Since: Apr 2011
I find it amazing to think that this is still being argued over, maybe argued is the wrong word, I have no idea but it’s becoming pretty tiresome for me at least.
This thread is supposed to be about how to give pointers to new folk on getting going and maybe some tips to those that in previous years have struggled getting a script together that works.
I’m not doubting your sincerity Gregg but may I suggest you start your own thread on such topics just as Nimlin did with the bullshit thread so as to keep the topic clean and uncluttered.
If I was new to this comp and I was reading all this I’d be frightened like hell because I probably wouldn’t understand a word of it and I’d think there’s no way I can get in with this lot because I wouldn’t have the faintest idea of what was expected of me.
Story is not king just for this comp, it’s king full stop everything else is window dressing. Arguing over the word story is pure semantics, story has not been king just for the few years this comp has been going, it’s been king for thousands of years.
All the greatest writers we talk of and I mean the greatest have all used the 3 act system of telling a story. From Tolstoy to Shakespeare that is what was used because that is the way we are wired. Yes there are others that have broken away from the system but they are rare and that has nothing to do with it being commercial or non commercial.
Story is nothing more than a communication, it’s a connection between creator and audience, if there is no communication, no dialogue no story no what ever you want to call it then it has failed and failed miserably. That applies to any form you care to mention, if you fail to connect then you have failed in your duty as the creator.
From the first lullaby we hear to the eulogy we never get to hear story is how we learn and grow as human beings. You yourself are trying to communicate to us trough your own story and stories you have read and understood in books etc, it is no different.
Now whomever it was that created and maintains this forum (bless their sweet little chuffs) made it a public forum and not one restricted to entrants only. However Gregg I do find it a bit galling when I hear you deride this comp to the extent that you do when you have never competed in it or have no intention what so ever of ever competing in it. To be honest it flummoxes me completely why you bother wasting your time, I certainly wouldn’t.
All that being said if we could keep threads that are designed to assist to the topic in question and keep the debates over the semantics to a different thread entirely. A certain few of us were rounded up on last year for highjacking threads with our nonsense. May I suggest that this sort of deviation be treated in the same way, it does nothing more than confuse and preclude the input from a fair few people wanting simple tips on making the best film they can this year.
By all means if you want to have your say Gregg then do so but I really think a thread like this should be kept as clean as possible and to the point as possible.
My god this so reminds me of back when I was just a wee wee nipper and asking my father what a 4 stroke engine was, three hours later he was banging on about the intricacies of the side draft Weber carburettor and it’s merits and shortfalls when compared to the SU carb! Bloody true story.
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2010 - Off To The Accountant Films - The Meek Shall Inherit - Twin Movie - Regional Finalist