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Old 02-23-2011, 10:09 AM   #31
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A film's artistic and dramatic aspects.

I can't say I agree with your assertation that the screenwriter shouldn't include "artistic and dramatic aspects" in the script.

That's um, like what the screenwriter is supposed to do.

It may be a good idea to minimize stuff like song titles and describing actual shots in your script if you can get the same effect without using them. But that's the point - if you can get the same effect without using them.

Because it really boils down to - use whatever you need in order to best convey the story. If that takes a using specific song in the script, use it. But you can't get lazy and just use it as a crutch.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:46 AM   #32
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Because it really boils down to - use whatever you need in order to best convey the story. If that takes a using specific song in the script, use it. But you can't get lazy and just use it as a crutch.
From what I understand, its a rare script that wont get a production rewrite anyway. At that point I assume they'll remove any song titles and include their own.

I personally wouldn't use any song titles as I'm not confident enough to feel my selection wouldbn't detract from the mood rather than add to it.

But if adding a song title is enough to mark me as a freshman writer, then there must be something very wrong with the rest of my writing anyway.

I'll add song titles and such like when I know exactly what I'm doing, and why I;m doin git.

Is all that a writing quirk? LOL
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:47 PM   #33
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From what I understand, its a rare script that wont get a production rewrite anyway. At that point I assume they'll remove any song titles and include their own.

I personally wouldn't use any song titles as I'm not confident enough to feel my selection wouldbn't detract from the mood rather than add to it.

But if adding a song title is enough to mark me as a freshman writer, then there must be something very wrong with the rest of my writing anyway.

I'll add song titles and such like when I know exactly what I'm doing, and why I;m doin git.

Is all that a writing quirk? LOL
Sounds like common sense.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:11 PM   #34
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I remembered some more:

I aways name a char after my husband, Stephen. And usually throw in another family member.

I only write using a Paper Mate Flair. I like a dark line so i don't have to push so hard. My hand cramps up easily.

I've noticed that with each script, I make more folders & docs on my computer. Luckily, I've gotten better at organizing.
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:30 PM   #35
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I always start at the beginning.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:54 PM   #36
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I always start at the beginning.
It appears a lot of people end there as well.
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:44 PM   #37
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Any major dialogue scene will always have characters interrupting one another back and forth. I'd be surprised if my first drafts have more than twenty complete lines of dialogue.
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