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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-16-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,032
Posted By Howie428
Re: What's a good pitch?

When I first saw the question, I thought, “A good pitch has challenging speed, a bit of movement, and catches one of the corners.”

Then I figured I should consider what my serious answer to the...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-11-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,636
Posted By Howie428
Re: Is it worth it?

Another option to consider here is to contact the WGA.
Forum: Research and Resources 03-10-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,013
Posted By Howie428
Re: Do we have any math genius's in the house?

A good way to look at these things is to think of it as a tree with all the various outcomes as each of the branches.

To establish numbers on this you’d need to be more specific about your drug...
Forum: Screenwriting 03-07-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,828
Posted By Howie428
Re: Avoid Using Nightmare Scenes?

I agree with your summary of dream issues, and I'd say that this point has an extra element to consider...

Once you play the dream card in a story the audience remembers the trick and becomes wary...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 02-24-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 899
Views: 185,879
Posted By Howie428
Re: New Black List Thread - Franklin Leonard answers your questions

I got one of these silly comments from a Black List reader, it’s worth a laugh...

“The early second act drags due largely to another logic hole: Bree and Grant quickly agree that the coincidence of...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 01-06-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 28,066
Posted By Howie428
Re: My Black List Experience

I worry that some people here get a bit carried away with the idea that what a Black List reviewer says is gospel.

My experience has been that their comments and responses are pretty much in line...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 10-07-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 34,774
Posted By Howie428
Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

Something "universally-loved" would be at the top, although I'd venture that to be loved a script probably needs an edge or an original aspect that wouldn't work for some people. The nature of...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 10-07-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 34,774
Posted By Howie428
Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

By saying we need to impress all these people you’re getting into a questionable feature of all popularity contests. If you have a best ice cream contest, plain vanilla always wins once the number of...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 10-07-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 34,774
Posted By Howie428
Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

The main change is that I would have expected them to be having a hard time deciding on the five winners. I would have expected that far more than five of the 7,511 would be valid and worthy winners,...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 10-07-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 34,774
Posted By Howie428
Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

As an entrant into this year’s contest, I find this news a bit disturbing. You’re saying that from 7,511 entries you could only find four “promising new screenwriters”?

So 7,507 of the entries are...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 08-17-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 34,774
Posted By Howie428
Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

I know what you mean, and typically I’m the first one to dwell on the negative. However, there’s a tendency among us writers to dismiss the positives, even though they are the things that’ll get...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 08-14-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 34,774
Posted By Howie428
Re: Academy Nicholl Fellowships - 2014 - Questions & Answers

I wasn’t looking forward to receiving my comments, but one of them turned out to be unbelievably positive. So positive that if I posted it here, you’d all accuse me of making it up!

I’m feeling much...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-28-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,461
Posted By Howie428
Re: Is there an appetite for "hard" sci-fi? after...

Hard sci-fi is often associated with a tone. For some people it must be serious, slow, and dour. I don’t agree, but that’s what some sci-fi enthusiasts expect.

Jurassic Park is an interesting case,...
Forum: Announcements, News, & Opportunities 05-22-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,730
Posted By Howie428
Re: The Black List's first live screenplay reading, June 14, 2014

Several years ago I read an amateur take on this same concept that was a fun edgy comedy. When I saw this script on the Black List I contacted that writer to commiserate, while congratulating him on...
Forum: Screenwriting 05-07-2014, 11:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,958
Posted By Howie428
Re: Quick question about voice over?

Another option to consider is whether there is a way to make the apparently incongruous voiceover feel like it makes sense when it happens. An example of how that's often done is where we see a...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 04-30-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 924
Posted By Howie428
Re: How big a gross before you reference a film??

These things are all about perception. Fifteen years ago if you went around shopping something as being "like Cutthroat Island" you'd have been shown the door. Then a movie comes out that is like...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 04-16-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,092
Posted By Howie428
Re: Black List vs. contests

Good luck with that. It's good to hear that there is some sign of life on the Black List. I posted a script nearly a week ago and it took five days before any activity happened on it. It now has a...
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 04-03-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,201
Posted By Howie428
Re: Mary Ann's new rant

I’ve written several feature specs with lead roles for women and I recently queried a rep who works with several lead actresses. He was kind enough to respond to my query with a note saying that his...
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 03-27-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 11,176
Posted By Howie428
Re: Scriptnotes 134: New Format

Craig, This time I started off thinking about dialogue, but ended up considering the backbone of a possible future system...

The software trick needed for dialogue is for each one to have a...
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 03-22-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 11,176
Posted By Howie428
Re: Scriptnotes 134: New Format

Craig, I see what you’re saying on this. To get back to the big picture, I’m going to take a step back and consider what the stages are for a written script. It seems to me that there are three of...
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 03-20-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 11,176
Posted By Howie428
Re: Scriptnotes 134: New Format

I just heard this week’s five minutes and figured I’d follow up my earlier comments with some other thoughts. This time I got to thinking about what we might change about the Action...
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 03-14-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 11,176
Posted By Howie428
Re: Scriptnotes 134: New Format

Craig, I look forward to hearing the next round of ideas on this.

The previous podcast got me thinking about what the hypothetical new format might look like. I’ve scribbled down some...
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 03-13-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,675
Posted By Howie428
Re: "Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?"

For me the genre label “Romantic Comedy” is narrow and doesn’t cover the genre if taken literally. These articles get at this point by prevaricating around the edges of what counts under this genre....
Forum: Films 03-07-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,951
Posted By Howie428
Re: Deluded protagonists?

Oblivion
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Planet of the Apes
Forum: Screenwriting 03-02-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,286
Posted By Howie428
Re: Intro of a female character

There’s an odd issue in play here, especially for our lead characters. We live in a world where looks are not meant to matter much and where the field of lead actors is pretty narrow in terms of...
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