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    Having A Clue

    I accept full responsibility for the failure you’re about to see. The actors were not getting paid when I was in charge. They were working for credit. This was not a fun shoot and I eventually quit my own movie. Again, it’s all my fault. I handed the reins over to the Producer and a new...
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    Director's Should Notice EVERYTHING

    Perhaps it's just because I'm old. But, most everyone I know has played Rummy. That's the "if you ever had friends" comment. But, even if you didn't, just look at what they're doing. There's nothing sane about it. The one girl passes or something and the other without lifting a card or anything...
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    Director's Should Notice EVERYTHING

    No, and you nailed it. They're not playing any game known to mankind. Yet the actress tells Nancy "Rummy's better with four" or something like that. Congratulations, you are the first person to get that. I wrote the script. But, the new Director and Producer decided to rewrite scenes. So...
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    What is your Screenwriting approach?

    I'm only going to answer this, because you completely have it going on. Ensemble pieces are different because there isn't one single protagonist or story. Supposedly in this case there are 3 different parallel stories. I'm done. Enjoy your "creativity" I'm sure it will set Hollywood on it's...
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    What is your Screenwriting approach?

    If you win the Oscar it’s got to be good. At least within the screenwriting categories. I’ve never seen it, I will merely point to the following from imdb “Three separate but parallel stories”… You’ve chosen an ensemble piece for your example. You might not be looking at standard structure...
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    What is your Screenwriting approach?

    Don't choke.
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    What is your Screenwriting approach?

    There’s a difference between challenging the rules, and changing them to suit your needs. It’s laziness. It’s a belief that your script is so magnificent that the rules don’t apply to you, or as you three like to say it’s “being creative”. I never said anything resembling that. Knowing...
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    What is your Screenwriting approach?

    Then that kind of leaves you and Jared out in the cold.
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    What is your Screenwriting approach?

    The word brilliance is subjective, not the idea that you have to have something so exceptional that the reader or viewer is willing to look past the lack of structure. That's when you can break the rules. Very few have. Brilliant is a fine word for it. The most important tool is structure...
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    What is your Screenwriting approach?

    I merely point to 95% of films and theatrical productions since the invention of theatre. They all use the same structure. It's like asking why does 1-3-5 equal a major chord. If you need to ask this question, you shouldn't be giving anyone advice on writing screenplays. Now, I'll ask you a...
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    What is your Screenwriting approach?

    I’m only going to use one example from that AWFUL blog post you pointed to as a guide as to why structure doesn’t work. Besides the fact that it HAS worked for hundreds of years, Mandell seems like he doesn’t even know what an inciting incident is. He certainly can't read page numbers. Linda...
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    Director's Should Notice EVERYTHING

    Well, that's obvious.
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    Director's Should Notice EVERYTHING

    I wasn't asking for criticism. I'm asking wanna-be directors what's the terrible problem in this shot. Since I eliminated all but one thing, I'm always amazed at how no one has ever gotten it, or at least guessed. Literally if it's not the acting, camera angle, sound, lighting, costuming or beer...
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    Director's Should Notice EVERYTHING

    Nothing more needs to be seen to see the HUGE error. I will say this. Never shoot anything you don't know.
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    Director's Should Notice EVERYTHING

    Well, that's insulting. No. I had nothing to do with this. I quit a film I was making and this is a scene they rewrote and... well, whatever you want to call that. If you can figure out what's really wrong in this shot, I'll post the scene comparisons.
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