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Old 06-13-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default What was the poorest written professional script you've read?

just curious if you guys have read any major scripts that went into production that just seemed like amateur hour to you. I'm not looking to hate on any writers, don't take that as my intention, I just wanna hear what you have to say.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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I am hoping it's mine... someday.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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I don't understand the point of this. Are we looking for the lowest level of skill we can muster to achieve success? I don't get it.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:06 PM   #4
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I don't understand the point of this. Are we looking for the lowest level of skill we can muster to achieve success? I don't get it.
I don't know about you but i'm trying to find sold shitty professional scripts so I can feel better about my own shitty writing and try to find a excuse to try and sell my poorly written script.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #5
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Assemble 200 people in a room. Ask them what they thought of "Gigli". I guarantee that at least 1 or 2 people will say it was well made and enjoyable.

Similarly, 1 or 2 will tell you "The Godfather" is a piece of shit.

If someone read a "professional" script and hated it, would that opinion validate or prove anything? I don't think so.


c.f., conventional wisdom re opinions + assholes.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:44 PM   #6
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Assemble 200 people in a room. Ask them what they thought of "Gigli". I guarantee that at least 1 or 2 people will say it was well made and enjoyable.

Similarly, 1 or 2 will tell you "The Godfather" is a piece of shit.
Some people know jack sh_t about movies - even people who make movies.

Let's face the facts...not everybody has the same level of understanding of cinema. Some people get it, some people don't.

So, those 1 or 2 people...someone's gotta be wrong.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:21 PM   #7
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Let's face the facts...not everybody has the same level of understanding of cinema. Some people get it, some people don't.
I know, right?

Watching animated images on a large screen for entertainment. Some people don't get it.

Understanding of cinema? That's some serious film snob bs. Sorry bro.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:01 PM   #8
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I've read a lot of scripts, and I can say nothing stands out as bad enough to call it the poorest I've read.

However, I only read scripts other people say are good. So there's a natural filtering process.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:22 PM   #9
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I couldn't read very much of Inglourious Basterds...the spelling mistakes in the title aren't the only errors. The typos and incorrect grammar were so distracting I quit after a dozen pages.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #10
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I couldn't read very much of Inglourious Basterds...the spelling mistakes in the title aren't the only errors. The typos and incorrect grammar were so distracting I quit after a dozen pages.
I had the opposite reaction to Basterds. The opening was one of my favorite things I'd read in a long time.

As for poorly written scripts there is one that placed relatively high on the latest black list and just recently sold that I found to be real lousy. I don't want to mention the writer but it's clear it sold completely on concept and I'm guessing they'll just hire some other writer to come in and do a big rewrite.
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