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« on: January 27, 2004, 02:45:38 PM »
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This forum is a bit slow.

What are you working on? Who of us are actually working on our dream(s)?

I am:
* Prepping a short I'll be shooting in February.
* Working on an idea for another short.
* In the early stage of writing a feature (damn, it's hard).
* Thinking about studying philosphy.

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2004, 02:50:02 PM »
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Doing bit rewrites on what should be my first feature.

Finishing sound edit/mix on my newest short.

Writing the treatment of a short film for my buddy to direct.

Helping the same friend finish the first draft of his Pirate Epic script.

Slowly picking away at a rewrite of what will be my dream project script (hopefully the one that will win me a Palme D'Or  :) ), but this shan't be done for at least a year or two...
Those who say that the totalitarian state of the Soviet Union was not "real" Marxism also cannot admit that one simple feature of Marxism makes totalitarianism necessary:  the rejection of civil society. Since civil society is the sphere of private activity, its abolition and replacement by political society means that nothing private remains. That is already the essence of totalitarianism; and the moralistic practice of the trendy Left, which regards everything as political and sometimes reveals its hostility to free speech, does nothing to contradict this implication.

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 #2 on: January 27, 2004, 02:54:48 PM »
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-Sending off my short to a script contest

-Trying to finish my three year old script

-Trying to find a new job (it's putting a damper on my writing productivity)

-Preparing for a trip out of the country (again with the damper)

-Writing a short story that will eventually become a short

-Transfering all my files over to a new computer.
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2004, 03:05:06 PM »
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-Writing a short story


I'd like to do more of this. You can go places and do stories you could never if you knew you'd be filming it.

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2004, 03:27:31 PM »
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* Doing revision on feature (per director's notes)
* Negotiating pitiful fee for a non-WGA writing assignment
* Page-one rewriting two spec scripts
* Looking for a manager
* Beginning work at a crappy video store b/c I'm woefully in debt (free rentals is the only thing that keeps me sane)
* Trying to catch up on all the movies I've missed in the past 6 months

And yet I have entirely too much time to surf the forum :?

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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2004, 03:41:39 PM »
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* Trying to watch as many movies as possible, especially ones I should have seen but haven't, plus anything generally odd.

* About quater of a way through first draft of first feature screenplay (a twisted rom-com between a nymphomaniac and a conspiracy-theorist), which hope to make on shoestring summer 2006.

* Still working on story for feature about a boy who befriends a prostitute.

* Trying to work out how the fuck I'm gonna get any money to attempt both of the above.

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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2004, 04:48:28 PM »
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-Writing a short story


I'd like to do more of this. You can go places and do stories you could never if you knew you'd be filming it.

It's weird. I've always been a literature writer and I thought transitioning to screenwriting would be pretty easy. However, I still find the easiest way to complete a screenplay is for me to write the story version of it first and then base the screenplay on it. I've been slaving through my primary feature script for three years now and just can't seem to break through it. I may have to go back and write it as a story first.  :x
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2004, 04:53:21 PM »
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Good for all of you.

I'm having a production meeting tonite for my feature film.  I wrote it and plan on directing it.  It's not an oscar or Palm script...but you'll  never get started if you're always waiting for everything to be perfect.   I'm getting quite a bit of help and some location resistance...but that's normal.  We plan on shooting to start around March 22.

I'm also writing a short play in the style of Neil Simon...mixed with a little "his girl friday".
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2004, 05:01:58 PM »
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-Writing a short story


I'd like to do more of this. You can go places and do stories you could never if you knew you'd be filming it.

It's weird. I've always been a literature writer and I thought transitioning to screenwriting would be pretty easy. However, I still find the easiest way to complete a screenplay is for me to write the story version of it first and then base the screenplay on it. I've been slaving through my primary feature script for three years now and just can't seem to break through it. I may have to go back and write it as a story first.  :x


If you've been working on it for three years without break-throughs, why not just put it on ice and move on? If it matters this much to you (you've been on it for this long) you shouldn't toss it out but it obviously deserves som time alone :)

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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2004, 05:48:26 PM »
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* Watching as many movies as I can. Currently on a Mike Nichols frenzy
* Doing a lot of uni work. New semester: new projects
* Trying to find inspiration to do a new short over christmas, but starting to become a bit frustrated with minidv.
* Trying to find a 'rug' to tie it all together, so to speak.
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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2004, 05:58:01 PM »
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* Trying to find inspiration to do a new short over christmas, but starting to become a bit frustrated with minidv.


Anyone who haven't shot on film. Do it!

Save up for a few months, it doesn't have to be that expensive. Nothing can compete with the feeling and energy of a film set. Anyone who's ever heard "camera rolling" understands. :)

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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2004, 06:11:04 PM »
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I know I really want to, if someone could give me a break down of pricing - I'd really appreciate it. Start on B&W 16mm I assume. Is the equipment that difficult to operate? (I guess that should be a new or existing thread, really. Or maybe a PM).
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2004, 06:15:38 PM »
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I know I really want to, if someone could give me a break down of pricing - I'd really appreciate it. Start on B&W 16mm I assume. Is the equipment that difficult to operate? (I guess that should be a new or existing thread, really. Or maybe a PM).


I'll PM you. I know 16mm... :)

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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2004, 06:44:35 PM »
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I'm currently...

*logging footage in preparation for going out of town on Friday to begin post production on a new feature.
*writing short stories (it's a great change of pace).
*trying to figure out where to go on the second draft of a feature script I've been working on for a while now.
*still working a 'regular' job (projectionist).
*trying to find a different 'regular' job.

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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2004, 07:21:18 PM »
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I'll give it a go:

-Just got done taking Photography. Never actually worked with any kind of camera before, so I figured this is as good a place to start as any. I mean, Kubrick started out snapping pictures, right?

-I recently finished a short story/treatment version of film I want to make. I've been sitting on it. It deffinately needs work, but I just haven't gotten around to working on it. So, no idea if this one'll ever come to fruition.

-Just recently started Creative Writing. I've been having problems writing lately, this class should help. Had to come up with at least 3 ideas, write a thumbnail for each of them, then submit them to the other students. Should also help me develop my ideas.

I want to be a writer/director someday. While I've heard good things about what I've written before, there's always room to grow, room to improve, so I'm trying to grow as much as I can.
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