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Old 07-25-2013, 11:23 PM   #1
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> Screenplay Fodder: News That Should Inspire!

Man dismembered and cooked after sex games
http://www.thelocal.de/national/20120125-40333.html



ACT I: Provocative proposal for a lurid invitation made.
ACT II, Part I: The table is set, the guests c... come together, the game goes...
ACT II, Part II: ... awry. And then it goes very, very, very wrong before the descent into abomination.
ACT III: Desperation and capitulation opens the door to discovery and scrutiny.




Wellspring of source material: http://www.dailyrotten.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/weird-news/

http://www.chron.com/news/bizarre/

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/archives/weird/

http://www.sfgate.com/weird/

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs...ategory=NEWS20

http://www.fark.com/

http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/index.html

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Old 07-26-2013, 04:37 AM   #2
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hey Rayw,
whats the update on the Horror scripts you were writing?
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:31 AM   #3
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Update is... Their both skeletonized out to the one minute mark on one and five minute mark on the other, and I'm just waiting for the magic juice to start flowing when I can attribute some character to my main characters.

The first one is supposed to be a lo indie budget ($50 to $150k), ensemble cast attrition, creature feature - but until I develop a better sense of how to market and distribute a DIY feature I'm not inclined to pound this out page by page until then.

The second is clearly over my producer/director head with a relative low budget by studio standards: Easy $10 to $30M, (and "Yes", I've done enough homework to have a pretty good idea of what it would take to execute this one.) I probably should pound this out first and start peddling it. Sigh... But that's some real work itself.
Script agents aren't the same as real estate agents, you know.


For me generating a plot and story is a piece of cake.
But finding the right character for my characters is a bear, and characters are what really carry the story.

I just went on a Nic Cage DVD three-fer festival with my daughter:
Season of the Witch: 5/10 hum-drum disposable show. If you see it - yay. If not - you ain't missing anything.
The Wicker Man: 2/10 complete cr@p. I had to apologize to my daughter for repeatedly complaining about how stupid the story was, mostly due to the stupidity of the character.
Matchstick Men: 9.5/10 should see film. Just delightful story and execution by everyone, cast & crew.

It's not the budget: $40M, $40M, ?? (looks like c.$30M)
It's not the actor: Nicolas Cage
It could be the director, but likely it's the writer because I've seen too many films that were just stupid that the producer and director should have changed what the writer wrote, but didn't, and an otherwise salvageable film consequently sucked.
Maybe the writer/directors DID change what was written, but I've also read too many produced scripts to know that many of the niggling changes didn't affect the character of the characters, often just their situations and actions, changes in roles/lines, and or consolidation of characters.
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The Wicker Man: 2/10 complete cr@p. I had to apologize to my daughter for repeatedly complaining about how stupid the story was, mostly due to the stupidity of the character.
THE BEES! AHHHHH!!!! THE BEES! NOOOOOOO!!! NOT THE BEES!!!
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:25 AM   #5
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EFFFFF MEEEEE!!!

It was sad.

I wonder if actors know just how cr@ppy a film is going to turn out when they read the script, or see who's directing it, or during production when the dailies come in, or is it just a cr@pshoot until darn near the final edit?

Nic had to have been just doing this one for a paycheck.
The character was just really, really stupid.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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Matchstick Men: 9.5/10 should see film. Just delightful story and execution by everyone, cast & crew.
Loved that movie, great story and twists - tier one acting.

You may also like Nic Cage's Next. It's no where near as good as Matchstick Men but the concept is excellent and the film very enjoyable.

IMDB - Next
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435705/

Also really liked: Lord of War, Kick-Ass, Face/Off, Con Air, The Rock and Leaving Las Vegas.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:27 PM   #7
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New Book on Pig-Man Sheds Light on Legend
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...ref=weird-news



ACT I: Military scientists and officers stand over pig-man hybrid strapped to exam table. Disturbance outside.
ACT II, Part I: Soldiers engage hikers exploring the remote forest around secret lab.
ACT II, Part II: Pig-man escapes, hikers witness, hikers shot and wounded/killed. Scientist - "We can't move at this time." Officer - "We need a cover for this operation."
ACT III: Family member begins investigation into missing sister/brother in the region.

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Old 07-27-2013, 11:08 PM   #8
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I think Nic Cage CLEARLY knew how awful that Wicker Man remake was while he was making it...he was way too over the top for him to not get it. That's why I love him...when he's doing crap, he makes sure it's entertaining crap!

....well, for certain values of entertainment anyway.
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Dr. Conrad Murray: I Used to Hold Michael Jackson's Penis! Nightly!
http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/20...penis-nightly/
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ACT I: Super-wealthy super freak begs family, friends, and others to hold his penis, doctor finally agrees.
ACT II, Part I: It's deformed, it's minuscule, the catheritizations are a challenge.
ACT II, Part II: A task of charity becomes a regular event of mixed torture and excitement!
ACT III: Disgusted with the monster he's become, the doctor passive-aggressively allows super-freak to acquire a stash of lethal self-ending narcotics.
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Dangerous Diet Trend: The Cotton Ball Diet
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/dangero...ry?id=20942888
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ACT I: Three aesthetically competitive teen girls are turned onto several variations of the pica craze.
ACT II, Part I: The doable goal lifts their spirits! Initial results are promising! Elation over new fashion buys!
ACT II, Part II: Mistaking appreciation of confidence as appearance, girls have conflicts with new boyfriends. Bezoars lead to hospitalizations.
ACT III: Surgeons precede psychiatrists as the girls learn about repercussions. Therapy works for two of them, the third kills herself.
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Mexico plans how to safely box up recovered cobalt
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...6b2_story.html
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ACT I: Timelines collide when common vehicle thieves carjack a temp driver's truck with medical nuclear payload.
ACT II, Part I: The successful thieves go about their business as the bound driver weighs his own options: run or tell?
ACT II, Part II: Others find the driver, he tells, law enforcement is alerted, but by now the thieves have already exposed themselves to the deadly cargo.
ACT III: Thieves freak out as they listen to news reports on the truck's radio, try to ditch the vehicle, and escape the vehicle but not a most unpleasant death.

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Mexico plans how to safely box up recovered cobalt
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...6b2_story.html
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ACT I: Timelines collide when common vehicle thieves carjack a temp driver's truck with medical nuclear payload.
ACT II, Part I: The successful thieves go about their business as the bound driver weighs his own options: run or tell?
ACT II, Part II: Others find the driver, he tells, law enforcement is alerted, but by now the thieves have already exposed themselves to the deadly cargo.
ACT III: Thieves freak out as they listen to news reports on the truck's radio, try to ditch the vehicle, and escape the vehicle but not a most unpleasant death.

Oh my gosh! I saw that on the news too. Isn't that an amazing and a troubling story?
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Oh my gosh! I saw that on the news too. Isn't that an amazing and a troubling story?
Heh. Yup.

Talk about your cliché "... got more than they bargained for."






One to follow: http://guardianlv.com/2013/12/nevada...wy-conditions/
http://www.timesunion.com/news/us/ar...ld-5048193.php

Like white collar courtroom drama?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25316830

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Nevada Couple and 4 Children Still Missing in Sub-zero, Snowy Conditions

http://guardianlv.com/2013/12/nevada...wy-conditions/
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ACT I: A family of adults and four small children depart for a short "true" wilderness hiking adventure moments before an unusual storm's path is updated.
ACT II, Part I: Multiple opportunities are missed for current weather forecasts and to return home. Inevitably, delightful light snow turns to...
ACT II, Part II: ... heavy snow turns to flash blizzard sending their vehicle off the road and rolling over into the (cliché) ravine. Then the cold begins to wear away at them.
ACT III: Adult debate over what was best for the children comes down to a denial of instincts and beliefs to an unexplainable conclusion.



P.S. Don't worry. They were found safe and sound.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...9B912G20131211
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Alleged 'revenge porn' site operator arrested in California

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/10...in-california/
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ACT I: When a hot relationship goes cold a ridiculously bitter man stews over the best way to seek revenge on the woman "who made him this way."
ACT II, Part I: Armed with a hard drive gorged with intimate content he launches a revenge porn site, then seeks fellow "burnt men." A friend suggests a way to make money from an alternate site.
ACT II, Part II: When the money starts rolling in he gains a "new family", followed by the screams of complaints and the interest of law enforcement.
ACT III: Investigations lead to legal protests and maneuvering, but to no avail, and his new family is stripped away.
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