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  • Merrick
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    Welp, I ended up at 87 pages. Feel like I could've used a few extra days on it, but I'm totally beat. Thanks for the wild ride, all.

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  • Merrick
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    Haha! Yes, thank you. I need a break after this one. But we'll see, maybe try again later this year.

    Unfortunately, I do not have a personal Twitter account.

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  • ComicBent
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    Fade In has been a fantastic program. Glad I bought it. Worth the money even if just for this script alone.
    I am sure that Kent Tessman, the programmer of Fade In (@fadeinsoftware on Twitter), would be delighted to hear that.

    And now that you have written a screenplay, you are a veteran and you can write some more scripts.

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  • Merrick
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    Thanks very much. It's definitely way more efficient now. I'll let you know the final page count once I submit to Nicholl. That's where I will cap it.

    I managed to quickly restructure and rewrite the 3rd act now. It's at 93 pages. So, with some adding and deleting, the final will end up in the 85-95 range, no doubt.

    This has been an adventure.

    And oh yeah, Fade In has been a fantastic program. Glad I bought it. Worth the money even if just for this script alone.

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  • ComicBent
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    Congratulations!

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  • Merrick
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    I've been working two months on this, doing two straight drafts in a row (on draft 7 now) to try to get it perfect for Nicholl.

    Believe it or not, it's currently a tight 90 pages. I'm overall very happy with acts 1 & 2 and just need a tiny bit of tweaking, which will hardly affect page count.

    I'm about to dig in and do a major overhaul on act 3 in advance of the contest.

    This is my final draft until it gets any forward movement (producer, agent, manager, investment).

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  • Merrick
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    Thanks Lisa!

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  • finalact4
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    Originally posted by Merrick View Post
    Update to everyone who hammered me on this point: I got the beast down from what was originally ~240 pages to 121.

    I'm working on draft 6 now in advance of submitting to Nicholl and Sundance.

    We'll see where it ends up at the end of this draft, but the impossible became possible. Thanks to many comments and encouragements from friends and associates. I also hired a subject matter consultant that helped on focusing in on certain issues and discarding others.

    Getting through this draft is proving torturous for me, so there's no way I'll do another draft after this. Thought the page count would at least make you folks proud.
    See? I knew you could do it. I'm glad to hear that you kept working on it and you didn't give up. That's commendable. And congratulations on getting it down to 121.

    Good luck with your submissions.
    FA4
    Last edited by finalact4; 02-19-2020, 05:31 AM.

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  • Merrick
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    Thanks for appreciating! I stepped away from working on it for many months, which is why I disappeared. But I think that helped.

    I've been able to delete a lot of lines and small concepts very easily as a lot of it is less precious now.

    Getting feedback from a wide group was very important, as I could see which characters people were identifying with / intrigued by and which not.

    Overwriting in my case was very helpful. In the final draft, only the best stuff will remain. And I learned a lot of lessons along the way.

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  • ComicBent
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    Thank you for giving us an update.

    Far too often, people just disappear and we never know the end of the story.

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  • Merrick
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    Update to everyone who hammered me on this point: I got the beast down from what was originally ~240 pages to 121.

    I'm working on draft 6 now in advance of submitting to Nicholl and Sundance.

    We'll see where it ends up at the end of this draft, but the impossible became possible. Thanks to many comments and encouragements from friends and associates. I also hired a subject matter consultant that helped on focusing in on certain issues and discarding others.

    Getting through this draft is proving torturous for me, so there's no way I'll do another draft after this. Thought the page count would at least make you folks proud.

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  • Merrick
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    You're right. I guess what I mean is the writing like zoom zoom zoom, but the film is not meant to be like that, so it feels like a bit of a cheat. That said, it can of course be directed at a slower clip. So, this is what I'm going with.

    Thanks again for all the advice! And I'm really enjoying Fade In. Easy to use, worth the purchase.

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  • Bono
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    I'll let it go after this, but also should point out sometimes when we want to direct things, we forget to put on our writer hats. When you say it reads too fast -- you're talking about the pace of the film I feel not the length, page count. Because we've all seen movies that were 90 minutes and felt like 3 hours and ones that felt like 15 minutes it was so fast paced.

    So keep that in mind too. Right now you just want people to read the script. You can always make it longer (add back in the stuff you love) after it sells or you decide to make it. But you won't want to make it longer because every page costs$$$$.

    good luck.

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  • Merrick
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    Appreciate the insights! I did two quick edit passes and got it down to 139. But I'm going to cap it there.

    I realize I'm still over the recommended maximum. The script moves faster than I would wish, but I'm still happy with it.

    At this point, I'm just hoping it's about the quality of the writing. So, I'll let you know if anything happens with it.

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  • Bono
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    Do this pass... then do the character and scene pass.... then call it done and move on. Getting it to 135 pages if of course better than 160, but it's so close to what THEY WANT 120, you deserve it to yourself to actually finish it.

    Also that will HELP YOU with your next script by seeing that you can easily tell your stories in less pages.

    It's not a waste of time at all.

    In my opinion it's unreadable if it's 121 pages or more.

    Also you're editing it, you're not rewriting it. There is a difference. You'll know it when you get rid of characters you love, lines you love, scenes you love and cry then 10 days later you read it and you forgot they were even part of the script.

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