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Give it a pass ... or at least wait until video. I like both Will and Kenneth in almost every feature I've seen and I'm a hardcore effects fan . . . but there just isn't enough good stuff in the movie to recomend it. Kenneth's southern accent is particularly painful and makes him inneffective as a villain. Final comment: the film is shot as a series of gags - most of which don't function to move the story along. Too harsh?
My experience with The Big Australian was very positive all around. I had some trouble with format issues sending my script from a PC in Word format, but Mr. Jacobs responded quickly letting me know when it had arrived in one piece.
I think getting scripts via the internet is probably a lot less messy for them. As to whether they printed or read direct from the screen I don't know. BUT, Mr. Jacobs was very timely with his messages and let us know when and what was happening (which is more than can be said for others). The only error he made that I can see is not picking my script as the winner;)
Cheers, George Lamore (And yes, I would do it again)
I have a cousin with Multiple Sclerosis, if that's what you were talking about please post a message or give me an email where I could find out more about this. Thanks. AND.... Congatulations Terry on your win. Hope it leads to a Big Deal.
Make them pay to play? Maybe people who have joined "Who's Butying What" can only rate the contests. That way they have to have a single email and password account to vote. It would make it a little pricy for a contest to buy every vote. The results would still be available to all, but at least every vote cost something. I know, crazy, crazy, crazy.
Beside striving to sell a script or two I do animation and digital art. I had way too much coffee one night and decided to use one skill to try and promote the other. I created an internet movie trailer for my latest script and I have been thinking about firing this off to agents and producers instead of the old query letter and log line. It's a Flash movie, but 85% of all browsers have it. The address is
All comments, suggestions, and flames welcome. Thanks.
I'd like to thank everyone for the great feedback. I agree that the flash movie is choppy and slow to download (depending on your system). I've also been told it's too slow and long. All of which could reflect poorly on my writing skills. Therefore I'm going to continue with the old snail mail and e-mail approach. Perhaps, after I refine the trailer I'll just add the address as a footnote to my querries and pitches. Thanks, George Lamore
I was looking at your web site this morning and I really enjoyed it. Great artwork in the gallery. Have you done any 3D work? With such an eye for detail you would be really good at it.
Best of all was the shots from your reel. So many different faces and great makeup and um, err, 'enhancemnets', no wonder it took so much time to do.
Thanks everyone for the feedback. It wasn't the lack of a release form that made me hesitate so much as not being able to find any info on E.P. or many threads here in the boards about them. I'm going to head over to Done Deal and check there. Thanks again.
That would be:
I had no problem with the email from his website - no bounce back that is. However, I copied and pasted it into my own email service rather than clicking his link.
My 2 cents,
Shoot on DV with a really good camera. There are tons of software solutions editing your film and for giving your DV project a "film" look. (These include Adobe Premiere, Avid Express, FCP and others. I know there are some Plug-ins that you can buy specifically for these packages if they don't have them already to give a filmic look) Then transfer it to film. I know a couple of fellas who have done this and they got some really good results. They used ye old Canon XL1s and Sony VX2000 to shoot with. The biggest advantage of doing this is that you can edit all the footage you shoot on your computer and not pay for the original transfer - result: you only pay to have the final edit sent to film.
Perhaps only 1.5 cents worth
Ashley, Good luck on your project. Thank you Mr. Blaine for the info and book resources.
Anyone know the Industry Buzz Word For Toys/Premotional goods sold with a movie? For the life of me I can't remember it - the one's I know it ain't are: swag, spiff, and promos. Thanks in adavance.
oops - meant Promotional
Thank-you. I believe Tie-ins is a winner.
If you have action that moves from an outdoor setting to an indoor one, how do you handle the scene headings. For simple example:
EXT. JOE BLOWS HOUSE - NIGHT
Burglars creep up to bathroom window under light of the full moon. They slip on ski masks and gloves. Jimmy duct tapes the glass and John smashes it with a hammer. They pull the window out in one piece and discard it. Jimmy boosts John in the window and John reaches down to pull Jimmy up.
(Here is where I'm not sure what to do? Do I just continue with action or do I put another scene header in, like so?)
INT. HOUSE BATHROOM - NIGHT
Their shoes squeek on the custom marble floor of the master bathroom. They swing the door inward and see....
My preference is to give the reader credit and not break up the action with a header - but I don't want to break any major formatting rules either.
Thanks in advance, George
Thanks for all the feedback. I like the idea of mini-slugs - it will work well with my current project. My little example in the original post was a short on the spot kind of thing.
I'm looking for the website or contact info of Artist Industry Management, Scot Abrahamson. Recently had to wipe my c drive and lost a lot of cantact info.
I have several scripts posted at WSN, each with log lines and synopsis only. I was wondering what has been working for others with regards to the length of their synopsis?
I have placed a very short synopsis for each of my scripts, about a thrid as long at the one in the trouble shooting guide. Is this the way to go? Or is a longer more detailed synopsis better?
To get more milage out of your WSN listing change your logline and synopsis occassionally. It will come up more frequently in searches.
This is like really a true story, based on my life. They changed the names to protect me and everyone involved, but this really did happen. It was like this rad pow-pow day and there were like these dudes with dark skin and like squinty eyes. And I said to my bro, "Yo check the terrorists out." Then he like gives them the bird and they pulled out their guns and started shooting. We had no choice but to shred the pow-pow....course they didn't know how to shred, being terrorists and all, and we schooled them. Thing is .... this happens like every time I go bording and I'm getting a little tired of those heinous terrorists hangin' at the slopes. I wish they'd take up surfin' or somethin.... sheesh. I'm going borden at Kirkwood this weekend and I don't wanna see no frickin' terrorists, dig?! Chill, Peace.
I have a friend who worked on that Snake and you would not believe what a cool little piece of engineering it was. The robotic/animitronic snake was so impressive that many engineering companies, including little ole NASA, have made special trips just to study it. While the movie may not have done wonders for film critics just think of it as R&D for future generations of space explorers. R&D that made mony and didn't cost us tax payers a cent. ;)
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