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Old 10-09-2019, 08:04 PM   #11
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I remember this from James Cameron in an interview: "Give your character a goal and make him go through absolute hell and back to reach it."
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:09 PM   #12
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Nice! But do you think this works for comedy too?
yes, it forces you to rethink about how to escalate the story from a high point.
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I scared them away. No this place was more "toxic" a few years ago but still lightyears from twitter. But Brian went to twitter mostly and podcast. Craig podcast... I mean over time just more avenues opened up for them and of course when you give advice as a pro eventually you get crapped on on DD or any message board and you just leave out of frustration. I give crown currently to Jeff Lowell, but he's smart and only chimes in once in a blue moon. He's busy actually doing the job we all want!

I think I had a 3 year period of more I stopped posting.

Anyway this is supposed to be good advice. Brian is still one of the best! His Vines (6 second clips -- is tiktok the new vine asks old man) where great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mnc8o257Yzg

(you go a bit crazy if you watch this all at once... but great stuff!)
this is a gem. funny thing... I have Michael Clayton open on my desktop.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:52 PM   #14
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this is a gem. funny thing... I have Michael Clayton open on my desktop.

Agree. Thanks for posting, Bono. Totally bookmarked. I've done Julia Cameron's Morning Pages before, I'm not sure I can necessarily link it to a period of heightened creativity in my life, but I think it's worth another shot. I think what it does is that it essentially puts you in the Zone. And we all know that ain't easy.
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Old 10-10-2019, 08:17 AM   #15
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"If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy."
-- Dorothy Parker
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this is a gem. funny thing... I have Michael Clayton open on my desktop.
This is a positive thread , but just to point out how people are different I have no idea why everyone loves Michael Clayton so much. I watched it last year after Brian keep mentioning it and I felt nothing. Got nothing from it.

When I see 100% positive talk about the biggest movies on twitter -- I just laugh because that's impossible unless it's like Toy Story 4.

So my piece of advice would be "It's okay not to like a movie every other writer claims to love. Someone is probably lying. Don't pretend to be someone else."

In film school we had a class and the teacher ask our favorite films. And I had many answers in my head. But this is 1997, so these kids are all from the 80s and this wasn't a time where it was easy to see art house films -- but at least 10 kids said Brazil and other what I consider pretentious choices (maybe 1 kid actually loved that movie) -- and I"m like motherfucckerss we are all here because we watched Star Wars and Indiana Jones and The Goonies growing up -- but they wanted to seem cool in the group.

That day I choose HOWARD THE DUCK as one of my favorite movies. I was not lying. I even used that in my cover letter for 10 years. Quack Quack.
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