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Forum: Screenwriting 01-11-2020, 01:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,542
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Exorcising Cliche

What I'm saying is -- There Is No One Way -- for anything to be done.

Okay -- here's a big secret.

Posession -- I mean people actually being possessed by demons -- isn't real. It doesn't actually...
Forum: Screenwriting 01-09-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,542
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Exorcising Cliche

Look, there is no one particular way to do anything, or for any particular scene to be or for any particular character to be.

"Priest" is not a character description, any more than "cop" is a...
Forum: Screenwriting 12-24-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,431
Posted By nmstevens
Re: This Violates Screenplay Format -- SHOWING

Just for the record, I virtually never describe facial expressions beyond basic things like grinning, frowning, scowling, etc.

That's why you do exactly the sort of things that you've done above and...
Forum: Films 10-01-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,415
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Horror Movies

Most of my work over the years has been in horror and I've written my share of horror comedies, which seem have to been quite successful, at any rate they seem to have been rather durable titles in...
Forum: Films 08-22-2019, 12:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,780
Posted By nmstevens
Re: What has been your favorite Summer movies so far?

Midsommar

The Nightingale.

Looking forward to The Lighthouse.
Forum: Films 08-21-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By nmstevens
Re: "Bad" Movies You Love

Okay, it's easy to pick low budget movies like The Beginning of the End (Giant Grasshoppers) or From Hell it Came (walking tree monster) or War of the Gargantuas (actually an Americanized sequel to...
Forum: Basics 08-21-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 33,734
Posted By nmstevens
Re: How important is voice in screenwriting?

Maybe somebody would put up an argument, but I'd say -- Zulu.

The massacre at Islandwana, I would think, qualifies as the inciting incident and it certainly happens immediately before the beginning...
Forum: Screenwriting 07-09-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,649
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Scene with no dialogue

Just want to toss my thoughts in.

While I agree with the various suggestions regarding formatting, for me there's a larger issue.

Scenes in general are about intention and obstruction. Somebody...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-27-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,222
Posted By nmstevens
Re: How Tone and Voice = Writer's Style (attitude and personality)

I don't know what you mean by having fun.

And you can keep on saying the above and, sorry about this -- you can just plain keep being dead wrong.

A screenwriter has a voice in every word of the...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-26-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,222
Posted By nmstevens
Re: How Tone and Voice = Writer's Style (attitude and personality)

I think that we're speaking at cross purposes.

The content of particular scenes inevitably varies throughout any given movie.

An action movie, for instance, may have funny scenes or scary scenes or...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-25-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,222
Posted By nmstevens
Re: How Tone and Voice = Writer's Style (attitude and personality)

It is not just the dialogue. The dialogue inevitably reflects the personality of the various characters, which inevitably differ according to the characters themselves.

The script itself, has its...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-30-2019, 01:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,157
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Cut To:

Sorry to have to keep saying this but --

-- my work has taken this journey from spec script (or commissioned script) to production draft and fundamentally, the only difference is that,

1) you need...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-23-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,512
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Log The Line... LOGLINES

I think that industry professionals simply want to know what the movie is going to be about. Since the overwhelming majority of consist, centrally, of a protagonist, an antagonist, and a goal --...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-23-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 887
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Character arc

The so-called character arc, in principle, is the resolution of that "want/need" aspect of the protagonist.

That is why, in some ways, using the term "character arc" can sometimes be misleading...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-21-2019, 02:42 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,512
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Log The Line... LOGLINES

My two cents -- there's no connective tissue between the first part of the idea -- discovering the warp holes, and the second part of the idea -- saving his father who he thought was dead.

I mean,...
Forum: Screenwriting 04-26-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,670
Posted By nmstevens
Re: What do you like to do when you finish a script?

Proof it. Give it to my wife to read. Have the Final Draft read-aloud feature read it out loud so that I can proof it again.

Usually, I'll take a nap somewhere in there.

Then i'll do a proofing...
Forum: Films 04-10-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 910
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Captain Marvel

I saw it awhile ago and I found myself really under-excited by it all. I neither liked nor disliked what was supposed to be the SJW-ness of it all. That was really, from my perspective, beside the...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-27-2019, 10:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,557
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Dialogue question

Just for the record, while you can do it either way, and the latter way can save a line or two, I remember back when I received the official "style sheet" from Warner Brothers when I had an...
Forum: Screenwriting 02-15-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,788
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Changing real life names

I've worked on true life stories and you'd be amazed at the liberties that are commonly taken. We reduced the number of children, changed their names, changed the amount of time that a story took...
Forum: Screenwriting 02-15-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,085
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Intercutting two scenes

You can intercut anything if you really want to. Honest, there really is no rule about it (despite people who are probably going to site rules).

The only real rules is -- does this move your story...
Forum: Screenwriting 02-06-2019, 12:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,341
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Shaving pages

As a rule, I never tamper the font or the margins, but only deal, if I'm off by maybe five or six pages in FD, with trimming widows. Especially because of the way that FD formats, you'd be amazed at...
Forum: Screenwriting 01-19-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,041
Posted By nmstevens
Re: When is it too much action?

What has always guided me in scenes like these - and in writing horror scenes or comedy scenes (which I also have to write occasionally) is one simple idea --

Action scenes (or horror or comedy or...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-07-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,486
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Partnerships, collaboration, "great ideas," and writing for free

I think that there are as many different ways to collaborate as there are writing partnerships.

The key point is that genuine writing partnerships consist of two, (count 'em) -- TWO professional...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-06-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,486
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Partnerships, collaboration, "great ideas," and writing for free

The world is full of people who have "great ideas" for movies. In fact, there are times that I suspect that there are more "great ideas" for movie than that are actual people in the entire...
Forum: Basics 01-04-2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,956
Posted By nmstevens
Re: Voice-Over "anchor"

You so need a new slug line because it's a new scene, just as if you'd cut back to any other location after leaving it for fifteen pages and returning to it.

On the other hand, if nothing has...
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