IS THERE A BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS part three


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In my two previous entries here, I have been talking about the idea that a new criteria has been entering the judging stage at screenplay competitions, a criteria based on the sellability and marketability of a script. I continued by saying that I’m not convinced that this is a positive development since I’m not sure that screenplays are always getting made into movies the way they once were, and that the idea as to whether a screenplay can be sold or has a market may be anachronistic to some degree, and becoming more so the more time passes.
I finished my last essay with the following:
“So how does this relate to my issues regarding the idea that the ability to sell a screenplay or whether there is a market for it, should or shouldn’t be part of the consideration in judging who should win a competition, or even just reach the finals?”
And so to proceed: Continue reading

AND BABY MAKES NONE: Obvious Child


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Warning: SPOILERS
obvious-child-Obvious Child is a movie about a woman who decides to have an abortion.
 After seeing it, my first thought was, “And?”
 I mean, as I was reading about it before it opened and then reading reviews, and even while watching the movie itself, I got the feeling that everybody involved and everyone who was praising this movie was doing so mainly because of its subject matter, and that they all thought the film was doing something edgy and controversial and daring.
Okay, maybe it is. But, I’m sorry, I simply didn’t see it. Continue reading