To cut or not to cut? and if so where?

I sometimes write prose as well as screenplays. I know… the shame… delusions of being able to say in polite company that I am a ‘published’ writer, often work on my inner lack of success, as do watching awards ceremonies and thinking “If only my screenplay had been produced” – which is why I steer clear of them now.

Frustrated by certain scripts remaining unproduced, I often decide to adapt them – partly as a learning experience / for the practice, but also because I believe that certain ideas can work equally well in both formats. I’d be just as happy being produced, as well as being published.

The important thing for me is that these ideas are [hopefully] enjoyed by others. And you’re not lynched afterwards for crimes against ‘the rules’…

My main issue as a writer of prose, mainly short fiction, is that I suffer from StephenKingitis – or Overlyverboseprose syndrome as it’s known in certain circles. (more…)

Back on the Motion Graphics trail

I am back on the Motion Graphics trail, having to brush up on my After Effects and Motion skills, having been given a boot up the arris by seeing that Mark Christiansen has released an update of his excellent After Effects Studio Techniques book to the latest AECS4 and I am still working on AE7; and if I don’t do it now, by the time I do finish working my way through his book it will be very out of date! With that in mind I see that Computer Arts have posted some excellent Motion graphics tips, as well as those brilliant guys from VideoCopilot.

Art Beats is also doing an After Effects “REAL WORLD FOOTAGE EFFECTS” podcast geared around working with Stock Footage.

So why do I care? When I am much happier just creating screenplays right now….

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First Twenty Pages – upload your screenplays

There is a new resource out there for budding screenwriters and pro’s alike to pimp their scripts to production companies and agents – as well as getting valued feedback from their peers – this site is called First Twenty Pages. The first 20 members who join are able to use the site for free for six months.

“Once you have joined FTP you can submit either your First Twenty Page’s or your full Screenplay (over 85 but under 140 pages)for Review by other members and soon it will be seen by Prodco’s and Agents. The main object of FirstTwentyPages.com is to help you write at a higher level than you may be writing at now, by getting more visibility and reviews of your writing style from your Peers. Before you enter any Contests, find out what other Writers think of your writing. If you get mostly “5 stars” on FTP, then you are definitely ready for that Contest.  In the same vane, if you get mostly 2 star reviews, then you can learn from your reviews, resubmit and continue to improve.”

Check out: http://firsttwentypages.com/  – It’s eary days as yet, as their are currently only 5 scripts registered – but with your help this site could be massive! I certainly will be using it and have already registered!