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Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 06-23-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Competition numbers?

Nicholl only takes features (and only originals) and their numbers have bounced around 7,000 pretty steadily for a while now. My 11:30p entry to Austin FF this year at the deadline was...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 06-21-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 671
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Big Break & Scriptapalooza

I've known writers who have won in different categories of each and career-wise didn't movie the needle (the Scriptapalooza win was $25k at the time, which is nothing to sneeze at though)
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 06-21-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,690
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Not responding back after reading script

What was the shop you eventually signed with's take on that script, i.e., same thoughts or more surgical notes?

(about to query a feature spec to managers and have similar trepidations about how it...
Forum: Films 06-18-2020, 12:25 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 67
Posted By JoeBanks
Da 5 Bloods

Spike Lee's first feature joint for Netflix (I think) is a fun, thoughtful riff on "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" by way of "Apocalypse Now." A group of four black Vietnam vets return to the country...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-15-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,588
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Michael Arndt's video on endings

This Sundance Collab master class with Meg LeFauve is the abridged version of a longer seminar she gives on character (which is similarly great) but she also tracks with a lot of the same ideas as...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-11-2020, 11:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 665
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Opening Scenes

i dunno. the best opening scene in an action movie is Die Hard because we spend the first 12 minutes getting to know everyone who is going to be important for the next two hours and clearly...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-10-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,588
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Michael Arndt's video on endings

Michael has posted another insanely great lecture, going through all the mistakes he made in writing Toy Story 3, act point by act point, and showing how he and the Pixar team figured out the fixes. ...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-06-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,177
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: What do you think about?

"My belief is: anything you’re thinking about when you’re not in the act of writing is probably useless.” -- David Milch
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 06-02-2020, 10:30 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 36,887
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Fade In Pro -- tips, feedback, requested features

Maybe not specific to Fade In but as I polish up a draft with an eye toward reducing my page count, I've noticed that a line deleted here or there can have big ripple effects down-script. ...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-31-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,219
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Midpoint

But the rebellion wasn't on Alderaan. If it had not been blown up, Ben would have delivered the plans to Leia's father and Luke would have been free to go about his life. Maybe he still would have...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-31-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,219
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Midpoint

The point of no return for the protagonist. "Risky Business" Joel's dad's Porsche slips into Lake Michigan and there is nothing he can do now to avoid dealing with the situation he spent the first...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 05-28-2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 527
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Final Draft v8 Issue Question

I mean, v.8 has been obsolete on Macs (not just unsupported but literally unable to run under the OS) for over 3 years now. But you probably couldn't have run your copy of Final Draft from 1999 on...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 825
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Rom-coms per Scriptshadow

It's "the drawbridge." The thing -- could be an external obstacle, could just be the people themselves -- that keeps them from giving in to each other for 3/4 of the movie. The trick is keeping the...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,763
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The Last 10 Days

Mostly the quarantine. I only had about 30 pages left (after multiple takes on the first two acts over the past [censored] years) when everything shut down so there really were no excuses left for me...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,763
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The Last 10 Days

Finished a rom-com spec that i've been working on for [censored] years. Final polish this weekend for AFF and Black List submissions
Forum: Basics 05-28-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,167
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Can brief, inconsequential dialogue be put into action?

The only time I do it (and even this may be once or twice a script) is if we are hearing some random words or phrases being shouted out in a crowd by some unidentified person in the crowd. Where...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 05-20-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 822
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Legalities of submitting into competition

I am a lawyer and I've entered various contests in the past (without major success). The only clause I would ever be concerned about legally is a first look or right of first refusal option, where...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-19-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 586
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Selling spec vs. selling pitch

The impression I get from (horror) stories I've read over the years:

Say you just sell the pitch to a producer (even with financing claimed to be lined up). Now you still have to write the script...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 05-16-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,522
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Nicholl 2020

The good news: 95-99% of those entries are probably not seriously in the professional ball park;

The bad news: it's really hard for any entrant to make their own script good enough to get in the...
Forum: Films 05-13-2020, 11:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Social Commentary Disguised...

Starship Troopers, Robocop, They Live
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-11-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 776
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Need manager/agent suggestions for an opportunity

Red flag to me: this doesn't sound like how it normally works (especially since you say he has already hooked other people up and does interviews with a lot of his connections). If he reads a script...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-27-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,053
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Can I do anything with a high placement in a screenwriting competition?

Winning Nicholl, maybe Austin, 9 or a 10 on the Blacklist review site are the kinds of wins that might move the needle for reps or producers.

Semis and quarters in contests of the kinds you list...
Forum: Films 04-12-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 551
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Favorite third acts?

Just because i rewatched it the other night, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan is great (among many other reasons) because act III doesn't just end with the climactic victory by Kirk over Khan, as the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-06-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,029
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: LA Area Code...

i've lived here 14 years and still have my Maryland cell number and i'm not that much of an outlier. maybe 20 years ago it would have been a thing but hardly anyone even uses phones to talk on the...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-02-2020, 02:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 589
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Paradigm Signs WGA Franchise Agreement

It gets worse. Oof . . .
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