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Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-11-2020, 02:56 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 11,061
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Picking Right Idea

What is dead may never die
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-06-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 700
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Writer's portfolio websites

Javi Grillo Marxuach

http://okbjgm.weebly.com/downloads.html

John August

https://johnaugust.com/library
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 07-22-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Signing with Lawyer -- Lawyer agreement question

Yes, all attorneys are required to enter into a fee agreement with each client that specifically details the scope of engagement and the fee structure(s) to be charged.

And yes that reimbursement...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-20-2020, 04:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Writing Partnership Termination Agreement?

An "agreement" implies a contract that both parties have mutually assented to. It doesn't sound like you and your ex-partner are at that stage yet. Just write a letter laying out (1) your...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 07-19-2020, 05:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 145
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Seeking recommendation for script counsultant

What's your budget for the services?
Forum: Writing for TV 07-19-2020, 12:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: TV bible question

I write my series docs in Helvetica 12 pt. No real reason why, other than I'm usually sick of looking at Courier after writing a script to completion.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 07-18-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 11,061
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Picking Right Idea

I mean it kind of becomes a self-proving proposition . . . "If you could have invented Facebook you would have invented Facebook."

We probably don't hear about all the bad versions of Star Wars that...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 07-17-2020, 10:49 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 11,061
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Picking Right Idea

The talent is in having the vision to know it's a good premise. LMM read the same biography by Ron Chernow that thousands of other people were reading in 2008. Any other writer could probably have...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 07-16-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 978
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: UTA reaches agreement with WGA

I've read the UTA agreement since posting and 95% agree with your reading, assuming that ICM (or CAA/WME) does fall in line sometime in the next two years (if they are going to sign, yes it is likely...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 07-15-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 978
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: UTA reaches agreement with WGA

Not being WGA, i haven't seen the red-lined copy of the agreement that was emailed to membership after the announcement but based on the trade reports (taken with a mine of salt) and writers'...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 06-23-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 629
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: 782
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: 45
Views: 3,478
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: 134
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: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 06-15-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,842
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: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 06-11-2020, 11:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,038
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: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 06-10-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,842
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: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 06-06-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,598
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: 206
Views: 39,705
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: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 05-31-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,240
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: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 05-31-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,240
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: 662
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: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,032
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: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,689
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: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 05-28-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,689
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
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