Thursday, May 06, 2010

Lancelot Link Thursday

Lancelot Link Thursday! For those of you who worry that your back-hair may not make you popular with the opposite sex, here are some articles about screenwriting and the biz that may be of interest to you. Brought to you by that suave and sophisticated secret agent...

1) Indie Films - Is Online The Answer?

2) Second film in the new DIE HARD trilogy...

3) Why you always need to have directions to the nearest hospital and someone with CPR training on the set, even on a student film.

4) Fake Guns, Fake Bad Guys, Real Cops.

5) Real DUI Arrest Footage.

6) Today's Car Chase...

Part 2: The Next Ten Minutes Of Chase.

Part 3: The Next Ten Minutes Of Chase.

Part 4: The Next Ten Minutes Of Chase.

And there are a couple more segments, but that gives you most of this little chase. Yes - just about the whole film is a car chase!

7) Last but not least... This woman won $224 Million in California's Lottery... and went to work today. She has no plans to quit her graveyard shift, kinda cruddy job (in TV news) - because she likes working and likes her job. I think this is a lesson to screenwriters everywhere - if you would quit writing because you won $224 Million or because you *didn't* win anything - you aren't writing screenplays because you love writing. This woman loves her job - it gives her something to do every day. The people she works with love her, and love her attitude. I've said this before - the world is what you make of it. If you are a miserable person, winning $224 Million isn't going to change that, nor is selling a screenplay. Life can suck, but we need to laugh off our problems (or at least deal with them without letting them get to us) and find some way to enjoy our lives. Having $224 Million probably creates more problems than it could ever solve - so don't look for some sort of outside success to make you happy. Make yourself happy. We all have the choice whether we are going to be miserable or happy - happy is more fun.

- Bill

TODAY'S SCRIPT TIP: The Conflict Act - and the films of master thespian Keanu Reeves.
Dinner: Togo's ham sandwich.
Bicycle: Not really - a couple of blocks to Starbucks.
Pages: Only 3... but I have a good excuse! It was some sort of freak day at Starbucks where I bumped into a bunch of people I haven't seen in months! Chris White who runs the TOP 5 comedy website - haven't seen him in months! My friend Louis who works at a studio - haven't seen him in a couple of months. My friend Rick The Stuntman - haven't seen him since the middle of last year! My friends Richard & Monica - also haven't seen them since last year - and she's preggers, with twins! So, I spent more time visiting than writing. But it was worth it.

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