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Old 01-29-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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i think alot of people are still thinking in terms of the studio system, the old style way of doing things, which is changing so rapidly right now that nothing can be predicted. alot of that has to do with the death of celluloid. film is a discipline that is only a century old. name me one more art form that is that new yet that influential. you really can't. music, painting, all the other art forms are as old as mankind. film, on the other hand, is a pup. don't get locked into to thinking one way about things. the future is yet to be written. film is still working out its artsy side. it got snagged pretty early on by the businessmen. its still dominated by businessmen. and women. just remember that as much as people will tell you there is only one way to do things, they mean that there is only one way to be "hollywood". hollywood has to be dragged kicking and screaming into innovation. every truly great film has encountered resistance from the people who were in charge. every single one. and they all think there is only one way of doing things. which is a disease you can catch and never cure if you decide at such a young age that you MUST come to hollywood to make it.

also, what type of stuff do you write? are you seeking to write stuff that's gonna be "edgy" (read- appeal to a certain demographic and not transcend unless by accident) and comedic? or are you writing stuff like "slingblade"? i mean, are you trying to forge a new path or are you quite happy with the typical hollywood dynamic? if so, then you will only be successful in NYC or LA. because they cater to the masses. if you want to be an artist and write good stuff, then i suggest focusing on finding good schools for cinematic writing whether or not they are in los angeles. i think as a local and a filmmaker myself that LA is highly overrated and perhaps an stifling place for people who don't want to make the next judd apatow film. if you want to be kubrick, you can do that anywhere. i am always shocked by the number of filmmakers i meet here who are rather paint-by-numbers. its so easy to fall into an industry groove here, which means you will learn alot and yes, you might meet celebrities. and yes, everyone is a screenwriter here, or claim to be, which means there is a couple brief synopses on their laptop that they sometimes peck at between working three jobs. doesn't mean they are actively working on it.

i just think alot depends on how you think of yourself in terms of your art. if you want to write sitcoms, if you want to write rom-coms, if you want to appeal to a massive audience and want to make blockbusters then you need to be here. if you want to write films because its the only thing you have ever wanted to do then that is what you will do, whether you are in east jesus or you live on hollyweird boulevard. good luck to you, whatever you decide.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: RALEIGH, NC
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Hey CB3009,
I hope that everything works out for you. I also share the same interest as you do. Maybe one day we'll see each other in Hollywood lol.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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every truly great film has encountered resistance from the people who were in charge. every single one. and they all think there is only one way of doing things.
Oh no, we're not picking on the Hollywood Establishment for putting out endless awful Nick Cage explosion flicks, are we? We must have 3-D!
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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I know its a tough gig, but not impossible. A friend of mine just had a reading at the LATC Sunday afternoon. He's been working with the Robey Theatre for about 3 years, fine-tuning his play. The Robey has a class every Saturday, downtown where he lives. Good news is the play is going into production in September. Even had a guy offer to help him shop the play in Dublin (there's an Irish backstory in the plot). He has been writing for years, but has never gotten this far. Keep in mind, he's worked full-time all his life, just got laid off about a month ago so he can dedicate the time. And he ain't young, either- it can really take time to get there.

Alot of the comments preceding mine are positive. That's a good thing. I believe you should do what you love doing. If you can get with a local theatre or director who mentors writers, all the better.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Malibu/Miami Beach
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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Screenwriting: Just be aware that the person bringing you your Malibu Chicken at Sizzler has a screenplay in their locker. They're also an actress/actor/director/grip/set designer/best boy...
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:00 PM
 
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Oh no, we're not picking on the Hollywood Establishment for putting out endless awful Nick Cage explosion flicks, are we? We must have 3-D!
Oh, heavens no! (i.e. YES)
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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lol everyone wants to move to LA because of Hollywood it cracks me up . For me i moved here because of the weather , love to bike in the mountains and also my big pacific islander community is here
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