18Oct2013. Lessons 10 & 11 with the mentor this week. We went over building a climax, which was in perfect time seeing as I was up to writing my 2nd act for my feature script! A 2nd act which gave me a headache, but that's entirely a different story. This lesson was extremely helpful since I seem to always lack in the climax area of script writing. This lesson also went into detailed teachings a writer should always keep in mind. It guides how to build each scene higher than the last, always raise the ante, bring the protagonist to his/her highest state of despair/lowest stature, and bring out all the emotions while leading toward the final showdown in Act 3. In my script, with the knowledge of a writer needing to make each scene better than the last, I went to crazy extremes and found new paths to take as I reached them. Writing this way truly does bring out new and strange ideas, on the spot too! Chapter 11 went over line producing and the importance of having them keep up with the day-to-day operations of being on budget and schedule. The main concept of this position is to make the best effort in time and money so as to make a profit from the finished product. It had a very interesting example of the Wachowski Brothers, who rose to high status after directing The Matrix. The brothers seemed like they were going to be rising stars within Hollywood but after attempting any movie outside of The Matrix franchise, ended in failure. Critics and fans did not take to either of their non-Matrix films, including Cloud Atlas which is the most expensive independently fund-raised movie ever. The brothers would spend multi-millions on their films but never make profit off of the sells. Hollywood deems them now in the category of “need a hit” to show that Hollywood can view them as still marketable. If they continue the downward spiral, then they may not have a place within Hollywood anymore. This is just amazing to me, seeing as they are obviously talented guys...well, now guy and woman!
Mark Doster — Colorado Film Connection
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