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Shandonbelle

  • Friday 27th December 2013, 9:58pm
  • England
  • 6,571 posts
Quote: T.W. @ 27th December 2013, 8:18 PM GMT

'Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach, teach gym.' - Woody Allen

'Those who can't teach gym, offer comedy script-editing services at a competitive rate.' - Me

Matt, Dan & indeed Marc Blake are all talented people. Everyone needs to pay the rent, so I hope you newbies all use their services. Then again, they should all be still working in getting their own stuff produced - in whatever 'media'.


Nothing to look down your nose at though, they are simply adding another string to their bows as it were.

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T.W.

  • Saturday 28th December 2013, 10:19pm
  • England
  • 15,786 posts
Quote: Shandonbelle @ 27th December 2013, 9:58 PM GMT

Nothing to look down your nose at though, they are simply adding another string to their bows as it were.


I'm not being supercilious - sorry if it came across that way. I'm just more comfortable with writers writing than not writing. I'd hate to think of these guys spending more time polishing turds than pursuing their dreams. Call me an idealist if you want, but we all have but a dismally limited time upon this annoying little disappointing planet...

Anyway, Merry Christmas!

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sootyj

  • Saturday 28th December 2013, 10:27pm
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

I always think of supercillious as a particularly foolish super hero, super silly arse.

If I wrote a script about him, I wonder who'd edit it.

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LippyAlison

  • Saturday 28th December 2013, 10:46pm
  • London, England
  • 228 posts
Quote: T.W. @ 28th December 2013, 10:19 PM GMT

I'm not being supercilious - sorry if it came across that way. I'm just more comfortable with writers writing than not writing. I'd hate to think of these guys spending more time polishing turds than pursuing their dreams. Call me an idealist if you want, but we all have but a dismally limited time upon this annoying little disappointing planet...

Anyway, Merry Christmas!


Many would argue that being a Script Editor is very much progression for a budding writer following their dreams. And I'm sure one can do both anyway :)

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T.W.

  • Saturday 28th December 2013, 11:21pm
  • England
  • 15,786 posts
Quote: LippyAlison @ 28th December 2013, 10:46 PM GMT

Many would argue that being a Script Editor is very much progression for a budding writer following their dreams.


Well Many would be wrong.

;)

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Ben

  • Saturday 28th December 2013, 11:34pm
  • England
  • 18,371 posts

I guess it depends whose script they're editing...

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Marc P

  • Sunday 29th December 2013, 9:56am [Edited]
  • England
  • 17,698 posts

I have edited a few scripts in my time. Often failing to resist the impulse to rewrite. Usually though it is the pruning that helps the most. Think of Rodin.

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Tursiops

  • Sunday 29th December 2013, 10:29am
  • Welwyn Garden City, England
  • 9,788 posts
Quote: T.W. @ 27th December 2013, 8:18 PM GMT

This is why I'm not a huge porn star. :(


Have your tried auditioning for smaller parts?

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beaky

  • Sunday 29th December 2013, 12:15pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,719 posts
Quote: Marc P @ 29th December 2013, 9:56 AM GMT

I have edited a few scripts in my time. Often failing to resist the impulse to rewrite. Usually though it is the pruning that helps the most. Think of Rodin.


Or Van Gogh.

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Ben

  • Sunday 29th December 2013, 7:06pm
  • England
  • 18,371 posts

What's the main aim of a script editor? To tighten up dialogue, plot and action? Or to suggest wholesale changes to the writer?

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Matthew Stott

  • Sunday 29th December 2013, 7:11pm [Edited]
  • Yemen
  • 19,296 posts
Quote: Ben @ 29th December 2013, 7:06 PM GMT

What's the main aim of a script editor? To tighten up dialogue, plot and action? Or to suggest wholesale changes to the writer?


Depends on the script. Basically, to help try and improve the show in whatever way seems appropriate and right for the script you've just read. Some need more help than others, and in different ways. You might find yourself suggesting a complete rethink of the show, giving them ideas and options for what they could do.

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sootyj

  • Sunday 29th December 2013, 7:26pm
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

So Stott what do you think to my idea for naked tramps get covered in grease, slide down badger sets and wrestle badgers.

Quote: Matthew Stott @ 29th December 2013, 7:11 PM GMT

Depends on the script. Basically, to help try and improve the show in whatever way seems appropriate and right for the script you've just read. Some need more help than others, and in different ways. You might find yourself suggesting a complete rethink of the show, giving them ideas and options for what they could do.


So if the scripts good it could still be a winner.

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Matthew Stott

  • Sunday 29th December 2013, 7:51pm
  • Yemen
  • 19,296 posts
Quote: sootyj @ 29th December 2013, 7:26 PM GMT

So Stott what do you think to my idea for naked tramps get covered in grease, slide down badger sets and wrestle badgers.

So if the scripts good it could still be a winner.


If that's what you want to write, I will do my level best to make it the best naked tramp show possible.

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Marc P

  • Monday 30th December 2013, 9:34am
  • England
  • 17,698 posts
Quote: Matthew Stott @ 29th December 2013, 7:11 PM GMT

Depends on the script. Basically, to help try and improve the show in whatever way seems appropriate and right for the script you've just read. Some need more help than others, and in different ways. You might find yourself suggesting a complete rethink of the show, giving them ideas and options for what they could do.


Sometimes the job is to point out problems or convey notes from producers etc, not to provide solutions.

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Nil Putters

  • Monday 30th December 2013, 11:52am
  • A galaxy far, far away or, England
  • 28,689 posts
Quote: sootyj @ 27th December 2013, 8:37 PM GMT

then why did I send you all those nudey photos?


I never asked for those, but they were appreciated.

Quote: T.W. @ 27th December 2013, 8:57 PM GMT

L Ron Putters

:D