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Message #1 of 15

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 15

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 15

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

Script Oracle

MB Posts (17)

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 15

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

Script Oracle

MB Posts (17)

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 15

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 15

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 15

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 15

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

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MB Posts (2)

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.

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Message #9 of 15

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 15

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

Script Oracle

MB Posts (17)

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 15

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 15

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 15

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

Keith Curran

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You seem an idiot.

Keith Curran

Message #14 of 15

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 15

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