Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tuesdays With Truffaut?

A while back, Script Magazine asked me to contribute a weekly blog entry to their site. I was going strong on Fridays With Hitchcock and asked if "reprints" of that would be okay, and they loved it.

But as you know, Fridays With Hitchcock can be a bit spotty - the entries were supposed to be 1,250 words (5 pages) but have ended up being in the 4,000 to 5,000 word range (16-20 pages). Some are longer. They can burn up 2-3 days to write, and Script wanted shorter entries, so the "reprints" were chopped down versions.

I stopped sending them articles when we got to North By Northwest - because that was a monster entry and I realized I would have to completely rewrite it to trim it down. Also, you may have noticed that the blog entries have become more focused since I began. I figured out how the articles should work, and the old articles now need a page one rewrite.

So I get an e-mail from Script asking if I could *please* start sending them articles again... and I realized that I need something different. Some subject or theme or whatever that I could find 52 *shorter* articles to discuss.

So, what would you like to see discussed on the blog every week? Something that doesn't require a bunch of research on my part, but watching a movie is okay. Suggestions in the comments section!

- Bill
IMPORTANT UPDATE:

TODAY'S SCRIPT TIP: Weatherman Hero? - coming up with a non-cliche lead character.
Dinner: Salad bar salad.
Pages: A quick polish on a script some producer asked for.
Bicycle: YES! Did a test run today, rode north & east. Wore the splint while riding. Wrist seems fine. It does hurt if I move it in weird ways, so I just don't do that. But no pain while riding or from riding.

5 comments:

Richard J. McKenzie said...

Glad to hear the wrist is bettering.

Ideas for Script mag/blog -
1. 50 (+2) best/favorite scripts
2. each week a different director, whichever movie of theirs has favorite/most educational script
3. go thru the alphabet twice, ala 'A is for Antagonist' (good luck with z)

wcmartell said...

Zeppelins and Zither Music?

ObiDonWan said...

Best characters from movies and how much the writer made and how much the actor contributed.

martinb said...

Starbucks you have known.

Scenes in the script that were changed during shooting, and why. You could use many examples from your own scripts.

wcmartell said...

The answer is...

I'm going to do a weekly script lesson.

- Bill

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