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Hello! [Jun. 14th, 2014|09:38 pm]
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[mood |nervousnervous]

Hello everyone,

My name is Ryoka :) this is my second livejournal account, and I think I'll be using this one more often rather than the other one *laughs*

Anyway, I'm a fangirl of Johnny & Associates. If you don't them, just search on the internet (too lazy to explain).

I'm also now a college student. And a vain amateur writer HAHA
Mostly, I write one-shots or anything that pops out of my mind.

I am neither experienced, nor English is my mother language, so I would be really grateful if you point out my mistakes. I am willing to accept any good advice from you guys :))
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Batman short [Feb. 26th, 2013|04:16 pm]
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I have a short film in head

And I was just thinking that maybe this could help bring it to life.

Imagine this a chess bored with a single hand moving each pice both player and opposing player

And then a mysterious voice starts to speak over it saying

Mysterious voice:

Question's.... Question's are the gate way to infinite power. But how you may ask.. Well don't strain yourselves trying to figure it out I'm going to tell you. Questions lead to answers and answers lead to knowledge and knowledge is the single most powerful force in the universe... not fear and surtonley not brawn (refunce to batman) but a understanding of things

So if you can prove that you have more knowledge then anyone! else... Well then you have gained the ultimate power

So I leav you with this.

What is a question without a answer... It's simple

A question without a answer is simply a

mystery. A dilemma. A problem............ A RiDDLE ?

Then the camera pulls above the chessboard reviling that he's placed the pieces in the form of a question mark ?

Allowing fans to know exactly who the mysterious voice was. The riddler

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typecast [Jan. 20th, 2013|03:14 pm]
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My Screenplay [Aug. 14th, 2007|03:38 pm]
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[Current Location |Home]
[mood |nervousnervous]
[music |The air conditioner...]

Hi,  I just finished writing my first full length screenplay. I posted the first couple scenes here, if you would like to read more, I can send you more. It is still in the editing stages, so don't be too harsh, but I would love some feedback.

SPECIFICALLY: Do you feel for the characters? Do you understand why they are doing what they do?

Oh, and the formatting got a little messed up, sorry! And, this story involves sex and alcohol and harsh language, I just want to put a warning out so that no one is effended.

Thanks for taking the time to read it!


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Good Writing Writ Large [Aug. 10th, 2007|08:39 am]
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[Current Location |Brooklyn, New York]

There is a problem with writers. If what a writer wrote was published and sold many, many copies, the writer thought he was great. If what a writer wrote was published and sold a medium number of copies, the writer thought he was great. If what a writer wrote was published and sold very few copies, the writer thought he was great. If what the writer wrote never was published and he didn't have enough the money to publish it himself, then he thought he was truly great. The truth, however, was there was very little greatness. It was almost nonexistent, invisible. But you could be sure that the worst writers had the most confidence, the least self-doubt.


François Camoin made a similar observation in a Writers at Work workshop in Park City back in 1988, noting that those fledgling writers who sweated and stuttered and apologized as they handed in their work were, as a rule, better writers than those who proudly and unflinchingly proclaimed their word-processed scribbles as masterpieces.

Over the years, I've discovered the same to be true. The best writers treat writing the way a truly devout person treats religion: something practiced, not boasted about; lived, not preached.

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Hello... [Jul. 29th, 2006|04:03 am]
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[Current Location |Home.]

Hi. My name's Zack, currently eighteen. I wrote my first screenplay when I was twelve, but I've only actively been doing it since I was fifteen. I've written five features and two shorts as of now. I'm currently working on two new screenplays as well as a second draft for an older one. I've got a couple unfinished projects sitting around too. My favorite genres are horror and drama. I like comedy and action too, but I don't think I'm very good at writing them.

Favorite screenwriter is probably Charlie Kaufman if for no other reason then his stuff is really interesting and different. My favorite directors are David Cronenberg, Sam Peckenpah, and Dario Argento.

Here's some loose info on the screenplays I've written so far:

- The Devil's Pride:
My first real attempt at a screenplay came in short at only forty some pages. It's basically my take on an eighties slasher movie. The premise is a horror cliche: Lonely kid is murdered by group of hooligans. Lonely kid returns from the grave as unstoppable killing machine and takes revenge on hooligans. Pretty basic but I had fun writing it.

- The Big Problem:
My high school drama. Written for many different reasons, like disproving high school movie cliches and doing a gritty drama, but mostly just as a way for me to vent my rage. The story revolves around two teenage boys, both of which are pretty much losers but not the whiny emo angst-y type losers. There just not very good at being social. Barely surviving their boring school and dysfunctional home life when they met up with another student who has a lot of dangerous ideas in his heads and eventually leads the group down a road of self-destruction. Along the way I make a lot of comments about teenage sexuality, drug-use, and just general angst bullcrap. My general goal here was to tear apart everything about high school that is false and just try to make an honest statement about suburban life that is neither fully negative or positive. At the time, I amazed myself at how long the screenplay was, 178 pages, and liked a lot. It's messy and unfocused and I'm currently working on a new draft.

Part one of my horror trilogy, a homage to exploitation horror movies of the sixties. Six has-been celebrities as well as three nobodies are lured to a large mansion in the woods by the promise of money. Once there, a strange little man named Mr. Sinister exposes everyone of their ugly secrets to the others. Things get pretty nasty before it's all over. This one was fun because I got to do some research for it, since I don't have any first hand experience with the decade. It also allow me to play with a genre I love. It's probably my best work because it's the only one that has a consistent pace. It also doesn't feature any of my signature trademarks, really, which is interesting for different reasons.

- Sleaze!:
Sequel to "Exploitation!" and part two of the trilogy. This one takes place in the seventies and is naturally a homage to the exploitation films of that era. The orphaned son of one of the celebrities from part one is having difficulty living his typical teenage life, dealing with details like drugs, crushes, and parents. Things take a strange turn in his life however when a unusual man named Mr. Sinister shows up at his parent's motel. This one is far more political then the last, amping up the not-so-subtle subtext of the first one. It's also more violent and nihilistic then the last, not something I'm completely proud of, but seventies cinema was generally more angry then the sixties. (Well, sort of...) The ending is a little rushed and I felt the piece was a bit to depressing as a whole, but there's a lot of good stuff here too.

- Stage Show:
A love story. Alan is a solitary recovering alcoholic who gets a job as the technical expert at a local stage performance theater. There he meets Karen, a young actress, and falls deeply in love with her. But Alan is too scared to approach her and simply watches as she lives her life and ends up finding a romance of her own with her leading man. A highly personal piece that takes the ocasional turn into the surreal. A lot more quiet then my past work. It means a lot to me.

-The Magician:
My musical. Luna just finished high school and has realized that other people have pretty much being running her life for her. When her long time boyfriend insist she moves in with him, she escapes this reality into another one, a colorful joyful place called the Carnival. There Luna meets Bella the Magician and unleashes the magic inside herself. Unfortunately, you can't escape reality forever... This was a good project. The writing process progressed quicker then my other work and I had a blast writing and composing the music. This is also the first time I could detect a clear three-act pattern in my work. Also takes the occasional dive into the surreal.

-Oh, How I Have Loved
A eight-page short that was heavily inspired by a dream I had. Another work that deals primarily with the themes of unrequited, longing love. It says a lot with a little, I hope. A nice distraction.

And that's it. Currently working/reworking on the final part of my trilogy, entitled "Splatter!" as well as an unrelated serial killer piece that I'm not completely devoted too. Anybody interested in anything please, feel free to drop me a line. I'm always open to constructive criticism/ideas/suggestions/whatever. If you've read this far, God bless you. It's appreciate so much.
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New. [Jul. 6th, 2006|11:38 am]
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[mood |creative]

Hello. I'm new here. My name is Lisa. I am 17 and I am not quite sure how long I have been writing screenplays (probably since about 7th grade; age 12). I love it, though. I do not have a favorite director or film. I feel that there are so many good ones out there; to choose a favorite is not fair.

I cannot say that I am really a screenwriter, either. I attempt to write screenplays, but each time I start on a script, I come up with another idea that distracts me. So far I think I have about 8 - 10 ideas lined up, just sitting.

I need help on trying to figure out how to concentrate on one idea when so many keep on hitting me. If any of you could be of assistance, I would be very grateful. Thank you much.
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Will Write for Food? [Jul. 4th, 2006|05:06 pm]
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[Current Location |Brooklyn, New York]
[mood |lazylazy]
[music |Twilight Zone]

What follows verbatim is an e-mail posted to craigslist's "writing gigs" subscription list back on 5 June 2006. Written in response to several writers who had objected to the number of solicitations for writers to write for free (receiving, instead of payment, the glow that comes from having your work published or produced by organizations that advertise via craigslist), it sadly demonstrates how writers in particular, and artists as a whole, are perceived by many of the individuals who employ us.

I am getting a bit fed up with all these belly-aching writers. Of course writing is not profitable! It's an art! Can you imagine if all the painters and collage-makers complained as much as you do about not being rich? ...Listen "writers": you do it cause you love it. If you are looking to pay your rent then be a plumber. None of your favorite writers made a living doing what the world remembers them for, instead they were doctors (chekhov), or postal workers (bukowski), or installing air conditioners (vonnegut) ...writers who complain about not getting paid enough are like firemen who don't feel like people refer to them enough as heroes-- which is to say they are doing it for the wrong reasons. just because you write does not entitle you to literary attention-- it doesn't mean you are talented. i'm beginning to think it doesn't even mean you like writing.

so please, paying gigs and non-paying gigs-- keep 'em coming-- but can we try to keep the self-righteous whining to a minimum??

So the toils of plumbing, doctoring, postal work, and installing air conditioners are worthy of payment -- but not writing? And note how diabolically it's suggested that if you expect to be paid for your artwork, you're "doing it for the wrong reasons." Unfortunate, however, are the examples cited, as Chekhov, Bukowski, and Vonnegut all went on to enjoy lucrative writing careers.

They didn't achieve that status by accepting the wrongheaded notion that they should write for free.
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Contest to Rid Writer's Block! [Apr. 25th, 2006|03:55 pm]
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[Current Location |Brooklyn, New York]
[mood |productive]

I've announced a small contest, designed to help overcome writer's block, over at my blog Mere Words. You're all invited to participate.
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Sam and Jim Go to Hollywood [Mar. 19th, 2006|02:37 pm]
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[mood |industrious]
[music |"Just Like Greta" by Van Morrison]

This is a great podcast about screenwriting and television writing. I wrote about it this morning over at my blog Mere Words. Check it out...
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