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"Every once in a while, I need to have an editor rant. Perhaps I’ll call it “clarification” instead of a rant, because rant implies anger, and I’m not an angry person.
A few things happened this past week I feel need… clarification.
I’ve been mulling over how people approach life and their careers. Some people grab life by the throat and go after what they want, making changes along the way to grow and improve. Others are only open to hearing what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.
People are so odd sometimes, fighting evolution and staying stuck in old patterns that don’t work.
One of our columnists, Kevin Delin, wrote an article about tossing the famous and much-loved structure of Save the Cat!, and instead, writing in a way that is uniquely intuitive to you personally. The reactions were many, but what I found fascinating was how they varied widely on Twitter versus Facebook. Our Facebook readers were aghast that I would post such an article. Yet the Twitter audience applauded Kevin’s out-of-the box thinking.
There’s a lot we could analyze about why those two platforms reacted so differently, of which I have an opinion, but that’s a discussion for another day.
What I also found interesting was how some people attacked me personally for posting it. Then again, people also email me expletives that are so raw and vulgar, if I happen to miss correcting typos in an article, they’d make my Sicilian grandfather blush. You haven’t lived until you go through an editor’s inbox. Some days, it takes a tougher skin than sitting with a Hollywood exec.
Again, not “ranting,” just… clarifying.
Maybe I should clarify my overall philosophy on why I post what I post on ScriptMag. We now have over 50 contributors, for whom I have great respect. Do I personally agree with every post I publish? Hell no. Nor do I want to. I’m sure a few of them don’t agree with some of my Balls of Steel articles.
We all write our columns based on our opinions and our personal experiences in the industry, hoping the information we …..”
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"Always on the hunt for writers taking control of their own destiny, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Guinevere Turner writer of American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page, and now a full-on indie filmmaker with a new project at hand. Once I watched her IndieGoGo video, complete with puppets doing drugs, I was hooked.
Let’s dive in and see what makes Guinevere Turner tick…
JVB: What’s your current project about?
GT: My current project, Creeps, is about two best friends, a gay man and a lesbian, and a week that they spend trying to stay sober. (They like their drugs and alcohol). Really it’s kind of about the way we create family in our LGBT culture. It’s about a whole kind of alternative family group of friends and their lives in a week.
JVB: After writing films like American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page, what inspired you to go indie?
GT: Ha that’s a hilarious question. They are indie to me! They were both extremely challenging to raise money for. A movie with the word “Psycho” in the title, that isn’t really a horror film at all, and a movie with one of the sexiest women of the century that is more of an intimate character piece. Not easy to sell. But what’s making me go DEEP indie now is a.) That is where my filmmaking instincts started (Go Fish), b.) My movie Creeps is also a hard sell (LGBT functional addicts who aren’t that nice), and c.) The whole crowdfunding option intrigued me and appeals to my thrill-seeking, risk-taking side. So why not go for it? If not now, when?!
JVB: Having co-written Creeps and other scripts, what’s your process working with a co-writer?
GT: It depends on who it is. I personally really like to be in the same room (I loathe talking on the phone anyway), and I like for there to be only one computer that gets passed back and forth. I know some collaborators pick scenes and go off and write them separately, but that doesn’t work for me. It’s about the conversation in the room, and brainstorming. And who types…..”
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Billed as a three-week event, “Mob City” is one of TNT’s most ambitious series efforts to date. The net plans to roll out two episodes at a week starting Dec. 4, hoping that the condensed six-episode season will generate more buzz in a short period of time when most of its competitors are in holiday-light mode.
“It’s semi-binge-viewing, I guess,” Darabont says. “The audience really gets to see if they’re digging what they’re seeing…It’s so smart. If the show is successful, it will be due in large measure not just to our efforts, but to TNT’s because they’re marketing the hell out of it.”
Darabont’s interest in film noir has rattled within him for years. But the spark that led to “Mob City” came from a happenstance purchase while leaving the city that would become his muse.
"I found the book in LAX,” Darabont says of John Buntin’s “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City,” the inspiration for the series. “I was leaving town for a quick week of R&R in 2010. At first, I thought it was a collection of short stories, but I realized it was nonfiction on the plane, and I couldn’t put the damn book down for two days.”
Darabont began developing “Mob City” with……”
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Source: @ozzywood @dbgilles
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"Most of the screenplays I read lack dramatic conflict. Characters just talk and say empty words. Nothing’s happening. Often, the reason for this is because we don’t push ourselves to find drama in the lives of our characters.
So maybe we look into our own lives for some dramatic conflict to inspire us. You argue with your spouse or significant other. You quarrel with your parents or siblings or friends. You squabble with an obnoxious neighbor, rude sales clerk or whoever.
But sometimes we don’t have enough drama in our lives. Things may be going smoothly and pleasantly. There’s no crisis or chaos. While this is good for our peace of mind, it’s bad for our sense of the dramatic.
There’s nothing like something happening to shake things up. We’re thrown off guard, we lose our balance, we’re knocked out of our comfort zone and lose our cool.
But if nothing’s going on we get lazy.
There’s nothing like something happening to shake things up.
This is when we must truly use our imaginations to try and stir up some drama. What I do is try to picture celebrities or people connected to celebrities in their real lives. Not as we’ve come to know them publicly, but how they really are in their private lives…..”
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“What’s wrong with this picture? I was an unproduced screenwriter standing at the threshold to my antique, valley domicile. It was my tiny, first-timer bungalow measuring barely eleven hundred square feet. Across from me, standing on my front stoop, was none other than movie director, John Frankenheimer. You don’t know his name? Maybe you’ve heard of some of his movies. The Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, Black Sunday to name just a few. At almost six foot four, the directing great filled the frame of my front door. I couldn’t help but ask myself, “What the hell is he doing here?”
But maybe I should add a little context first. Rewind six or seven months. My friend and producer (not-to-mention the War Department’s former boss), Gary Foster (Sleepless in Seattle, Ghostrider), and I had developed a kick-ass thriller written by a veteran TV scribe. We’d sold it to the studio as a pitch, developed draft upon draft of the thriller until it was so tight it squeaked, and now we were in the enviable position of the studio showing enough spark in the project to ask us to bring them a suitable director. If we found one they liked, they would make an offer. A tell-tale precursor to a green light.
Once the net had been cast for a director, the agencies kicked into gear, offering up their clients in the usual, shotgun-any-of-them-against-the-wall-and-see-if-they-stick routine. Since the film was to take place in Europe and the Middle East, we looked for somebody with that kind of flair. As we sorted through our options, Gary fielded a call from an agent who wanted us to consider his iconic client.
“What do you think of John Frankenheimer?” Gary asked me.
My mind instantly replayed scenes from his classic films. I was especially a big fan of Black Sunday, recalling a high school rainy day where I played hooky and parked myself in a movie multiplex for back to back to back showings.
“I love him,” I blurted. After the two of us babbled about him for awhile like a pair of college movie geeks, I asked, “So is he still making movies?”
“TV films,” said Gary, flat and not impressed. Not that fine work wasn’t being performed in the made for television world of cinema. But even I knew the platform was primarily the land of the C-listers. Former movie directors who couldn’t get arrested in features and TV helmers looking to bridge their way into the theatrical market.
“The great John Frankenheimer directing TV movies?” I said sadly. “That’s just wrong.”
“He read our script,” said Gary. “Agent says he loves it and wants to meet us.”
“Hell yeah,” I said. “I’m dying to meet him!”
“Even if we can’t sell him to the studio?” asked Gary. “I don’t want to waste his time.”
“Do we know for sure that the studio won’t make a deal with him?”
“Not for sure,” said Gary. “But when they said go out and get a director, I don’t think they were talking about some washed up old guy.”
“Some washed up old guy? We’re talking John Frankenheimer, man.”
“I know, I know.”
“He read it and wants to do it,” I said. “So let’s give him a chance.”
“Alright, why not,” agreed my partner. “At least this way we get to shake his hand.”
As keen as my memory is with these trench tales, I can’t at all access how we arrived at choosing to have our meeting with John Frankenheimer at my little valley casita. Especially when Gary’s Century City digs were more than…….”
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