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Old 04-29-2012, 01:07 AM   #16
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Go through your iTunes library, listen to some music. That always gives me ideas for or even full visions of scenes. And it leads you great places.

And also, watch other films! That's the best way to go. Watch a lot of movies (preferably older ones- 70's and earlier) and see what accumulates in your head afterwards. Good luck
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:00 AM   #17
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Ideas for a script seldomly pop up as a complete and finished idea.
Sometimes they do, but most of the times you think of something little that still needs a story.
Starting blank is the most difficult thing to do, so you need to create a starting point.
In the end you may end up with something that has no connection with your starting point, but you need it to get started.
You can start with chosing a theme.
And brainstorm around that theme.
This way you can give yourself a context or starting point to be creative with.

"What if..?" is also a way to think about things.

And this is what John Cleese has to say about creativity:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGt3-fxOvug
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:20 AM   #18
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A large, strong Irish Coffee while watching the sunrise at dawn.

I love life and making something from nothing every day. Soak up as much as possible from as many different sources imaginable. Never limit yourself unless safety is a factor. Treat those as you wish to be treated. Have fun, for fun is a perspective and not a forced elective (an original quote from my 2011 BLOOD BIBLE script)... make fun a daily habit. Laugh at yourself. Don't be afraid to screw up.
Do not believe in writer's block. Read some books (try for 4 a week). Read some scripts (good or bad -- read two a week). Go out -- with a notebook and some pencils, AND LISTEN.
If you are a film maker, watch movies. A lot of movies. Network. Make something DAILY.

Hope this helps. Not rich or famous.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:32 PM   #19
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A large, strong Irish Coffee while watching the sunrise at dawn.

I love life and making something from nothing every day. Soak up as much as possible from as many different sources imaginable. Never limit yourself unless safety is a factor. Treat those as you wish to be treated. Have fun, for fun is a perspective and not a forced elective (an original quote from my 2011 BLOOD BIBLE script)... make fun a daily habit. Laugh at yourself. Don't be afraid to screw up.
Do not believe in writer's block. Read some books (try for 4 a week). Read some scripts (good or bad -- read two a week). Go out -- with a notebook and some pencils, AND LISTEN.
If you are a film maker, watch movies. A lot of movies. Network. Make something DAILY.

Hope this helps. Not rich or famous.
Dude, I believe that is the answer I was looking for. I sit day in, day out on my laptop doing coursework, and wanting to write an awesome script for a short film.
I need to leave my house, and go out. I need fun and definitely need to read more. When I was in high school, they said I wouldn't make it anywhere due to me not being able to read well. (Or write).
I need to stop trying to write an awesome script. I will write an awesome script.

Thanks man!
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:12 PM   #20
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Take a poop.

Brainstorm with friends. Preferably, not while pooping.

Think of one tiny idea for what could be just one simple, but really cool, scene. Now, find a way to write an entire story to wrap around that scene.

And if all else fails, go mow Dreadylocks' lawn.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:15 PM   #21
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I need to stop trying to write an awesome script. I will write an awesome script.
I see Yoda has taught you well. Or was it Morpheus? Cuz they say the same thing, but more poetic Yoda is.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:07 PM   #22
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Alcohol and Drugs?

Actually for me it just happens.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:08 AM   #23
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Take a poop.
Uh-huh. I'm quite sure it was Voltaire who wrote about the importance of good bowel movements and being regular. So yeah, eat plenty of fiber.

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Must have fiber. Fiber gooooooood. Constipation baaaaaaaad.
I tend to think it helps to stick with things you're actually interested in. What are you into? What turns you on? What films do you want to see? What's important to you? What would you like to say?

I'm a critic of the resultant films to some extent, but I'm fond of what I heard Lucas say about what he did. He said he asked himself what he wanted to see. No one was doing it. So he made those films himself.

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:10 AM   #24
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I see Yoda has taught you well. Or was it Morpheus? Cuz they say the same thing, but more poetic Yoda is.
I believe it was a Yoda/Morpheus hybrid.

One side wanted to say, 'Write a good script you shall.'
The other wanted to say, 'What if I told you the script is in your mind?'
Both parts collided and gave me the saying :p
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:12 AM   #25
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Uh-huh. I'm quite sure it was Voltaire who wrote about the importance of good bowel movements and being regular. So yeah, eat plenty of fiber.



I tend to think it helps to stick with things you're actually interested in. What are you into? What turns you on? What films do you want to see? What's important to you? What would you like to say?

I'm a critic of the resultant films to some extent, but I'm fond of what I heard Lucas say about what he did. He said he asked himself what he wanted to see. No one was doing it. So he made those films himself.
I want to see more films with more emotion. True human emotion, not some cheesy Hollywood typical emotion shit like, 'Oh, my car broke!'
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:51 PM   #26
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I work better with a dead line.
I work better with constraints.

Suggested limits to get you started.

Setting Period: Contemporary
Story Length: 24 hours
Genre: Drama
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:42 PM   #27
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Force your self to watch movies that you normally would ignore, expands the mind!
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Coming up with ideas and concepts never seemed to be hard for me. If you watch a lot of TV, films, certain lines (that have almost nothing to do with the main plot) can sometimes give you ideas. Funny things that happened to you can also become good material. Beautiful art pictures can give you some ideas. Crazy news stories can influence you. Take anything you REALLY like and find a way to make it a movie in an original or intriguing way.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:49 AM   #29
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Force your self to watch movies that you normally would ignore, expands the mind!
Chick Flicks here I come! :s
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:50 AM   #30
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I work better with a dead line.
I work better with constraints.

Suggested limits to get you started.

Setting Period: Contemporary
Story Length: 24 hours
Genre: Drama
That actually might work, coupled with bad films and alcohol!
The perfect recipe xD
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