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ScreenwriterBones

Stories from a seasoned screenwriter. Take heart! Your creative source is infinite and un-ending. Sometimes Hollywood just rips up the roadmap back to it. The bottom line is that Hollywood is not at all as bad as it sounds. Additionally, it's worse than you can imagine. Remember to pack a sense of humor.

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I am a screenwriter living in Southern California. I've written screenplays for most of the Hollywood studios over the past 20 years. One of the uncredited writers of FANTASTIC FOUR, I wrote FIRE DOWN BELOW starring Steven Seagal, and the TV Movie 12:01 PM starring Martin Landau and MANEATER with Gary Busey. I have directed short films. I have written on numerous Hollywood studio assignments, some for big shot actors, some for small shot nobodies.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Adjustments to Comments

There is a slightly new look to the site. A pop up window for comments, which I think will help anyone who wants to post, as you can flip easily back to the blog and check a post. And now I am forced to have "word recognition" as part of posting a comment, to block out the evil computer moron spammers who have recently glommed on to me to post shameless and stupid ads in the guise of personal posts - only to come off as posted by someone with severe head trauma on heavy duty pain meds typing in the dark to whom English is a second, possibly third language.

Well, no more of that.

Anyway, I take it as a good sign!

16 Comments:

Blogger Fun Joel said...

Sounds good to me! I haven't been hit too hard, but if I see it becoming an issue, I will also add word recognition. Didn't know that was a feature on Blogger. Guess it is new. Thanks for pointing it out!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Warren said...

Wow, I hate those guys. The ones that say "hey, love the blog. Check out my new blog on Reeindeer Hoof Cleaners!"? I haven't gotten spammed yet, but I know it's just a matter of time.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Yes, I like the ones that sound like foeriegn diplomatic translators who've been hit in the head with a lead pipe after chugging four Mai tai's. "Great blog you happy nice writer check out difficult time?" "What the F?" You're a definite target, as I'm sure you get i high hit count and that's what they go after. I run another blog too, liberal politcal rant, and we got hit there first at "http://www.burnedoutparanoiddemocrat.blogspot.com" So now word verification in place. It really works.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Blogger The Moviequill said...

what did you do to set up that ant-Spam comments thingie here? I am in dire need of it now

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Joshua said...

Hey Phil! I can leave a comment! Yahoo!

Great site and love the comedy vs drama post - I tend to think in character and dialogue for me is a lot about rhythm, like jazz, I need to hear a beat of someone talking for the humor to come out - comedies are not all about a ferret grabbing you by the crotch - humor has rhythm, that's what I've always believed.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Blogger The Awful Writer said...

I set the up at my blog recently, too, after seeing it on Purgatorion's blog. To enable it log into Blogger, go to CHANGE SETTINGS, then 'Comments' and select Yes for 'Show word verification for comments?'

Another cool thing on Pergatorian are the funny phrases people make up to go with the random characters they have to enter.


baplxxs

Beautiful artists? Pulease! Lame xenophobic xylophonists suck.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Blogger writergurl said...

I've noticed the word verification thing popping up on more than one blog. I don't get enough traffic on my blog to worry about it. If that ever happens I'll add it too.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Joshua: spoken like a true playwrite. Yes, to me too, comedy has rhthym, like music, which is why one of my most hated notes is "trim" because you have to completely adjust the length, but try to keep the "music" as you try to keep the comedy. And I got your email, will be getting back to you on it.

Moviewquill: awful answered you!

writergurl: I'm sure it's only a matter of time. As Dylan said "everyone must get blogged," or was it spammed?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Funjoel: meant to respond to your first post here. I'm sure it's just a matter of time until your spammed by the big computer monster, too!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Blogger writergurl said...

I remember a time when I thought spam was a good thing. I lived with my Granny one summer, and she would occasionally make me a fried SPAM sandwich for lunch. I remember them as being delicious. She was very poor, lived on nothing but her Social Secuurity check, and at the time (not so these days) SPAM was cheap. So, to make her dollars stretch, we had SPAM and baloney a lot. I didn't care, I was 10 and with a person I adored. Funny, how, nowadays, "spam" and "baloney" are such negative terms when as a child they were literally what I lived on.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

writergurl: my mom points out how we swipe cards at every store when we check out, and how "swipe" in her day was a bad thing. Interesting how language changes from generation to generation. One can use that in writing to orient a person in a culutre, or in their generation; there must be a comedy scene where a grandmother and grandchild are using the same exact words in a conversation, but as they have completely different meanings, they just can't understand one another!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Blogger writergurl said...

It must be the writer in us that will notice and use these changes in our langage. Trust me, all I get is a shrug when I attempt to talk about these sorts of things with my friends. Sigh.

Yeah, that would be a funny scene...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Melville said...

"someone with severe head trauma on heavy duty pain meds typing in the dark to whom English is a second, possibly third language."

Sounds like me. For a writer, writing in the second language is a pain. A pain. As you can imagine, I am sure.

Nevertheless, I do my best to replace the missing form by content.

Melville, Switzerland

Thursday, August 25, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

melville: hope nothing was lost in translation, I was referring to the automated computers (isn't that redundant?) who spam many of these blog sites once they display popularity. It's all about getting the sale in America, and since cold calling was pretty much ended by the "no call list" that went through congress last year (two years ago?) spamming has taken a new and urgent turn for the worse as ever more vendors are desparate for ever more customers.

Thursday, August 25, 2005  
Blogger Grubber said...

I thought spam was illegal there as well? Hasn't there been a high profile court case there lately?

Thursday, August 25, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

There was something a bit back, but didn't come to anything as there was no federal action taken. It seems simple enough to slap the vendors that benefit from spam with the same disheartening fine of thousands of dollars if any spam directs back to them, to shut the whole system down. But as our current congressional system seems only primed to wage war and pay for it with pretend dollars, this legislation will clearly have to wait.

Thursday, August 25, 2005  

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