Musings from a young Hollywood professional

Have you ever talked to a screenwriter about bad movies? You really should.

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driedinkonpaper asked: Have you ever laughed so hard you cried while reading a bad script, and if so, what was it/what made you?

OH MY GOD YES I HAVE!

So. Story time.

At my first internship EVER, I was doing coverage for a production company in Santa Monica.  The company was at such a level that the vast majority of the scripts were coming from respected writers, usually with representation at the highest of companies.  So while not every script was good, they were all at least comfortably mediocre.

And then I got handed a script.  It started out as a family/hippie drama.  Then the next sequence it became a traveling story of affirmation.  Then the next sequence it became an escape from the russian mountains story.  Then the next sequence it was a scientific thriller.  Then the next it was a high business drama with backstabbing!

And it went on for TWELVE FUCKING SEQUENCES.

I was laughing so hard at the ridiculousness that I ended up crying a bit, which amused the hell out of the other interns.  My boss walked in, and when I explained to her what coverage I was working on, she went “oh right, that script!  The writer sat next to [executive] on a plane, and wouldn’t shut the fuck up until he agreed to read the script.”

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writerlyn:

Apparently tumblr made me unfollow a few of my favorite blogs.

And I also followed a few random blogs.

So I’m hunting down a few remaining blogs, and giving the random chance blogs a chance, just for the hell of it.

Seriously though.  My recommended blogs area is FULL of people I used to follow.  This sucks.

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Apparently tumblr made me unfollow a few of my favorite blogs.

And I also followed a few random blogs.

So I’m hunting down a few remaining blogs, and giving the random chance blogs a chance, just for the hell of it.

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First Act Woes

Slight writers musing time. Totally personal writers musing time. 

I’m very selective about my first acts.

Sometimes obscenely so.

I want my first acts to be PERFECT.

I want them to set up the conflict.  I want them to foreshadow major events. I want them to show the world before the conflict takes place. I want them to show the reasons for the conflict.

I want them to make the character yearn for the time before the main actions of the movie, but also have the character learn that the time before was ultimately unsatisfying.  I want to show that.

I want you to get glimpses of what the main character can do, even though they have yet to realize their full potential.

Basically, even though the main action has yet to happen, I want to set up the seeds for the main characters reactions to all the second act. 

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So what happens in actuality is I end up rather unsatisfied with all my first acts.

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