blueprints of movies, they are facsimiles of movies. We should readthem and almost see the scenes recreated in our minds. Anotherexample: a character shouldn't just "note" something. What doesthat mean? Do they raise their eyebrow? Blush? Look away? Changethe subject? Jot it down on a cocktail napkin? Action lines are likepaintings. They should move and breathe. They should be brief. Weshould want to read them because they are part of the pleasure of the script. When in doubt, challenge yourself to cut your action linedown by fully half. Review it for words that are adding to the moodand feel you want to evoke. Homework: read even a few samplepages of THE SALTON SEA by Tony Gayton. That is a writer withvoice to be reckoned with.Stay tuned for another Rouge Wave topic of the week!
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jmraney1said...Hey! I get to leave the first comment...awesome! I think your blog isgoing to take off once some struggling young writers like myself findit:-)Keep em coming and keep up the good work!MatDECEMBER 6, 2006 3:09 PMbpsaid...nice bloggery, but what if they did mean a wave of mascara? it's apowerful imagesalton sea = great script, shite movie. so it goes.keep it upDECEMBER 27, 2006 1:20 PMLe Femme Joyeusesaid...
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DECEMBER 30, 2006 9:12 PMshecanfilmitsaid...Hey! I'm printing out the Salton Sea right now. I found your blogthrough Scott the Reader's blog. I'm always looking to pro readers toget reading recommendations. Something to consider posting - a listof your top 5 or top 10 screenplay reads, scripts that amatuersmight want to study. (That we can find on the internet or in abookstore.) I have made it an exercise to read pro scripts this pastyear, and I can see a big improvement in my own writing.
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1. The Rite$14.8 M2. No Strings Attached$13.4 M3. The Mechanic$11.4 M4. The Green Hornet$11.2 M5. The King's Speech$11.1 M
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