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Friday, June 02, 2006

Glug Glug

I'm absolutely drowning in reading work (with 7 more books and 8 more scripts rolling in in just the past two days), so I haven't been able to stick my head up long enough to formulate any real blog posts this week.

I do have a bad random misspelled word though, in a script co-written by a young actor (okay, it was Nick Cannon) obviously looking to play the main character himself. In one scene, he is devastated when he is fired as a dancer in a video shoot.

KENNY
(whaling)
I'm sorry Mr. James!

I just couldn't get the image of Nick Cannon with a harpoon out of my head...

13 Comments:

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Belzecue said...

Let me be the first to say, Kill your parentheticals! Kill em dead. Those little leeches will suck up a full page or two if you let them flourish throughout your screenplay.

Second: It's "I'm sorry, Mr James" (note comma).

Third, my question to that screenplay author: If you don't love writing enough to polish every line, why are you writing?

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Brett said...

"Yo, yo-- call me Ish-diddy, G...."
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great white wail B

 
At 7:03 AM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

A few of my favs (and yes, I'm using parentheticals):

No fishing aloud
(okay we'll be quiet)

Balling in grief
(that's one way to cope, I suppose)

A fowl cent
(chicken money?)

Illuding the police
(so you lied, but did you get away?)

gorilla fighters
(apes with AK47's)

her panty hoes
(gardening thongs)

contributing to a miner
(they need it for oxygen helmets)

new moan lawn
(um .......)

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

"She was a lesion to the students' organization"

That line made it through two editors before it got to me.

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Julie O. said...

I don't see what the issue is -- obviously he was fired because dancers are artists and creative types have a lot of crossover with Greenpeace and Greenpeace and whaling cannot peacefully coexist. Duh.

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A music video with whaling is probably a role best played by Ted Nugent...

 
At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Stephen Benson said...

that image is just so wrong

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Dave said...

On the flip side, Scott's reading a complete screenplay with bad spelling/grammar.

As opposed to my incomplete script with perfect grammar/spelling.

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger Systemaddict said...

It's nice to see ubran movies going out to sea...

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger The Moviequill said...

isn't it Nick Canon? (jk)

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger writergurl said...

Speaking of incorrect malpropismsi cracking you up... I saw this in a Home Depot women's restroom one day:

TANISHIA IS A HOE!

(under it, in a different hand)

Not a shovel?

Cracked me up!

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Grumpy O. Selznick said...

Perhaps he didnt have his see legs, you know, as a dancer.

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger Holly Hodder said...

Heck, I'm editing, or "polishing," if you will, a series of papers for the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, and while the "eminences grises" embed references and run spellchecks, the dangling participles and split infinitives are mind-blowing. Poor writing occurs on all levels. But not yours.

 

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