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« Reply #45 on: December 12, 2003, 07:12:48 PM »
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« Reply #46 on: December 12, 2003, 07:41:20 PM »
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Usually store ideas and scenes in my noggin for a really long time, let it gestate like some mental illness or virus.  Then I write out a vague outline on a single scrap of paper to see if the general structure is there.  I won't start a script until I know the title, have a good opening, and a definite ending.  Then I find mood music, or make a mix-cd of what I'm going for, then play it on repeat indefinitely.  I then bust out Final Draft 5 and go to work, as scenes and ideas often change and take on a life of their own as the work progresses.  The work is very concentrated, all night and all day for a couple weeks max.  Then months of sloth and depression.  Rinse.  Repeat.

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« Reply #47 on: December 12, 2003, 07:47:46 PM »
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I'm a horrible writer.  I normally get all my writing done 1am - 4am on my computer in my small little room.  Either music or I'll have a movie playing in a window next to my Final Draft window.
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« Reply #48 on: January 01, 2004, 11:20:27 AM »
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My habits have changed since I bought a laptop.

I sit around coffeshops and put down notes on a pad for maybe a month. That will usually give me a good idea of what the story and characters will be. The next step is, again, sitting around coffeshops with the computer 'till it's done.

I bought the laptop not long ago and haven't actually gone through these steps yet but that's how I imagine it'll be.


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« Reply #49 on: January 01, 2004, 11:42:40 AM »
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If i'd sit in a coffeeshop with a laptop on, people would think i'm:
1)out of my mind
2)stuck-up missy
3)some secret agent

If i'd sit in a coffeeshop with a notebook and pencil, but not pretending to copy sth from a book, or writing something for work or studying, people would think i'm some secret agent.
Very Coen-ic.

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« Reply #50 on: January 01, 2004, 11:45:35 AM »
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so you're out of your luck if you want to get outside your apartment? That's crap.


Or let people think your crazy or...wouldn't be cool to have people think you're a secret agent. Just go along with it and dress up in a black pants suit and shaded glasses.

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« Reply #51 on: January 01, 2004, 12:23:59 PM »
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All of my writings go through an identity crisis an 8th of the way through and then I have no idea what I'm trying to convey with it. And then I'll watch extraordinary movie or something and wish I could write something like that, try it on for size, and fail horribly. Yeah, that's a bad way of doing things.

But here lately, I've been trying to avoid that as best I can. I've been following the school of thought: "Don't get it right, get it written." So, I basically write entire scenes as they come to me and later on paste them in the order I think they're supposed to go. If I don't have an entire scene finished in my head I'll grab a note card and scribble down a rough idea of where I want to go with the characters.
The latest edition of my story is coming along rather nicely.

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If i'd sit in a coffeeshop with a laptop on, people would think i'm:

3)some secret agent

If i'd sit in a coffeeshop with a notebook and pencil, but not pretending to copy sth from a book, or writing something for work or studying, people would think i'm some secret agent.
Very Coen-ic.

Sounds interesting. Make a short out of that.
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« Reply #52 on: January 01, 2004, 01:39:31 PM »
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If i'd sit in a coffeeshop with a laptop on, people would
3)some secret agent


But I'd think you were a very bad agent to type up secret files in a very public area.
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« Reply #53 on: January 01, 2004, 04:17:53 PM »
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If i'd sit in a coffeeshop with a laptop on, people would
3)some secret agent


But I'd think you were a very bad agent to type up secret files in a very public area.


the wouldn't think of that. They would be busy thinking i'm taking notes about them.

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« Reply #54 on: January 02, 2004, 07:51:13 PM »
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When I have a good idea or a good character description or just something else that crosses my mind I just write it down with a pencil on a scrap of paper. I have tons of such scraps. Then I sit down in front of my computer and try to put the stuff together. Usually I'm writing in Microsoft Word and I don't have any problems with it.
Often I let a movie run, I actually never heard to music while writing. I also don't have to think extremely about dialogues because most of the stuff I do is horror.  :twisted:
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« Reply #55 on: January 03, 2004, 03:16:22 AM »
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I usually think of actors I would like to be in the company of. From there I think of situations I would like to see said actors in. I've never finished a screenplay, I try and try but end up getting bored of what im writing and think of a new idea, usually 40 or 50 pages in. Before I start I always make a cd of what I want the soundtrack to be. From there I bust out word and never use a title, it's always titled "Untitled" for some reason I feel a title is a constraint and whenever I title a screenplay I always find myself trying to write it for the title. Music or a movie is always playing the background, usually alcohol is being consumed, and that may be the reason I never finish anything.
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« Reply #56 on: January 07, 2004, 04:03:42 PM »
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Heineken works fine for me.
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« Reply #57 on: February 26, 2004, 12:06:43 PM »
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Don’t you hated when you are just thinking a shit load before you go to bed and then all these cool concepts strike you and then you’re like cool and then you are also tired and then you’re like shit I gotta get up and write this shit and you do it and wait a little to see if something else pops out and it doesn’t so you go back to bed happy about the cool ideas you wrote and then you get in your bed again and you start thinking again more and more and everything suddenly becomes clear and you understand everything and you’re falling asleep and bang! The idea that will revolutionize cinema and mankind hits you. And you’re like fuck yeah I’m really tired I’ll write tomorrow this shit is great. I cant forget this, this is to good nobody cant forget this and you fall asleep and you wake up and cant remember that great idea.
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« Reply #58 on: February 26, 2004, 12:44:53 PM »
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Yeah, I really hate that.  I find inspiration tends to strike in four places: before or during sleep, in the shower, on the can, or walking to and from where you got to go.  And none of those places are contingent to actually getting down what you need to to remember it all.

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« Reply #59 on: February 26, 2004, 12:55:51 PM »
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I find inspiration tends to strike in the shower


YES!!! I sometimes I like to just sit in the shower for hours and do thinking/acting out scenes. This only works when your water bill is already included in your rent, btw...
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