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by forty
Jan 29, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: The Writing Process
Topic: The King's Speech
Replies: 0
Views: 2119

The King's Speech

This breakdown of The King's Speech arrived in my inbox this morning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQt7Ro9MZ4Y
by forty
Jan 10, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: The Writing Process
Topic: Writer's Block: An Interview with a Screenwriter
Replies: 1
Views: 2864

Re: Writer's Block: An Interview with a Screenwriter

Knowing story structure helps. Another words knowing what you should be doing next helps. If you think that a story will "just emerge" then you will get writers block.

And then the old cliche "just write" helps. Just putting words on paper clears the mind.
by forty
Jan 10, 2011 12:37 am
Forum: The Writing Process
Topic: Order of Exposition
Replies: 5
Views: 6351

Re: Order of Exposition

Two Options: ONE Watch "Trainspotting." You have a loop there that begins and ends at about the same stages. You'll see what I mean when you watch it. Use the same technique. TWO A story is rolled out in specific way - specific functions are meant to occur at various stages (see http://www...
by forty
Nov 26, 2010 3:19 am
Forum: Inspiration and Motivation
Topic: As Good As Star Wars
Replies: 15
Views: 10689

Re: As Good As Star Wars

I'd like to recommend the book 'Hero With a Thousand Faces' by Joseph Campbell. George Lucas has often said he drew heavily on Campbell's work with the 'mythic archetypes' and 'the hero's journey' when making 'Star Wars.' True. But this makes it sound like Campbell and George were the first ones to...
by forty
Sep 28, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: The Writing Process
Topic: Tips in writing Screen play
Replies: 3
Views: 3760

Re: Tips in writing Screen play

Choose one of your short stories. You already have a beginning and end and a subconscious idea about your characters. Expand that. Brokeback Mountain was an expansion of a short story written by Annie Proulx. The same technique applies. The expansion follows a certain pattern ( see http://www.clicko...
by forty
Sep 21, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: Television
Topic: Storyforms of your favourite tv shows
Replies: 5
Views: 5479

Re: Storyforms of your favourite tv shows

hi all, has anyone tried to storyform a whole television series? season by season? I would love it if anyone could "do the dramatica breakdown" on my fav tv show - RDM's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. Better still if Chris could give some comments. :D Each episode follows a pattern and...
by forty
Sep 21, 2010 1:49 am
Forum: Screenwriting
Topic: What don't people want to see?
Replies: 7
Views: 5668

Re: What don't people want to see?

Hi everyone, I'm new, and still trying to seel my first screenplay. But, I tried a method that I don't think was done before. I went to several of my friends, and writing boards I belong to and asked "What don't you want to see in a horror movie?" I got some real good information, but has...
by forty
Sep 08, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: Inspiration and Motivation
Topic: HELP WITH TIMELINE
Replies: 4
Views: 4281

Re: HELP WITH TIMELINE

Watch "Raging Bull" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

See how they use montage etc to do this.
by forty
Sep 08, 2010 1:44 am
Forum: Inspiration and Motivation
Topic: Constantly Changing Scenes!
Replies: 3
Views: 3822

Re: Constantly Changing Scenes!

Again, you don't understand story structure (you don't know how a story should be laid out beginning to end). Which is why you keep changing scenes etc. Because you don't know where to go, you constantly keep going over the same ground. Again, for structure, I refer you to http://www.clickok.co.uk/i...
by forty
Sep 08, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: Inspiration and Motivation
Topic: What to do with the 60,000 words I have already?
Replies: 5
Views: 5434

Re: What to do with the 60,000 words I have already?

Usually, when patients suffer from "several manuscripts in process" it is a result of lack of a)understanding story structure and b) discipline. When I was young and wanted to be a dancer, my mother told me that dancing is not about freedom, it is about discipline. It is the same with writ...
by forty
Sep 08, 2010 1:31 am
Forum: The Writing Process
Topic: Positive and Negative Polarites
Replies: 2
Views: 3249

Re: Positive and Negative Polarites

If your story does not return to a State of Perfection, it will not be deemed "an unexpected climax," more likely "what! finish that damn story!" It will not even go into production. You are not being "innovative" and "original." Suggest you get your head arou...
by forty
Sep 08, 2010 1:24 am
Forum: The Writing Process
Topic: This doesn't sound right to me
Replies: 7
Views: 5188

Re: This doesn't sound right to me

The advice is correct.
by forty
Aug 13, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Novel and Short Story Writing
Topic: Sub-Plots
Replies: 4
Views: 14181

Re: Sub-Plots

Subplots are allies' and enemies' challenges that undergo the process of resolution. They follow the same path of resolution as the hero's / main character's path. You can relate it to sitcom (teh A-story, the B-story etc). So give them more challenges. Depth is achieved by giving the characters mul...
by forty
Aug 13, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: The Writing Process
Topic: How many characters should my screenplay have?
Replies: 3
Views: 5769

Re: How many characters should my screenplay have?

There is technically no limit BUT: A good story structure involves a certain process and a number of related functions (related to archetypes). Normally, you keep the story clean by assigning multiple functions to a small group of characters. Once you have the story outlined well, you can then distr...
by forty
Aug 13, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Inspiration and Motivation
Topic: HELP WITH TIMELINE
Replies: 4
Views: 4879

Re: HELP WITH TIMELINE

See how it's done in: a) Raging Bull and b) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid etc. Same technique. There's also a good example of progression / transformation in Scarface. Probably heresy to say this on a site sponsored by Movie Magic, but a good source for structure and this sort of thing is Kal B...
by forty
Aug 13, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: Screenwriter Wishlist
Topic: Forum setup by Movie Magic authors?
Replies: 1
Views: 2718

Forum setup by Movie Magic authors?

So this forum is setup by Movie Magic authors? In order to promote their software?
by forty
Aug 13, 2010 7:15 am
Forum: Screenwriter Wishlist
Topic: Templates
Replies: 5
Views: 5235

Re: Templates

What is required (for spam prevention) is a board where admins can see a list of posts everyday and delete individual ones.

Also, the standard "no URLs until you have made X number of posts etc."

Not aware of any technology that incorporates all these.
by forty
Aug 13, 2010 7:10 am
Forum: Screenwriting
Topic: What don't people want to see?
Replies: 7
Views: 5668

Re: What don't people want to see?

Imagined horror (off screen; not seeing it). Then later seeing it and it being worse that imagined.

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