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Forum: Screenwriting 09-03-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 536
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Breaking up a long scene

Also checkout the Inglorious Basterds script. https://www.scribd.com/doc/25017184/Inglourious-Basterds-Original-Screenplay The opening scene in the farmhouse goes on for 10 pages, is then broken...
Forum: Screenwriting 08-12-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 792
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Voice-Over

Go for it. It's your story and you must choose how to tell it. Being careful of the details doesn't mean you can't be creative.
Forum: Screenwriting 08-11-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 792
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Voice-Over

Really?

What I mean is the voice of someone who is not in the story. Peter Falk tells the story of Princess Bride. He' telling or reading the story to his grandchild.


The narrator in Little...
Forum: Screenwriting 08-10-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 792
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Voice-Over

The scene itself makes sense, but how could Salieri narrate it if he wasn't there to see and hear what happened between Mozart and his wife?


Are you sure Salieri narrated that scene? I didn't...
Forum: Screenwriting 08-10-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 792
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Voice-Over

It doesn't make sense that Salieri could narrate a scene that he wasn't in, unless he somehow knew what occurred in the scene.


If Salieri did narrate a scene he wasn't in between Amadeus and...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-06-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,456
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Truncated, incomplete sentences. Bad grammar or good staccato?

Here's a take with a few details.

INT. STRIP JOINT - NIGHT

The air pulsates in time with an ear-splitting rendition of [appropriate rock music that sets the mood]

AT THE CROWDED BAR Roger downs...
Forum: Basics 06-27-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Joan, Centos, and Jeff, thanks for your answers.

I don't mean to be obnoxious, but I wonder if Jeff, or anyone, could elaborate on why voice is as important as story if your goal is to be hired as...
Forum: Basics 06-22-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

That leads to another question, which I don't think has been answered.

In a screenplay, is the voice of the writer, as the OP has described voice, as important as the story?
Forum: Basics 06-14-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,385
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is writing to screenwriting?

Subsequent parties, like directors, actors, set designers, etc. are not merely executives; they are givers of life.

Without them even the best screemplays would be nothing more than a barely read...
Forum: Basics 06-13-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,385
Posted By jonpiper
Forum: Basics 06-13-2018, 03:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,385
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is writing to screenwriting?

Methinks you are overrating the importance of writing to moviemaking.
Forum: Basics 06-11-2018, 05:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,385
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is writing to screenwriting?

Yes, how important is writing to moviemaking?
Forum: Screenwriting 06-05-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,703
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Is it acceptable...

Yes, maybe too many unnecessary details. Rather than describing all the physical details, try comparing the loacation to places that are familiar and create similar feeling.
Forum: Screenwriting 06-01-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,038
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Is revenge only for anti-heroes?

An anti-hero is a protagonist who lacks heroic qualities. A revenge seeker can be a heroic protagonist or an anti-hero depending on the story. A revenge seeker is not an anti-hero by default.

For...
Forum: Basics 05-29-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Thumbs up Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Your voice is clear and strong.
Forum: Basics 05-29-2018, 08:59 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

RIP Voice.

To be continued.
Forum: Basics 05-28-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Smile Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

I see! :)

When Fundamentals of Good Writing was published, only hard copies of scripts were submitted. Hence, brass fasteners were all the rage. The internet has changed all that. Change is...
Forum: Basics 05-28-2018, 01:05 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Quickly browsed through the link to Fundamentals of Good Writing, including the Table of Contents and Index. Didn't notice any mention of Writer's Voice or Voice in the pages.

I wonder why. Is...
Forum: Basics 05-27-2018, 12:39 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Say it ain't so, Jeff.

If nobody gives two shits about the writing in the action/description, in other words the narrative, why are we even concerned with this thing called writers voice?
Forum: Basics 05-25-2018, 08:39 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Thanks for the links, TigerFang. Very interesting. But $500 to $900 a copy. Geeze.

I just put a hold on a copy to be sent to my branch of the L.A. library. Meanwhile anybody can read the book from...
Forum: Writers & Scripts 05-25-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,521
Posted By jonpiper
Re: Would you keep reading this?

I kinda liked it, but can see how that voice could become tiring or overpower the story.

Some say it reads/feels like music while others say it reads/feels like nails on a chalk board.
Forum: Basics 05-25-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

I think I understand you. Yes, a screenplay can have more than one voice.

For example, a character within the story who narrates the story can have one voice while the screenwriter who writes the...
Forum: Basics 05-24-2018, 11:31 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Hey, Centos. Now I understand what you meant.

To expand on what you wrote, not only is voice a natural part of writing, we each have a natural voice that can be developed. We develop our voice...
Forum: Basics 05-24-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Centos, confidence and competence will allow you to develop your voice and to put your voice on the page, but imho confidence and competence are not voice.

Voice is the way you put words on the...
Forum: Basics 05-23-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,432
Posted By jonpiper
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Things in your writing that make US FEEL YOUR STORY is your voice. Your values, opinions, imagination, choices, excution, even your feelings are important only when they stimulate my feelings, making...
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