Issue Forty Nine
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JUDGING THE CONTEST. THE PARADOX OF A GOOD THING!
By Craig Kellem
Judging our monthly contest can be a bear for both of us. There's pain
But the contest is important and it isn't loyalty which is at stake here, it's our
In the business of screenwriting, deserved recognition can be a rare
Any and all signs of light in this game are ever so nurturing and necessary, and being
However, not everyone wins at the exact moment they most want it to happen.
We try hard to accommodate our valued clients and even have a rule that if
So, please know that we really do care and feel badly when a borderline project
Ultimately we owe our loyalty in this phase of things to the very best call we can make at the time, and because it’s not easy to impress Hollywood, the material we send out (and sometimes contact Industry folks about directly etc) must be right down the middle of the strike zone.
So please don't think that we don't agonize over these decisions--because we do!
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MORE GOOD STUFF
Hope all is well with you and Judy. In 2006, the two off you walked me through and patiently guided me with my screenplay, DUCKS. Your suggestions and advice, as always, were spot on and the script has been optioned. Thanks for all of your help it is much appreciated. The producers and I are currently busy forging the shooting script and are getting close to the final product. Below is the INKTIP announcement.
Matthew Hsu Options "Ducks"
Matthew Hsu with Fleuron Films discovered “Ducks” on InkTip and with his partner, Veronica Shamo-Garcia, optioned it from writer Jack Vandagriff. Matthew and Veronica’s credits include the upcoming Lionsgate release “Trail of Blood.” This is Jack's third option through InkTip.
**Remember me....you helped this Aussie on my very first screenplay a year ago called "The Entrepreneur"
My Skype meeting with you and notes helped me to really fine tune the script. So much so, that I am a semi-finalist with it in the 10th "Film Makers International Screenwriting contest"
I am over the moon, and once again thank you for all your input.
I just wanted to take a moment, before we start on this second script, to THANK YOU for all you have given me with the first.
Not only have you taught me to:
1. Create a compelling focal character.
2. Send him on his way to finding what he wants and what he needs .. then
3. Beat the ever living poop out of him all the way there.
You have also taught me to "distill" the entire script until it's 190-proof ass-kicking moonshine.
I can't wait to swallow my next elephant,
On May 2, 2012, at 3:56 PM, JASON PHILPS wrote:
Thought you might like to know that my script Absolution that we worked on last year [about a woman violinist who wants to play like Paganini and so makes a deal with the devil] has just come 2nd in the Horror/Thriller category of Scriptvamp screenplay contest. While it's not the Nicholl Fellowship it is a start!
Thanks again for your help.
AN INTRIGUING ARTICLE
Telling Tales With a Tear and a Smile
As comedians pursue the relatively new school of
storytelling, they sometimes show that emotion can be mixed
AN INTRIGUING ARTICLE FROM QUAD CINEMA (NYC)
THE WIT AND WISDOM OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK. In my continuing series of some of the wittiest and wisest movie celebrities, my honoree this week is Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock believed that the most powerful way of gripping an audience was through suspense, which he brilliantly achieved with minimal dialogue. He moved the camera in a way that mimicked a person’s gaze, forcing the viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism (think "Rear Window"). Hitchcock once commented that "The writer and I plan out the entire script down to the smallest detail, and when we're finished all that's left to do is to shoot the film". His biographer, Steven DeRosa wrote that "Hitchcock supervised and guided his writers through every draft, insisting on a strict attention to detail and a preference for telling the story through visual rather than verbal means." He was so certain and clear as to how each scene should be played that he rarely bothered looking through the viewfinder. Truffaut described Hitchcock as "the most influential filmmaker of all-time." John Frankenheimer stated that "Any American director who says he hasn't been influenced by him is out of his mind."
Hitchcock, with a huge tongue in his cheek, obliged the press with a variety of "bon mots" about himself and his work: "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it."....."A good film is when the price of admission, the dinner and the babysitter were well worth it."...."The cinema is not a slice of life, it's a piece of cake."....." I'm a typed director. If I made CINDERELLA, the audience would be looking for a body in the coach."......"When people say I'm 70 I say that's a confounded lie. I'm twice 35."....."The length of the film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."....."Always make the audience suffer as much as possible."....."Television has brought back murder to the home---where it belongs."....."Give them pleasure, the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare."....."Drama is life with the dull parts left out."....."I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it."....."Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints."....."Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some"....."I can't read fiction without visualizing every scene. The result is it becomes a series of pictures rather than a book."....."The picture's over. Now I have to go and put it on film.".....A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality."....."In feature films the director is God; in a documentary films God is the director."....."If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on."....."When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss character, I say, IT'S IN THE SCRIPT. If he asks BUT WHAT IS MY MOTIVATION? I say, YOUR SALARY."....."I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks."....."I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them."....."Luck is everything. My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film."....."When an actress asked Hitchcock if her right or left profile was better, he told her, MY DEAR, YOU'RE SITTING ON YOUR BEST PROFILE."....."To make a great film you need three things---the script, the script and the script."....."Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen."....."Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing the need for it."
When Hitchcock received the Irving Thalberg Award, in his acceptance speech he simply said: "Thank you!"
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