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Message #1 of 46

Message Date Posted: 5/17/2017 4:09 PM

Script Oracle

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Over the years this is the best advice I got from Hollywood on screenwriting.

1 don't think your script is good, it's not, it takes lots lots of practice
2 if you think you are a smart dialog writer, you're not, it takes lots lots lots of practice
3 don't write the next flop like KING OF EGYPT
4 don't rent a beach house and think you will be able to write the next STAR WARS there
5 don't just write, live life with a sweet and sour bowl of misery and happiness and lots of pepper
6 compare your script to those produced and study the variance, do a graph and study how each sentence is masterfully composed and how the script is an exciting read/page turner
7 learn how to pace the whole script like a song composer eg. Quincy Jones
8 write cool scenes with passion/vim and salt and vinegar
9. stage cool action/give us something we haven't seen
10 don't write abcd scripts , write bcad scripts
11 watch PASSION AND STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE AND THE EXORCIST AND CASABLANCA AND THE MATRIX AND KING KONG AND LION KING AND SPIDERMAN (FIRST) AND HITCHCOCK AND TERMINATOR. OVER AND OVER. LEARN. DRAW A SCRIPT GRAPH.
12. compare your script to the greats and just imagine if they read your script, what would they say?
13. this is the Olympics, compete with the best
14. learn, practice and go for it, when your are ready
15. if you don't make it, practice and find mentors and a good coach
16 one day you will make it


Thanks for your time.

Script Oracle

Message #2 of 46

Message Date Posted: 5/21/2017 3:17 PM

Script Oracle

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-do write a script masterpiece, strive for it

-here is a script masterpiece, read and study:
Ethan Coen made eight amazing feature films.
He received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 1997 for Fargo.
Read Fargo, lots to learn from this masterpiece.

Script Oracle

Message #3 of 46

Message Date Posted: 5/25/2017 11:22 AM

Script Oracle

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If you want to see an improvement in you script.
Take a break FROM editing on your laptop or desktop.
Print it out on PAPER and take a color pen and start editing.
The secret of writing good dialog is to edit with a pen
and reading it loud from a printout.

Do you want seamless flow from scenes to scenes? Then, print your script. And edit, edit, edit on paper with a PEN.

There is a big difference between editing on paper and editing on a monitor.

Trust me. Do this and your screenplay will improve. It's night and day.

Script Oracle

Message #4 of 46

Message Date Posted: 5/30/2017 9:55 AM

Script Oracle

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One way to improve your writing is to watch good movies.
Then write the "beat sheet" for it.
Do it and find out why a screenplay should read like a roller-coaster ride.

Script Oracle

Message #5 of 46

Message Date Posted: 5/30/2017 1:40 PM

Beta Call

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While I agree it's important to study films and read TONS of scripts, here's my advice to "breaking" into Hollywood. It's the same advice to break into any business, because it's called show business. If you really believe in your script (that means the entire story works, is original and has broad audience appeal-18 out of 20 friends and family read it and said this is brilliant) then figure out a way to make the film yourself-on a very low budget. Regardless of the outcome, you will make a name for yourself and develop huge contacts (at film festival screenings of your work etc.). As a comedy writer, I would ask this simple question, do you think Mel Brooks or Woody Allen studied tons of scripts or studied technique? No. They were either brilliantly funny or they weren't. Same with TV. Seinfeld and David didn't care about studying script writing technique. They either had great stories to tell through funny characters or they didn't. If you can't figure out a way to finance the film, then make it a ten minute short (or a 3 minute trailer). If you do this enough and you have real talent, eventually it will lead to a break in the business. But just writing one dimensional scripts on paper and hoping that your 1 in 50,000 manuscripts floating around Hollywood is going to jump off the page and land you an Oscar is dreaming. Even if you don't act or perform (like landing on SNL or doing standup) or take small drama roles in theater, you can hire very talented struggling actors looking for their first break at almost no wage (they just want opportunity like you do).

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Message #6 of 46

Message Date Posted: 5/31/2017 8:57 AM

Script Oracle

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When creating your heroes and villains in your screenplays, scripts.

Read(watch) biographies about top current and past leaders, dictators and tyrants for ideas.

Here is a quick list.

Study their positive (negative) personalities and their psychological complexity and family values.

Adolf Hitler.
Napoleon.
Vladimir Lenin.
Joseph Stalin.
Francisco Franco.
Nikita Khrushchev.
Mikhail Gorbachev.
Robert Mugabe
Kim Jong Il
Chiang Kai Shek
Ho Chi Minh
Mengistu Haile Mariam
Kim Il Sung
Saddam Hussein
etc

Script Oracle

Message #7 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/5/2017 10:35 AM

steven tenney

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I wonder if anyone has actually calculated the chances for any amatuer having their screenplay actually bought and produced when entering any screenplay contest. Even if you are lucky enough to become a finalist in Nichols, Page and the countless other contests, if seems your chances of making it to the big time are very, very slim. But the Contest Industry are more then happy to take our money and dangle an imaginary carrot in our faces, luring us in with our dreams of seeing our story up on the movie screen.

Basically we need to stop deluded ourselves and admit that we really are all just "hobby" screenwriters and that we're willing to shell out our hard earned cash to support our hobbies. When we do make the quarter finals, semi finals or even finals of a contest, we need to realize that, as we used to say in the Navy, "with that accolade and four dollars you might be able to buy a good beer."

Sure it sounds good to brag "Hey, I was a quarter finalist with Page." at cocktail parties. But Whoppety doo-doo! But please realize it probably won't get you a paying gig in Tinsel Town.

Even Oscar winning screenwriters like Charlie Kaufman can't get a script produced these days. So what chance do we have?

steven tenney

Message #8 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/5/2017 2:17 PM

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Exactly. That's why my comment above yours states that if you really want to break into show "Businesses" (cuz it's a business), you have an infinitely better chance producing your work yourself. As I mentioned, technology is such that you can shoot quality films on very low budget using very talented actors and crew looking for a break too. Also, with Youtube, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, there is huge distribution opportunities that was only available to big studio financed projects in yesteryear. If you have a great story and some drive and determination-you have a shot. But only a shot. But that beats wasting money on contests, evaluations, and trying to land an agent. I've found much success in life in other businesses and endeavors by taking control and making it happen myself, rather than putting my fate in the power of others and hoping I succeed.

Beta Call

Message #9 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/6/2017 9:24 AM

Script Oracle

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Here is my advice when it comes to getting the attention of managers and agents.

DO BOTH.

Get their attention via script contests and query letters and pitch fests.

BUT. BUT. BUT.

Also.

Do lots of creative writing. Write books, movie scripts, comic book scripts, poems , novellas, articles (subjects that interest you)
Just immense yourself in tons of writing. All kinds. Get published online and the traditional way.

GIVE YOUR WRITINGS OUT FOR FREE.

LET THE WORLD DECIDE IF YOU ARE GOOD OR NOT.

BUT. BUT. BUT.

DON'T BE BORING.

BE CREATIVE.
GO CRAZY.
IN PRINT.
AND ON THE INTERNET.

And let the agents and managers discover you.

DO YOUR THING. HAVE FANS. HAVE FRIENDS WHO LOVE YOUR WRITING.
THE KEY IS TO HAVE LOTS OF FANS AND SUPPORT AROUND THE WORLD.

LET THE AGENTS AND MANAGERS COME TO YOU AND DISCOVER YOU.

Script Oracle

Message #10 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/7/2017 6:16 PM

Script Oracle

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Here is some info on how to create a BEAT SHEET for your script.

It's an amazing part of screenwriting.

DO IT. AND YOUR SCRIPT WILL ROCK.

http://noamkroll.com/this-simple-beat-sheet-technique-will-help-you-finish-your-feature-screenplay-in-record-time/

Script Oracle

Message #11 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/9/2017 9:12 AM

Script Oracle

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When writing your script.

Keep it FUN.

No matter what genre or story.

MAKE IT FUN.

The reason why LOST IN SPACE remake flopped, is because the writer and director did not make it FUN, like the original.
The reason why the new STAR WARS remake are average, is because it was not as FUN as the originals.

The new movie THE MUMMY is getting epic negative reviews because the writer & director did not make it FUN.

MAKE the STORY FUN.

eg of fun scripts/movies - GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY, PULP FICTION, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, ROMANCING THE STONES, AVATAR, JACKIE CHAN MOVIES, DEADPOOL, WANTED, THE FIRST SPIDERMAN, THE FIRST SUPERMAN, TIME BANDITS, THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY MAUCHAUSEN, SCREAM...

NO MATTER WHAT YOU WRITE. MAKE IT A FUN READ. EVEN IF IT'S BATMAN VS SUPERMAN.

Make it witty, zany, slick and creative.

Script Oracle

Message #12 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/10/2017 10:22 AM

Script Oracle

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You cannot just have a good script – this is isn’t good enough, all - it has to be SUPER great.

You can do it.

Just aim for it and do it.

And practice and practice and consult until it rocks.

Be unique.

Be fresh.

Write with your heart.

Go back to reason why you LOVE movies.
Write the movie you want to see and write a movie you want the world to see.
It has to fly off the page. Learn, write and market. Repeat with new perspectives until you make a sale.

This game is not over until you sell your spec.

Work hard and dream big.

Ask for help.

Build your team of TOP PERSONAL script consultants/readers.

Work as a TEAM.

IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL YOU WIN.

Script Oracle

Message #13 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/11/2017 1:23 PM

Keith Curran

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You seem an idiot.

Keith Curran

Message #14 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/11/2017 4:03 PM

Script Oracle

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When writing action scenes.

Learn to ponder like a Director of Photography and the DIRECTOR.

Learn to support productions – NOT confuse them.

Action FILMS are a COLLABORATIVE THING.

JUST give the indispensable nuts and bolts.

Don’t be too indefinite or too descriptive. Find a balance.

YES, SCREENWRITING IS AN ART. AND SOME MIGHT ARGUE, IT SHOULD BE POETIC.

Think like a director with a budget and think of the possible real-world limitation.

DON’T BE TOO EXPLICIT OR TECHNICAL.

Read these scripts for examples:
ALIEN (first one).
CLOCKWORK ORANGE.
THE MATRIX
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE.
THE PROPOSITION
3:10 TO YUMA
MAD MAX

Script Oracle

Message #15 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/21/2017 10:54 AM

Script Oracle

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One way to improve and get closer to realizing your screenwriting DESTINATION.
Is this. Take a bad movie. One you really hated. And write the script you wanted it to be.

For example. I hated all PIRATES movies in the last 20 years.
So I wrote the best PIRATE script. IMO. It's great. LOL.

So far, it got adapted into a comic book and depending on the fan base GROWTH, maybe the GN.

So if you watched a horror movie or a rom com comedy ETC which you detested vehemently.

Take that fillm, dissect it and re-write it.
Make it better. Write from the heart.
Write with soul. MAKE IT FUN.


THINK POSITIVE.
KEEP THE MOTIVATION VIBES.
STICK WITH POSITIVE WRITERS.
WRITE THE MOVIE YOU WOULD ENJOY WATCHING.

Script Oracle

Message #16 of 46

Message Date Posted: 6/27/2017 2:18 PM

Script Oracle

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If you want YOUR SCRIPTS TO score big at contests.
If you want to score big with agents.
If you want to score big with managers.

DO THIS -
Take your SCREENPLAYS and read it loud.
Parts by parts.
READ IT LIKE YOU ARE A PERFORMER OF SORTS.
And have a red pen ready for edits/corrections.

DO THIS.
AND YOUR SCRIPT WILL IMPROVE.

READ IT LOUD.
GET INTO THE GROOVE.
GET INTO THE FLOW.

Script Oracle

Message #17 of 46

Message Date Posted: 7/5/2017 7:04 PM

Script Oracle

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add Dramatic irony to your script to elevate SUSPENSE AND TENSION

dramatic irony is when the audience definitely knows something that the characters does not

study Hitchcock and learn how he was a master of this

actually watch all his movies and make notes

STUDY
STUDY
STUDY

FROM THE MASTERS.

THAT's what i did.

Script Oracle

Message #18 of 46

Message Date Posted: 7/15/2017 10:45 AM

Script Oracle

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DOES YOUR TV SCRIPT pilot contain A TEASER before Act 1 ?
Well if you love writing TV script(pilots), see if you can add a cool teaser at the start.
Here is an excellent example in two form:

http://www.savethecat.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/breaking_bad_-_stc_breakdown-0816121.pdf

http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~ina22/splaylib/Screenplay-Breaking_Bad-Pilot.PDF

Script Oracle

Message #19 of 46

Message Date Posted: 7/22/2017 10:59 AM

Script Oracle

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My advice to you.
You want your script to impress the pros.
You want your script to start a bidding war.

First , your script must be in top notch shape.

THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO:

Get some top Hollywood scripts.
Read them. Read one TOP script per month.
Dissect them line by line.
Analyze each line.
Memorize.
Read parts out LOUD.
Make your own note on the script.
DON'T DEPEND ON PAST NOTES FROM THOSE ON GOOGLE .
THEY MUST BE YOUR OWN NOTES.
TRUST YOUR "FILM INSTINCT" AND WHY YOU LOVE MOVIES!!!!

Do this OFTEN. And your own script will improve effortlessly.
Don't force it. Don't stress. Be cool. And just read and study them at a quiet NATURAL pace.

Just read in a relaxed setting and subconsciously let it work.

SOON YOU WILL SEE MAJOR IMPROVEMENT IN YOUR SCRIPTS.


Script Oracle

Message #20 of 46

Message Date Posted: 7/28/2017 2:05 PM

Script Oracle

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one way to write good dialogues is to study how top American and Russian politicians talk

meaning: how they argue, debate and bullshit and exchange insults

watch FOX NEWS and CNN and take notes or tape it (and listen and act it out)

if you have mob script for example: listen how New York politicians talk - trust me, you will learn a lot on dialogue writing and get more ideas and get motivated


AND YOUR SCRIPT WILL BE SPICY AND HOT


Script Oracle

Message #21 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/4/2017 8:57 AM

Script Oracle

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Hi screenwriters.
If you really love movies.
If you really love writing scripts.

Best advice I heard from James Cameron on Youtube.

Make a short film.
Go crazy.
Make it poetic.
or
Make it surreal.
or
Make it dramatic.
or
Make it fantastical.
or
Make it family.
or
Make it horror.
or
Just make a teaser.
or
Make it a sitcom.
or
Make it a comedy.

Hire a director.
Or direct IT yourself.

Build a team. You produce it. ETC ETC

MAKE A SHORT FILM.
MARKET IT ONLINE.
YOU CAN DO IT.
THE WORLD IS YOUR AUDIENCE.

Script Oracle

Message #22 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/5/2017 9:53 AM

Script Oracle

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If you want to write COMIC BOOK screenplay.

Your own or an adaptation.

Here is an perfect example how to write one:

http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/catwoman.pdf

Script Oracle

Message #23 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/12/2017 9:57 AM

Script Oracle

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As you journey into Hollywood.

It's good to learn how a film director thinks.

Here is one example.

Sometimes a director will be interested in your concept or treatment ONLY.

Some of them are leaders and they will take you under their wings.

Here is a great script from famed director Robert Rodriguez.

His script is amazingly visual.

Most directors are dreamers and visualists and visionaries. About all - they are leaders.

So network with upcoming directors. And introduce them your treatment or concept.

And study this script and understand how a film director writes -

http://www.avpgalaxy.net/files/scripts/script-predators-rodriguez.pdf

Script Oracle

Message #24 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/18/2017 1:22 AM

Patricia Poulos

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THANK YOU ALL FOR THIS. I've been unable for some months to interact but intend to read these comments slowly and with purpose once my immediate matters have been dealt with or at least subsided.

Kindest regards,
Patricia

Patricia Poulos

Message #25 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/18/2017 1:28 PM

Script Oracle

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no problem, it's all about working hard and marketing
that's how we will all make it, never give up

Script Oracle

Message #26 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/18/2017 1:38 PM

Script Oracle

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Screenwriting and marketing.
Hmmm.
This is what some spec script specialists do -
*** market everyday for 2 or three hours
1. query producers, directors, actors, cinematographers, actresses , assistant directors etc (each letter much be unique)
2. make cold calls, eg. Independent film companies
3. make a list of production companies (their movies you like), create a database
4. help other writers
5. volunteer to work on movie sets and pre-production projects
6. enter script contests
7. find a script coach
8. rewrite until the cow comes home
9. practice your pitch everyday verbally and get feedback

Script Oracle

Message #27 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/19/2017 9:32 AM

Script Oracle

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It is okay to write a clean spec script.
It is okay to write a minimalist spec script.

But sometimes you want(need) to write a spec script that is so atmospheric
that you can taste it.

Here is an example that got raved reviews;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syriana

SYRIANA



Written by

Stephen Gaghan



Based on the book "See No Evil" by

Robert Baer

Script Oracle

Message #28 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/23/2017 9:50 AM

judi Blaze

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Wow! It sounds like all doom and gloom to me. I don't think like that and I truly hope all of you amateur screenwriters pass over his comments. Think positive. Law of Attraction, whatever it takes; you will succeed!!

judi Blaze

Message #29 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/25/2017 2:10 PM

Script Oracle

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If you start you script with #9 of the Heroes Journey
and then with #2
and then with #1
and then with # 5 etc

Will you have unpredictable script?


1. Heroes are placed in the BORING ORDINARY WORLD, where , FOR SURE
2. they get the CALL TO ADVENTURE OR URGE
3. Heroes RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALLING, but
are PUSHED by a MENTOR/FRIENDS/COACH/VILLIAN to
4. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD(OF MANY TO COME) and enter the EXTRA-SPECIAL UNIQUE World EXPERIENCE, where
they meet all sorts of - TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES AND Villains and Villainess
5. They APPROACH THE INMOST darkness, to meet second threshold
where they will live and suffer the ORDEAL.
6. They take control of a REWARD/GIFT/WEAPONS and
7. are pursued on THE ROAD/PATH home-bound to the boring Ordinary World.
7.1 but want to turn back to the adventure
8. They cross the third or forth or fifth threshold or more
9. experience a deadly emotional RESURRECTION and might or not be changed by the special experience.
10.0 They RETURN WITH the power? ( or a skill or treasure or gift) to assist the very boring Ordinary World what we call HOME.

Script Oracle

Message #30 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/25/2017 2:56 PM

Script Oracle

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Who should you make friends with in Hollywood and all around the FILM world?
Who should you take out for lunch ?
Whose lives should you study?
Whose work should you study?

CINEMATOGRAPHERS.
YES.
CINEMATOGRAPHERS.
THAT'S WHO.

Before CINEMATOGRAPHERS come to the set, they work laboriously TO DETAIL THE finest details via PRE-PRODUCTION.
Yes they break down the script in METICULOUS DETAILS.

THEY BREAK DOWN THE SCRIPT.

So make friends with CINEMATOGRAPHERS.
ATTEND THEIR SEMINARS
ATTEND THEIR CONFERENCES.
READ THEIR BOOKS.
VOLUNTEER TO WORK WITH THEM ON THEIR PRE-PRODUCTION STAGES.

By doing so , you will learn why a script must be concise, lean, engaging and FORMATTED LIKE A MASTERPIECE.



Script Oracle

Message #31 of 46

Message Date Posted: 8/31/2017 5:53 PM

Script Oracle

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One of coolest thickly atmospheric engaging and passionate script ever written is this one:


Gladiator (2000 film) - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladiator_(2000_film)
"Screenplay. Gladiator was based on an original pitch by David Franzoni, who wrote the first draft. Franzoni was given a three-picture deal with DreamWorks as writer and co-producer on the strength of his previous work, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, which helped establish the reputation of DreamWorks."

Here is an analysis of it that will make you want to re-read the script and study it comprehensively (it will change your life and writing skills forever):

DO IT NOW.
READ IT NOW.
STUDY IT NOW.


http://screenplayhowto.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Gladiator-Script-Analysis.pdf

Script Oracle

Message #32 of 46

Message Date Posted: 9/1/2017 11:36 AM

Script Oracle

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Script Advice 01 09 2017

Always get feedback/notes on your scripts from script professionals/coaches/readers and friends.

Good or bad. Read the notes.
Let it sink in.
Don't fuss.
Don't get upset.
Or brag.

Let it sink IN.

NEXT STEP:
1. print your script and do a rewrite
2. upon the rewrite, you will make changes
3. don't think too much of the notes YOU GOT EARLIER
4. let THE SCRIPT FLOW NATURALLY without trying - while editing
5. DON'T FORCE THE NOTES INTO THE SCRIPT. LET THE NOTES FALL NATURALLY INTO THE SCRIPT. NATURALLY.
6. YOUR SCRIPT HAS LIFE. IT WILL EITHER reject the notes or accept the notes

Respect your talent. Respect the notes. Respect the the laws of writing.

It's an art. Screenwriting.

Script Oracle

Message #33 of 46

Message Date Posted: 9/4/2017 11:37 AM

Script Oracle

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Before you start writing, make sure you have a slim nutritious power breakfast -

1. it will help your cognitive creative function
2. it will keep your glucose level balanced, so you don't feel tired typing or editing
3. it will give you carbohydrate as brain food if you have crazy business or personal deadlines
4. it will improve your memory, yes, lots to remember if you have 20 scripts on the go
5. it will improve your concentration, so you don't mess around with TV , Radio, Internet, Vegetating

Try this breakfast tomorrow morning or today and you will have lots of energy for your screenwriting endeavors and deadlines and progress.

a. rye toasted bread with low-fat raspberry jam
b. 2 egg white scrambled or boiled
c. baked potato wedges
d. small glass of orange juice or pineapple or mango
e. and a very small bowl of oatmeal with banana or strawberry on top with a sprinkle of brown sugar
f. and your favorite cup of coffee or tea for later - xtra large cup

Do it , and you will have lots of good energy to write in the mornings.

You can do it.
SCREENWRITING IS HARD WORK.
SCREENWRITING NEEDS LOTS OF ENERGY AND STAMINA AND BRAIN GYMNASTIC.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!



Script Oracle

Message #34 of 46

Message Date Posted: 9/10/2017 5:47 PM

Script Oracle

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When you do a REWRITE.
YOU must be serious.
WHY are the managers or agents not calling you?
BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO DO A REWRITE.
Why is it you are not placing in contests?
BECAUSE YOU MUST.
YOU MUST DO A REWRITE.

AND :

YOU must know THAT it will be difficult.
YOU must know it will affect your moods and energy level and anxiety.

THIS IS WHY YOU MUST DO A REWRITE.

STRESS ANXIETY = WRITERS MOTIVATION.

The best way to do a rewrite is to print and edit with a pen.
YOU HAVE TO GO INTO THE TRENCHES LIKE THE GREAT PAST WRITERS OF THE WORLD.
GOOGLE HOW THEY EDITED THEIR DRAFTS.
THE best writers edited with a pen and then gave their TYPISTS to re-type.

AFTER you finish your reWRITE.
JUST update your digital files.

IT MIGHT TAKE YOU A MONTH OR LESS or more to complete your rewrite.
But when you are done - it's the most rewarding experience ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU CAN
DO IT.
WORK HARD.
WRITING IS FOR THE SERIOUS.




Script Oracle

Message #35 of 46

Message Date Posted: 9/25/2017 10:16 PM

Chok Hin Chan

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After you finish your rewrite on paper, type it yourself. Don't let anyone else do it. It will be your second rewrite.

Chok Hin Chan

Message #36 of 46

Message Date Posted: 9/26/2017 12:26 PM

Script Oracle

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Recently met independent producers who got excited about a story/script and EVEN more excited because OF THE AFFORDABLE BUDGET AND MINIMAL LOCATIONS.

Yes, do write your big budget script.

But ALSO write an amazing story that can be directed under 1,000,000.00

Upcoming independent directors and producers will love you. They are obsessed with locations and budgets.

Low budget scripts/FILMS:

ONCE
PRIMER
CATFISH
ANOTHER EARTH
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
THE CASTLE
MONSTERS
Pi (1998)

Script Oracle

Message #37 of 46

Message Date Posted: 9/29/2017 8:53 AM

Script Oracle

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Getting coverage and notes for your scripts -->>> IS the most important part of this business.

Good or bad notes will help you now and in the future.

If you haven't optioned you scripts - keep getting notes and do lots of rewrites - until it sells.

Readers are here to help you. They might be HARSH, but they REALLY DO care, sincerely. And they want you to succeed.


YOU CAN DO IT.
LISTEN TO THE READERS.
GOOD OR BAD NOTES.
THEY WANT TO DISCOVER A GREAT SCRIPT.
AND THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP YOU.
THE ARE HARD WORKING.


WRITING A SCRIPT COVERAGE OR GIVING NOTES IS HARD WORK.
THEY WORK HARD - SO YOU CAN SUCCEED.






Script Oracle

Message #38 of 46

Message Date Posted: 9/29/2017 8:53 AM

Script Oracle

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Getting coverage and notes for your scripts -->>> IS the most important part of this business.

Good or bad notes will help you now and in the future.

If you haven't optioned you scripts - keep getting notes and do lots of rewrites - until it sells.

Readers are here to help you. They might be HARSH, but they REALLY DO care, sincerely. And they want you to succeed.


YOU CAN DO IT.
LISTEN TO THE READERS.
GOOD OR BAD NOTES.
THEY WANT TO DISCOVER A GREAT SCRIPT.
AND THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP YOU.
THE ARE HARD WORKING.


WRITING A SCRIPT COVERAGE OR GIVING NOTES IS HARD WORK.
THEY WORK HARD - SO YOU CAN SUCCEED.






Script Oracle

Message #39 of 46

Message Date Posted: 10/12/2017 3:28 PM

Script Oracle

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There are so many creative ways a screenplay gets to a producer or a Reader.

So, be creative.

One example.
As humans, we are attracted to one another for different reasons.
NO one knows why or how. Or how long term relationships are formed.
It's not a science. It happens. It's an emotional journey.

YOU CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE AND LEARN HOW TO CUT A DEAL OR BECOME A UNIQUE SOCIAL BUTTERFLY.
AND STILL BE IN CONTROL.


You GOT to try - TO BUILD relationships by sweating it out. Yes the first steps are very hard.
BUT JUST BE NICE AND RESPECTFUL AND WITTY.

IF YOU FAIL. IT'S OKAY. PICK YOURSELF UP AND try try try again until the the cow comes HOME.

LEARN HOW TO DO THIS.
TAKE YOURSELF OUT YOUR COMFORT ZONE.

READ BOOKS. GET A coach. Ask friends to help you.

Socializing is VERY VERY VERY hard for SCREENwriters. But you got to do it. It is VERY VERY VERY hard and painful.
YOU GOT TO DO IT - WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE AN AGENT OR MANAGER. OR NEVER WILL.

So, talk and become friends with staffs at the production companies and agencies etc.

Friends help friends.

Try it - you will surprise how friends help friends.

Some times - ACQUAINTANCES HELP ACQUAINTANCES.

GOOD luck.

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Message Date Posted: 10/25/2017 7:07 PM

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your first OF you script MUST be awesome and engaging and SUPER fine-tuned and un-cluttered...

how to do this?

WELL.

No theory needed.

JUST.

Read good scripts.
Read this one.
It's first PAGE is one the best this year.

http://www.amazonstudiosguilds.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/BS-Pink-FULL-SCRIPT-LAST-SCRIPT-USED1.pdf

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Message Date Posted: 10/25/2017 7:10 PM

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your first PAGE OF you script MUST be awesome and engaging and SUPER fine-tuned and un-cluttered...

how to do this?

WELL.

No theory needed.

JUST. JUST WRITE A SUPER GOOD FIRST PAGE.

FIRST PAGE.

Read good scripts.
Read this one.
It's first PAGE is one the best this year.

http://www.amazonstudiosguilds.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/BS-Pink-FULL-SCRIPT-LAST-SCRIPT-USED1.pdf

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Message Date Posted: 11/2/2017 3:42 AM

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Hi
I've read a few scripts in my time and I don't claim to be a seasoned writer but I've read this first page a few times and I was really unimpressed. Maybe I'm too dumb to get why this first page is so great but I thought it was quite average. It used a narrator and starts off with the hero lying in bed remembering a book he saw at a party but I am wondering what makes this first page special.
Just checking if maybe you've posted the wrong link or if not, could you maybe pinpoint what makes this first so brilliant cause I just can't see it. Sorry.

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Message Date Posted: 11/4/2017 9:31 AM

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What is the big difference between a logline and a tagline?

WELL - A logline is a concept of the story. One or two sentences. For pitching.

eg.
CASABLANCA

Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications


And THEN tagline is simply a very short slick tag. For marketing.

eg.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
"One man's struggle to take it easy."


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Message Date Posted: 11/4/2017 9:33 AM

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Loved this first page -BECAUSE (It sets the mood, themes, tone and pacing of the story)

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Message Date Posted: 11/11/2017 10:17 AM

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Don try to write a script at first with all these white space in it.
If you do this first - you will not nourish or maintain your IMAGINATION.
YOUR WILL LIMIT YOUR SELF. YOU WILL NOT DEVELOP YOUR IMAGINATION.

OKAY.

THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE....

FIRST -- BRAINSTORM, write it like a movie, with full descritioon and camera movements and shots AND collorful words

SECOND - EDIT it into a lean script, EDIT it into into a script like this --

http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/bourneidentity.html

EDIT, EDIT, EDIT, EDIT - UNTIL IT IS LEAN AND MEAN.


TRUST ME - THIS WILL be EASY ONCE YOU WRITE THE MOVIE LIKE A DIRECTOR.

SO, write it like a director FIRST.
THEN, edit it like a screen writer - will lots of white space.

--

SO WRITE LIKE A FILM DIRECTOR.
BUT EDIT LIKE A SCREENWRITER.

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Message Date Posted: 11/19/2017 8:51 PM

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Remember its a movie you a writing.
This is not AN engineering or a physics book OR education OR novel. Don't analyze. Feel the scenes on an emotional level.
Have fun and be concise and quick. Get INTO THE SCENES QUICK.

So forget LOGIC or explanations.


I recall : I wrote a script for fun about Aqua-man and his mermaid lady and World War 2 and Hollywood Musicals with Grace Kelly as the start, as the back drop. I WROTE this script just for fun as a hobby at that time.
--
And one friend who was studying films, asked are you going to explain why they can breathe in and out of water and how can you build Atlantis? And does Grace Kelly really dance and does she have training in dancing.

JUST GET TO THE ACTION AND COOL FUN STUFF and love story and epic action.

ITS A MOVIE DUDE. it's A F *** MOVIE

SO GET TO THE ACTION QUICK and forGET to bs scientific or logic crap explanations briefly.

ITS NOT A NOVEL.

READ AND WATCH " BACK TO THE FUTURE" with MICHAEL J Fox.
AND LEARN.

forget the PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING. THERE IS WILL NEVER BE LOGIC IN SCREEN WRITING AND MOVIES.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH7v9NOIsVE

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