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  1. There's a widely accepted structural perimeter, or axiom in screenwriting that generally insists on character arc. "In what ways is your character different in the end from in the beginning?" Consider Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men and Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. I see no arc in who they are as people/characters. Yes, the story itself has an arc, but how are either of these characters different in the end from the beginning? Other examples of such?

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      I don't think you need an arc if you're consistently interesting. That Wolf of Wall Street guy is a good example -- though the movie was too long to maintain my interest throughout. My only rule of screenwriting is make the reader want to find out what happens next.

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  2. I need a logline critique - A man confronts mistakes of his past when his son goes missiong 3 hours before a nuclear bomb drops on his city... Does it make you curious?

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Why he is in the witness protection program and who is after him are as important as the nuclear bomb. The bomb is the sizzle, the human story is the steak.

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  3. Today I'm watching Black Mirror while getting my work done. I wonder what ratings a US version would get?

  4. Revisiting West Wing this week. I really miss that show.

  5. Revisiting West Wing this week. I really miss that show.

  6. Revisiting West Wing this week. I really miss that show.

  7. Revisiting West Wing this week. I really miss that show.

  8. Revisiting West Wing this week. I really miss that show.

  9. The difference between the sentences "I got staph" and "I got staffed" is just 4 letters and twenty awkward minutes of explaining the difference on the phone to my parents.

  10. Cold in July is a great read. Excellent plot turns to keep the reader engaged.

  11. Blacklist read recommendations? Usually it's pretty easy for me to find scripts on the list that impress but this time, after quite a few false starts, I've been struggling to find anything I want to read (or, if I did read, glad that I did).

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Totally agree, adlocke. I needed a break from scripts. I've been reading "chick lit" books like Gone Girl and Girl on a Train lately. They're a new experience for me and thoroughly enjoyable. Hopefully will help me with writing female protagonists.

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  12. Blacklist read recommendations? Usually it's pretty easy for me to find scripts on the list that impress but this time, after quite a few false starts, I've been struggling to find anything I want to read (or, if I did read, glad that I did).

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      I still like TV. Especially Mad Men, Breaking Bad style shows. Leads to better online (AV Club) and real life conversations. Brain just wired differently now thanks to internet. Movies I go to now for buttered popcorn and trailers.

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  13. Blacklist read recommendations? Usually it's pretty easy for me to find scripts on the list that impress but this time, after quite a few false starts, I've been struggling to find anything I want to read (or, if I did read, glad that I did).

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Looking forward to Anamolisa though. That seems like a whole new sausage.

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  14. Blacklist read recommendations? Usually it's pretty easy for me to find scripts on the list that impress but this time, after quite a few false starts, I've been struggling to find anything I want to read (or, if I did read, glad that I did).

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      @adlocke I used to get joy out of reading new screenplay structures & interesting characters & great locations. Now I feel like I've seen it all before. I know how the sausage is made -- so I don't like sausage as much.

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  15. Blacklist read recommendations? Usually it's pretty easy for me to find scripts on the list that impress but this time, after quite a few false starts, I've been struggling to find anything I want to read (or, if I did read, glad that I did).

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      That being said, I still love tv pilot season. So maybe my attention span is the real problem.

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  16. Blacklist read recommendations? Usually it's pretty easy for me to find scripts on the list that impress but this time, after quite a few false starts, I've been struggling to find anything I want to read (or, if I did read, glad that I did).

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      I used to read all of them. Now I have to push myself to read one of them. Maybe I've read too many scripts -- it takes more to surprise and delight me now.

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  17. Okay... Best funky/jazzy/propulsive "heist" music to write to? Any suggestions?

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      I also randomly found this electronica group called F.O.O.L that's kind of interesting. They should be scoring video games.

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  18. Okay... Best funky/jazzy/propulsive "heist" music to write to? Any suggestions?

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Funky/Jazzy = Dave Brubeck or The Sting soundtrack. Propulsive = Sigur Ros or Drive soundtrack.

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  19. I'm surprised, and rather disappointed that the Black List overlapps SO many Hit List scripts...

  20. My previous status was supposed to say the following: Ready for the hate. I enjoyed Ridiculous 6.

  21. My previous status was supposed to say the following: Ready for the hate. I enjoyed Ridiculous 6.

  22. As writers, you might like this short film that I worked on. It stars Paul Scheer, Natasha Leggero, Kristen Schaal, Ken Marino & Milo Ventimiglia.

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      This was great! The first minute hit a little close to home, but the whole thing was hilarious.

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  23. I wrote a rambling, self-indulgent, reddit-esque post in Chit Chat about why I hate the Hit List and the Black List

  24. If I'm completely honest, I feel like I've lost my ability to write. I haven't been able to flow at the level I used to be able to in a very long time.

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      I've felt the same way before. I got a pretty solid fortune cookie last week -- "Don't overanalyze things." I'm still deciding if I should take its advice.

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  25. So I ended up winning best comedy feature at Austin. I'm still trying to process the whole experience, but I can't say enough good things about the festival!

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Great work! Love the logline and hope to read it someday. Very inventive idea.

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