Screenwriting : In keeping with the season, Merry Christmas to my Screenwriting pals! by Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

In keeping with the season, Merry Christmas to my Screenwriting pals!

First and foremost, I wanted to say Happy Holidays to my screenwriting chums in the forum. For me, it's been an interesting year creatively. I'm looking forward to what the new year will bring. And I'm going to kick things off by writing a dark, Christmas comedy. I've already written a few pages. What are you doing for the holidays? Will you be writing?

Philip Sedgwick

Must be in the air. Knocked out a Christmas short first draft today based upon a shower thought yesterday. If I like it when done, I'm buying myself an extra present for Magi's Day, which is the day after Screenwriter's day! And next week back to editing my version of Miss Sloane. Here's to the pixel elves forming plot points for us all.

Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

Philip: Good luck and Happy Holidays my talented friend. I wish you great success in 2017.

Philip Sedgwick

And back at ya, P. Feels like there's tread on the road out there, doesn't it?

Jorge J Prieto

Thank you, Philip E. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a new year's filled with good light and creative juices. I'm fighting a head cold and asthma, but almost done with script #9. Time for a long break for rewrites. Peace brother.

Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

Philip: I'm feeling optimistic.

Ellison Wright Baldwin

You best believe that I'll still be writing. My main goal for 2017 and beyond still, is to not only write and edit each of the three screenplays I'd planned for a Film Trilogy, but also take my drawing skills to the next level, and draw at a high-quality level.

Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

Jorge: I hope you feel better my friend. Good call on revisiting your body of work. I've been doing a lot of that lately. I'm revisiting first drafts from a few years back. Talk about fresh perspective. Garland: You sound pumped! Good luck with your work in 2017.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Nope. Nada. Nothing. I'm enjoying a break from everything. Lol! Or rather "ho ho ho." ;) Happy Holidays, everyone!

Debbie Croysdale

Feliz Navidad from Sierra Nevada. Yep I'm writing as always, even when in places no electricity to plug in computer. Bin yesterday, this next morning has a new blank page on an A4 writing pad, and a pen to draft what is to be. Ha ha....Another "Pumped" thread participant....well it's Christmas. Good Luck with the comedy Phillip. @All. Seasons Greetings or as Shawn Speake says HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Jody Ellis

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Phillip. I will be writing, really want to finish the first draft of the thriller I'm working on before the New Year. I feel like it's bad luck if I start 2017 with unfinished business!

Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

Debbie: Thanks for checking in and Happy holidays to you as well. Jody: Good to hear from you and I hope you're feeling very inspired this week.

Christopher Joseph

knocking out a web series and contemplating a new version of 'it's a wonderful life', lol I know that's a big task but I've had this concept running around my head for a few years :)

Izzibella Beau

Happy Holidays, here's to a great New Year in 2017

Tony Cella

I started work on a horror short and am researching a subject for a drama. The latter will be my first serious screenplay, as most of my previous specs have been comedies.

Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

Tony: good luck and I look forward to seeing what you come up with next year.

Shawn Speake

Merry Christmas, bro. That's what's up! ... I'm birthin' another one. BIG BOSS FILMS' 2017 feature: MAD MOUNTAIN... Surburbanite campers cross paths with a gang and a weekend getaway turns into a fight for survival... on MAD MOUNTAIN.

Dan MaxXx

Working on a buddy cop spec-- sorta like "New Jack City" meets "Ip Man" set in NYC. Almost done with my 20++ page rewrite treatment. Originally set in LA, Im going write 2 asian lead characters, create a "niche" brand, backdoor a way to action genre writing assignments. I dug out my "Hero with a thousand faces" book, save the cat beat sheet, listen to Jay Z songs for linguistics, watch John Ford & Kurosawa movies for inspiration-- "steal" from the best and make it mine.

Shawn Speake

That's what's up, MaxXx!

Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

Shawn: Sounds very cool. Dan M: I look forward to reading it.

Shawn Speake

...and MaxXx, if you'd like a brother to look at your next draft, I got you! I enjoyed the last version. Excited to see what you've done.

Dan MaxXx

Thanks Sexy MFer Shawn! Let us know when your episode of Prison Break airs!

Shawn Speake

My man! It's a LIFETIME movie airing soon... http://deadline.com/2016/11/joyce-mitchell-prison-break-manhunt-lifetime... ... I also got a call for GET SHORTY the series. Going back to New Mexico to play a henchman in Jan... http://deadline.com/2016/08/get-shorty-chris-odowd-ray-romano-star-epix-...

Aray Brown

Hope y'all had a Merry Christmas

Aray Brown

it's kinda difficult when you have company and music blasting.

Tony Cella

@Phillip: Thanks. I'm almost finished reading the horror screenplays you wrote. Sorry. It has taken an embarrassing long time. Your adaptation of The Music of Eric Zahn was on point. Good work.

Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

Shawn: great work!

Roxanne Paukner

Merry Christmas continues here ~ best wishes to you Phillip, and everyone!

Richard Gustason

Going to be finishing up writing my holiday themed movie "The Christmas Pageant".

Anthony Cawood

Merry Christmas one and all!

Izzibella Beau

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas....here's to a prosperous New Year for all of us.

Fiona Faith Ross

Trying to polish up my WIP in time to enter a contest.

Phillip "The Genuine Article" Hardy

Fiona: May I ask which contest?

Fiona Faith Ross

I PMd you @PEH.

Jessica Nathanson

Check Twitter #RuinAHolidayFilm for a bunch of humorous ideas, free. My favoritie titles are "Bipolar Express," "It's a Wonderful Life without You in It" and "Home Loan." :-)

Tony Cella

@Jessica: I'd watch each of those movies. It's A Wonderful Life...Without You In It sound particularly fun.

Jessica Nathanson

"It's a Wonderful Life without You in It" sounds like it could be a modern remake of Much Ado About Nothing, doesn't it? Here is additional inspiration for "Bipolar Express." (Get Eddy Izzard for the train conductor)

Tony Cella

I was thinking an anti-romantic comedy/holiday movie in the vein of Bad Words or The Ice Harvest, but then again I was never smitten with British work. Must be the anti-colonial in me--my ancestors took part in a failed rebellion in Ireland before sneaking into the U.S.

Fiona Faith Ross

Ha ha! Wonderful @Jessica. I love those. Thanks for posting.

Jessica Nathanson

@Tony: "Much Ado" is not my fave Shakespeare -- that's "Twelfth Night," obviously. However, I love Act I, Scene 1 where Beatrice introduces a main character, Benedick, by attacking everything about him, before he even has entered the play. Beatrice is a real spitfire, and more believable than, say Katherine in "The Shrew." If I were writing "It's a Wonderful Life without You in It" I would start there and maybe end with Beatrice marrying Benedick, but tear out the middle. No one would believe someone is going to faint and die just because their fiance accused them of cheating on them. That's the stuff of daytime TV now.

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