Friday, January 21, 2011

Be excellent to each other

John Swetnam, an occasional commenter on Done Deal, just sold his script Evidence to Bold Films for a good bit of change. He even gets first crack at directing.

This is excellent news for all of us. Huge spec sales, especially from unknown writers, are good omens for the market.

I've read Evidence. It's a fast-paced, twisty-turney script with great surprises and scares, and it can be shot for a low budget. The characters feel real, which is one thing that sets this apart from other horror scripts of its ilk. It was a finalist in the Tracking B contest, the event that catapulted the script through town through the efforts of great reps. This all went well because a great script got into the right hands and the writer rocked in the room.

Yet if you read the comments on the Deadline Hollywood Daily post, you'd think this was the greatest tragedy ever to hit town. So much nastiness. It's pretty obvious why - jealousy. Even if the script wasn't for you, there's no need to be an ass to someone you've never met because they've seen success.

We see it all the time - people being assholes because they wish their script was getting them the same places as someone else.

Let's all try to be positive about each others' success, shall we? Spend your hatred on your characters. Ruin their lives. Make them emote. Write a script so great that some day someone will be talking all this shit about you.

12 comments:

  1. Hi there! This is me NOT asking anyone if they have a PDF they could send me of this script called Evidence. Remember, I'm NOT at all advocating EVER sharing scripts online but if someone does have a copy of this on their harddrive, I would NOT love them to send it to me because that would be wrong.

    For those who DO NOT want to send it to me, here's the email address: jmesserman@gmail.com

    Thanks again for NOT sharing this with me. Because I want to ALWAYS be in compliance with any and all rules.

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  2. Anonymous12:59 PM

    Emily,

    Yes, my friends and enemies all want to see me fail and to one day, SEE me become homeless and eat from garbage cans.

    I am not saying that this will happen to me or might happen or never never happen! But if it did happen, they would consider this tragedy for a good five minutes and then forget about me...and yes they might have a hidden laugh about my failure ...

    THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME: The trick is to train and practice how survive in this JUNGLE OF SCREENWRITING...

    ITS WAR MOTHERF*******...I WILL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE IT AND I WILL DEFEND MY SELF AND I WILL NOT LOOSE MY SANITY AND I WILL HAVE A HEALTHY AND WEALTHY LIFE AND CAREER...

    SO TO ALL YOU HATERS OUT THERE. THIS IS MY MESSAGE TO YOU:

    NEO.. I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid... you're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you...

    OKAY... NOW ...RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE KICKS IN...
    Mickey

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  3. Well said Emily!

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  4. Yeah, that Golden Rule can be hard for some to grasp.

    Everyone should be all gumdrops and rainbows about this. Like you said, a spec sale by anyone, especially a first-timer, is cause to celebrate. There is hope for us all!

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  5. Emily, that's why I like you. You sound like a nice, supportive writer, which is rare in the entertainment biz. There is so much nastiness on the screenwriter/film blogosphere.

    One guy who always wrote asshole comments toward me on film blogs, claimed he saw my play in London, he saw me in the audience, and he said it was such a shitty play. If this was true, he didn't have the fucking courage to come up to me in person and tell me to my face how much my play sucked ass. Fucking coward.

    People who are jealous and hateful toward other writers (or filmmakers) are so because they don't have one inch of talent or motivation to make their own projects happen. Fuck them.

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  6. Anonymous9:05 AM

    Jihad Punk,

    You got some good post, past and present.

    But why swear so much? It's not lady like. Would your husband or wife? want a swearer in the family?
    How would you like it if your kids hear mommy with such potty mouth?

    Do you see Amy Winehouse, Beyonce or Britney Spears or Ashaiwa Rai Bachchan or Madhuri Dixit or Hema Malini or Priyanka Chopra or Shah ru khan, or Warren Beaty's wife swearing. Okay, picture this: Michael Douglas' wife swearing, it doesn't look good. Does it.

    You could do what you want. It's a free country.

    But swearing is a turn off with Hollywood ladies. Think about it, one you could be walking the red carpet.

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  7. Anonymous - LEAVE NAMES, people - you're fucking kidding, right?

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  8. This is excellent:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSNREtboX3s

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  9. Had nothing to add to conversation, until I saw the profanity. Ahhh, the pleasing punctuation provided by profanity, how I love thee. Had to give up that aural punch when a child came along, though I still indulge when monkey isn't about. Will confess I've never thought less of someone for not using profanity, esp when the sentiment is passionate and intelligent (them's the classiest folks). And the only times I'm reminded that profanity is indeed ugly is when I hear an ugly person expressing ugly sentiment, and then I think to myself (never out loud, that would be rude), goddamnit, Miss Manners is right.

    George Carlin's seven dirty words, covered in the first seven seconds: http://bit.ly/1NkLiG

    Bravo on the play in London, Jihad Punk XXX! Quite the theater town, quite an accomplishment.

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  10. Anonymous needs to fuck off. Lady-like? Oh please... this isn't the Victorian era anymore. Get on with the times.

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  11. Anonymous1:55 PM

    Jihad Punk XXX,

    Okay a lady can swear in movies and still be lady-like.But in real life most Asian and Bollywood actresses rarely swear in their house, with their husband, families, blogs, chats, shopping malls...etc Why do you swear in blogs? Will swear at your kids? Will you swear at the teacher? Will you swear at the Police? When does it end??

    For example, lets take Priyanka Chorpra or Amitabh Bachchan or Darmendra or Helen or Meena Kumari or Laura Datta or Gong Li or Bobby Deol or The Black Swan actress would swear in a blogs. Well, NO, they are lady-like and,or manly and my mother and my grandmother are lady-like, the don't swear in public places. I think it's cool to be lady-like and not trying to be like Tony Montana from Scarface. Leave that to the thugs and rappers.

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