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Old 08-22-2019, 06:09 PM   #21
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As my colleague says, “Donald Trump is President. We can do anything we set our mind too!” Let that sink in! You ARE good enough! Keep pushing.
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:55 PM   #22
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There are a lot of these navel-gazing exercises going on here on DDPro these days, which are of no interest to me whatsoever.
Swear, man... I pulled outta your post exactly right there. That line told me "anything beyond this is BULLSH!T." Swear to fukkin Gosh, I didn't read the remainder of your post. Unnecessary after that line.

What the hell is ***SCREENWRITING*** if it's not an exercise in navel-gazing? Perhaps everyone on this board GETS your POV on this, but I definitely do not. I'ma go so far as to say your POV against navel-gazing is absolutely fukking COUNTER to what screenwriting (and more specifically:STORY) IS.

Meaning: HUH??? WHAT???

You realize Charlie Kaufman's navel-gaze (ADAPTATION) is considered one of the best scripts EVER WRITTEN, yeah? It's number 77 on the WGA's list of 101 ALL TIME BEST SCREENPLAYS. It was up for Oscars/Globes etc. You ever been up for those accolades among your peers of world class folks? You ever sold anything to a studio? Honestly... have you? Ever been repped by someone legit? If not, why talk sh!t on me?

Fukk you think this (writing sh!t) is about? It is precisely the practice of navel-gazing in the most brutally honest of ways. You seem to think it's about... I have no fukkin clue?

Sorry, but this is THE oddest statement I've ever read about story telling in my entire life.
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Old 08-22-2019, 11:03 PM   #23
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Gucci, correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think you really give a rat's ass about untalented people who make it in Hollywood. Fukk them.

I think you're concerned about why many talented people don't make it in Hollywood--or anywhere for that matter. On top of that you question your own talent.

Who doesn't question their talent? Rather than question your talent, I think, IMHO, you should concentrate on what's holding you back from your goal.
You're probably right.

This thread was inspired by someone I think is talented (maybe more talented than me) but isn't repped. So, I'm like WTF? Which, yeah, that makes me question my own talent (or lack of).

Writers are emotional creatures. I get that. We look for logical reasons we aren't where we want to be career-wise.

But, the other side of me knows: AFTER YOU REACH A CERTAIN LEVEL OF QUALITY IT'S "WHICHEVER WAY THE WIND BLOWS ON THAT DAY."

So, we have zero control after we cross that threshold. We can merely write and see what happens with it.

I'm positive of this because I've seen (first hand) so many HIT FILMS almost not sell.
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Old 08-22-2019, 11:16 PM   #24
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As my colleague says, “Donald Trump is President. We can do anything we set our mind too!” Let that sink in! You ARE good enough! Keep pushing.
Ha! Right???
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Old 08-22-2019, 11:25 PM   #25
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That's the most frustrating part of this business. It's that sometimes you're good enough, hell maybe better than others at what they do, but you can't break in. Luck and timing is key.

Unlike sports, you can't earn your way onto the Hollywood team. You show up. You get naked. They touch your balls or lady balls and every 1000th person gets a reach around and moves up a level.

We should all be dentists!
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:27 AM   #26
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I agree with Bono up-thread. Go make your own movie. It would bring many of your passions together into one project and you have enough connections in the biz to make it happen. Go get that real estate license and make the 500K a year you talked about in another thread, keep 100 K to live on and use the other 400K to finance your own indie film. You will have the time of your life.



Boom, problem solved
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Old 08-23-2019, 02:48 PM   #27
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I agree with Bono up-thread. Go make your own movie. It would bring many of your passions together into one project and you have enough connections in the biz to make it happen. Go get that real estate license and make the 500K a year you talked about in another thread, keep 100 K to live on and use the other 400K to finance your own indie film. You will have the time of your life.

Boom, problem solved
I'm seriously considering it.

Although, I would only spend 100k of my own money and work angles to get other investors to match me. BOOM! There's my 500k. ;-)

But, I promise you this... that script would NOT be 199 pages. It'd be 99 pages max. Just like that, I cut 100 pages. LOL
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:39 PM   #28
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But which one of your 1000 scripts would you pick?
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:22 PM   #29
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Well, it's one thing to have multiple interests, but being a "jack of all trades but master of none" is a tough thing.
All omphaloskepsis aside, GucciGhost, take the following to heart; here’s the rest of that old saying:

“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:23 PM   #30
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Or just be Bo Jackson. He was good at everything. Even could play an instrument.
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