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    Posting Screenplays Online

    Just don't do it. It's not enough to demonstrate that you wrote something and made it available. You would have to prove that they stole the idea from you. Making your work available online, there's no way to prove that they didn't find the material. There is plausible deniability that they came...
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    How to say that a character is moving closer to us/the viewer/the camera?

    If you're directing or producing the film, it doesn't matter. You can say "Character walks directly toward camera." If somebody else is directing, don't try to direct for them. Focus on story. Just be sure to be a producer so you can be sure to explain the vision of the script to them...
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    Ideas

    Writer's block officially sucks. You know you're talented. And you know there are stories all around you. But you sit down at your computer or typewriter and the communication between your brain and your fingertips just isn't there. I've gone through periods of MONTHS where I couldn't come...
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    Producing Question

    I don't know if they have a campus in London (it's very possible that they might), check out the New York Film Academy. They have a two-year Producing curriculum that you might be interested in. One of my friends did it -- said it was absolutely invaluable to him and it got him his first job.
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    Aspiring Producer wanting to move countries

    If you're wanting to move to L.A., then go with Editing. Everybody in Los Angeles is a writer, director, producer or actor -- even though they're actually waiters/bartenders/bouncers/messengers. If you want to get work, focus on editing. You may not always be working on fun, top-notch...
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    Editing software question...

    BenB, I think that FCP would fall into the pro-sumer category as well. With the democratization of the technology, it has been adopted by professional videographers and hobbyists alike. However, to describe Adobe systems as "less" than FCP seems a little, well, snooty. I'm sorry if I offend...
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    Editing software question...

    mmm hmmm *clears throat*... Adobe products is currently the only pro-sumer editing software that supports codecs for the Red Cam and the Scarlet. Premiere and After Effects were developed by former Avid designers, and they follow from the same general coding design. Additionally, whether you...
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    Favorite Ten 2009 Movie

    With Accompanying Shorts... With Accompanying Shorts... 1. Official Rejection (playing with Official Selection) 2. The Hurt Locker (Autumn) 3. Maman Est Chez Le Coiffure "Mommy Is At The Hairdresser's" (Sebastian's Voodoo) 4. Peter and Vandy 5. Inglorious Basterds 6. William Kunstler...
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    What weather should I film my movie in?

    We had this problem on a feature film that I was AD'ing at the time. It was a student production and by the time pre-production was over (principles from each department had started early, around the middle of August), it was already mid-September. We knew there were going to be a lot of...
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    my PC can not play my footage?

    Any new desk top that you buy, even just stock from Best Buy, is going to come with enough power and memory to handle the video you want to upload. If you are going the PC route, I recommend HP. It's what I work on, and I've never had problems with the computer handling video workload. It's...
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    Prduction company requests screenplay

    Yes and no. If they hated it immensely, they would have let you know right away. If they loved it right away, they would have let you know. It sounds like you fell somewhere in the middle. If it has been three months, I would call the production company and get a hold of whichever producer...
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    Screenwriting Schools

    A lot of screenwriters did not get their start at schools. A couple of books to check out: Writing for the Screen -- Tom Lazarus The Devil's Guide To Hollywood -- Joe Eszterhas But if you're really looking at a screenwriting program, look for any film programs at schools where the professors...
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    10 Great Indie Flicks In Ten Years

    Here's what I think are ten of the best American truly independent films produced in the last ten years. I highly recommend them to anybody who wants to go out and do it "their" way first (not limited to one per year). What are some of yours? 1. Bomb The System 2. DIG! 3. Who Is KK Downey...
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    Intimate scenes - what do I do?

    Stick with her. She's not cheating on you unless she is cheating on you, and it is a very fine line. Something that you may be able to relate to is if you work in an office or are in class where you interact with women. True, you may not have to kiss them for your job. But when you are...
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    My mountain won't fit in my TV set.

    Ignore it and shoot it the way you want. If people are too small, then bring them closer into the foreground or make them dynamic from further away. They did this in Forrest Gump and, more recently, in Mama Mia!. If you are seeing too many pores and such on the faces of celebrities just...
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    Top Ten must see films for aspiring directors?

    Some more that have come out lately or haven't been mentioned: Glory Daze Kids Our Very Own Peter and Vandy Good Dick The Believer Napoleon Dynamite D.E.B.S. And finally, there are SEVERAL movies and series you should watch if you are a no-experience/low-experience director. They won't teach...
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    Choice of School

    Getting an apprenticeship may seem like a daunting task. But remember, if you go into any kind of apprenticeship it's not necessary for you to have experience. If you had experience, you would be the master, not the apprentice. If you are living in a place that does not have a lot of film and...
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    Choice of School

    I'm going to offer the words of wisdom that helped me out. First of all, it does NOT matter where you live right now or where you want to go to school -- depending on what you want to do. I live in Wichita, Kansas USA. Never worked on the coasts. But in my time here, I've gotten to work with...
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    Favorite Movies

    Billy Madison, Top Gun, A Christmas Story
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    Getting onto a Hollywood set?

    Or you could just Speilberg it. He showed up at the studio and tried to get in (literally, tried to get on the lot). Security threw him out. He watched all the guys that the security guard at the gate let through. They were all clean-cut and wearing charcoal grey Brooks Bros. suits...
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