…I did nothing, at least in terms of writing. Well, not ACTUAL writing. But I did do a little reading.
On a whim, and partially because he died about a month ago, I bought Blake Snyder’s SAVE THE CAT! I kept hearing how great it was, so I bit the bullet and got it.
I’m about 50-some pages into it. He’s talked about loglines, titles, audience and cost and types of stories. My take? Meh. Nothing I haven’t heard before. I’ll keep going until the end, but I’m glad I didn’t pay full price. As I’ve said before, and as I will say many times again, I know I don’t know everything, but I do okay.
-There’s a script-review sight I’ve been enjoying. I think it’s called ScriptShadow. From what I can gather, he gets spec scripts that are if not optioned, at least represented (a strike against me). He discusses what works, what doesn’t, the characters, etc. Then he rates them on a sort of 1-5 scale, 1 being awful and 5 being genius. Most of them seem to fall in the 2-3 range. But he recently ran a review of one he gave the first 5 to. A dark fantasy that seems to combine film noir with Victorian whimsy and Lord of the Rings. It’s from ’05. The writer has since gone on to at least a few high-profile projects. The reviewer could not stop raving about how incredible he thought it was.
It would be nice to think I could have somebody react to one of my scripts that way.