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    Working on Direct to VOD...

    This may seem strange to some but my main long term goal is to work in the industry on low budget films that go straight to VOD. I say it may seem strange to some because usually people want to work in the mainstream big budget blockbuster sector of the film industry. So my question is - what...
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    Revealing a Character's Name?

    EDIT: Thank you everyone who responded. My issue has been resolved but of course feel free to continue any discussions that arose from this topic :) I have a character that doesn't get their name revealed to the reader until they introduce themselves to another character. They survived a car...
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    Character names mentioned too many times...

    While working on one of my short scripts I noticed that I tend to repeat a character's name more than once or twice when describing what's happening. I was wondering about the best way to make sure the reader knows who is doing what in the scene without repeating the names of the characters too...
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    Copying Tarantino

    As we know Reservoir Dogs played around with the normal structure of a movie. Pulp Fiction did this even more intricately. My question is this - would copying the structure of a Tarantino film be considered lazy, even though the majority of movies use the traditional structure and are...
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    Approach to a first draft...

    I'm working on the first draft of a feature length script and the approach I'm taking with it for this first draft is writing very little dialogue, and relying more on conveying information visually. What do people think of this approach, and what are the pros and cons? As it's my first feature...
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    watch Seeing Things - A Phantom Filmmaker Short

    I have a YouTube Channel called Phantom Filmmaker. What you will find there are original music compositions, and some random videos with weird imagery. But I do want to add more short films. This one is a very basic, straight forward short that is under 2 mins in length. The reason for posting...
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    Kung Fury (2015)

    Kung Fury was released on YouTube on the 28th of May and within 24 hours it received over 3 million views - it now has about 8,251,844 views. The film was crowdfunded via Kickstarter, receiving approx $600, 000 in donations. It is an action comedy love letter to pop culture of the 1980s from the...
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    Good Movies to Study?

    What are some good movies to study to learn about filmmaking, no matter which area of interest you have? Some of the movies I think would be good to study are: Back to the Future Die Hard Seven
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    Stuck on a Screenplay

    I know that the reason I'm stuck on this part of my screenplay is because it's not working properly. The thing is that I'm not sure of any solutions and/or replacements as of yet. This takes places in the third act, so everything is going to come to a head. Here's the situation: The...
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    1976 Interview with Alfred Hitchcock

    Here is a great interview with director Alfred Hitchcock that runs for about 96 minutes, conducted in 1976: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDvC6tzrJro
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    Realities of Editing Work in the Adult Industry?

    I was curious to know about how film editors would get work in this industry, and whether it's through a very specific process or if it's similar to how film editors get work in the mainstream film industry?
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    Writing a Spec Script with intent to sell

    What I wanted to get out of this thread, and for others to get out of it, is information from those who have had success in writing and then selling a spec script regarding the process in detail from A to Z. What are the steps that are necessary, and what should screenwriters be aware of as well?
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    From Short Scripts to Feature Length

    When I was a teenager I first attempted a feature length script. From memory it was a sci-fi comedy/parody that took a lot of sci-fi films and turned certain scenes from them into something funny. I can't remember how many pages I ended up typing but I want to say it was more than 40, however I...
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    Alien (1979) and its Antecedents

    This is an interesting article about the films that inspired Alien. I thought I would share it because it brings up interesting points about story telling and about the different ways stories have been told, and how there's a thread running through a lot of them that takes what has come before...
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    Lord of the Rings: How to Read Tolkien

    This isn't specifically related to screenwriting, but it is a lecture that contains information that might be useful for screenwriters as it also deals with the art of writing, character points of view, and other aspects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXAvF9p8nmM
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    "It's (film title) meets (film title)"?

    Two questions: 1) When it comes to using the method of taking one film and combining it with another film, and then saying that your screenplay is a combination of both, how far should one go in structuring their screenplay so it is a mixture of the two? 2) As for the method itself, is it...
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    Getting Ahead by Stepping on People's Toes...

    Some people get ahead in life, in many things, through the act of stepping on other people's toes, and there are of course reasons why this is an underhanded tactic to employ. But, is there a reason why this tactic, or a circumstance where it's used, could be considered a necessary step? What...
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    Screenwriting Hiatus

    For a while now (probably almost six months) I have been on a hiatus with my screenwriting because I needed to find some new and fresh inspirations, and so far all I've been able to come up with are a few ideas. But I don't want to force or rush things. Is anyone else on a hiatus from...
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    Approach to Adapting Novels

    As an exercise, a few years ago, I had a certain strategy in mind in how to adapt Stephen King's The Stand into a screenplay. The strategy was to analyse the novel chapter by chapter and as each chapter was analysed the idea was to turn that chapter into screenplay format. Obviously doing it...
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    More people already successful = less chance of newcomers to gain success?

    I've had a recurring thought over the past week about how a person interested in a certain creative field, whatever that may be, finds success in a new arena, a new platform, or a new concept, and the more that do so, the less chance other newcomers have to be noticed. One such arena and...
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