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Sep 16

lethargicmess said: I just read your book in just over one sitting and it is just phenomenal. One question I have though is, when writing full script, does the writer always have to write in specifically what each panel has ? Because I noticed that all the examples of full script in the book had panel layouts, but I don't write that way. You said that there's no definitive format for scripts, but is it bad if I don't write with panels ?

brianmichaelbendis:

Not everybody writes with panels. again, there is no definitive comic script format. but I think that many have found that panel by panel description gives the artist a great deal of information to help tell the story.

 you want to give your artist as much organized information as you can. panel by panel is a very organized way to express yourself


Sep 12

Sep 9

maxkirin:

Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips (Source)

1. FINISH IT

Actually finishing it is what I’m gonna put in as step one. You may laugh at this, but it’s true. I have so many friends who have written two-thirds of a screenplay, and then re-written it for about three years. Finishing a screenplay is first of all truly difficult, and secondly really liberating. Even if it’s not perfect, even if you know you’re gonna have to go back into it, type to the end. You have to have a little closure.

2. STRUCTURE

Structure means knowing where you’re going ; making sure you don’t meander about. Some great films have been made by meandering people, like Terrence Malick and Robert Altman, but it’s not as well done today and I don’t recommend it. I’m a structure nut. I actually make charts. Where are the jokes ? The thrills ? The romance ? Who knows what, and when ? You need these things to happen at the right times, and that’s what you build your structure around : the way you want your audience to feel. Charts, graphs, coloured pens, anything that means you don’t go in blind is useful.

3. HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY

This really should be number one. Even if you’re writing a Die Hard rip-off, have something to say about Die Hard rip-offs. The number of movies that are not about what they purport to be about is staggering. It’s rare, especially in genres, to find a movie with an idea and not just, ‘This’ll lead to many fine set-pieces’. The Island evolves into a car-chase movie, and the moments of joy are when they have clone moments and you say, ‘What does it feel like to be those guys ?’

4. EVERYBODY HAS A REASON TO LIVE

Everybody has a perspective. Everybody in your scene, including the thug flanking your bad guy, has a reason. They have their own voice, their own identity, their own history. If anyone speaks in such a way that they’re just setting up the next person’s lines, then you don’t get dialogue : you get soundbites. Not everybody has to be funny ; not everybody has to be cute ; not everybody has to be delightful, and not everybody has to speak, but if you don’t know who everybody is and why they’re there, why they’re feeling what they’re feeling and why they’re doing what they’re doing, then you’re in trouble.

5. CUT WHAT YOU LOVE

Here’s one trick that I learned early on. If something isn’t working, if you have a story that you’ve built and it’s blocked and you can’t figure it out, take your favourite scene, or your very best idea or set-piece, and cut it. It’s brutal, but sometimes inevitable. That thing may find its way back in, but cutting it is usually an enormously freeing exercise.

6. LISTEN

When I’ve been hired as a script doctor, it’s usually because someone else can’t get it through to the next level. It’s true that writers are replaced when executives don’t know what else to do, and that’s terrible, but the fact of the matter is that for most of the screenplays I’ve worked on, I’ve been needed, whether or not I’ve been allowed to do anything good. Often someone’s just got locked, they’ve ossified, they’re so stuck in their heads that they can’t see the people around them. It’s very important to know when to stick to your guns, but it’s also very important to listen to absolutely everybody. The stupidest person in the room might have the best idea.

7. TRACK THE AUDIENCE MOOD

You have one goal : to connect with your audience. Therefore, you must track what your audience is feeling at all times. One of the biggest problems I face when watching other people’s movies is I’ll say, ‘This part confuses me’, or whatever, and they’ll say, ‘What I’m intending to say is this’, and they’ll go on about their intentions. None of this has anything to do with my experience as an audience member. Think in terms of what audiences think. They go to the theatre, and they either notice that their butts are numb, or they don’t. If you’re doing your job right, they don’t. People think of studio test screenings as terrible, and that’s because a lot of studios are pretty stupid about it. They panic and re-shoot, or they go, ‘Gee, Brazil can’t have an unhappy ending,’ and that’s the horror story. But it can make a lot of sense.

8. WRITE LIKE A MOVIE

Write the movie as much as you can. If something is lush and extensive, you can describe it glowingly ; if something isn’t that important, just get past it tersely. Let the read feel like the movie ; it does a lot of the work for you, for the director, and for the executives who go, ‘What will this be like when we put it on its feet ?’

9. DON’T LISTEN

Having given the advice about listening, I have to give the opposite advice, because ultimately the best work comes when somebody’s fucked the system ; done the unexpected and let their own personal voice into the machine that is moviemaking. Choose your battles. You wouldn’t get Paul Thomas Anderson, or Wes Anderson, or any of these guys if all moviemaking was completely cookie-cutter. But the process drives you in that direction ; it’s a homogenizing process, and you have to fight that a bit. There was a point while we were making Firefly when I asked the network not to pick it up : they’d started talking about a different show.

10. DON’T SELL OUT

The first penny I ever earned, I saved. Then I made sure that I never had to take a job just because I needed to. I still needed jobs of course, but I was able to take ones that I loved. When I say that includes Waterworld, people scratch their heads, but it’s a wonderful idea for a movie. Anything can be good. Even Last Action Hero could’ve been good. There’s an idea somewhere in almost any movie : if you can find something that you love, then you can do it. If you can’t, it doesn’t matter how skillful you are : that’s called whoring.”

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Sep 5

The Secret of Happiness

onlinecounsellingcollege:

1.Recognize that happiness is a choice.

2. Forgive yourself for your past mistakes.

3. Stop being a victim of your circumstances.

4. Live each moment to the fullest.

5. Follow your heart, and do what you love.

6. Appreciate what you have; don’t fixate on what is missing.

7. Surround yourself with people you love.


Sep 4

youchew:

Fresh Stuffed Tomatoes

  • 3 ripe medium California Tomatoes
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 4 slices pastured bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4” pieces
  • 6 asparagus tips, very lightly steamed and cooled
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika

http://thehealthyfoodie.com/fresh-stuffed-tomatoes-or-the-day-california-tomato-farmers-saved-the-day/

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Aug 27

d4vecomic:

PROCESS

D4VE #4 page 2 - 5COTTY GETS N4UGHTY (again)

Art & Colors by Valentin Ramon
Script by Ryan Ferrier

You can see that Valentin absolutely KILLED this page. The final lettered page differs slightly from the script—on D4VE we were lucky to have total freedom to make edits to dialogue and placement in the final lettering phase. On this page it’s not incredibly substantial, but there were a lot of jokes throughout the series that were added after the script was done.

Along with the biting self-reflection and fantasy-induced catharsis, one of the real pleasures of making D4VE was getting to write a lot of masturbation gags and funny insults. My only regret is that we didn’t go for the hat-trick when it comes to 5COTTY jerkin’ it at inappropriate times/places.

We’re filthy, and we’ve come to terms with that.

Head over to comixology to pick up D4VE for for just $0.99, or snag the whole series—now DRM free—for less than $5!

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Aug 25
maxkirin:

+ DAILY WRITER POSITIVITY +

#115
If you ever doubt your story because you think people won’t like it, just remember that George Lucas thought Star Wars was too ‘wacky’ for the general public.

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maxkirin:

+ DAILY WRITER POSITIVITY +

#115

If you ever doubt your story because you think people won’t like it, just remember that George Lucas thought Star Wars was too ‘wacky’ for the general public.

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Aug 22

Aug 21
maxkirin:

⚘ DAILY STORY SEED ⚘

Daggers In the Dark
Write about a character who happens to be the next person in line for the throne… except that they do not wish to be crowned. Why is this? Are they afraid they would fail? Or (worst of all) are they afraid of their siblings, who would do anything to wear the crown?

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maxkirin:

⚘ DAILY STORY SEED ⚘

Daggers In the Dark

Write about a character who happens to be the next person in line for the throne… except that they do not wish to be crowned. Why is this? Are they afraid they would fail? Or (worst of all) are they afraid of their siblings, who would do anything to wear the crown?

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Aug 18

the-altar:

ironboobs:

"Oh captain, my captain."

If this was true I would never get laid.

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