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Forum: Films 01-22-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,178
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: The Irishman

I had no issues at all with the de-ageing of Pacino, Pesci or the middle-aged De Niro but the youngest iteration of De Niro was off for me - something about his eyes that I couldn't put my finger on....
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 01-19-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,940
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: TrackingB vs Tracking Board Launch Pad

Still enter. Interest is interest and whilst some may not be 'qualify' they may still generate heat and word of mouth. If you're truly outstanding, the BBC may create some wiggle room - such as...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 01-19-2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,940
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: TrackingB vs Tracking Board Launch Pad

All this talk of money and of unreputable contest runners....

Just enter the BBC Writersroom script submission. It doesn't cost you a penny to enter and it's run by one of the most well-known and...
Forum: Films 01-15-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,775
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: Joker

Denial doesn't mean unintelligent. A softie now doesn't mean softie for life (George McFly). He's cossetted by his mother and trying to be nice, friendly and a part of society - he lets people push...
Forum: Screenwriting 01-11-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 678
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: Exorcising Cliche

And that my lazy ass sticks to bullshit cliche 'cause I'm a hapless amateur.
Forum: Screenwriting 01-09-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 678
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: Exorcising Cliche

Hi HM, thanks for contributing. The thing is, though, it's not an issue about writing priests (or any other character) or of how the exorcist and demon relate to the protagonist's internal/external...
Forum: Films 01-09-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: The Gentlemen

I don't think that's self-indulgence. I think it was well-timed and appropriate. Bricktop had been seen throughout the film up until this point and not much known about him, let alone why an...
Forum: Screenwriting 01-08-2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 678
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Forum: Screenwriting 01-07-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 678
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: Exorcising Cliche

I'm gonna stick with my gut instinct and keep it off-screen.
Forum: Films 01-07-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 41
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Ready or Not

Utter shite, IMO. A bargain basement Margot Robbie and unlikeable to boot, runs around a film with no plot (other than 'stay alive') chased by non-descript antagonists who are there only to make up...
Forum: Writing TV 01-07-2020, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: TV pilot - length issue

I've spotted some ideas just don't work - or rater they do but I'm trying to cram too much in. Thanks for the help, guys.
Forum: Writing TV 01-05-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: TV pilot - length issue

Thanks FA4. If those stellar shows can do it then I have no excuses. Maybe I just have to go the feature route - after all, specs are unlikely to be produced and just used as calling cards so it...
Forum: Writing TV 01-05-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: TV pilot - length issue

Yes and no. When I started it was in the 4/5 acts of TV structure anyway structure but they all fell into the traditional 3 Act


Perhaps I am too close to the material but because I have a...
Forum: Television 01-05-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 172
Posted By SundownInRetreat
After Life

Wow. What an amazing show this is. Tragic, hilarious, bittersweet - you won't know whether to laugh or cry. I don't care if you don't like Ricky Gervais, just watch it, you'll come out of the 6...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-05-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,513
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: What's the scene like now?

So basically it's largely the same as it was a few years ago? 100 sales a year down to 40 is a drop but both results mean it' bloody hard to break in so no real change in the grand scheme of things....
Forum: Writing TV 01-05-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: TV pilot - length issue

Possibly. It's just that when the credits roll, the story isn't over - merely the end of the beginning of this character's adventures and the world he's in - hence why it came to me as a TV show...
Forum: Screenwriting 01-05-2020, 04:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,277
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: This Violates Screenplay Format -- SHOWING

This applies to noveliisations but we're talking about a script - the entire POV is of the person reading so as long as it's clear and can be 'seen', it's all good.



No it's not. But your advice...
Forum: Screenwriting 01-04-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,277
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: This Violates Screenplay Format -- SHOWING

Slight amendment:

The reality is simple... professional writers do not believe there are rules. Because there aren't any.
Forum: Screenwriting 01-04-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 678
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Exorcising Cliche

So I came across (fantastic) Screenplay Mechanic notes for a script I had long tossed on the rubbish pile, that features an exorcism halfway through and I chose for it to be off-screen because...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 01-04-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: Are there any other British screenwriters with an LA manager here?

Me. However I don't understand what you hope to gain from talking to LA-repped UK writers. How each gets to that stage is unique to the individual with the only commonality being the need to write a...
Forum: Screenwriting 01-04-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 306
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: Want and Need in a Slasher movie

In the better slasher films there is most definitely the classic internal/external conflict at play.

I understand what FinalAct is saying about Scream but I don't think that's the want/need of...
Forum: Writing TV 01-04-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By SundownInRetreat
TV pilot - length issue

I've had an idea for a TV series in the Buffy, Angel, Supernatural vein - 60 mins per episode - but my issue is my pilot is too long. At first, my problem was slower pacing due to being a film writer...
Forum: Films 01-03-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: The Gentlemen

High Grant was a blast. Picking up where he left off in Paddington 2.

If you like this, check out Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.
Forum: Screenwriting 01-03-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,277
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: This Violates Screenplay Format -- SHOWING

I agree. And I am forever grateful for the several specific threads that we had on the matter, back in DDP's heyday, with numerous pros confirming this and repeating the same info in a multitude of...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-03-2020, 08:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,513
Posted By SundownInRetreat
Re: What's the scene like now?

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
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