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Jun. 6th, 2007 @ 07:15 pm As if we don't have enough distractions from our wordcounts...
[Crossposted from capriuni]

Okay. So there's a new "Cameo" essay up today on the ScriptFrenzy homepage: How to Make Your Scenes Dance the WADOoGEe. Go there, read it, and then come back and tell me here if you agree with the author that:
There is a one and only purpose for every scene that is placed in your screenplay. Nope. It’s not the one you’re thinking of. No. Not that one either.

Your number one focus is to create a situation in which two characters each have an urgent, immediate need and those needs are in direct opposition to one another. The distance you deviate from this will measure the level of deterioration of your scenes’ health.

In general, I agree this is a good principle. And I definitely think there should be more scenes with some sort of conflict then scenes where everyone's just chillin' (like, 99.7% pf the scenes).

But I'm not sure that every, single scene in an entire two-hour movie must have the protagonist and antagonist squaring off over some life and death issue. What about scenes where a husband and wife are making love? Or a boy is playing tag with his new puppy? Can there be any scenes like these where the audience is just given a chance to breathe, or must there be some underlying conflict and irony under every frame of the film?

I don't go out to watch movies as much as many of the folks on my f'list (like maybe one every three years, or so), so I really don't know. Is it true, what he says, that every single scene in every single movie has conflict?

Or am I misreading what Mr. Ackerman is saying? Is "Scene," here, broader than just a particular interior or exterior location established on screen?

Just wondering...

Also, I made a new icon, today... :-)
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Colors of me, Me
Jun. 6th, 2007 @ 08:56 am LATE FOR A VERY IMPORTANT DATE!
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: romanesque--FictionJunction YUUKA
Is it still introduction time? Or are we all way past that? D:

Some of you probably remember me from either wrimobuddies or the NaNoWriMo chats... Yes, I was convinced at the end of May to do Script Frenzy, and then my convincers found that they were too busy, so I am tragically ALONE. Except for a couple people on my flist :D Like sirwynai, who has like, 5k already.

I'm Alanna, though most people find it easier to call me Pocky. My SN is sticksofpocky (also in my userinfo) and my SF (random note: every time I see that I think San Francisco) name is pocky. Feel free to randomly friend me, IM me, or whatever. Just don't expect too much of me >.< I'm super busy with job training and work right now... so the LJ doesn't get updated very regularly, and my internet access is spotty.

Also! I have 0 words!!! It's a lovely feeling. It's like NaNoWriMo felt. I do have an idea, which I've been playing over and over in my head, extending and editing as I go. I just haven't had a chance to get it down in words. I've only written silly high-school project and middle-school drama scripts before, so this'll be fun.

Um... Is there anything else...? I'm in Southern California, if that means anything to anyone. I'm really bad at using forums, so don't expect to see me on the site much. I like my LJ, thanks. (:

Nice to meet all of you, and good luck! I'm excited about seeing what everyone has!
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Jun. 3rd, 2007 @ 06:49 pm Before supper
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
I have 2, 220 words. Shooting for at least 2500 before bed (always aim high. You can only achieve good stuff before then).
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Jun. 1st, 2007 @ 09:26 pm (no subject)
I'm at the 2k mark already.
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Jun. 1st, 2007 @ 04:11 pm Thoughts on starting out ...
I posted this in my Region this morning (there are a lot of young/first time writers), mostly as encouragement and advice to newbies to script writing/writing in general. Maybe someone will find it useful here, too:

I thought there was some good advice in the email we received from SF in our mailboxes this morning from Kristina, our program director (though that job title just makes me think of Julie on 'Love Boat'). Indeed, the most important thing today (or tomorrow, if you're THAT busy today) is to begin. Don't obsess over your notes or your outline today, don't worry about that research you meant to do -- today, just get started. Everything else is secondary; if you don't write today, it's twice as hard to start tomorrow. And don't get me started about next week. Momentum is the key -- a few false steps here or there will get smoothed out, as long as you keep moving.

And, in keeping with the running metaphor, if I can add some advice to that -- don't look back over your shoulder too often. This is a first draft; where you've been isn't as important as where you're going. If you need to flip back a page or two to see if you've just said something you're about to type again, that's one thing. But if you have the urge to revise, clamp down on that and keep it buried until July.

And for all the gods' sake, don't remove anything. Not only do you need the word count, but I can't tell you how many times I've deleted things in early drafts and had to re-create them later because they turned out to be crucial. (And in relation, I'd say, add everything. Any idea, any character, any scene that you've thought of, whether it quite fits or not -- this is the first draft, you want every possible piece of the puzzle on paper, then in later drafts you can start to pick and choose. You're much better off having a LOT to choose from, when that comes!)

The first draft is really the fun part. You should still be in love with your idea right now, eager to put it down into words. Just dive right in and start writing -- we're all in the same boat (or out of it, if I'm going to switch to this swimming metaphor; when did I give up on the running thing?), and you've got loads of support when you need it. I can't wait to see what you come up with, and I can't wait to show you what I create!

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Jun. 1st, 2007 @ 09:55 am Script Frenzy Icons!
Current Mood: happyhappy
Alright, well - this is my first livejournal post ever, and you guys are lucky enough to see my n00b attempts!

But as a peace offering, I bring - Script Frenzy icons!! 

Cheaply made, but still oh-so-fun- their yours to use without credit! Really! (just don't take it for yourself. If somebody asks, just say you don't remember. Or some random pirate girl made them.)

So, let's see if I can figure out how to post them...


Okies, yay! The quotes are taken from users on the Procrastination Forum Board - I have a list of who their from, but you can also figure it out by going to the "Slogans!" thread and reading up. Not that many pages :-/

Please Enjoy!!
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Jun. 1st, 2007 @ 12:41 pm Toronto group
Hey, folks. Anyone in Script Frenzy Toronto (or just interested in what we're up to here), feel free to add our LJ group: http://community.livejournal.com/scriptfrenzyto/profile

Hope everyone's enjoying the first writing day!
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May. 29th, 2007 @ 04:03 pm This is me.
I promised myself I wouldn't get involved with any more slapdash writing challenges until November, and held out almost until the first one caught my attention. So here I am. I'm Colin (kensson on the NaNo and - eventually - SF boards) from Bozeman, Montana. I have only vague ideas for where my SF will lead (probably a quest of some description, and probably involving the NYC subway because it's fresh in my mind). And it's likely to be a comedy of sorts, because I can't seem to write seriously for very long.

So I figured I should check in, say hi, and wonder aloud if there are any other Montananans around (waits for tumbleweed). By the way, I reread my last NaNo recently and found (to my surprise) that it wasn't all that sucky. If anyone wants to read it, please let me know :o)
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May. 24th, 2007 @ 10:41 am 7 days to go...time to shopping!
Current Location: wortk
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Regis and Kelly
(yeh, x-posting)

For those participating in Script Frenzy and looking for a different shirt for June or if you writer looking for something that sez yep I’m a hack swing by my Screenwriting Hack/Wench Cafepress Store, got T-shirts, mugs and notebooks available.
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Bentley Crest
May. 23rd, 2007 @ 08:17 pm So... What are you doing to prepare -- anything?
Okay, there's an essay on the Script Frenzy homepage about how all movie scripts fit into three acts, with five turning points (though three of those five turning points take place in the first act... if these are "tent poles," the tent will be pretty lopsided, Master)...

So, just as an exercise, I thought I'd try to fit my basic story idea into this framework, with bullet points. I originally posted this to my main journal: capriuni a few days ago, but I've had some new thoughts since then, so this is the amended version. The act breaks are in bold, and the turning points will be in italics. My ideas are a lot more detailed at this point, at least up until the climax, but I'll spare you all those words, and save those details for my private outline.

I'm just seeing if I can make this work the way Nathan Marshall (who wrote the essay) says most movies work... (the number of pages for each section are his suggestions, not my estimates, though it may turn out that way).

Act three is turning out to be the weakest of the lot, and I'd like to get it to be the strongest, by the time I start, so I can know what foreshadowing clues to plant throughout the whole script (oh, and yes, this is for a screenplay). Any suggesstions or feedback you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

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Since I wrote this, someone on the Script Frenzy "Plot Doctoring" forum suggested I bring the magic ring back into the plot, rather than dropping it so early on. And, using that idea, I've hit upon the idea (and the idea has wedged itself in my brain) that the general and the witch have been in cahoots all along -- that it was the witch who bound the king's life force into the ring, in the first place, and that it was the general, under the guise of friendship to the king (back when he was still a young and dashing prince, himself) who gave the ring to him as a present. I'm also thinking that Adalaide and Margaritte might find evidence of the alliance between the witch and the general at the witch's cottage, after they foil her spell, but I'm still fuzzy on what that evidence might be or how it might be used later, at the climax, to reveal the general's treachery. Any ideas?
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