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  1. Always bothers me when I see an AMAZING Indie film, then find out the budget was five million dollars. Yeah. Indie. I'm looking at you Taking Shelter.

    1. sangun

      sangun

      Indie means your financing doesn't come from any of the studios/media conglomerates. That's it. It has nothing to do with budget. Indie used to be a low-budget designation because filmmakers were lucky to raise a million in financing but with billionaires looking to buy an Oscar, foreign money and investment groups it's no longer true.

    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Huh. There's a lot of good lessons to be learned here. Thanks people!

    3. Cyber Hater

      Cyber Hater

      "Indie means your financing doesn't come from any of the studios/media conglomerates. That's it."

       

      ^^^Point blank. Amen. Retards, learn from this man.

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  2. Review of 300 Years is up. Super late to the party? Yeah, but I wanted to post some thoughts about a positive script experience.

  3. As I get ready for my LA move, someone suggested signing up for Extras Management or Central Casting to make money while I look for a job and network. Is this a good idea? Experiences?

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks people. My goal is to really ensure that I'll get some sort of work when I get to town so that I can pay for rent whilst writing and hopefully making connects. Any help is definitely appreciated and I'll keep asking questions in the coming weeks!

    2. mercutio

      mercutio

      Register with Central right away when you get to LA. You need to make an appointment, and check their website to make sure you bring the proper paperwork to your appointment. Then, be vigilant about calling the line several times a day to find out what's shooting for your demographic. You might also consider a calling service, but be careful; there are a lot of scams. It's not a great way to make a living, but it's money, and it's a great way to get on set and see how various...

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Which is exactly what I want (how often will they need 6'4" guys?:P ). I want to work right away, as long as it is industry related for absolute sure. Don't want to get scammed. Thanks for all of that information :D!

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  4. As I prep for a move to LA, I'm looking for living suggestions. Thoughts? On a budget (i'm quitting my job to move), but I want to be close to the "action" and hopefully get an internship or a PA job right away. Thanks in advance!

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I wish Phoenix has a film presence of any kind...Doing the little film festivals that come around have actually been pretty helpful. We took 9th out of 66th with this pup:

      there's a 24 hour one coming up in a few months...

    2. Allen

      Allen

      Certain parts of North Hollywood, near Studio City, are very nice, and not too expensive. Burbank, Studio City, Sherman Oaks are all good places, though a bit on the expensive side.

       

      I completely disagree about the "don't live in the valley" comment; it's not an ideal place if you go out a lot and want to party and all that, but, depending on what part of the valley you ultimately decide to call home, getting around really isn't that much trouble. And it's c...

    3. Allen

      Allen

      *cheap. It's cheap.

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    1. CookieMonster

      CookieMonster

      Oooh, thank you!

    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      fantastic! Haven't been a fan of any of the Nolan Batman films, especially the second one which felt like two movies smushed together after the first one ended.

    3. storymaps99

      storymaps99

      The Kindle version of the trilogy of screenplays is available now, for any of you Kindle readers out there (sorry to offend you ipad fanatics). ;-)

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  5. Any interest on me reading the 230 page Cloud Atlas in the FE and doing a review?

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Sounds like a pretty epic retreat!

    2. Galleria.Pictures

      Galleria.Pictures

      The delight of dog-sitting :)

       

      I got 30 odd films I want to break down while there as well as the usual coverage assignments I gotta get through.

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  6. Read two great scripts on drive from CO to AZ yesterday. The Bitter Pill (slow, but ends strong) and The Death of Archer Newman (awesome, odd last page, better graphic novel than movie. Not sure how it would work...).

    1. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      How did you read two scripts while driving? I have trouble reading one text behind the wheel!

       

      In all seriousness, I couldn't get past the slow start of Bitter Pill. Maybe I'll give it a second chance. Gotta check out Archer Newman...

    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      You gotta balance the hacked TouchPad with the wheel...It can be done. Lots of quick swerves ;)

      I hear you, I hear you. Nothing even remotely interesting happens until page 42....THEN I couldn't put it down. Give it another go and let me know what ya think :D

  7. Just saw a trailer Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies. Question, is there a market in hollywood that CHASES the market/movies that will be huge? I feel like this isn't the first time I've seen this...

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      LOL. So this company exists to more like CONFUSE consumers, so when they start watching the movie they just go, "AW DANG!"? Crazy. It must work :D

    2. sangun

      sangun

      I've been to several mockbuster parties/screenings. One of them was held by the director whose film was ripped off.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      LOL. Details? If not, cool story bro.

       

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  8. Quick Review: Dear Satan was a really fun read and exactly what a spec should look like. At least one good job in ever new scene. Well done. 4/5.

  9. Wrote a super quick review on Ben Magid's 13 in the member review section. HUZZAH!

  10. 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

    1. 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.

    2. 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 =)

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Sweet! thanks for all of the suggestions everyone!

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  11. Totally doing this:

    1. Galleria.Pictures
    2. storymaps99

      storymaps99

      Okay, are you the bitter script reader?

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I confess I am not :D. Just a fan.

  12. Just read Snow White and the Huntsman (draft that sold). Mucho interesante. Didn't look too familiar in the trailer. How much was changed?

    1. Reader George

      Reader George

      Agreed. Despite some problems with the version I read the rewrite/what got produced was not what I would consider much of an improvement. The film was way too boring at times.

    2. Cyber Hater

      Cyber Hater

      Movie fucking sucked donkey dick. Not nearly as good as the draft that attracted all the attention.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks for letting me know peeps!

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  13. Has anyone on here (ANYONE) ever gotten a job that's posted in the jobs section? If so, can you tell us a bit about your experience?

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      When the time comes for me to move, trust me, I will have ZERO problem doing unpaid internships :) Thanks for the comments thus far!

    2. Cdrzewie

      Cdrzewie

      so you're not even in LA and complaining about trying to find a job here??

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Please tell me where I'm complaining. I'm not. I'm asking a question, trying to start a discussion, looking for answers to an inquiry. That is all.

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  14. My thoughts on Disciple Program and a rant about specs to go with it in the member section!

  15. Should have a script review up soon. Can anyone recommend any good Fantasy scripts?

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Logline? Wait, you said it was crappy! Pass...:D

  16. Reviewed Maleficent (spec with Angie Jolie attached) in the Member Reviews section. Check it out!

  17. Posted in Chit Chat my most anticipated summer flicks. Script reviews are coming back very very soon btw.

  18. Finally PAID for Adobe's Production Premium. And it feels good.

  19. Well it took 4 months, but I watched every episode of Breaking Bad. You guys were right. That show is unreal.

    1. sbbn

      sbbn

      Gets better with every season. Can't wait for the next season.

    2. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      It's amazing.

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      I keep hearing creatives cite the show in interviews as an example of writing where you never know what's going to happen next. Ideally, every show should be like that, but I think in this case it's that they continually paint Walt into an impossible corner and then make us wait on the edge of our seat until they reveal his surprise escape.

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  20. Back from Dublin and London. Great time, back to work!

  21. I read Never After on the flight to Dublin. Lots of great ideas in it, but pretty weak on the delivery.

  22. What I imagine moving to California will be like in a few months: http://www.hulu.com/watch/350669/saturday-night-live-the-californians#s-p1-sr-i1

    1. specwriter

      specwriter

      Great sketch. Too true. I know there's rumors of Kristen Wiig leaving, but now I'm wondering if Fred Armisen will leave, too? Portlandia is kicking ass and it just seems like on SNL now he's going for a Holy Moly in every scene, just not giving a shit and having fun.

    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Love Portlandia!

  23. New Member Review: Subject Zero from the Black List 2011. Also I made this: http://memegenerator.net/instance/16671096

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