Posts Tagged ‘life’

Faith

Posted: August 24, 2010 in just because, writing
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I have this friend who says I have much more faith in him then he has in himself. His actual words were “I have no faith in myself” and all I wanted to do was cry. This guy is amazing and he doesn’t even seem to know it. He takes people for who and what they are even a very twisted crazy artist/writer like me.

I have met people in my life that I have been glad are there and that I have hoped wouldn’t leave and this guy is on that list. Granted it is a very short list because most people see me as too odd to really want to get to know me (which is true, the odd part, that is). From the first time I met him I knew he was a special person and I am right. I’m always right so there!!!

I can get a little talkitive and spill my guts like there is no tomorrow but he even took that in stride. He also calls me on my “Bull Shit” and doesn’t  let me get away with undoing things.

I just wanted to share this amazing person with anyone who takes the time to read my dribble. I wish a person like him in everyones life because it would be that much richer.

p.s. and to my friend, thank you for being who you are. Don’t ever change anything about you.

Finishing Your Script

Posted: July 27, 2010 in writing
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Here’s another post I have read that I really like.

Finishing Your Script

By Julie Gray

Here’s an important screenwriting tip: If you are a screenwriter
with more than a couple half-finished scripts, you really have to
stop and take stock. Is this a pattern? Be really honest with
yourself. Could you have Scriptus Interruptus?

Often a writer will start off strong, with an idea he or she is
really excited about but somewhere in the second act,
discouragement and confusion set in. The premise is dead-ending or
becoming seemingly ridiculous. The writer feels like a rat in a
maze; running down this alternative and that only to come up
against a brick wall. After a few agonizing weeks, the writer bails
out. The primary culprit is a premise that just doesn’t have enough
story to make it all the way across the finish line. The solution:
learn to thoroughly test your premise before you start pages.
Develop this muscle and take it seriously. Don’t just jump into a
script without a plan and without a solid sense of story and
screenwriting structure.

Without correcting the source of the Scriptus Interruptus,
half-finished scripts pile up like so many empty beer cans and a
feeling of futility sets in; I can’t do this. I can’t write and
what kind of lousy person can’t follow through and and and….it’s a
terrible trap. If you think this might be you, stop right now,
breathe it out and without judging yourself, correct the problem.

Maybe your problem is not related to a weak premise. Maybe you have
a fear of failure. If a writer completes a script then it will be
read. By someone in the industry, maybe some snot-nosed assistant
or intern and they will coldly dissect your baby, ripping it limb
from limb and leaving you feeling empty and humiliated. What if the
gilded dream of writing a movie is nothing but a torpid fantasy
about to be popped by a needle-sharp bad coverage?

Rejection is part of being a writer. It’s a cliché but it’s true.
Yes, when you finish your script it will be read, judged and likely
passed on. But it may not get passed on by everybody. You only need
one yes. And if that script can’t find a single fan – you write
another one and hope that one will.

Aspiring screenwriters need feedback from within the industry.
Otherwise how can you know how you stack up compared to other
writers. Whether you use a script reading service, a consultant or
maybe a friend who reads in the business – get a reality check. How
are you doing? Yes, it’s painful, it really is. But otherwise, how
will you ever know how you measure up? You can’t take it
personally. Every time a script gets a thumbs down, you must use
that experience to learn so that you can do better the next time
around. Be selfish about your negative feedback. Grab it, horde it,
and use it to do better.

They say the average writer has written ten scripts before they
become a WGA member. Nobody knows whether that statistic is a
certainty, but it’s not a bad yard stick for a new writer to think
about. The chances that your first, second or third scripts will be
written much less received well is slim, relatively speaking. But
you can’t get to fabulous script number eight without having done
the time on numbers one through seven. It’s tedious, it is painful
but a writer cannot learn and improve without putting some serious
time and effort in.

Screenwriting classes and workshops are an important part of
building up your arsenal as you learn the craft of scriptwriting.
And screenwriting contests are another avenue of feedback.

Of course the paradox is that with every single script you write,
you have to believe with all of your heart and soul that it is
terrific. That’s why this business is so terribly difficult; having
faith in the face of crushing odds is nothing short of attaining a
kind of grace.

So for some writers the easy way out is to never join the race.
They get about halfway through a script and sort of – just – peter
– out. They spend a lot of time discussing things on message
boards; opining, judging and lol-ing. It’s much more pleasant to
talk about screenwriting than it is to take your heart in your
hands and just do it. But there is no other way, kids. You can’t go
around it. You can’t skip over it. You have to go through it.

Do some thinking about your patterns of behavior and your body of
work. Are you a serial Scriptus Interruptus writer? Time to take
stock and find out exactly why that is. You can change that pattern
right now. Today. But if you choose to curl up in the wet blanket
of fear-of-rejection-it’s-not-fair victimhood – well, terrific.
Because you just left an open spot for some other writer who will
can and will finish their script. One after the other.

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Julie Gray is a mom, screenwriter and script consultant who works
and lives in Los Angeles, California
http://www.thescriptwhisperer.com

A few days ago I had written a post on my thoughts of Larry Brooks’ deconstruction of “Shutter Island” and his call for guest post. Well today he picked and posted  his “winner” and then put each of the other guest posts as comments under the main post. I am very proud to say that I am one of those guest writers and you can read all of them here.

And just when you thought the day couldn’t get better I was able to hear the cover song for the Eclipse soundtrack from MUSE!!!!! Talk about amazing!!! That song gives me chills listening to it.

A Good Night

Posted: May 17, 2010 in Uncategorized, writing
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I have been working on this one screenplay for a few weeks now and after starting the first scene some of the other characters started talking to me and I had to write their stories. Every time I went back to try to work on the first scene something side tracked me. I have a detailed outline, all of my plot point, my ending, a great logline, and even a summery of the screenplay but no opening scene. Until tonight!!! I have just finished the first scene and feel so good about finally getting it on paper. I hope that things will go a little faster now that I have gotten past that little bump. I will let you all know how it continues to go.

Well I am 12 pages down and only 88 more to go before the page goal is met. I believe there are 26days left in the time frame. I am a little worried that with my boys home from school for spring break that it is going to be a bit harder to get a lot of pages done. I will push on thru and some how come hell or high water I WILL get it done. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

See you on the other side of crazy.

Becca

It is day one of Script Frenzy **100pages in 30days** and I am off to a good start. I have 8pages done and am working on more. I will try to keep you all up to date on how things are going. I know I have to write at least 3.33pages a day to make the 100 in 30days. The boys start spring break tomorrow till the 13th so this should prove to be fun. Wish me luck! See you on the other side of sanity.

A Man and his Dog
By
Becca Legassie

2.
ACT I
Scene 1
A lady is sitting on a park bench reading a book
with a large purse beside her on the bench.

A man walks up holding an empty leash and stops in
front of the lady

MAN
Have you seen my dog?

Lady lowers book to her lap and looks up at the
man

LADY
I’m not sure what’s it’s name?

MAN
Not My Dog

Lady tilts her head to the side and with a
questioning look on her face says

LADY
But I thought we were talking about your dog.

Man frowns and slumps his shoulders

MAN
We are talking about my dog. I just need to know if you
have seen him.

Lady puts the book marker into the book and lays it back into her lap. She appears to be a little nervous

LADY
Okay Sir, we’re talking about your dog. So what is his
name and will he come when you call?

Man looks happy that she is willing to help and he
becomes more animated

MAN
Not My Dog

Lady sighs, puts head down for a few seconds, puts
book into purse, then looks at the man again
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.

LADY

If we are not talking about your dog then whose dog is it?

Man’s mouth drops open and he stares at her for a
few seconds, closes his mouth, shakes his head and
tries again

MAN
Please stay on the right subject Madam,We are talking
about my dog
.

Man puts his head in his hands and groans.

Lady scoots to the edge of the bench as thou she
just wants to get up and leave

LADY
Fine Sir why don’t you tell me what he looks like

Man looks up and smiles

MAN
He’s about knee high
(he demonstrates with his hand at his
knee)
Has really long ears, is black with two red spots, and
no tail

Lady lifts one eye brow, covers her mouth to keep
from laughing, takes a deep breath and says

LADY
Funny looking dog

Man throws his hands up in the air flining the
leash behind him as he SHOUTS

MAN
NO THAT’S MY CAT! I am looking for my dog!

He stomps off just as the lady bursts out laughing
so hard she almost fell off of the bentch

LADY
A cat that looks like a dog and a dog that’s not his

Lady stands up, grabs her purse and heads in the
opposite directions still shaking her head

Movies

Posted: February 3, 2010 in just because
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The movies we love and admire are to some extent a function of who we are when we see them.
Mary Schmich

My first memory of a movie was when I was about 5 and my older sister and I were lying down with our heads just outside our bedroom door looking down the hall. We could see the TV from there if we were real careful and real quiet. I thought that movies were and still are one of the best places to let yourself open up and be anything you want to be. It was also the first time I saw a vampire and thought that they were so cool. It was the black and white version of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. I still see that in my minds eye when I close my eyes and remember back.

Love this video

Posted: January 20, 2010 in just because
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The video says it all.

Tears

Posted: January 19, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I saw the most enchanting movie tonight and just had to share with you all how it made me feel. The movie is called Bright Star it is the story of John Keats and the love of his life Fanny Brawne. I cried and cried at the end of this movie and then cried even more when I realized that it was a true story. I had to find out more and used my trusty little search engine to find Keats. He was amazing and the emotions that poured from him are inspiring. There are many sites you can go and find out more about him and while I was on one of those sites I came across this letter and it just made my heart feel good. If you ever have the chance you should see the movie and read his works and his love letters to Fanny.

25 College Street

My dearest Girl,

This moment I have set myself to copy some verses out fair.  I cannot proceed with any degree of content.  I must write you a line or two and see if that will assist in dismissing you from my Mind for ever so short a time.  Upon my Soul I can think of nothing else – The time is passed when I had power to advise and warn you again[s]t the unpromising morning of my Life – My love has made me selfish.  I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further.  You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving – I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you.  I should be afraid to separate myself far from you.  My sweet Fanny, will your heart never change?  My love, will it?  I have no limit now to my love – You note came in just here – I cannot be happier away from you – ‘T is richer than an Argosy of Pearles.  Do not threat me even in jest. I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you.  My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet – You have ravish’d me away by a Power I cannot resist: and yet I could resist till I saw you; and even since I have seen you I have endeavoured often “to reason against the reasons of my Love.”  I can do that no more – the pain would be too great – My Love is selfish – I cannot breathe without you.

Yours for ever
John Keats