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  1. Wrote a script centering around a guy who makes a Faustian bargain with a creature he finds in a storage container, managed to make a little teaser for it:

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    2. CastorTroy16
    3. CD2010

      CD2010

      That's pretty interesting -- nice visual effects work on the face too (I'm assuming that's FX...heh).

    4. RobertCornero

      RobertCornero

      Got a heavy John Carpenter vibe. Cool!

  2. How much does concept art help in pitching an idea?

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      You're right Stringer, should have specified, I specifically meant pitching sci-fi.

       

      I was just curious based on Neil Blomkampp's Alien artwork he posted on Instagram.

    3. typistolero

      typistolero

      My advice if you're going to include it is to limit the images and make sure they are getting across a clear, concise message that augments/clarifies the pitch.

    4. palostick

      palostick

      Visual images/concept art can be very useful when pitching. As Axalon says, if you're creating a sci-fi world it's a very good idea if you can access the right materials.

  3. Citizenfour is incredible and should be seen by everyone

    1. Coz

      Coz

      Amazing. A fictional version would be awful.

    2. axalon

      axalon

      I feel the same way about the Man On Wire Zemeckis adaptation.

    3. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      The Snowden Files book was far more informative, in my opinion. Citizenfour was just an extended, not entirely coherent, interview.

  4. Anybody have the SPECTRE script?

    1. agkinowerken
    2. Foz90

      Foz90

      Always the damned third act. I wonder what the internal World War Z emails at Paramount would have looked like.

    3. DonKasparoza
  5. Interstellar is a movie that without question needs to be seen in IMAX

  6. Copyright question for you guys. I was thinking of (loosely) basing a script on one of Isaac Asimov's short stories which is, of course, copyrighted. Anyway I can use it? I'm not planning on stelling or anything, probably just put it on YouTube.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      By the way, I would be very leery about legal opinions from non-attorneys (I know, I know, everyone who seen Law & Order is qualified to practice law). I've seen people end up in serious messes because of that sort of thing.

    3. mebishop2001

      mebishop2001

      I went to law school and studied Copyright Law, but never took the bar exam. So not a licensed attorney, but familiar with the subject matter.

    4. axalon

      axalon

      Thanks for the lengthy response sbbn and to everyone else for chiming in.

  7. I'm a huge Fincher fan, but Gone Girl didn't blow me away. Performances were good, especially Pike and Perry. I'm not sure if it was the photography but it came off a little dull.

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    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      Loved the book, loved the film. But Affleck needs to stop skipping leg day in the gym. He's suffering from Hugh Jackman syndrome -- huge upper body, chicken legs. This of course did not deter my appreciation of the film, important as this issue obviously is. ;-)

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      Spec_Writer: LMAO Ben's doing the chicken legs diet?! What's up with folk not doing squats and deadlifts these days? so weird...LOL

    4. axalon

      axalon

      Jackman can deadlift ~485lbs, he's not skipping leg day.

  8. Steven Soderbergh gave a speech last year about the state of cinema. Found it really insightful. https://vimeo.com/65060864

  9. Nightcrawler Trailer:

    excited to finally see this come out!
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    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      Looks good. Trailer style and visuals remind me of P.T. Anderson. Magnolia, There will be Blood...

    3. mebishop2001

      mebishop2001

      Think Jake will nail this. He can play the off-kilter dude pretty well.

    4. sankofa

      sankofa

      so awesome! Gyllenhaal, Russo, and Paxton ALL in the same movie? OH I AM SO FUCKING THERE OPENING WEEKEND!!!!!! :)

       

  10. Nightcrawler Teaser

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    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Because the script was unique, very well written and has a chance to be an awesome movie.

      If it's too long to read, here:

       

      http://scriptshadow.net/screenplay-review-nightcrawler/

    3. Bobbylaw

      Bobbylaw

      GREAT script, great casting....I'm a bit concerned about that trailer tho...seems diff than i expected (tone, performance choices, etc)

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Yeah tone of the teaser didn't match the way I read it, but if the story evolution works I'm all for it. Loved the script.

       

  11. Leftovers was alright but Justin Theroux was great. Why is this guy not working more?

    1. Farmerboy

      Farmerboy

      ask jennifer aniston

    2. markerstone

      markerstone

      She looks pretty good in the Horrible Bosses 2 trailer!

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      justin theroux is brilliant and he, Liv Tyler, Amy Brennaman (sp), etc. along with the rest of the cast is what's keeping me watching the show...

  12. So The Rover's budget was ~$12 million and it made $69K opening weekend. Probably won't make more than $100K in its total theatrical run. Is there any hope for it to recover its budget? How much money can this movie potentially make on VOD/rental? Could it ever make up for its budget or is it just a dud for the studio?

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    2. admin

      admin

      VOD releasing is still very new, and somehow hard to track. I think it's more of "behind closed doors" than anything, seeing as how tracking the numbers of rentals and purchases should be incredibly easy. Releasing on VOD for a low budget (maybe 5-8 million and under) can be quite successful, but the other issue becomes piracy because as soon as a film drops on VOD, someone out there has already pirated a 1080 copy of the film for free. It's a bummer to see because most VOD o...

    3. admin

      admin

      ... originals are indies these days, and are affected the most.

    4. Writer

      Writer

      Given its Australian pedigree, expect it to make a couple of bucks down here too.

  13. Edge of Tomorrow is really great, original sci-fi. Highly recommend!

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      Just saw this. Terrific filmmaking, acting, and all around goodness.. A bit too long (too much looping!) so I was exhausted / relieved when it was finally over. Not a classic but damn good sci-fi.

    3. Jaco

      Jaco

      Loved this. Found it strong from beginning to end. More movies like this. PLEASE.

    4. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      Totally agree. Loved it!

  14. Would it be possible to create a spoiler friendly sub-forum to chat about movies after their release?

    1. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      I'd second this. Shows too. Been more than a couple spoilers on the updates feed.

       

      I suppose we could do it in The Biz forum? But really, no one hardly posts there lol.

  15. Wow, have you seen the extended cut of 'That Thing You Do!'? The editor made Hanks look brilliant with that theatrical cut. The extended cut feels almost like a completely different movie. The pace is way off and it's no where near as fun.

    1. atom-heart-mother

      atom-heart-mother

      I can't believe someone besides myself has seen that cut (That Thing You Do is one of my favorite 90s movies). And I completely agree with you. Very unnecessary additions.

    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      I love that movie, but have not seen the extended cut.

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      It truly sucks. I think Wright makes massively entertaining films - I don't know why they wouldn't trust his vision. Marvel has lost the plot...probably literally. Now that it's 'dead' can we get our hands on Wright's draft?

       

    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      I find it incredibly hard to believe that Marvel would take a script from two proven writers with produced credits and hand it off to two no names. That said, Whedon and Simon Pegg's tweets suggest that 1.) Wright walked away 2.) Marvel was pushy on something and being difficult. So it's not outside the realm of possibility.

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      And now Drew Goddard has left Daredevil. Wow. What is going on over there?

  16. Is there an early draft of A.I. by Stanley Kubrick floating around anywhere? I'd ask in ISO but Kubrick isn't even listed as a writer for it on IMDb.

  17. What do you guys think of the Interstellar trailer? I love the little details like the not-so-pristine hypersleep chambers and the gravitational lensing around the wormhole. Also interesting seeing the small changes Nolan made to his brother's script like Murph being a girl instead of a boy.

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    2. npquinn

      npquinn

      I'm on board. I was almost expecting McConaughey to say "Time is a flat circle." ;)

    3. DarkDestroyer

      DarkDestroyer

      I absolutely loved it.

       

    4. nazardo

      nazardo

      Thanks Axalon for info. Might add it to the read pile!

  18. In terms of story structure and narrative, In Bruges might be close to perfect.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      Bruges? It's a fuckin' shithole, man.

    3. Mr. Mo

      Mr. Mo

      If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me but I didn't, so it doesn't.

    4. LAscribe88

      LAscribe88

      Love that movie.

  19. What are some good examples of a movie/screenplay where a character is an expert at something but had to give it up only to get dragged back to do it once again against his/her will?

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    2. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      The Rock is a good example. I think Entrapment was too, but I my mind is blocked on the plot line of that flick at the moment.

    3. 36monsters

      36monsters

      Showgirls

       

    4. Zoned

      Zoned

      Escape From New York. Aliens. Unforgiven. The Last Stand. Taken.

  20. What are some other movies like Locke and Buried where the character is essentially in one location for the entire film?

  21. While it's certainly not for everybody, I found myself absolutely blown away by Blue is the Warmest Color. The storytelling and dialogue felt raw and unfiltered and the actresses were both great. Highly recommend.

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    2. LAscribe88
    3. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Watched it last night. That main sex scene is definitely one for the record books. Yes, both actresses did great work - the younger one such a raw nerve it will be interesting to see if she has a career. As for the movie, great emotional honesty and powerful, but all those naturalistic scenes begin to wear you down after a while. Maybe could have lost a half hour and been even better. But god bless the French for still making movies like this.

       

    4. Bobbylaw

      Bobbylaw

      Speaking of Blue, I found myself underwhelmed by BLUE RUIN. Wasn't bad, just was expecting alot more from the hype preceding it.

  22. What are some good examples of movies/screenplays with two or three separate storylines that don't necessarily intersect?

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    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      Babel, and Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Sex... first came to mind, and as said, theme is the ultimate thread. Should anything with distinct stories even be a film, or is it best as one-act plays, sketch comedy, etc.

       

    3. axalon

      axalon

      Thanks for all the suggestions!

    4. Icarus

      Icarus

      Crimes and Misdemeanors!

  23. Wow, Snowpiercer really blew me away. One of the best sci-fi movies I've seen in years.

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      Took itself too seriously for its premise and as a result is too long and falls off the tracks. I admired it and yet couldn't wait for it to end at the same time.

    3. ddollar

      ddollar

      i searched for this online internationally, but can't find it. did you get a screener axalon?

    4. sankofa

      sankofa

      i can't wait to see this!

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      I was definitely down for McAdams as Aurora, at least over Witherspoon. Charlize Theron might be a good choice too.

    3. DarkDestroyer

      DarkDestroyer

      I was disheartened by this news. I have wanted Charlize Theron as Aurora.

       

    4. adlocke

      adlocke

      but it needs one!

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