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Working does get in the way of writing... my head is filled with ideas that need some attention, but my 2 kids have to eat and I have to pay for gas as well.
 
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That's why I'm selfish about my writing, my kids only need one meal a day which gives them the strength to push the car when we run out of gas - JK - I don't even have kids - I have neices which is nice, they can go home when thay get annoying - lol.
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Willie,
 
Do you write features as well?
 
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Yes - I'm getting some developer and producer interest in one.  I should write more shorts, the one I did write did very well in British Short and American Gem last year.

I'm not a typical hollywood-style writer... I'm not big on fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror or suspense.
 
I'm more of a character driven, dialogue driven writer.  It's what I dig. 
 
The feature getting some interest - here's the logline: A cynical and disgruntled Cupid, tired of his thankless job, finds liquor, trouble and a few surprising definitions of love, in A Bar Called Elegante.
 
I see John Goodman as the Cupid character.  I just had an email today from a Story Developer from Humble Journey Films requesting it.
 
I have 4 features on the back burner, looking for time - from where?  Who the heck knows.
 
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Originally posted by Willie Willie wrote:

Yes - I'm getting some developer and producer interest in one.  I should write more shorts, the one I did write did very well in British Short and American Gem last year.

The feature getting some interest - here's the logline: A cynical and disgruntled Cupid, tired of his thankless job, finds liquor, trouble and a few surprising definitions of love, in A Bar Called Elegante.
 
 
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Is that the same short you wrote for this contest last year?
 
A Bar Called Elegante - good concept, it sounds interesting - a lot of potential for great moments.  Did you place in some contests with it - 'cause it sounds kinda familiar - maybe I saw it posted on moviebytes?
 
Do you have an agent or manager or did you start querying prod. companies?
 
I'm putting the final touches on a screenplay I wrote and I'm getting ready to shop it around, I've spent so much time learning how to write a screenplay and now I have to send some more time learning how market one.
 
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I know you didn't ask for my opinion on CUT TO:, but here goes.
 
One thing to consider about using CUT TO: is that it takes up two lines that could be used for other things.  Normally, it's not that big of a deal.  But in this competition, where you are limited to 20 pages, you might want to eliminate anything that's not absolutely necessary.
 
Any scene transition assumes a CUT TO: unless otherwise specified.  You may have a reason for a DISSOLVE TO: every once in a while, but for the purposes of this competition, I wouldn't bother.
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Originally posted by gmercer gmercer wrote:

 I'm putting the final touches on a screenplay I wrote and I'm getting ready to shop it around, I've spent so much time learning how to write a screenplay and now I have to send some more time learning how market one.
 
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Ditto.  I am beginning to realize why most screenwriters fail.  There is a significant amount of committment required to learn all of the various and sundry rules regarding our craft, specifically proper script formatting.  It's a mountain to climb, especially if you don't have the benefit of having attended film school with an eye on making this your career.
 
Everything I know about screenwriting (which may not be much) comes from these online forums and websites, reading other screenplays, and probably a dozen books I have purchased.


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A Bar Called Elegante placed 3rd in Red Inkworks last year, as well as top 10 in Anything But Hollywood.
 
I don't have an agent or manager.  The production companies came to me, due to the contests and it being listed on Inktip.
 
It's not the short from last year... it is a short I wrote in about the same amount of time, though.  It is screaming to be a feature, but time does not stand still.
 
I'm a stubborn kind of guy - not a good salesman.  I feel that if you like it, great, if not - well, I'm not going to try to sell you on it.
 
If I ever walked into a pitch meeting, they'd either respect me for my candor or they'd say "who the f does he think he is?"
 
I want to read interesting story lines, so I try to write them as well.  I don't think I can be a formula writer, my brain isn't wired that way.  Though this contest gives me practice.
 
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I think you and I attended the same school - indulge everything you can get on the subject. Good point about cut to:'s and please chime in as often as possible - I have a short attention span so I'm using this forum as a break while I write.
 
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I'm a cabinet maker by trade - so my mind thinks in terms of blueprints and that's how I write, but unfortunately I think I'm a better writer when I'm looser and don't stick to any pre conceived notions I had for the script - I just find it hard to switch back and forth.
 
I entered the first draft of this script in a couple contests 2 years ago and actually placed in 2 - which made me excited due to it being my first completed screenplay and only the first draft, but now I've rewritten it a few times and I really think it's at a level where it can be shopped around.
 
What do you think of inktip.com? I get so many emails from them about deadline coming soon that I thought it was a bullsh*t sight but now it seems that writers are getting their stuff seen on there?
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