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Forum: Basics of Screenwriting 10-14-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,057
Posted By asjah8
Re: What does (a beat) mean in this context?

i think it's more important to note how a beat is being used... on page 7 of the attached scrippet it's being used in the wryly to indicate direction to the actor to pause. but in the wider scope of...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-17-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,143
Posted By asjah8
Re: Sacrifice as a need???

fwiw, I think want is external and need is internal. Want moves the plot forward; it's tied with the character goal. Need, on the other hand, is resolved through the secondary plot line(s) and...
Forum: Research and Resources 07-15-2016, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,495
Posted By asjah8
Re: Is psychotherapy passe?

twitter and facebook. (i don't mean that as a snarky answer btw). the power of social connection is a well known and studied phenomena in the process of healing. as humans it heals us to feel...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 05-27-2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,244
Posted By asjah8
Re: What is voice?

imho, I think voice is what you as a writer have to say about the world. No two writers will make the same distinct choices - not with character, plot, concept, or any of it. I think it's something...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 01-31-2016, 09:58 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 30,388
Posted By asjah8
Re: Objectification of women

yes. the funny thing is when you're watching these films you don't realize you're falling in love. i misspoke that the purpose of romance is to be romantic because ultimately love takes place in...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 01-31-2016, 02:52 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 30,388
Posted By asjah8
Re: Objectification of women

As a female I tend to think the “feminist wrath” is sort of a mask. You could drive yourself crazy trying to satisfy everyone. I mean, the whole point of romance is to be romantic, right? But the...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 07-16-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 51,204
Posted By asjah8
Re: A good script vs. a sellable script

I genuinely like this musical description but I also think it’s very explainable. Good stories have the ability to take us into a different headspace. Everyone here has experienced it. ...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 07-15-2015, 09:59 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 51,204
Posted By asjah8
Re: A good script vs. a sellable script

After hanging out here for a bit I feel like axioms are much more valuable than rules: ie., make your story is interesting; keep your plot moving forward; give character to your characters; make the...
Forum: Films 06-29-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,475
Posted By asjah8
Re: Jurassic World

I saw it this past weekend and had a good time.


I especially like how they took the idea of the raptors, flipped it and made them our allies. Bigger dinos, badass dinos and savior dinos. ...
Forum: Television 06-19-2015, 11:00 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,726
Posted By asjah8

I'm still a big, big fan.

...But I know what you mean about the other. It was a bit of a downer instead of a holy cow moment. It just goes to show the strength of a sympathetic...
Forum: Research and Resources 06-14-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,120
Posted By asjah8
Re: Firing squad lingo

fwiw, i'd check out the firing squad sequence in valkyrie. although for your translating purposes the command verbiage takes a back seat; i think the final scene is an incredible display of...
Forum: Films 06-05-2015, 12:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,114
Posted By asjah8
Re: This jog anybody's memory?

i haven't seen the film but is this what you're looking for? the title fits anyway. quick ytube search :)
Forum: Films 06-02-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,683
Posted By asjah8
Re: Point Break remake

i think this is a matter of context to be honest. in a short trailer the line comes across as bravado (although it nicely serves the purpose of informing modern audiences who haven't seen the...
Forum: Films 03-11-2015, 11:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,686
Posted By asjah8
Re: 50 Shades of Grey

imho the crux of this is not a matter of western insensibilities; it's simply the source material is devoid of any organic forward momentum. i think it's fairly obvious the challenge comes from the...
Forum: Television 09-03-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,265
Posted By asjah8
Re: Outlander


I think it's interesting to get 100% insight into the character's thoughts while events are happening. Like a visual book. And the lead certainly has a good voice for VO. It's almost a...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 03-23-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,746
Posted By asjah8
Re: Inciting Incident before the story begins?

The inciting incident is when his future wife gives him the flower at his father's funeral.

It's the earliest possible point between a story about love and a story about Scottish oppression. His...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 03-21-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,157
Posted By asjah8
Re: Explaining lore without using too much exposition?

We don't really know what could happen in a society like the Matrix... In the story world, the alternate reality is truth and our normal reality is an elaborate construct to keep humans in check. ...
Forum: Films 03-12-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,655
Posted By asjah8
Re: "Bad" movies that you actually really like.

+1. I really liked this film as well.

What I like about The Postman is that it has a very simple and believable idea at it's core: in an apocalyptic future all communication occurs via pony...
Forum: Television 12-09-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,114
Posted By asjah8
Re: Dracula

I have a theory, which is neither here nor there, but I'll offer it up for discussion. :)

I think they need to show us some better times with his wife in the past to generate our empathy in the...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 10-24-2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,061
Posted By asjah8
Re: Selling your jokes on the page

FWIW, I think the first exchange is better. I can see the joke and why it sells the point. It has room to breathe. There's this build up... Chuck is coaxing Rachel. She doesn't want to do it,...
Forum: Basics of Screenwriting 07-09-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,705
Posted By asjah8
Re: Logline "formula"

Verbal Kint.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 06-12-2013, 06:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,180
Posted By asjah8
Re: Sceenwriting and the NSA

It's one of those gray areas that allows any sort of government to function. Everybody knows they're doing it (or should) but looks the other way. No harm, no foul. But then some idiot comes along...
Forum: TV 05-26-2013, 09:45 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 28,927
Posted By asjah8
Re: Small Note for Women TV Writers

Interesting. I read the first post and the thing that leaps out to me is visual diary/wish fulfillment through characterization. Perhaps these women writers are inserting themselves into their lead...
Forum: Films 05-21-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 18,694
Posted By asjah8
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness


Wow, I can't believe I'm explaining this to a forum of trekkies. It's not pointless or tasteless. It's pretty darned creative, actually. And they even made her a weapons expert in ID. ...
Forum: Films 05-20-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 18,694
Posted By asjah8
Re: Star Trek Into Darkness

From the article:

And then there’s the Genesis Device. If you have ANY kind of science background (as in, you skimmed your science textbook in grade school!) the mechanics of this thing will make...
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