About

I’m coming out of the screenwriting closet. I have no idea what I’m doing so I’ll post about all the trips and tumbles I make along the way on this mess of a journey.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey there,

    I just read your response to the gender question on Scotts GITS and couldn’t help but feel some sort of kinship — you are me in so many ways. I’m 36 and mother to 3 boys under the age of 5 (you hate eff’n Dora, I hate eff’n every single superhero). I’ve had 3 different careers and now that I’m home with the kids, I write almost every night after they go to bed for a few hours. I must love it because my brain can hardly function sometimes.

    Anyhow, if you ever want to swap scripts and give feedback, let me know. I can totally empathize with you. I’ve decided to enter more competitions this year and just go for it.

    Jill

  2. While I was writing today, unencumbered by any formatting concerns whatsoever, I was simultaneously musing that it’s silly for people to be concerned about formatting. Granted, it’s an exceedingly common concern for novice screenwriters, and even some professionals seem to concern themselves too much with it. Anyway, as life happens the way it does, I found myself here mere hours after having these thoughts while I comfortably wrote, unconcerned about formatting. So, I would like to address something you mention above:

    “I can’t direct the director and I can’t tell the actor how to act”

    This mantra, which gets circulated like a perpetual motion machine across the internet, and through the mouths of gurus is B.S.

    For example, let’s look at page 1 of Butter – a 2008 Nicholl Fellowship winner, which was later made into a movie featuring Jennifer Garner. In the very beginning, this is how Laura Pickler is introduced:

    “We can only see her from behind, but the SAD SACKS that descend on the opposing escalator seem to be in AWE.

    She steps off, but we stay on the ESCALATOR – ”

    That is directing the director.

    Same script, page 76, towards the bottom:

    “Jill folds her arms: I hope you are happy.”

    That is directing the actor.

    Heck, check out page 89, toward the bottom:

    “A government car with the State Seal (we remember it as the car that picked up Destiny from her various foster homes earlier)”

    It literally says that. That’s not about directing the director or actresses, but it’s telling the reader to recall something (granted, you can only do this maybe once or twice in a script). But, there are plenty more examples of “directing the director” or “directing the actor” through the script, I just happened to have those readily at my disposal. And, it’s not just Butter, though it’s a great example.

    Anyway, good luck. Try to avoid the mine-field of false information from gurus telling you what to do and find YOUR true path.

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