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Forum: Screenwriting Yesterday, 08:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 344
Posted By sc111
Re: Rooting for Antiheroes

Wow. Two responses to my one comment. I'm on my phone so I'll make it brief and quote a pro who used to participate here:

"Calculate less."

Picking apart these films to avoid your spec landing in...
Forum: Screenwriting Yesterday, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 344
Posted By sc111
Re: Rooting for Antiheroes

You touched on this in my thread about likeable characters. The flaw in your logic is assuming everyone loves these anti heroes and roots for them.

Figment's point is valid. If these films score low...
Forum: Screenwriting Yesterday, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 344
Posted By sc111
Re: Rooting for Antiheroes

Has the IRS levied a tax on brass? (It's brass tacks.)
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 06-30-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By sc111
Re: WGA Inclusion Report

Interesting articles re Black Panther and the black woman entertainment attorney.

Thing is -- we've seen the industry announce major commitments to diversity every few years. Last big promise was...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-27-2020, 03:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 564
Posted By sc111
Re: Picking Right Idea

Personally, I only develop concepts I would pay to watch. Then again my taste in films is really eclectic and what I enjoy ranges from blockbuster action to small, arty drama. So I'm not sure if...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-25-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

Getting back on topic...

For me, this discussion has shown that every reader/audience filters characters through their own personal experiences. While FA4 and I were unable to empathize with Walter...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-24-2020, 04:31 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

As I said, I watched season 1 then lost interest so I barely recall those details.

Thing is -- I totally get why the show was so popular. A mild mannered teacher who followed all the rules of life...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-24-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

Not only do I agree with you FA4, I find it bizarre that Sundown's "integral point" is based on the wild assumption that each of us "cheers on" the violence of protags like Rambo and Dirty Harry....
Forum: Screenwriting 06-24-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

Frankly -- after reading your first paragraph that posits I "simply can't be human" if I don't empathize with Walter White, I stopped reading the rest of your earlier comment.

And now that you...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-24-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Forum: Screenwriting 06-24-2020, 11:51 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

Huh? I simply can't be human if I can't empathize with Walter White? Whoa.

And aren't you contradicting yourself when your first comment in the thread was:
Forum: Screenwriting 06-24-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

For me, it was so excessive, so fast and so over the top, it bordered on cartoonish. As I said above in my reply to FA4, he went from a mild-mannered science teacher to a sociopath virtually...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-24-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

Boldface 1:

Well, I was able to watch as much as I did because it was intriguing to watch a mild-mannered science teacher "go bad." But I didn't empathize with (or relate to) him because he was...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-23-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

The "we" referred to the person I was responding to with whom I agreed.
Forum: Screenwriting 06-23-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

It's interesting reading the comments because there are certain "bad" characters I can't ever relate to or identify with: drug dealers selling death and murderers.

I may find them interesting or...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-22-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

Hannibal Lecter is a very good example. But I consider him a combo co-protag/antag for Clarice who is the protag. Dexter of the same name TV show is another example. For me, these characters are...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-21-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

Agree. I did write a sentence in my OP pointing out Shakespeare's history plays had unlikable protags for that very reason. Then I deleted it.

And my watching Billions is voyeurism for the same...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-20-2020, 02:43 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Re: Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

I agree. That's why I asked if intriguing is enough.

Wolf of Wall Street is a good example. The Talented Mr. Ripley is another. We just want to see how it works out but we're not rooting for the...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-20-2020, 01:41 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 1,519
Posted By sc111
Protags: Likable? Relatable? Empathetic? Or is intriguing enough?

As a writer, I find the characters in the TV series Billions an amazing accomplishment -- especially the co-leads: Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades.

Created by Brian Koppelman (who once participated...
Forum: Screenwriting 06-18-2020, 07:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 327
Posted By sc111
Re: Judging Your Own Work

I think it's a matter of being able to judge your own competence at something. Some people simply score themselves at a much higher level of competency than they actually possess.

In another...
Forum: Writers & Scripts 06-18-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 361
Posted By sc111
Re: Limana

She's published a children's book and she's fairly active on Facebook yet hasn't mentioned her screenwriting in a while.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 06-16-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,440
Posted By sc111
Re: Not responding back after reading script

Oooh. I'd love to hear those stories.
Forum: Research and Resources 06-14-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By sc111
Re: Question for our British members

Thanks all. Now it make sense. I couldn't understand why three well written British shows would use the "person in the trunk" scene if there was a lever. Thanks again.
Forum: Screenwriting 06-13-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 760
Posted By sc111
Re: Opening Scenes

Reps don't walk on water. Your original scene may be the better one. What you were asked to add my well be a note behind the note. Make your original scene funnier. Since my day job workload has been...
Forum: Research and Resources 06-13-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By sc111
Question for our British members

Thanks to Netflix and Amazon Prime, we've been watching a lot of British TV and movies during the stay-at-home COVID situation.

My question: do cars in England have that glow-in-dark lever inside...
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