Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wiki How To Write A Script

Resource: How To Write A Script?

Dialogues, Lines & Sinker.

Films with brilliant dialogues and lines, either funny or dramatic or simply passing, can raise its quality by a million times. At least, for me, it has that impact. I can watch a film and wait 50-60 minutes just for my favorite line to appear. And this is why I love to dream up scenes in my head, trying to come up with lines so powerful and memorable it'd sink into the audiences' lives. Of course, under a good direction, the performer also has a duty of ensuring the delivery of his/her lines are top quality.

I would like to name my top five lines in films (JY, please feel free to name yours too, it could be from plays too!).

Top Five Lines/Dialogues in Films (in no specific order)

1) "No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how." - Gone with the Wind

2) "You'll never be a first class human being or a first class woman until you've learned to have some regard for human frailty." - The Philadelphia Story

3) "Hey, don't be so mature, okay? I mean, six months is a long time! Six months, you know you're gonna be, you'll be in, in, in, in the th - working in a theater there, you'll be with actors and directors, you kno w you're, you know, you go to rehearsal, and you, you hang out with those people, you have lunch a lot, and, and, before you even know it attachments form and, and, you know, I mean, you, you don't want to be get into that kind a, I mean, you, you'll change. You know, you'll be, you'll be, in six months you'll be a completely different person." - Manhattan

4) "You and your plans. You know what my grandmother used to say? If you want to make God laugh... tell Him your plans." - Amores Perros

5) "I don't need you to tell me how fucking good my coffee is, okay? I'm the one who buys it. I know how good it is. When Bonnie goes shopping she buys SHIT. I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it. But you know what's on my mind right now? It AIN'T the coffee in my kitchen, it's the dead nigger in my garage." - Pulp Fiction

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Captain Subtext.

I think it applies not just to poetry as well.

“We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.And medicine, law, business, engineering - these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love - these are what we stay alive for.”

- John Keating, character in Dead Poet's Society.

'Dreaming up' is essential.

"There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks."
— William S. Burroughs

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Inspirationals: On Writing

"No thinking - that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is... to write, not to think!" - Forrester

Finding Forrester (2000)

What might be influencing me right now?

5 Songs that are on your current playlist:

1) Le Sacre Du Printemps - Igor Stravinsky
2) Khamasin - Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
3) The Great Curve - Talking Heads
4) Sentimental Fool - Roxy Music
5) Special Secret Song Inside - Red Hot Chili Peppers

5 Films which you recently watched

1) The Ox-Bow Incident
2) Amores Perros
3) A Serious Man
4) Up in the Air
5) Darjeeling Limited

Exercise: Lately

The things around us usually goes into whatever stories we're trying to create. Let's do one of those memes to find out what is influencing us lately. Describe a little about each item which you listed, if possible.

5 Songs that are on your current playlist

1) Outkast - Hey Ya

Recently, a friend gifted another friend with an instant camera. Through demonstration, one must shake the instant picture after you have snapped it. Which answers the question I had posted earlier in my life, but haven't got an answer on what the hell does "shake it like a polaroid picture" meant.

Also, great song that makes me want to boogie.

addendum on 27th August Sang it during a KTV session, and realized that all the lyrics telling you to shake it, shake it could actually be suggestive.

2) The Observatory - Queen of Fate

This song is 10 minutes long and lounge-y. Unfortunately I haven't gone to figure out what the lyrics meant.

3) Massive Attack - Man Next Door

I put Massive Attack on my playlist on Grooveshark when I work. Puts you in the calmer mood, as the singers voices doesn't overwhelm me and steal my attention. Man next door happens to be one of my favorite ones.

4) Michael Jackson - Thriller

It's a pity that I only started paying attention to Jackson a few months before his death in '09.

I couldn't figure out what he was singing in Don't stop till you get enough, but in Thriller, you could hear the versatility in his voice. Also love the MTV.

Jackson was 24 when he was working on the Thriller album. What was I doing at 24? Oh yeah, living like a vagabond.

It's interesting that Lady Gaga is at her peak in 2010. Another 24 year old. I hope she doesn't have to go through what Jackson had to go through in the later parts of his career.

5) Robbie Williams - No Regrets

I was 15 when this song kept replaying on my (well, technically, my brother's) discman. Broke up with boyfriend when I was 14, and this song seemed to sing what I thought my heart felt at that point of time. Obviously I was just a silly teenage girl at that point of time.

Re-listening to it at 26 had more impact, for I have went through more disappointments.

5 Films which you recently watched

1) The Birdcage

I fell in love with Nathan Lane here: he nailed the part as a drama-mama drag queen. Totally not off-putting at all.

2) Inception

People speak too fast here, which reinforces the fact that I would much preferred subtitles, though I wouldn't watch this movie again. Also, soundtrack are dark and heavy. Reminds me of The Dark Knight. Obviously Christopher Nolan chose the same person to work with.

(Wow, I haven't watched anything else recently, so I'll stop at 2.)

A link (or two)

Writing Exercises and Advice - - Creative Writing Exercises and Advice

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Writing Exercise #1: The cab ride

Note: We did this over MSN Chat in around half hour. The point of this exercise is to create a natural conversation between two characters.

A and B gets on the cab.

A: Uncle, Bukit Panjang.

Uncle: Ah, Bukit Panjang, how you want to go? BKE ah?

B: I think Bukit Timah road better lah.

A: Why sia? So many traffic lights like that?

B: I want to pass by KAP

Uncle: So I go Bt Timah Road ah!

A: No, No. BKE, uncle.

B: I want to pass by KAP la

A: Don't need to pass by KAP lah! Wah lao. Bukit Panjang also got Mcdonalds lah!

B: Who say I want to go McDonalds!

A: Then you want to pass by there for fuck?

B: It is just a must ok! I need to pass by there or else I can't sleep tonight. It will unclick this click in my head. Uncle, go, go, by Bt Timah Road!

Uncle: Okay okay. (starts driving)

A: What click you talkin about? Must you always be so difficult and deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep?

B: Hiyah don't ask lah!

(quiet among the two of them)

*Taxi Uncle raises the volume on his radio. The song is Jay Chou's tune.

A: What the fuck man, fuckin Jay Chou.. fucker can't sing or act

B: (keeps quiet)

Uncle: So you want to go KAP or Bukit Panjang ah?

(at the same time)
A: Bukit Panjang

A: What? I thought you just wanted to pass by, now you want to go there too?

B: sorry sorry.. uncle. Bukit Panjang.

A: So... how's Becca? You and her patched things up?

B: It's alrite lah. I don't really want to talk about it.

A: Then what.. so you don't want to say anything and be moody just becus we have different opinions on how to go BP?

B: Wah lao, it's nothing to do with BP lah! Kao. So let's just do what we need to do. To see the damn baby, then compliment on how cute it is though we already commented on her facebook wall saying that it's a cute baby.

A: Since when I commented? I haven't even seen the baby before. I hate babies. My sister's three kids running around and crying every night already a pain in the arse.

B: You never comment? Aiyah. Everyone just leave the comment, say it's a cute baby. But really. the damn baby looks like any other damn baby.

A: Then why you say cute? I can't stand people like you leh. Say things for heck of it.

B; Like you never do that before. *imitate* "wah lao..... your hair's so pretty, becca!"

A: Your bloody girlfriend what.. I wanted to make you feel proud of your stupid Queen

B: her hair's shit.

A: she is shit.. like a broomstick

B: Broomstick from Muji is not shit.,

A: Whuuuut?

B: I'm saying, it's not just any broomstick you buy from provision shop downstairs your block, okay. I bought this from fucking Muji. $15.

A: First you bought an umbrella for $100, then you bought a pen for $80, then, what was it? Oh, a fuckin teaspoon for $200, and now broomstick for $15. Why didn't you rent a limousine from Vegas to get us to BP?

B: I'll think about it. look. Don't talk to me no more.

Uncle: Stop at taxi stand can anot?

B: Can lah. (to A) let's go to starbucks.

A (mutters under his own breath): Seven fucking dollars for a fuckin cup!

B: I buy, you don't need to buy, okay?

A: I buy at Wangs packet over.. what's her baby's name again?

B: Angela.

A: Common

B: I also say.

A: Eh, her husband really bookie ah?

B: Dunnoe him lah. Kan ni nah, So young, already can buy 5 room HDB somemore

A: The 5 room not so bad leh. Some people, they just dive, must show off. But I swear I saw him driving a Maserati. Where got hockey coach drive Maserati?

B: Siao lang. Live HDB flat drive Meserati. Never kena hoot before.

A: That's the ultimate show-off lor.

B: yah lah. Eh... How's Jamie?

A: Jamie still in Russia la.. She flying back morrow. Then she gotta go Shanghai. Sometimes I duno true anot. KNN, SIA don't give off one meh!

B: Heh. Dating Air Stewardess like that one lah. (sigh) You know, last time the three of us always go and play lan-gaming? Wah kao. When can we do that again ah?

A: Eh who told you I dating her? You cibai, always make it awkward for me.. Wah lao, worried for her cannot meh... LAN gaming for losers la.. we're so adults now..

B: You... you really not dating her?