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Christian H.

I'm blessed - as Arndt has been with the Pixar staff - with a very good partner. They don't grow on trees. And you may be flying solo with your project. But the principle stands: Keep poking at it, keep testing it, keep making it better than when you thought it was good. Find the right sounding boards, follow the soundest advice. And do - not - settle.

And if you really persevere in getting it as good as it can possibly be, you may be lucky enough to land your project at a studio. Where they'll try to fuck it up.

If you've done the hard work, though, there will be less for them to mess with. That, as some unhappy guy from Denmark once said, is a consummation devoutly to be wished.

Ne'er been spoken words so true.

DO THE WORK. Screenwriters need to be library\Google friendly. The more real your characters, the less emphasized their surroundings, the deeper into the world YOU go, the fewer things they can find.

Execs aren't writers but they have been exposed to hundreds of stories good and bad. They expect certain things in genre, character and narrative (referring to the ending).

Well, I could go on but

The Revolution has Begun!

popular culture

So right. So true. Keeping to the vision is so 'der' that it makes even the best Yale, Harvard MBAs try to outsmart it. Yet, it is so true, so right. Follow the road by KISS!!!!

E.C. Henry

Yeah, this year's rom-com offerings don't look so hot. Like many others, I'm in the camp of those who wished the studios were willing to take more chances, and try new stories as opposed to remakes and reimaging the past.

Scott Myers is a dream. His blogspot is ALWAYS filled with something interesting. And I highly reccomend it.

Billy, could use some real life advice. I've currently got two girls I'm interested in at work -- and I want to maximize my "cute meet" possibilties. Interest #1 has beautiful, 80s sytle feathered back long hair -- and she has a voice like Kathleen Turner! She works in the manufacturing area right across the hall from me. Interest #2 is Meg Ryan on a forklift! Very femine girl. The kind that of sweetness that just draws you in. But she, alas, MAY be too young for me to realistically consider. More data needed...

Anyway, if you have any theory-to-real-life advice I'd love to hear what you have to say. Romantic interests don't come around all that often for yours truely. And I'm soooo sick of being alone.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA


Why is the film industry so different from the theatre? The playwright’s original vision seems to be far more respected than the screenwriter’s, although the writing skills involved are not dissimilar.

I recall Neil Simon writing in one of his autobiographies that the third act of his play Barefoot in the Park didn’t work, but he didn’t how why. He only realized what was wrong several months later, once the play was performed on stage, whilst discussing the issue with a friend.

I can’t bear to think what would have happened to that wonderful play had it gone through the same “fixing method” we see in film scripts today...


Joanna Farnsworth

Right on, Billy, as always. The studios HAVE got it wrong.

Those Execs are so busy assessing factors for commercial success they have forgotten the script is supposed to be a Blueprint, not just for story design, but for story CONSTRUCTION too.

You know, for structural soundness. Like the rules of structural engineering are for architects' designs.

I mean, where would a bridge be without the rules of physics? You got it. A nice CGI, then a pile of rubble. Not unlike most movies.

The Studios used to know these structural rules. They have tons of precedents for them. Why don't they use them?

If re-makes and sequels followed the structural engineering of the originals, they'd probably be hits too.

Fox's Die Hard is about a Chauvinist who becomes a Real Man of the 80's, and wins back his wife. The potential for sequels was huge - and they missed it.

Will they miss again, with Wall Street? I hope not. The original was such a superbly crafted attitudinal metaphor for an Acquisitionist who becomes a Player in his own deal.

And isn't there talk of a sequel to Romancing The Stone?

My heart breaks...


Christian: Viva la Revolution.

Popular Culture: yeah baby. Though I'll follow the road by hug.

EC: Get to know them both, of course. Like... as people?

Christine: True dat, but Simon was as legendarily rigorous in his rewriting process as those guys at Pixar seem to be.

Joanna: Mine's been similarly broken for so long, it all sounds like another day's work to me!

Joanna Farnsworth

And I say, it's time to become a Howard Beale-ite!

"Mad as hell, and NOT going to take it anymore."

According to IMDb 1976's "Network" is UP in popularity this week - over 30 years later.

Time to get back to doing it RIGHT.

Hang in there, Billy. Your day will come.

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