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« Reply #90 on: November 03, 2003, 08:01:42 PM »
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"Not rules. Principles. McKee writes that a rule says you must do it this way. A principle says this works and has through all remembered time." - Donald Kaufman - "Adapation"
“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” - Andy Warhol


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« Reply #91 on: November 06, 2003, 07:06:34 PM »
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Ok. Guys is this it? slim pickings......I'll try and put something together..

thanks
Greg

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« Reply #92 on: November 06, 2003, 08:25:22 PM »
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That hurt Greg...that really hurt.  :cry:
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« Reply #93 on: November 06, 2003, 09:02:51 PM »
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Quote from: depooter
Ok. Guys is this it? slim pickings......I'll try and put something together..

thanks
Greg


Just go by Newtron's thing, that's probably best. Just as long as it has a big bold italicized capatilized question about his next project, I think everyone will be satisfied. Then everything else that Newtron posted is pretty relevant, I'd do that stuff.

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« Reply #94 on: November 06, 2003, 09:27:54 PM »
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dammit, i couldnt think of a good question!!!!!!!

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« Reply #95 on: November 07, 2003, 01:45:33 AM »
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PTA, Should an artist have to explain their work or should it be allowed to speak for itself?  I am a beginning film student and this issue has been driving me up the walls as of late.

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« Reply #96 on: November 07, 2003, 10:20:00 AM »
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You can't break the rules of the game unless you understand them in the first place.


exactly. u got to know the rules in order to break them. that's why tarantino's stuff works.

mckee's Story really should be read by all screenwriters. any screenwriting teacher (any good one) will tell u that.

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« Reply #97 on: November 07, 2003, 04:38:52 PM »
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You can't break the rules of the game unless you understand them in the first place.


exactly. u got to know the rules in order to break them. that's why tarantino's stuff works.

mckee's Story really should be read by all screenwriters. any screenwriting teacher (any good one) will tell u that.


That's cool, I never thought of it that way. I've read books similar to his and definitely gotten some inspiration to go against it, it never occured to me.

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« Reply #98 on: November 07, 2003, 04:46:17 PM »
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Lame, timely analogy:
Think of it like Morpheus' explanation of the Matrix.  It's built on a foundation of rules.  Some rules can bent, others can be broken.

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« Reply #99 on: November 07, 2003, 04:47:51 PM »
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You can't break the rules of the game unless you understand them in the first place.


exactly. u got to know the rules in order to break them. that's why tarantino's stuff works.

mckee's Story really should be read by all screenwriters. any screenwriting teacher (any good one) will tell u that.


agreed

this was the first movie instruction I ever took (way back in grade 11), and he was a great intro to screenwriting, as well as having really good taste in movies (I made a list of titles he talked about and spent the summer watching). of course now I break most of the "rules" laid down, but as you guys have said, one must try and know them first. he really does have a great point, though. early Fellini, Altman, Bergman is all by the numbers, fairly audience friendly stuff (I mean Altman's tv work). these guys didn't master their form just by fucking around...

My question to PTA is this:

Give us your top 15 movies, and write a little about why for each one (kinda like that article you did for Boogie Nights, the influences one, that had Goodfellas and Singin' In The Rain, etc).

also,

in the forseeable future, will you continue to work with Elswitt, or are you entertaining other DP's for different looks for the next few films (not that I don't like RE, just wondering)?

and this last one's a plea:

please get Tichner back to edit your next film

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When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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« Reply #100 on: November 08, 2003, 09:54:06 PM »
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what excites you in cinema?

what was the last movie that made you cry?

what was the last movie that really scared you?

what was the last movie that really made you laugh?

what was the last movie that you were just absolutely obsessed with (besides your own, of course)?

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« Reply #101 on: November 08, 2003, 11:57:40 PM »
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please get Tichner back to edit your next film

What, do you think Leslie Jones did a shitty job or something?  Explain.

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« Reply #102 on: November 09, 2003, 12:20:38 AM »
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If you can get my question about PDL and it being an art film in there...that would help me so much.
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« Reply #103 on: November 09, 2003, 11:49:25 AM »
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after listening to PBH's fresh air interview...I liked hearing how syndey came about.

Working as a volunteer PA.  How did you manage to do this?  Working for free?  Shit, I see pro bono PA work all the time, unfortunately that won't pay my ridiculous rent...

...what was your personal situation like at the time you were able to work at the tv station?  How the hell could you get by?

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« Reply #104 on: November 09, 2003, 02:37:27 PM »
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