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Forum: Television 06-29-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 492
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Question for my classic sci-fi peeps

Have you tried the old Battlestar Galactica or Buck Rogers? and...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-19-2020, 05:03 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 17,042
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Effect of the Coronavirus

Because we're not being told the right information. Too much emphasis from the top has been on mortality rates, and not enough on hospitalization rates.

Something like 80% of Americans will become...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-30-2019, 04:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,263
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Possible Stolen Script

I think it was about 10 years ago I was browsing the "deals" section of DDP, and there were three stories listed as sold, to three different prodcos, by three different writers, that were basically...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 12-26-2019, 04:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,533
Posted By MoviePen
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 12-23-2019, 04:11 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,533
Posted By MoviePen
Re: This Violates Screenplay Format -- SHOWING

I'm with FA4. Any actor worth their salt should take this and know what to do with it.
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 06-04-2019, 04:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,289
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Should I go to ComicCon?

Comic-con was amazing to attend at least once, just to watch the sheer fan geekery that exists and surround myself with like-minded individuals. I haven't gone in over 10 years, so these observations...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 01-13-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,029
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Deadlines and stimulants


Did you make your three? ;)
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 01-12-2019, 05:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,029
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Deadlines and stimulants

You don't need drugs, you need discipline.

Sit in the chair.


You've got the beats written out, so it suggests your story is broken. No more excuses. You have 35 days and 108 pages. That's...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-07-2019, 04:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,527
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Partnerships, collaboration, "great ideas," and writing for free

A paycheck, a contract, or a good meeting with creatives who are already on board.

I have enough of my own ideas to write, that I don't need someone else's just to write a story. A stranger would...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 11-21-2018, 04:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,571
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Very unique situation - how to query manager/agent?

Use the phone.

If your phone marketing skills aren't that mad, practice first. Find some catchphrases that will keep people on the line. See if your rep will at least do the courtesy of sending your...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 09-20-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,532
Posted By MoviePen
Re: To elide

If you can successfully skip the most important scenes without disrupting the story flow, then I suspect the scenes weren't really all that important.

I think it's sometimes useful to omit moments...
Forum: Research and Resources 07-10-2018, 05:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,746
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Drug research

My first question was not "which drug," but "what does this add to the series?" As I read the long description, I thought "If he doesn't remember the incidents when he's sober, this strongly suggests...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 06-01-2018, 04:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,748
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Is revenge only for anti-heroes?

If you try to apply the hero's journey to your story, you will get a hero's journey. One of a million hero's journeys.

If you just write your story in the best way possible, Save the Cat bedamned,...
Forum: Basics of Screenwriting 04-03-2018, 05:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,586
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Anonymous characters

The producer in me would rewrite this. IIRC, your characters may have gone from "extra" to "actor" (with residuals) which increases the budget. Since I can't turn off that producer's voice, I tend to...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 02-16-2018, 05:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,943
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Musings on details

IMO -- nope, no, and not at all. A reader doesn't have time to to the writer's work for them. Something like this is a huge hiccup to an otherwise smooth reading experience.

Plus, do google Scope...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 12-31-2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,078
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Time passes

This works, and it's not bad. To me it feels a little boring; I usually envision how I think the cuts will work, and what those cuts do to add to the character or storyline. For example, if I wanted...
Forum: Writing for TV 08-16-2017, 05:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 966
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Premise pilot or no?

The advice given to me by my agent has always been to write a "typical" episode of the series that I envision. I had a script go out to a prodco last summer, and the feedback I had on it was to tweak...
Forum: Research and Resources 05-25-2017, 03:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,001
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Arson

I've hear that, practically speaking, it's also very expensive to burn things. The only way I could burn something for an indie I wrote was to to a work-around with sound effects and lighting. No...
Forum: Television 05-22-2017, 04:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,128
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Something new.....

Lost Girl
The Expanse
Doctor Who (newer seasons)
Warehouse 13
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 04-20-2017, 04:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,629
Posted By MoviePen
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Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 03-27-2017, 05:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,850
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Not the story the reader wants

Except "people" apparently don't want to read your story -- it's not interesting to them. Which means you don't have the opportunity to really share the events that piqued your interest. Like NMS...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 03-26-2017, 05:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,989
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Notes - Thoughts on Some Notes Please

There's a balance, and a finesses to this approach. I write for the readers on the first pass. They're the first audience. I won't get to the screen if I don't get through to the execs. Ronaldinho...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 03-24-2017, 04:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,989
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Notes - Thoughts on Some Notes Please

You can see him, but you don't know him. A character's height/weight/lustrous locks/rippled pecs say very little of merit. "Slender, but muscular" describes Clark Kent or Agent Smith. We'll know he's...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-09-2017, 03:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,714
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Partially Disabled: Can I still become a screenwriter?

This, and 1,000x this.

Your disability has less to do with becoming a paid screenwriter than talent and connections. Making allowances for you using dictation software should be seen (should be,...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 02-16-2017, 04:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,114
Posted By MoviePen
Re: Potential Manager Wants 3 Year Contract

I'd ask what her concerns are. As a manager, I wouldn't want to put major amounts of time, effort, and money into a client who jumps to a more flashy agency just as my investment was going to pay...
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