02 September, 2009

Linkage - 02/09/09

"Jerry Bruckheimer Picks Up Derek Haas' Short Story 'Shake'" (Via FirstShowing)

Derek Haas is a screenwriter of Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma (I hated those films) who has a cool fiction site. Uber Producer Jerry Bruckheimer read the story online and offered him 7 figures for the rights. Unfortunately the story has now been removed from the site but you can read it here for, I suspect, a limited time.

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Speaking of Jerry Bruckheimer, Time magazine had a Q&A with him:

"Stewart Stafford, Dublin: Does an unknown writer have any chance of getting a script read by a studio or put into production?

Bruckheimer: Of course. Every writer in Hollywood started by writing a screenplay and getting recognition. If the movie didn't get made, it at least got noticed by somebody--a producer or an agent. If someone is prolific and keeps working at it, they're going to do it. You've just got to keep writing. I'm sure we could show you instances of very famous screenwriters whose first screenplay wasn't very good. They just kept at it."

In other words whinging about Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma is no substitute for trying to do better. And, more importantly, to keep trying through the initial inevitable incompetence.

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The only film making advice you really need - Cinema Advanced
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Loglines by Linda M James - Screenwriters Festival
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How to Write a Logline for a Movie - eHow
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The 50 Best Movie Villains - The Times
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20 Best/Worst Horror Villains - EW.com
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Paul Dini - writer - Batman: Arkham Asylum (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) Interview
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The Four Act Structure - Rob Tobin - Script
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Choosing A Career For Your Characters - Write Vision
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3 comments:

Derek Haas said...

"Hated?" You couldn't have said "disliked..." or "didn't work for me..." or "needed improvement" or "there were some things I liked but others that I felt were lacking." No... you actually "hated" them? ; )

Just kidding. All my best!

Robin Kelly said...

Derek, you misunderstood, just as 'bad' means 'good', 'hated' means 'loved';) Thanks for seeing the funny side.

Derek Haas said...

No problem. i appreciate you promoting Popcorn Fiction.

And I have thick skin.