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  1. Hey guys. Could use your help rewiring my thought process. I have always had this fear that if I don't watch alot of TV and Movies all the time, that I will get stale in writing. Yet when I get busy that means I have to allow for writing and watching. I think in these instances I should focus more on the writing, but then I fear my writing will suffer? Thoughts? Wisdom?

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    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      Also, stealing from novels is much easier and less noticeable. I am cannibalizing the fuck out of Raymond Chandler and I know that 90% of Hollywood won't notice. ;-)

    3. Penelope

      Penelope

      Do whatever inspires you is what I say.

    4. aphid47

      aphid47

      Read outside of your genre also. You'll be surprised by how it will spark your creativity.

  2. Need help: Can anyone tell me of a movie or tv episode scene where a judge has had to pass down a maximum sentence even when he or she didn't want to because that is what the law requires. Need some reference for a scene I'm writing.

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    2. zkendall

      zkendall

      sbbn I was getting all into the responses and then read yours and started cracking up.

    3. zkendall

      zkendall

      dsjones in fact the judge is the center of this. Im trying tp pull of a sort of irony that will connect in the coming scene.

    4. zkendall

      zkendall

      as for dallas buyers clubs i have been anxious to take some time out of my busy life to catch that flick. Seems great.

  3. Any recommendations on a books or website that helps with the modern day blueprint of screenplays. I used to write comedies, but have transitioned to TV Dramas. However I have a drama Idea for a feature and would like to get reacquainted with screenplay structure as it looks today.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      In my little world, I tend to believe books about structure are great if you're writing a grad paper but not so great for anything else. Beginning, middle, end. Everything else is that slog of a journey you have to figure out yourself and the best light is finding what you enjoyed (movies/books) and then struggling to figure out what it was that worked so well for *you.* Of course, there is a million-dollar industry that disagrees with me so I'll leave it to the masses to tear my w...

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      ords apart. Carry on.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      "Dr. Format" regularly updates his Screenwriter's Bible. You could start there and deviate when applicable, a la Gilroy's brilliant NIGHTCRAWLER.

  4. best side job to have while pursuing writing career?

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    2. Escapist

      Escapist

      coverage/reader

    3. aphid47

      aphid47

      Anything where you are around weird people and earn tips. Bartender, waiter, male escort ...

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      Government. Everyone's complacent so your work is rarely ever expected on time. And it's so easy that you can knock it out of the park in a few hours, casually have it trickle in during the rest of the day while spending most of your time writing/outlining. plus you can get a pension, which is cool.

  5. what are the best 2013 pilots to read???

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    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      Hannibal was decent for network fare.

    3. Zmanx

      Zmanx

      I Second tyrant

    4. zkendall

      zkendall

      thanks guys!

  6. anybody know anyone with some experrtise in law or judicial side of things? I'm trying to research more about judges and their duties, elections, etc.

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    2. zkendall

      zkendall

      ddollar. Jaco know alot about this too?

       

      npquinn. I'm worried that spin off isnt even gonna compare to the original.

    3. ddollar

      ddollar

      zack, jaco was a lawyer, i believe he still may be technically. he'll probably chime in at some point here.

    4. Jaco

      Jaco

      Yes, I am a lawyer.

       

      Feel free to pm your question. Or, like the other lawyer said - start a thread in one of those thingies over on the left side of the screen.

  7. Season 2 of House Of Cards seems a bit more fragmented then the 1st season. Also burns at slower pace. Haven't figured out my thoughts on it. Though it seems season 1 may have been better.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      SPOILER

       

      When Frank and Claire have a three-way with the secret service guy...I just...I could not stop laughing. So over the top.

    3. benskelly2
    4. axalon

      axalon

      I said spoiler!

  8. Anyone using Final Draft 9?

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      FD is not getting much love. But JJ Abrams said you should buy it even if you don't own a computer!

    3. zkendall

      zkendall

      priceless sbbn

    4. Coz

      Coz

      I am. It's okay. I mean, it's not radically different.

  9. Can't wait for all these new pilots that have been bought to be uploaded. I'm anxious to read this years crop.

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    2. zkendall

      zkendall

      [FOX] “Atlantis” mystery drama revolving around two estranged brothers who embark on a mission to find lost city of Atlantis using state of the art vessel.

    3. zkendall

      zkendall

      to name a few... haha

    4. Pompalompa

      Pompalompa

      And Jon Farveau is directing a fantasy epic for MTV... that should be interesting

  10. The sad realization that I have been apart of this site for four years and progressed much slower then I hoped all the while watching it grow to an incredible resource and outlet. Time to change that.

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    2. zkendall

      zkendall

      CB that is great, Ill be keeping that in mind

    3. Nic.Lishko
    4. mebishop2001

      mebishop2001

      Hate that guy, love his quote :)

  11. The file exchange seems to be mostly about ISO Fills for old stuff these days...

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    2. Mr. Marbles

      Mr. Marbles

      Why is it on lock-down? It has been slower lately...

    3. SilverFox

      SilverFox

      It's crazy how scripts are on lock down. QT films and Deadpool prove it doesn't affect box office. It's reading Harry Potter books before watching the films. One could argue, especially in my case, reading scripts makes me want to see a movie more!

    4. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Deadpool was leaked by the writers on purpose, so not a great example. I think the bigger fear is negative buzz -- like with Aloha, well ahead of release, due to the Sony hack. If a script is still under development and gets out there, it could slow development process.

  12. Anybody on here in thr armed services. Preferably in the army or marines. But could use some help either way.

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    2. zkendall

      zkendall

      adlocke. sorry work has been non stop. I will be off tomorrow evening and will message you.

    3. adlocke

      adlocke

      i'm here. i'll see what i can do!

    4. Ashish

      Ashish

      There's also a user Christopher.m.slavin who introduced himself as an army vet a couple of months ago and might be able to help you.

  13. anyone else hearing about mickey fischer and his pilot. Trying to understand how he got it in front of someone. also want to read it.

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    2. zkendall

      zkendall

      thanks johnson. as usual they always leave things out such as trackingb contest. that was what i mean by getting it out there. Thanks.

    3. chandolaswinter

      chandolaswinter

      It's called EXTANT -sounds really good. About a sci fi family drama about a couple raising a child who is AI and she's pregnant with an alien baby. Would love t read :)

    4. typistolero

      typistolero

      It's floating around. I'd expect it here soon.

  14. I did a rewrite for a script in Final Draft and my buddy doesn't have the program. Is there anything I can export it to so he can edit??

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    2. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Fade In. Free download and you can use it without buying it, although there is a reminder that pops up periodically about buying it. Great program.

    3. Mr. Mo

      Mr. Mo

      Quick note with Trelby, the margins are off and in need of a good tweak if you decide to go that route. You'll notice it once you import the file.

    4. zkendall
  15. Any of the top 25 script shadow winners apart of this site?

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    2. zkendall
    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Made it to the logline phase, but no further.

    4. rotru

      rotru

      A $5,000 option is crap anyways. Seriously if it's a great script talk about being taken advantage of.

  16. Whats everyone's thinking on FOX abandoning Pilot Season (If it in fact happens)? I realize it might possibly lead to more quality, but will it come at the cost of less stories being bought and there for less writing opportunities?

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    2. admin

      admin

      Honestly, I think the immediate impact is felt, but within a year the new design will still have the same amount of sales & projects in development.

    3. typistolero

      typistolero

      They probably aren't abandoning pilot season as much as spreading it out a little. Reilly says something like this every year, but the fact is they still need to participate in the upfronts with everyone else and lock in their ad sales.

       

    4. admin

      admin

      yep. until everyone goes the way (that truthfully TV is going) up fronts & ads will dictate their "seasons".

  17. anyone recommend seeing the counselor?

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    2. Michael L

      Michael L

      I'd recommend. I liked. I'm still thinking about things a week later (in a good way). That said, I have some questions, and there were things I maybe wasn't loving, but not to the excoriating extent many in the press seem to have not been loving. Or the dude next to my table in the Thai restaurant. Who was not loving rather loudly.

       

    3. Corsairs

      Corsairs

      Let me add my recommendation. McCarthy breaks all the screenwriting rules, but he can get away with it because he's Cormac McCarthy. He makes big blocks of dialogue crackle with life, where other writers would bring the show to a grinding halt. You'll be so engrossed in the interesting characters that you won't notice that they aren't doing much.

    4. Zmanx

      Zmanx

      Yes. It is being crucified in the press but time will judge it much more graciously.

  18. gotta say, I'm excited for this tv show

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Looks pretty amazing. Sort of a Southwest version of Zodiac.

    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Oops. Make that Southern version, no West.

    3. Mr. Mo

      Mr. Mo

      Read the script a while back, a refreshing non-linear structure but a little slow on the story. Deep characters with a lot to show as well as some really nicely crafted scenes.

  19. Anyway to read some of the top 10 scripts? Very curious to see how the stories played out and what the judges considered top 10.

    1. Mr. Marbles

      Mr. Marbles

      Same here-- Maybe members who placed will post or direct message us if they don't mind sharing. I think the entire top ten gets a free year year to tracking board... So hopefully see even a few. Maybe someone else on here would know the answer better...

    2. jinkazama

      jinkazama

      I'm pretty interested in The Mother,Number one fan, and Daybreaker scripts. If they show examples can someone send a link or post them?

    3. sankofa
  20. Question? The hungry list says that it will show loglines but when I click on it, it is the peoples names, their projects and reps. No loglines. Did I misread?

    1. Jarrean

      Jarrean

      Where do you see that?

    2. ChristianSavage

      ChristianSavage

      On the list's homepage, there's a paragraph that says the following details are given for each winning script: author, logline, and rep info. I'm not seeing loglines, either...

    3. Jarrean

      Jarrean

      "To access the 2016 Young & Hungry List, click the red links below. The 2016 Young & Hungry List comes in two flavors: Young & Hungry and By The Numbers. The Young & Hungry List contains the information on each writer selected, including projects, bios and rep info."

       

       

  21. I know you hated it Jiblings. Characters were thin and it was riddled with cliches and plot holes, but even then, movie theaters were made for Jurassic World. True Blockbuster. Took me back to the 90s.

    1. aphid47

      aphid47

      I feel like in the 90's the stories were at least there. Terminator 2 had great FX, but also a decent story. This is why I don't go see these kinds of movies anymore. No heart.

    2. axalon

      axalon

      This is pretty great argument as to why we should demand better movies than Jurassic World http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2015/06/25/movies-should-be-good

    3. Frobisher

      Frobisher

      @Axalon That article made my day better. Thank you for sharing it.

  22. Question. Had the original iPad for four years. Going to be upgrading. Seems like the iPad mini is more portable and still great for reading. Thoughts?

    1. sbbn

      sbbn

      Everyone raves that it's great for reading screenplays BUT BUT BUT I would wait if I were you because rumor is they are coming out with iPad mini 2 later this year, significantly upgraded display and supposedly a hefty price cut. I'm going to pick up the iPad mini but I'm waiting until 2 comes out.

    2. Galleria.Pictures

      Galleria.Pictures

      I love the larger screen of the original but then I use it for writing in the park ^_^

    3. nazardo

      nazardo

      Or you can wait for new iPad to come out to get current iPad for cheaper (refurbished). Either way might be good idea to wait for new models to hit. Mini too small for me but as sbbn says others love it.

  23. I can barley stomach giving broadcast TV a chance these days. 98 Percent of it is just ridiculous.

    1. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      I agree. When the pilot scripts (non-cable) start popping up every year I just cringe.

    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      Hannibal, only show on broadcast worth a shit.

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      I was talking about Gotham with a friend and lamenting how if it were done on HBO, FX or basically any non-broadcast network it would have been SO much better. Such a great concept, almost there, but...it's Fox. Frustrating.

  24. Im sure everyone is wanting to put their two sense in about this but to me, I don't exactly see the benefit in bringing writers down to so called "reality". We're dreamers. We dream things up every day. And the ones making a living at it are the ones who are too busy writing to worry about whether they will be successful or whether an option is a sale or free.

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      *cents. Sorry.

      And I agree with what you're saying. Dream on and write on!

    2. zkendall

      zkendall

      haha. figures I would screw up the spelling late at night

  25. Saw this on medium. If you never heard his speech, read this. If you have, read it anyways. Good inspiration for a good work ethic. https://medium.com/p/4af580c2e0b7

    1. Reader George

      Reader George

      Nice one. Also recommend Pressfield's War of Art.

    2. adlocke

      adlocke

      I'll be bold as bold is and say a screenwriter shouldn't love movies, but critical entertainment.

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