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Forum: Screenwriting 11-13-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,863
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: A springboard observation ...

Stranger Things is set in 1983 and you could definitely buy phones from private retailers in 1983. And not just rotary dial phones — you could also buy touchtone phones and even cordless phones. I...
Forum: Films 05-14-2016, 03:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,845
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Great 21st Century Films

Here's some from my list:

Inglourious Basterds
Children of Men
A History of Violence
Boyhood
Whiplash
Tree of Life
Dallas Buyers Club
Death At A Funeral (the British original)
Forum: Television 01-28-2016, 10:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 829
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: American Crime Season 2

I wouldn't describe it as unrelentingly bleak, I'd say it's consistently serious. It's a show about a boy getting raped. I'm perfectly fine with the writers not trying to shoehorn in some wisecracks...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 11-04-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,744
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Software suggestions

Yes, it has templates for both TV and stage. Such as they are.
Forum: Films 10-27-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,291
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Slow burning movies...

In addition to The Shining, just about every Stephen King adaptation (Shawshank, Green Mile, Stand By Me, Misery, Christine, Apt Pupil, et al) is a slow burn. Probably because King is such a master...
Forum: Films 10-13-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,308
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Lesser known films with plot twists.

None of these are what I'd call lesser known, but fwiw:

The Crying Game
The Usual Suspects
Fight Club
Vanilla Sky
Primal Fear
Shutter Island
Jacob's Ladder
Forum: Television 05-19-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,384
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Wayward Pines

So in other words it was Shyamalanic.

I was mildly intrigued by the first episode, but I won't be watching any more.

I hate it when characters don't behave remotely like a real human being would,...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 04-07-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 34,275
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Fade In Pro -- tips, feedback, requested features

I suggest saving the Word doc as rtf — in my experience, FIP does a pretty good job importing rtf.
Forum: Screenwriting 03-27-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,846
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Starting a scene with a punchline/dialogue before any action

You're right. I misunderstood what the original poster was trying to do.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-27-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,569
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Sticking to one Genre??

That claim strikes me as pretty bizarre. I'd be interested to know what you base it on.

I've seen a few horror comedy and action comedy pitches mentioned on the tracking boards, but they're far...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-27-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,846
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: starting a scene with a punchline/dialogue before any action

I don't think the way you're doing it is confusing, but the more standard way is to explicitly call it out as a PRELAP (or PRE-LAP)

People indicate a prelap in a variety of ways — all of them...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-27-2015, 07:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,569
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Sticking to one Genre??

Thank you for citing an exception; that nicely proves the rule.

As for hybrid works, I didn't think it was necessary to state the obvious, e.g., that a horror comedy or action comedy might be better...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-26-2015, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,569
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Sticking to one Genre??

It's actually not stupid. There are very, very, very few writers who can write multiple genres well.

If a horror/thriller/action/scifi writer decides to write a comedy, more than 99% of the time the...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-24-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,311
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: When to show the Antagonist's POV?

Link: http://www.wordplayer.com/columns/wp41.Point.of.View.html
Forum: Research and Resources 03-23-2015, 10:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 983
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Best films/ shows / books with a female...

Some TV shows off the top of my head:

The Closer
Bones
Rizzoli & Isles
Saving Grace
Veronica Mars
Alias
The X-Files
Forum: Films 03-23-2015, 07:12 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,691
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: The Empire Strikes Back made no sense...

I am by no means a Star Wars aficionado, and I'm sure this has probably been endlessly discussed on Star Wars forums, but I think your premise that the empire was vanquished and the rebels were...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 03-19-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 899
Views: 182,083
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Blind Readings

Can the pseudonym be "Anonymous" or "(Name Withheld)"? If so, that would accomplish the goal of not arousing unconscious bias in the reader (an issue I admit I'd never considered before, yet does...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-19-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,952
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: 'Don't write dialogue we've all heard before' vs The November Man

I'm guessing they put as much effort into the writing as the audience requires, and the fans of these films mostly couldn't care less about cliched dialogue.

All of these Bad-Ass Kicking Ass movies...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-19-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,420
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Stories with Translators

Check out Black Robe (an oft-overlooked classic).

Also, war movies often feature an interpreter. The Killing Fields comes to mind. Zero Dark Thirty. Many others, I'm sure.
Forum: Films 03-17-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,091
Posted By Paul Striver
Forum: Research and Resources 03-10-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,957
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Do we have any math genius's in the house?

Or spelling genius's. Either one would be helpful.
Forum: Writers & Scripts 03-09-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,116
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Todd Farmer: From Hollywood To Homeless

The 3D bandwagon was well underway by the time My Bloody Valentine came out. Up, Monsters vs Aliens, the third Ice Age movie — all of those were released shortly after MBV and the decision to do them...
Forum: Writers & Scripts 03-09-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,116
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Todd Farmer: From Hollywood To Homeless

As far as kick-starting the 3D craze, I would argue that Avatar was slightly more influential than My Bloody Valentine.
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 03-09-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 34,275
Posted By Paul Striver
Re: Fade In Pro -- tips, feedback, requested features

Perhaps you already know this, but there is software available that enables you to do this globally, i.e., not just in one application. I use TextExpander on the Mac, and highly recommend it, and...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 12-10-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,216
Posted By Paul Striver
Arrow Hemingwrite - A Distraction Free Digital Typewriter

Don't know if this has been mentioned here before…

This looks like a pretty cool tool for getting some writing done and not getting sucked into internet...
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