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  1. today i found a $100,000 dishwasher that you could lease and i think i died of laughter. could you imagine standing next to it being like this is a good dishwasher.

  2. not prince : (

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    2. craktactor

      craktactor

      He could rock it with the best of them. He could drop soul second to none. He could funk you up! A truly talented m****rf****r.

       

    3. nazardo

      nazardo

      Just watched his New Girl episode the other day :( So sad. One of a kind talent.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      SNL Prince tribute tonight. And just about every radio station...

  3. my subscription is coming to an end. it usually gets cut off at my birthday (the 28th, tomorrow, that’s style for you) before it expires a month before the actual date. i don’t care. any reason i should stay around. i love when you talk, but it’s pretty quiet here without the influx at the end of the year and beginning of january. will being around you help me as a writer or should i go on, exploring the rest of the internet?

    1. adlocke
    2. Escapist

      Escapist

      the access to material here is pretty unparalleled.

    3. zkendall

      zkendall

      is there anything better out there

  4. i think my dream job besides writer would be a twitter manager. here's the scenario. "listen keanu, john leguizamo said we need more diversity. send him a tweet about how you agree with him speaking up. also you're gonna be on the shaq podcast, so tell the fans. also say something about how you feel really at home right now, and we'll put up a picture." doesn't that sound like it would be so much fun.

  5. any new industry documentaries you know about?

    1. adlocke

      adlocke

      well i'll throw this out there. chance you'll catch it. Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

  6. hateful 8 is kind of a piece of crap. i can't imagine a lot of "story" in 3 hours in a store.

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    2. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      Glad your taste is so refined. Hope you enjoy whatever films meet your standards this holiday season!

    3. adlocke

      adlocke

      yeah, there's something out there i had my eye on.

    4. adlocke

      adlocke

      the blacklist. i got it for $10 round black friday. i for one think that's a sweet deal for 15 hours of entertainment.

  7. star wars comes out in a week and i haven't seen one ad for it on tv. weird huh?

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    2. egerst

      egerst

      Star Wars IS merchandising that's like going to a football game and complaining about all the players running into each other. Disney the world's biggest entertainment conglomerate didn't plunk down 4billion dollars because they are lovers of good sic fi they paid that much because Star Wars is the biggest brand on the planet.

    3. adlocke
    4. adlocke

      adlocke

      just saw one. all too timely. you been reading my comments.. j.j.?

  8. How do you guys feel about getting (film) coverage? For or against it?

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    2. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      I've never used a reader. I have friends who read my scripts (and I read theirs in return). I'd advise against paying readers generally, but if a writer feels the need to get feedback, she should get it from a pro with film/TV credits.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Also, if you're able to get it into a prodco, it'll be judged against whatever else is circulating within that genre, so that's another reason for at some point to get professional perspective, whether friends in the biz or if you have to pay for it.

       

    4. babybruck2

      babybruck2

      I chose a reader who was recommended by a trusted producer friend. Worth the critique thousand times over.

       

  9. Is a World of Warcraft movie cool? Your thoughts.

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    2. adlocke

      adlocke

      rings and the cgi monsters looked like they were probably as best as they could get. not too convincing. don't know any of the actors or characters so i wouldn't have that moment where you recogize them for the first time which is the whole point of these movies. i'm more of a bring books to life kinda guy, y'know where you already know the storyline but you look to catch the differences, but again, can't do that here. i used to play hollywood stock exchange as a kid so th...

    3. adlocke

      adlocke

      this was a long time ago and i'm surprised that's still a thing, but it seems like something i would of bought. i wasn't very good at it, so i don't know if that's any indicator of if everybody will like it. probably will crush over in china. overall, i think i could settle into it. the trailer didn't overload you with a whole lotta action, so it looks like they're trying to invest in the story. i'd say seems cool.

    4. rywold

      rywold

      I played a lot back in the day, from 04-08 or so. It has a huge built-in audience. Probably 20-40 million subscribers since 2004. Even more that play other MMOs and RPGs. I'd bet on it pulling in big $$. Skyrim, Runescape, Everquest, lots of potential worlds out there if this one does well.

  10. God...I wanna read Paul Sanford's script so bad. I'd give my place in heaven.

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    2. Paul Sanford

      Paul Sanford

      I'm polishing it up for a staged reading the Austin is hosting this Saturday, so I'd like to wait before circulating it. But I appreciate the interest!

    3. adlocke

      adlocke

      and we appreciate you telling us about it. hope it wins nw.

    4. Nic8767

      Nic8767

      Hope it wins, Paul. It sounds intriguing!

       

  11. Project Greenlight has a new episode tomm. Free for the weekend if you have Directv.

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Everyone in the world owes Matt Damon an apology. My god, Effie is obnoxious.

    2. adlocke

      adlocke

      she's like i went up to him all excited for a pat on the head because i told him he could get the stunt as he wanted it, but he didn't thank me. seems a little insecure like that's supposed to make you a good producer? then he's like you told me i could have the stunt as i wanted and she's like nononono. it's a mess. she ruined the movie. he's probably already thrown in the towel like whatever i'll just finish it, who gives a shit.

    3. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      She says, Everybody likes working with me. Uhh, no they don't...they're just afraid to say anything to you! More than a little insecure, she comes off like she's always on the verge of a breakdown. Even when she smiles, she has two speeds: panic and rage. I thought Jason was spoiled at first, and maybe he is, but at least he gets along with most everyone. I love the First AD - he's the kind of unflappable guy you want in your corner.

  12. Could someone describe the bidding process for a spec script? What's that conversation like? Is it like a draft day war room scenario and can a studio back out of a bid, i mean obviously they can if the writer doesn't pick it up in time, but what are other elements that you know of?

  13. This is like the funniest thing i've ever read http://bit.ly/1K81ccP

  14. There should be a study on how long it takes to read the dictionary versus how long it takes to read a screenplay.

  15. best corny action line you can come up with, go!

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    2. opie100

      opie100

      Gimme back my son!

    3. Izzer

      Izzer

      FIREPOWER (1994):

      "Screw you."

      "NO, SCREW YOU"

    4. Anthony1111

      Anthony1111

      If I told you, I'd have to kill you.

  16. Spring is nearing!

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    2. tinlizzie

      tinlizzie

      Short sleeves here in GA!

    3. opie100

      opie100

      Actually, Winter is Coming.

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Crack, I appreciate the Blazing Saddles reference.

      Yes good specs are on their way!!

  17. Circle gets the square!

  18. introducing 2015!

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      It's like "2001" meets "2012"...but with more action!

    2. markerstone
  19. Does anyone know where you can get coverage for scripts in spanish?

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    2. Mysterian

      Mysterian

      Why did you write a script in Spanish? Is it a feature, a short, a pilot?

    3. admin

      admin

      TB can cover all your coverage needs in French, Spanish, Mandarin & English.

    4. David Fakrikian
  20. Know of any scripts that have a serious tone where one character has a profound admiration for the main character like Shawshank Redemption?

  21. new eblog day!

  22. I wrote my first screenplay. I'll say it again. I wrote my first screenplay, and even though I've never written one before, I did it just like that, and this is how I did it. I started it on sept. 23 or 24 after I saw a status update asking what are you writing this weekend? It sat with me on football sunday that I wasn't writing anything and really hadn't been writing since I chose to become a writer as a New Years resolution at the start of 2013. I've read over 60 screenplays this year and felt I had had enough. And the reason I didn't write was simply because I didn't know how. And probably still don't, but it may be not realizing what I actually do know that has cradled me away from getting the start on my screenplay. I needed to find a solution to this way of thinking. I wasn't trusting in the process. I didn't have one and as much as I felt I was the next Tarantino in my head, reaching that pinnacle wasn't going to show up on the page if I didn't sit down and do something. So I chatted an idea up with myself and got on the damn thang. 2 pages the first day, 1 the next, and after a few days off, I started to bang out 9 and 10 page days with the sole objective to finish this screenplay. When I got to about half way, I started to crunch the numbers and figured I'd be done by Halloween at the latest. My point is this can be done. I have always struggled to come up with something to stick with; I know I don't have writer's block, so just forcing myself to get a page or 15 minutes, as I call it, set that right. I don't plan on rewriting this screenplay immediately, but now I can see things in a different light when I go to read other screenplays. It's just about one thing happening after another, and I didn't fully realize that until I told myself I was going to finish this thing on my own. So earlier I said I took some days off after writing 3 pages. Getting into a pattern of writing was the first hurdle I encountered. I questioned if this idea would hold up for 100 pages. I wasn't writing with an outline and felt I had a better shot at finishing if I figured it out on the way, just from the perspective of having total creative control at any point. In screenwriting books, it says to have things happen at certain points, and when I read scripts things doesn't always align themselves that way. I see act marks, especially the first one, but then things get a little convuluted. So for my first script I wasn't going to try to cram things to fit some mold. I approached it like a novel, basically saying this story will not end. One big thing I forgot to mention was I intended to write this long hand, which is the hardest to make edits to. This script would not be good from the start, so why go in with the intention of writing something that needed to be edited? The answer is I had to tell myself, on my worst day, I'm still as good as everybody else, and I was writing something that could be molded in the end, even if I knew that wasn't going to happen. So those 3 pages were 5 pages of loose leaf, and when I returned to writing after a 2 day break, I knocked out a page and a half on loose leaf, then thought about typing it up; in this case I would have at least something to read on my iPad; then I got into a cycle of writing on loose leaf and typing it up; a page and a half to 2 pages paper turned into 1 page iPad; I used the iPad because I don't use the computer that much; it'll be put to use more on the next screenplay; I continued this process for 18 loose leaf pages and committed totally to the iPad because at this point I was just tired of writing then typing; and this is how I luckily broke through the problem that plagued me of always being stuck on the first couple pages. After the 18 loose leaf pages, I had a solid 12 or 13 pages together. I've gotten to this point before, but this was the screenplay I was going to finish, and it's something I just HAD TO tell myself...When week two started, that's when things really kicked into gear for me. On Tuesday, I started doing a page on the hour and then when the next hour came up another page. Then two pages, and then another page. I felt like I needed to get greedy and pulled in 4 more pages by 2 o'clock. I had 9 pages in the day and felt like having some time to feel like a real writer for once. But that's when my brain had a fit and couldn't think straight. I was stuck in writing mode. I had a giant headache, but felt rewarded enough that I just wasn't reading scripts. And this really was unavoidable. That has happened to me for other things that use the brain to accomplish too, like learning a language. I learned basic spanish, the grammar, our irregular verbs into their normal verbs, and the pronunciation, in my procrastination to write a script. Worth it though. For the next two days I hit 10 pages again and started to cruise at 5 pages a day until I got to page 52. It goes without saying that it's much easier to hit 5 pages. And this can be done in only an hour and a half, the time it takes to read a script or watch three episodes of South Park or American Dad. I returned to writing long hand on some days and typing on the iPad on others. A word about writing screenplays in a loose leaf notebook. When I add dialog, I center it and write to the red line and I'm liberal with when I end after the red line. It lines up with the iPad and sometimes I get more. When I make a mistake, I cross it out and never think about it again. This is just a habit that I find works. Now enough can't be said about being able to write a screenplay. I am equipping myself with skills that I can use to escape the outside world. If I get tired of hearing what the media has to say, I can write a podcast and add my own opinions if I want to. All because writing a lot of pages has validated me. Although I'm not gaining knowledge while writing screenplays, I'm gaining perspective and what more is a sign of wisdom. Let me reiterate something I said earlier. Writing a screenplay is just things happening one after the other, like blocks being stacked on each other. That's the same as everything else. In my hours not writing, I like to challenge my memory by recalling commercials in order, but it doesn't feel stupid because it's like a screenplay; just one event after the next, although I'm sure I can find a better use of my time using the same percept, perhaps remembering names. At around page 60 on day 13 I started to get bored. Writing just came more easily and writing 5 pages a day didn't have the same effect as it did the previous days. I was officially over the hurdle, and because I'm in my first year, it's a great accomplishment. I found writing to be literally like adding a rubberband to a rubberband ball. I think Dickens called it like writing a biography. Things just building on each other. Anyway then I really just got into the habit of trying to write 10 pages a day. And that's scary because it took me ten months to figure out I should do this just to get one under my belt. I started with exposition, so it would make things more promising. Now screenplays aren't like non-fiction writing. It comes out more quickly. Non-Fiction writing feels like I have said something important whereas with fiction I realized I'm just another writer who tries to tack page together. I didn't worry about quality on my first one otherwise I wouldn't have finished. I just hooked into the assignment. For the last four days I did 10 pages a day. I wasn't trying to get one page in a sitting anymore, but two. That didn't work some of the time because I hadn't figured out what would be on the page and if I did go ahead and write it, I wasn't sure if I was writing the best thing I could. But overall things got really easy as I got further because I no longer had to write 70, 80, or 90 more pages, it was in the 20's and teens. But don't get me wrong it was still brutal keeping this pace. The hardest part on my mind was definately the beginning, but at the end I could no longer say don't end it, and patience had to come into the picture. To make things easier on myself, I wrote a paragraph or 2 of what I was going to write for the day, figuring out the events and stretched it as best I could. I finished on Oct. 9 after about 25 hours of total writing and accomplished my goal to write a 100 page document. I don't know what I'm going to write about next, but now I see the value in having an outline, so I learned something from the experience!
  23. Check out my blog on the site. Hasn't had many readers. I'm thinking about tracking what it's like to write your first screenplay!

    1. specwriter

      specwriter

      Just write it, rather than write ABOUT it. You'll be glad you did. My $.02.

    2. Babzbitela
  24. You've heard some version of the cliche that most writers who are in the struggling phase of their career are frustrated. And this causes their writing to suffer. There's some truth to this, but it's not the writing that suffers, but their personality. Always being in a half baked critical frame of mind where their always trying to demystify something. It could be the writing process itself or what motivated someone to take an approach and where it faltered. This keeps the writer in a pendulum of mood swings between dealing with the success and failure of their ideas throughout the day. So where does this come from? It comes from wanting to be a writer. Definitely, not from wanting to be a bodybuilder or scientist. As a writer you're job is to come up with your own ideas in an effort to entertain for money. With the others you can give yourself a reward for doing something that shows progression or you could regret something for something out of your control. This is why most normies seem so level headed and mature. So why can't writers see the good in what they do? It's because writers don't like everything that has to do with writing. Even the most hardcore metal head can listen to a rap song and in all honesty find it tolerable. Writers usually can't do this. If you only like big commercial blockbusters, you will not like anything what Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller have to say. But you shouldn't worry about liking everything on purpose or a having a negative opinion because if you're a writer, this is who you are. You're not a normy without pressure to think in scenes and sequences of people doing things day in and day out. You're not a painter who enjoys every color more or less. You're not a coach in the NFL who has to decide whether to run right or left. Unlike these things, personal criticism is going to come from other writers and you're going to have to dish it out yourself for whatever reason, but the only reason you and they care so much is because it's just what a writer's lifestyle includes!
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