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Inching Forward . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ever since I delivered the final draft of our screenplay at the end of May, each week has been largely spent sending emails and leaving voicemails politely checking to see if it had been read by the producer.

I felt this showed a sizable amount of restraint because what I really wanted to write/say was "get off your lazy ass and spend a few hours reading the damn thing - jerk-off."

But I didn't. This turned out to be a smart move as the mark-ups were finally given back to us yesterday, and my brother and I spent last night pouring over them.

Luckily, the script wasn't gutted, and in fact, it remained largely intact from the copy that we sent his way last month. At his suggestion, we had already upped some of the vulgarity to ensure an 'R' rating, which may or may not remain as we move forward. However, it did lead to my writing lines such as:

"Now fuck me like a farm animal on my father's front porch."

I liked the imagery and attempted alliteration. The producer seemed to enjoy it as well.

He still wants to add a half dozen elements to the script, but most of them are fine by us. There are a few questionable ones that we plan to push back on to show some backbone.

The next step is to try to set a face-to-face meeting to go over details like registering the script with the Writer's Guild, options and who we're going to pitch the script to as National Lampoon's has come into the conversation recently since they are beginning to make their own movies again versus licensing their name to straight-to-DVD flicks. We'll see.

So after spending a month stuck in neutral, we seem to be inching forward again and I'll take minimal progress versus a black hole of information any day of the week and twice on Sunday.



  1. Heff Says:
  2. "Now fuck me like a farm animal on my father's front porch."

    - You mind if I use that line, 2Dollar ?

  3. National Lampoons, wow. Big time there pal, big time!

    And I love that farm animal line. But it does leave me questioning. Is the front porch part of the analogy, or is it specifically where the fucking is to take place? I guess I'll just have to see the movie to find out.

  4. Miss Ash Says:
  5. "Now fuck me like a farm animal on my father's front porch."


    You realized that is the only line you are going to get comments about LOL

  6. JLee Says:
  7. I disagree w/Miss Ash because I love that cloud picture! haha
    But I will add regarding the "farm animal" line, please advise male readers not to attempt this as a pick up line. Ever.

  8. vivavavoom Says:
  9. awesome. it is SO hard just to get a screenplay to the point you have. much continued success, and keep up the R rated merriment!
    What is the funniest about that line is that if a woman said it, guys would say 'okay let's go', if a guy said it, he would be handed an actual farm animal instead.

  10. Bwahahahahah - oh I love it when "fuck" is used well.

    It's a verb/noun/adjective.... it can punctuate a sentence like nothing else... and get you that all important "R" rating.

    PLEASE give National Lampoon a decent script - they could use it.

    Good luck!

  11. P.S. I love the look on the sheep's face... whaaat??????

  12. Heff - Just acknowledge the source or I will sue you for copyright infringement. Ha.

    WhatIgot - I know. I love Vacation and Animal House and others. As for the line, it is used while they are sitting on a front porch swing and about to fuck, so . . . We'll see if it stays in there for the long haul.

    Miss Ash - Good. I hoped the line would cause laughs & conversation when I wrote it. Ha. It works for me.

    Jlee - I liked that cloud picture too and you can totally see that middle finger sticking up, eh? As for the line, you might be surprised how well it works. Ha.

    Vivavavoom - Thanks and I keep trying to remind myself of that fact too. And I totally agree about the male/female line reading. In fact, a female says it in the script.

  13. Anonymous Boxer - Ha. Missed you in Cyberspace, but I agree about the sheep and NL. That picture just jumped at me when I did the Google image search. And yes, Fuck works so well in so many contexts that it's almost unfair. Almost.

  14. Gypsy Says:
  15. I was going to say something truly disgusting about THAT line but resisted the urge :)

    Instead I will just say I am super proud of you and hope your writing gets the recognition it deserves.

    PS I woud've used a horse but whatever floats your boat...

  16. I won't even comment on the line but I will say the sheep look quite confused.Hahaha... Anyway you're getting there slowly but surely!

  17. Gypsy - Maybe I should run a poll about which animal it would be, eh? Ha. Thanks for the good words, and I'll stay optimisitic until I hear otherwise. But I do wish you would have just blurted out whatever your first thoughts were as filth has its place as well.

    Trina - Slowly but surely describes it perfectly. And yes, that sheep looks confused indeed and in this scenario, it would be for good reason. Ha.

  18. BostonPobble Says:
  19. Words cannot express how thrilled I am for you. It would be akin to you writing an entire paragraph FILLED with exclamation points.

  20. Mr. DNA Says:
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  22. Mr. DNA Says:
  23. Hey man, I hate to be the one that says it, but you should have already registered it, with at least the writers guild, before you showed it to anyone. Others may disagree, but that's my feeling.

    Now that you're receiving input from the producer he'll need to get credit too.

    But, registered or not,in the long run if this movie gets made and actually makes money you should have no problem selling your next script or two (that you should already be working on!).

  24. Bostonpobble - Thanks Pobble. I really do appreciate it (and the possible exclamation points). We'll see how things move from here. Fingers crossed.

    Mr. DNA - I agree on all fronts. Actually, my brother and I have already registered the script - twice. The backbone is still in this latest draft, but the guy has already asked for co-writing credit & if in fact he can get this optioned somewhere & funded, then we've agreed to do it (even though he's contributed roughly 14 lines to the script). We plan to register it again in the next few weeks with all names attached, and the face-to-face meeting will hash out the details. I might ask your opinion if you care to give it once I hear back. Thanks.

  25. Mr. DNA Says:
  26. Email me if you have any questions.

    My answer to most questions involving any type of contract = get a lawyer.

    Also, there is no such thing as a "standard" contract or "standard" terms. It's ALWAYS negotiable.

  27. Mr. DNA - Will do & thanks again. I agree on the lawyer front, and we're starting to cast around town for one, however, entertainment law seems to be a fairly specialized area.


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