which are ostensibly intended to help you break in), that we...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-02-2013, 01:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,426
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: If a Newbie Sold a Script

Seems like the system may be changing in order to alleviate that somewhat.

I heard about this on a recent "Scriptnotes" podcast: Three of the Big Six studios (and a few prominent smaller ones) have...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 08-02-2013, 12:48 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 33,700
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Question about TrackingB contest...

This was a pretty big bone of contention during last year's contest, largely because it wasn't something that was disclosed up-front by the contest rules until pretty recently.

It mostly started...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-02-2013, 11:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,716
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Why write a good movie when you can be successful writing a terrible one?

Everybody - each of us - wants to write the next big American movie. Even so, the good folks at "mockbuster" studio The Asylum (who are responsible for "Atlantic Rim", "Snakes on a Train", and...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-26-2013, 01:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,716
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Why write a good movie when you can be successful writing a terrible one?

I can't help but think you're right. And honestly, I hope you are. I hope the studios step back, and realize that making four $50 million movies is often a smarter investment than making one $200...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-23-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,716
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: Why write a good movie when you can be successful writing a terrible one?

The success of "Sharknado" kinda bummed me out. Because it meant I had to back-burner a pet spec I've been gently nurturing for years. It's called "PIRHANACANE."

Oddly, it's just because of the...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 07-12-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,720
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: What a rollercoaster...

Interesting read.

I mean, one of my little "breakthrough" moments came when I realized that I was sitting there, wondering how she could want to be with someone who hurts her, abuses her, isn't...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-11-2013, 04:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,755
Posted By UglyShirts
Are scripts getting longer, or is it just the movies?

Like most of you, I've more or less internalized the age-old saw that 1 page = 1 minute of screen time. As such, the conventional wisdom goes that there are rough limits to the amount of pages a...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 07-03-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,720
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: What a rollercoaster...

UPDATE:

Had our sit-down yesterday. Long story short...It went well. We seemed to really hit it off. Good rapport. He said he liked the stuff we sent him. Said it was a little outside the realm of...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 06-27-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,720
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: What a rollercoaster...

I guess I'll burn that bridge when I come to it.

I keep telling myself that she loved me for a long time when I was dirt-broke, and in the midwest. So, who the hell knows what could happen?
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 06-26-2013, 04:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,720
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: What a rollercoaster...

Right? Especially since I'm only getting half myself...Since the one partner I have who I can still count on is my writing partner. So, let's see...That's 25%, minus possible agent/management...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 06-26-2013, 12:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,720
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: What a rollercoaster...

Yup. Definitely not bringing any of that up. Refuse to give her that much power over me, my well-being, and my career prospects. This is a comedy setting. He's a comedy producer, we're comedy...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 06-25-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,720
Posted By UglyShirts
Re: What a rollercoaster...

Yeah. She refused to go to couples therapy with me...but the day she got off the plane in Minneapolis, she took MY insurance card (which she is still covered on as a dependent), and started seeing a...
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