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Old 01-01-2010, 08:44 PM   #31
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Classic DoneDeal ****! Everyone played their roles to a tee!

I think I could have written this thread.
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:53 PM   #32
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Even the random Tony R "this is what I've done wrong in my life as a writer, but this is what I'm doing now to rectify it" essay?

Because you can never predict where one of those is going to show up.

(The only reason it showed up at all is because I was nervous about something screenwriting-related (yes, good news; don't ask yet) and needed to do something with all of that energy. )
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:11 PM   #33
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Speaking of having the balls: I was invited to attend a panel discussion that included Paula Wagner, her husband and a number of other big shots at the film festival in my home town. I got the inviation like one hour before the event and I quickly / nervously prepared a one sheet of my script, ready to throw myself at her feet after the panel.

But it went longer than expected and I had to get back to work, and so IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE ROOM, I sprinted towards the table while the discussion was still in session and handed here a PURPLE sheet of paper and then ran out out of the room (I figured a purple sheet was less likely to get drowned out in a sea of other white papers).

Whew.

That same evening, I was attending a party for John Woo, and lo and behold, I spotted the director of the film festival in conversation with Paula Wagner + hubbie. I know him and waived to him, he came over and we chit-chatted, and I said:

-Introduce me.
-To Paula?
-Yes, to Paula !!!
-You want to meet her?
-YES!!!!
-Oh, I've known Paula for years, she's a sweetie. Come on, I'll introduce you.

So I walked over and she immediately recognized me, she said, I got that paper of yours, I'm going to study it, then she turned to her husband and said, it was very well presented, I thought it was for the opening of a film.

I was glowing.

Anyway, so I was nervously chatting with them, and I said, you know, my script is kind of like some of the stuff you did with Tom Cruise, except with a chick in it.

Her (confused): A chicken?
Him: That would be a first, haha.
Me: No, no, not a chicken. A chick. A chick. Um, a woman. A female lead.
Him and Her: Aaaaah.

Anyway, has it paid off? No, not yet and not likely.

Glad I did it? Hell yeah.

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Old 01-01-2010, 11:35 PM   #34
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Boys...

/shakes head

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Old 01-01-2010, 11:37 PM   #35
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Boys...

/shakes head

Anyone have a ruler?
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:44 PM   #36
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You better hope not.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:59 PM   #37
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Anyone have a ruler?
Do not, under any circumstances, give that woman a weapon. Trust me.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:12 AM   #38
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It would also be your last.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:33 AM   #39
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1st degree black belt in tae-kwon-do

give me a ruler, I triple dog dare ya
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:40 AM   #40
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Anyway, so I was nervously chatting with them, and I said, you know, my script is kind of like some of the stuff you did with Tom Cruise, except with a chick in it.
This was your big mistake.

It would be like talking to Tyler Perry and saying, "I've got this script that's like Mad Max. Except Max is a Negro".

I know we are all supposedly hip artisans and laid back Bohemian Liberals... But guys (and gals!) you have to start taking the BUSINESS side of this seriously, once you hone your artistic (writing) skills.

Before I graduated college my senior year, one of my business professors took my class out to lunch at a fancy restaurant. The purpose was to teach us etiquette and manners. It sounds funny considering it is something we normally don't think of as being important... Eating lunch... But you quickly learn how you conduct yourself is just as important as what you know. Especially in the business world where a power lunch might determine your next promotion, or a pink slip.

What we did not know until after the fact was the lunch was graded as a regular assignment that counted toward our final class grade. He graded us on presentation (dress), manners, topics of conversations, etc. The goal was to teach us to always be conscious of the situation we were in (at the moment) and to never take anything for granted.
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