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Imagine Magazine December 2013-January 2014

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 1

CREATING A SCRIPT FROM SCRATCH by Ernest Thompson ~ It starts with the story. Everybody’s got one. I sure have enough people approaching me with the greatest idea ever and wouldn’t I like to write it for them? No, is my standard answer and it’s not personal. Write it yourself,

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Imagine Magazine cover - February 2014

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 2

BUILDING A STORY by Ernest Thompson ~ Half my life ago I was dating a woman People Magazine called the second most beautiful in the world and I was thinking two things: one, what kind of loser was I; second, really? And two, shouldn’t that have been enough? Beauty, it

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Imagine Magazine Cover March/April 2014

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 3

OUTLINE THIS by Ernest Thompson ~ 1. Do you always need to create an outline? No.   2. Should you always create an outline? Yes.   3. Does an Oscar-winning writer always use one? Of course not. And always regrets it when he doesn’t.   4. Let’s ask a character

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Imagine Magazine Cover May 2014

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 4

WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID? by Ernest Thompson ~ Yes! Every line that every character says is worth gold. You want to throw away precious minerals, you can, but if you think of all those words as priceless, perhaps it’ll help you quantify their value in your script.   Screenwriters

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Imagine Magazine Cover June/July 2014

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 5

WAS IT SOMETHING I DIDN’T SAY? by Ernest Thompson ~ I hope so. Movies, by their nature, are studies in economy, in emotions under-expressed, in showing not explaining. The best writing in film is subtext, leaving the audience to fill in the blanks.   Audiences, even if they don’t know

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Imagine Magazine ~ August 2014

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 6

THE PLOT OF YOUR LIFE by Ernest Thompson ~ You have one, correct? I know you have a life; you’re reading this; how exciting it is is your business; I’d be happy to hear the more salacious details. But imagine pitching the plot. It’s good practice. And can ameliorate the

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Imagine magazine - September 9, 2014

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 7

LOVE NOTES FROM LUNATICS by Ernest Thompson ~ How to take other people’s brilliant ideas and call them your own. Also – how to prevent really crappy ones from ruining your script. Or your life.   When’s your happiest time as a writer? When you’ve got the GREATEST CONCEPT for

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Imagine magazine - October 2014

IMAGINE A Movie: Part 8

THE SWEET SPOT by Ernest Thompson ~ We’re in love.  With BEAUTIFUL WOMEN.  All is well with the world.   The script is finished. Pop the champagne.  Call your mother; mine’s dead.   In my movie HEAVENLY ANGLE the filmmaker is asked (by the drunken mayor he’s trying to bilk

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Imagine magazine - November 2014


DON’T STOP BELIEVING by Ernest Thompson ~ Now what? We’ve written a terrific script. Everybody likes it, except for all the people who don’t, but that’s typical. We went to a screening last night at the Directors Guild here in LA; I’m a member. The movie was WHITEY; guess what

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