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  1. If you try to find Saves the Cat structure in Nightcrawler, you're going to have a bad time.

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    2. agkinowerken

      agkinowerken

      I like to think of the 'bad guys closing in' aspect of STC not so much in literal terms, but rather as an increasing sense of pressure being applied to the hero. In this case, it's the ever-present 'ticking clock' by which Lou must come up with something new and better each night before 6am.

    3. rywold

      rywold

      Yeah, the discussion of character often gets lost in how people view Snyder's beat sheet, but fundamentally his sheet is about character metamorphosis. The thing that's different about Nightcrawler is the metamorphosis is really fucking bleak and scary. The beats are still there. But we don't see very much of this kind of negative metamorphosis on screen anymore (at least, not since the late 60's - mid 70's). Most of the time, Hollywood characters change for the bette...

    4. rywold

      rywold

      ... change for the better. Rarely do characters become more powerful crazyfucks.

  2. My sister got me Your Screenplay Sucks! for Christmas. I'm reading it now and it's quite good. What's your favorite screenwriting book?

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    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I love when the used books are somehow more expensive than a brand new copy. Also, no review below four stars!

    3. Galleria.Pictures
    4. storymaps99

      storymaps99

      I concur -- Bill's "blue books" are great, and a nice price.

  3. What are your favorite scripts/films that are all shot in [mostly] one location?

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    2. Babzbitela
    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks for all the answers! Got a lot of research to do :D

    4. Foz90

      Foz90

      Dial M for Murder is mostly in just a room or two. Rear Window too, obviously.

  4. What older specs do you still read that blow you away that you can't believe aren't movies yet?

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    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      Still waiting for KILLING ON CARNIVAL ROW. Easy to picture on the big screen.

    3. Jabbatron

      Jabbatron

      KOCR is about to become a TV show. Iron Jack probably will be one of those legendary specs that everyone loved, but no one could make.

    4. dwood214

      dwood214

      American Games is about Richard Jewell and the 1996 bombing at the Olympics. Leonardo DiCaprio is producing and Jonah Hill is staring. Problem is, no one has taken up the role of Jewell's lawyer, which needs to be a Matthew McConaughey type.

  5. 106 pages in 11 days. First draft complete.

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    2. kittyketchup
    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks! For the readers, it's for a prodo co and my manager. It's turned in and they're looking at it now. :-)

    4. Reader George
  6. However you felt about it, Netflix dropping a trailer for The Colverfield Paradox during the super bowl and saying it starts playing after the game is a HUGE game changer. I hope they do that every year.

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    2. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Maybe the Hemsworth - Danny McBride "Crocodile Dundee" reboot next year?

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      .....we're going for better, not worse

    4. stevenaz

      stevenaz

      They could have released something like Gerald's Game but while better it's a different type of movie. This type of marketing I think forces you into sequel / popcorn flick territory. If timing was right they probably would have loved to do it with Bright.

  7. Officially out of LA until a script sells. I'm off to get married!

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    2. Movieguy
    3. Hasmap

      Hasmap

      Congrats man. Hope the day is everything you dreamed it to be.

    4. Foz90

      Foz90

      Congrats!

  8. I am speechless. My hard drive on my laptop (where I write) fried today and I lost everything I had been writing for the last 6 months. My heart is crushed. Kids, please for the love of God, go back up your files right now.

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    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks for all the thoughts and responses everyone. At this point, it definitely was a hardware fail. I do some computer work on the side so I actually took the sucker apart myself. One of the components had actually SCRATCHED the disc where memory is stored. So unfortunately I lost a lot, but the good news is that i had been emailing myself to read drafts whilst at work. So I didn't lose as much as i thought i did, but I still lost a lot. Thanks for all the suggestions!!

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Big fan of Dropbox. Change your FD or Screenwriter default save folder to Dropbox and all will be well.

    4. electroglodyte

      electroglodyte

      Dropbox is definitely a good option. I also use Carbonite, 40 bucks a year, and it uploads everything invisibily in the background. That's my last ditch defense against hard drive failures or loss of the computer.

  9. Let's talk about what music you write to....

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      @Pompalompa, did you see they released a remastered version of Adagio In D Minor from Sunshine a couple years back? It's incredible.

    3. jtthieme

      jtthieme

      I play "2 girls, 1 cup" and minimize the window.

    4. ampersand

      ampersand

      White noise is pretty great to write to:

      http://rainycafe.com/

  10. Trying to find a spec I can review and give it a 3 or higher. Started 2: the Roland one which had potential, but isn't my cup of tea and the Snakes on a Plane guys next one. Too. Many...Paragraphs....Ideas?

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    2. LeadSolo

      LeadSolo

      I'm almost done with one.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Send it my way when you're ready bro.

       

    4. LeadSolo

      LeadSolo

      Maybe it will end up here in a month or so.

  11. Current list of people in the reading group below. Anyone else interested?

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    2. Naijaman

      Naijaman

      Hi Charlie. Kindly add me to the list. It's about time I grow as a writer through peer exercises like this one. Thanks

    3. lauriestark

      lauriestark

      I would love to join! It's lonely reading scripts by myself with no one to discuss them with!

    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Please add me. Thank you.

  12. Clocking in at 89 pages, the fastest first draft I've ever done for my first Horror/Thriller. It's not great by any means, but hoorah, it's done. FOR NOW.

  13. Once Upon a Time is the best new series of the fall thus far. Also enjoyed Grimm and I'm still grasping onto Revenge and Person of Interest. Waiting for Hell on Wheels. You?

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    2. Cyber Hater

      Cyber Hater

      @ Charlie: it's called "Google". It's your friend when you don't have pay channels.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I hear ya. I just know that the torrenting/demonoid/icefilms/megashares stuff is frowed upon, so I was trying to point them out...

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      to NOT point them out. Whoops. I guess I did.

  14. Anyone interested in starting a script reading club? Trying to read more this coming year.

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    2. aphid47
    3. mikeyP_73

      mikeyP_73

      Sure.... it all starts with "Script Reading Club" and the next thing you know, you're all in Bora Bora looking for your pants... ;-)

       

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I'LL TAKE IT AS YOU'RE IN MISTER DEAFBLANK (awful awful i'm so sorry)

  15. Very thankful for this community. My pilot is getting read at a few places and I'm preparing a pitch document for it. You guys rock!!!

  16. Question to you all: I'm moving to LA in late December. What could I be doing NOW to make my resume look better? Learn Final Cut? Master Pro Tools? Learn how to write coverage? Thoughts and ideas please

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    2. sangun

      sangun

      Elliot79 - it's weirdly helpful in both instances. You could sound like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins and probably get a meeting a meal.

    3. mikeyP_73

      mikeyP_73

      Save your money before moving out (which you probably are doing) and intern for free for a couple of prodcos/agencies/networks/studios/etc in your home state that have ties to LA or that are shooting in your home state. Make some connections, get references - prove you are reliable and hard working... as well as nice to work along side of every day =)

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Sweet! thanks for all of the suggestions everyone!

  17. HOLY CRAP I GOT INTO ACT ONE: http://actoneprogram.com/writingprogram/

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    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks Josh! Joblings, dude if it was those people no effing way. Off to the top of my head, one alumni did That Evening Sun and another group of alumni did the kid and grandma dorito commerical as well as the guys in the dresses one this year.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Sounds great. Congrats!

    4. LAscribe88

      LAscribe88

      Congrats, Charlie B!

  18. Another day, another dandol--dollar. Just finished a new script and am sending it out for notes! WOOP!

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    2. steveC

      steveC

      If you have a good story, all you need is working on the execution. Keep working and good luck. Thanks for the positive energy Charlie.

    3. Zoned

      Zoned

      Good Luck, Charlie Brown. I am rooting for you. You've been a positive spark here from day one.

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks dudes! You guys rock!

  19. Can anyone recommend paying for imdbpro?

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    2. Zoned

      Zoned

      yes. it's owned by Amazon, btw. also, u can use pro on your iPhone or iPad devices. Handy info to have on-the-go. Haven't had any problems in the years of using it - THUMBS UP.

    3. elevenbulls

      elevenbulls

      The 2-week trial is a good idea, but I recently cancelled my Pro subscription and moved to Its On The Grid. The back catalog type listings are great, but I found projects currently in development often lacking. Worse, I consistently found personnel listings to be inaccurate, often missing months-old Exec moves which had even been reported in Variety.

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Our film office actually closed in July :D. That's why I was trying to find another resource. Thanks all the info everyone!

  20. Testing out the black list. Anyone have a really good experience with the site?

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    2. Jaco

      Jaco

      If you looking for a place to get quality coverage on your script - the BL is not your huckleberry. Franklin himself has said that the BL's purpose is not to provide coverage. It can get eyes on your script - but even then, with great scores, there's no guaranty anyone's going to care.

    3. lauriestark

      lauriestark

      I know someone who got her first job as a staff writer after a successful script posting on that site. In addition to being a talented writer, her script was about something unusual which I think made it easy to talk about and helped brand her and leverage her success. The show she got staffed on was a natural fit with the subject of her screenplay.

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      An 8, two 7's and a 6. Final thought? Consistency confusion. The 8 versus the 6 was as if the 6 read the praises of the 8 and decided those were the worst parts.

  21. Sent out the rewrite. Tis a better script!

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    2. sankofa

      sankofa

      :) Good Luck!

       

    3. adlocke

      adlocke

      Go get 'em, tiger.

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks everyone! I'll let you all know how it goes!

  22. Need a comedy spec to read. Tired of reading sci-fi. I mean, I'm not, because I love sci-fi, but I need to read more comedies. Any to recommend?

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    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks everyone. Just downloaded ALL OF DEM SCRIPTS mentioned above!

    3. naugehyde

      naugehyde

      If you want to take a gander at a first draft of a comedy spec I'm looking to revise, I'd appreciate any thoughts you have.

       

      It's a Rom-com called ROMCOM. You can guess the rest.

       

      It's here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oe3h66y7v4rzbj4/romcom-GERNGROSS.pdf.

       

      Feel free to indulge or ignore at your discretion.

    4. Usaro

      Usaro

      The funniest scripts I've read include Wain and Showalter's 'They Came Together', Johnny Rosenthal's 'Iron Jack' and the pilot for 'Hello Ladies', which is significantly funnier (and edgier) than the filmed version.

  23. What's the best pilot you've read in recent memory? The Blacklist pilot is so dang good and I dug Extant.

  24. On phone with producer regarding comedy series. He wants us to cut down on the drama, but wants "drama like stakes" in the pilot. #WTF

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    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      And the next one up the chain will want alien zombies. Good luck!

    3. Mike

      Mike

      A note that stupid does not come from someone who has a clue what they are talking about. So walk away. You won't lose as much as you will by staying. It's literally nonsense.

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      If only it were so simple. The guy happens to be a friend and this is 3 years worth of free rewrites. This is the last one before I let it go for good. Thanks everyone for all the excellent comments!!

  25. Got a job in Colorado working for Comcast Spotlight. In other news, my student loans best be counting their days. I PLAN ON KILLING THEM FIRST.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Yeah, the plant houses are good to go. The soil is gentle and the undead obnoxious.

       

      As a sidenote, if you're going to be working in Denver I wouldn't live in/commute from the Springs. I've lived in both Denver and the Springs (love both but Denver is more for me) and that's a rough commute to making regularly. Castle Rock is about as far south as I would go for a Denver commute.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Castle Rock?! I haven't sold ten scripts yet, ha! Thanks for the info man, I'll be in touch with ya more about it in the coming weeks and months :D

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      Shoot me a pm when you need more info - I'm happy to help with my thoughts on the area.

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