Your story begins with an idea, a vision we call the silver screen of imagination, very distinct, detailed, almost a hologram. In no other form of writing do we find this so true. Like a director walking on the set amid the thespians and production crew; or sitting in a front row seat watching your cinema in technicolor. To quote Mr. Syd Field from his book"Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting":"The job of the screenwriter is to write the (movie) script scene by scene, shot by shot. What is a shot? A shot is the cell, the kernel of action; a shot basically is what the camera sees ... scenes are made up of shots. If you want to write a dialogue scene in a master shot all you need to write i.e. INT. - RESTAURANT - NIGHT and simply let your characters speak without any reference to the camera or shot. Resistance is the urge to do something else. Acknowledge it and forge on"
the fundamentals of basic screenwriting:
getting started in writing your own movie - the screenplay
by Richard C. Burriesci a presentation of The Lincoln Studio and its associates
LIGHTS ... CAMERA ... ACTION!GOLDEN RULES:
YOUR FIRST 10 ... MUST BE A 10!
YOUR FIRST TEN MINUTES (10 PAGES) MUST BE TOTALLY CAPTIVATING
DON'T SAVE YOUR BEST FOR LAST ...YOU WON'T GET THE CHANCE!
REGARDING YOUR SETS ...
INT. EASIER AND CHEAPER TO PRODUCE THAN EXT.
(A DIFFERENCE OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS REGARDING WEATHER AND PERMITS)
WORK YOURMcGUFFININ FIRST FIVE PAGES (SUBPLOTS AND CLUES)[click the word McGuffin underlined above for definition]
RESEARCH WELL EVENTS & MATERIAL IN YOUR SCRIPT
ACCURACY IS A MUST ... IT MUST BE BELIEVABLE
HOW TO OVERCOME WB (WRITER'S BLOCK):
A) SET GOAL: TEN PAGES PER DAYNOTNECESSARILY IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER
B) READ ALOUD WHAT YOU WROTE: THE EAR OFTEN PICKS UP MISTAKES
C) CONJURE THREE NEW WORDS OR PHRASES EACH DAY TO USE LATER ON IN SCRIPT
PASS & GO
DO NOT DWELL ON ONE PIECE. MOVE ON! JIGSAW PUZZLES ARE DONE IN SEGMENTS. SO, TOO IS YOUR SCREENPLAY. RESISTANCE - ACKNOWLEDGE IT AND FORGE AHEAD!
A) TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. IF YOU DO NOT CUT IT SHORT ... THEY WILL!
B) MUSIC HELPS TIMING AND FLOW. YOUR FAVORITE SONGS WILL HELP KEEP TIME.
TAKE FIVE: STAY ALIVE
A) TAKE A REST AND DO SOMETHING ELSE; THEN COME BACK RENEWED
B) TAKE A POWER NAP AND DREAM A SOLUTION
C) THE KEY IS THESE THREE: FOCUS - DISCIPLINE - DILIGENCE
CLICK BELOW AND LEARN THE LINGO
IF YOU FOLLOW THE PROPER SCREENPLAY FORMAT ...
ONE PAGE TRANSLATES TO SIXTY SECONDS MOVIE TIME
CREATE A TAG LINE TO ATTRACT MOVIE GOERS AND PRODUCERS
CLICK THE CAMERA FOR FILM MAKING TIPS
what is discipline?
you're a late sleeper and your job calls foryou to be up and ready for action at 6:00a.m. You may hate your work but you arewhere you supposed to be both brighteyed and bushy tailed at 5:45 a.m. ...
With a great attitude!
YOUR THEATRICAL POSTER WILL HELP KEEP YOU FOCUSED
DESIGN ONE NOW!
with your tag line and synopsis
DEVELOPE YOUR CHARACTER
love 'em or hate 'em but don't be indifferent! whether they have one line or the star of your script
HERE'S YOUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT:
GO TO SHORT STORIES BY OUR OWN PAGE BY CLICKING THE MARQUEE.
THEN SCROLL DOWN TO THE DINERS AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS ON THE RAINBOW DINER TO WRITE ONE SCENE
FROM THE SCI-FI MOVIE "EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS"
CLICK THE POSTERS TO WATCH SHORT VIDEO
IF YOU ARE WRITING YOUR FIRST SCREENPLAY YOU SHOULD WATCH THE 1957 MOVIE CLASSIC "TWELVE ANGRY MEN" BECAUSE THE ENTIRE SCRIPT IS INTERIOR ONE SET SCENE. THE ACTORS REMAIN IN THE SAME COSTUME. THIS TRANSLATES TO INEXPENSIVE MOVIE PRODUCTION WHICH TRANSLATES INTO A FAR GREATER CHANCE OF GETTING YOUR SCRIPT PURCHASED BY MOVIE PRODUCERS AND ONTO THE SILVER SCREEN
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CLICK EACH THEATRICAL POSTER TO VIEW THE TRAILER FOR THAT PARTICULAR MOVIE
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MARY mother of Jesus
KOPERNIKUS the Narrator
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JESUS (YESHUA BAR-YOSEF)
AURELIUS the Chief Centaurian
JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA
MALCHUS Captain Centaurian
EL DIABLO (Lou/Satan)
SIMON PETER (Rocky)
JOHN THE BELOVED
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ON SAINTHOOD by Richie Burriesci
To date, how many canonized men, women and children have been dubbed "Saints" by our holy pontiffs? These hundreds including dozens of popular ones expelled by Pope Paul VI much to my resentment, have been role models to millions of Roman Catholics and even non-Catholics throughout the ages. In the Apostles Creed we say "Communion of Saints" and I will say that is referring to countless saints which include billions! For whatever reason a king or queen dubs a man a knight or woman a dame there have been many unmentioned noble human beings deserving the honor and laurels that come with it. You know well in your hearts and minds that "your loved ones" who passed into eternity were embraced by their Loving Creator and recognized with full esteem as equals to St. Peter and even the archangels! Mother Teresa did not need the approval or sanctification our beloved Pope Francis (and he knows that) to be called a saint when before she took her last breath she smiled at the Face of God. As well did your mother, father, sister, brother, dear friend or the one human being nobody ever knew or any creature knowing nothing but pain ... they too, are in the communion of saints! This truly was the message Jesus the Christ extended to us that it is the Will of God that All be saved but a freedom of choice lies deep within our souls. It is true that many not want sainthood that is to be in the communion of God's Kingdom but there will be no surprises between God and the individual. The Spirit goes back from whence it came. For the rest of us who want to go home we need not wait for beatification and ultimate sainthood. The banquet table is ready for each of us who really love God and everything He stands for.
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HAD ABRAHAM LINCOLN LIVED THIS WAR PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE USHERED IN THE PAX AMERICANA by Richard C. Burriesci
It is true that martyrs make mediocre presidents immortal giants. The art of history is not only a blueprint of the past but a potential prognosis of the future. The historian in me will make an educated supposition regarding that fateful day at Ford's Theatre on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. President Lincoln was commencing his second term, suddenly becoming popular because the War Between The States ended 48 hours earlier after four bloody years. The 56 year old tired leader of a fragile, still young united nation seem to be rejuvenated and he garnered a smile on his last photograph. I believe no president in our Nation's history before and after him, had a better planned and detailed reconstruction agenda that was gilded with authentic reconciliation. Before Congress made an amendment following Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death limiting the presidency to two four year terms the Office could be occupied indefinitely with reelection every four years. I believe Mr. Lincoln would have won the hearts of Americans including southerners after serving three terms succumbing to health issues approaching a fourth term and him opting to retiring to a law practice dedicated to achieving civil rights to all including native Americans. Yes, I am implying that General George Armstrong Custer would have lived to a ripe old age perhaps becoming a latter 19th Century President himself abating his last stand at Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. Lincoln's altruism was not compromised with his world of reality about bigotry and racism. He could legally abolish slavery but many "Archie Bunkers" always were around in local neighborhoods. It is a fact that part of his reconstruction plan included a vast emigration of former slaves to a colony in Africa's Liberia because, in his own words documented, he believed that the vast majority of black people and white people could not coexist peacefully. Still so much achievement of solidarity between the races would have been realized eliminating the need for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to make his stance a century later. Prejudice manifests itself in all forms and even Jesus Christ could not do anything about that or the needy in His entire 33 year tenure on earth. Mrs. Lincoln would not have gone insane had her husband retired naturally. Abraham Lincoln was a human being who met his duties and responsibility to the hilt and he would not have divorced her, even if he lost his love for her. He also would have remained the chief executive of this recuperating country as long as he felt he had the ability to be useful. By virtue of their mediocracy two future presidents Garfield and McKinley may have never been noticed but I believe the assassination of John F. Kennedy would still have been imminent and I for one, still think more people including Lee Harvey Oswald were involved. So on the theory that I opened my first sentence, Kennedy might be even more memorialized being the first president assassinated.
SILENCE SPEAKS VOLUMES! by Richard C. Burriesci
Once again Donald Trump is receiving flack over his recent comments about Muslims entering this country for the time being until federal authorities know what's going on, perhaps with their insidious motives. President Obama is so overly concerned with offending Muslims that he is the last one to confirm what even morons know is indeed a terrorist attack with Islam in common! My gripe is simple and most certainly not limited to any religion, creed, race or gender; that is SILENCE SPEAKS VOLUMES! I was just a child when the Mafia killings were openly going on in the city streets with the Gambino and Costello families et al, immediately my parents both children of Sicilian immigrants vehemently spoke out against this Italian image violence as well as thousands of Sicilian-Americans! I remember donning a button my father insisted me wearing I AM SICILIAN HERITAGE BUT I AM NOT MAFIA! Much more recently after the Planned Parenthood was violently assaulted by a zealous lunatic opposed to abortion I read a full page article in THE TABLET a Catholic newspaper, voicing a mass majority of Catholics opposed to abortion, condemning and disassociating themselves from this violent vigilante! So, when ISIS strikes in the Name of Islam and make no mistake, they are very clear about it... Why are there not banners strewn on the Mosques disassociating themselves from ISIS assuring their American neighbors WE ARE NOT ISIS! ISLAM STANDS FOR PEACE! Many generations from the beginning of time know well what "NO COMMENT" or what SILENCE means! It is the very nature of that ACTION makes a lasting statement so never do I want to insinuate that Muslims abandon their god or creed. However, whenever a radical sect of their religion acts in a most uncivilized way with violence in any form should distance themselves from it and make an open statement. THIS GOES FOR ANY RELIGION, CLUB OR ORGANIZATION AS WELL! In this case where the "tongue is sharper than the sword" might be the better part of valor.
BRING ON THE GLADIATORS! by Richie Burriesci
Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday and the testosterone levels run high on both teams the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. I believe the testosterone levels run amok among the thousand dollar ticket holders hoping to witness blood and concussions as well. History does repeat itself because it was even worse in the sandy colosseums two thousand years ago when shear boredom brought thousands to the bread and circuses when blood and guts did not convey courage. The emperors conquered much of the desired lands and corpulence reeked without altruistic ambitions. In the days of Joe DiMaggio and Roger Maris baseball was a civil sport and the enjoyment was to eat a hot dog at affordable price possibly catching a home run ball. Frank Gifford, Y.A. Title et al presented an air of gallantry on the real grass fields and gorilla dances when scoring a touchdown was frowned upon even by the great Vince Lombardi. The goal was to score a legitimate touchdown not to bash the opponents heads and break their bones to the amusement of the crowd! Again, we are not as bad as our ancestors when all they had to look forward to was the fall of their empire. However, babies become children and they progress into adults then digress into senile invalids if one lives long enough so we Americans, ahem, human beings all over the "civilized" may find ourselves in the midst of our own bread and circuses. I am for Spartacus but for neither the Broncos nor Panthers this time around.
Addendum to this article: BRING ON THE GLADIATORS
The Media reported over 100,000,000 million watched the Super Bowl L this past Sunday, February 7, 2016. Well bust my buttons! Bring back former anchorman Brian Williams for justice sake because he only fibbed a couple times whereas the circus he worked for is a habitual lying machine! Where did they get these numbers? Last census in 2010 noted 330 million people that includes non-citizens living in our 50 states. Pray tell me that our 21st Century technology can do a better job than Caesar Augustus! Well than, explain to me who did not watch or care to see and I know personally dozens who feel the same way that the Media said a THIRD of the country took valuable time out of their busy schedules to become couch potatoes viewing a bolstered brooha! Mind you that the 330 million includes infants, toddlers, preteens, teens, adults, middle-aged, senior citizens, nursing home residents, homeless people, and even the so called unaccounted for 11 million illegal aliens ... of these groups mentioned doesn't even have access to a television much less care for football! The Media fired Brian Williams for his exaggeration using integrity as an excuse! Pray tell me WHERE IS THE INTEGRITY OF THE MEDIA???
WHO IS THE BEST FICTION FATHER? ALL TAKE FIRST PLACE!
by Richie Burriesci
I just finished watching an episode of "My Three Sons" and came to think of the ongoing proverbial question so many millions of American TV watchers have been polled for decades on many popular surveys. "Steve Douglas" aka Fred MacMurray all of a sudden edged my favorite "Dr. Alexander Stone" aka Carl Betz which is almost a tie to "Jim Anderson" aka Robert Young. Whether or not thousands may agree it us a fact that many polls actually have rankings of the top 50 or such, it is irrelevant.
It precisely why I always hated competition even when I was a formidable track and cross-country runner in high school. Seldom did I win but I always brought home a medal, yet my race was always against myself, to do the best I can with the course of the day. Again, I say only very few times did I ever win but I finished the race noticeably well enough to be offered a partial college scholarship. In this aspect there were no rankings or who is better than who. In the spiritual realm we realize each of us is number one in God's eyes. Even in the physical realm we all enjoy the unique qualities and assets of the individual. So in a sense whether it is "Ozzie Nelson" aka Ozzie Nelson or "Fred Sanford" aka Redd Foxx or whoever your choice these fictitious fathers are so enamored because they have a selfless love for their children and have become mentors to their fictitious offspring. Millions of people can relate and tell you why they like certain aspects of these characters. What I am trying to say is that we are NOT in a race of competition for any particular ranking. We should strive to be genuine good human beings an asset to our community and loved ones in the allotted course in life. We should appreciate ourselves for who we are all precious in the Kingdom of God and truly civilized community.