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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Can I Write? SUPERAGENT by Lukas Kendall
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2012 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

A new chapter in your life emerges. I will assume that at some point, this project will take flight and become a film. During pre-production a list of top-tier composers is assembled and all are clamoring to score the film as it's the first film in a planned series of 3 films. Which composer will score it? And, wouldn't it be ironic if the (John Williams) score is being written but L. Kendall no longer has a F.S.M. label to produce it? (Stick around until after the complete 'Obsession' score comes out as your 'last' release.)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2012 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I like the idea. Bending genres, yeah , but done right it could be hilarious.

Can't wait to read it. Thanks for offering it!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2012 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   Simon Underwood   (Member)

That's brilliant to hear, Lukas.

I'm an aspiring screenwriter myself (albeit over in the UK) so I know how difficult it is to write the good ones, and then get them read. I've downloaded your script to read - and I hope you can make some headway.]

I know you're not on twitter - at least I don't think you are - but if you consider joining, there are Sunday night discussions, both in the UK and US, under the hashtag #scriptchat where you can pick up a lot of information and possibly contacts as well.

Also, April is Script Frenzy, where everyone so inclined attempts to write 100 pages of a first draft over the 30 days of the month. I've got two stories ready to take to that stage now. I'm also starting post on a digital video feature I've made for web distribution later this year.

Anyway, good luck, and all the best!

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2012 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

"Seriously…most scripts are no good, and there’s nothing to be gained in agreeing to read one, especially from an amateur. (Here’s my favorite article why.)"





First mistake is to take notice of anything Josh Olson has to say in that article. If that's your favorite article on the subject, it must mean you place value on what he has written. If that's the case you are disadvantaged, because what he says is worthless.

If Olson was a doctor, he'd know what it's REALLY like to have people asking his opinions for free. A doctor can't even go to a Christmas party or a Bar Mitzvah without being cautious about saying to someone "Hello, how are you?" He'd likely hear in response, "Well, since you ask Doctor Olson, I've not been feeling so good and I wonder if you agree with my doctor who's prescribed... etc, etc". But the swollen-headed Olson prefers to draw a parallel between himself and PICASSO!

True professionals know how to handle such situations and express themselves with good grace. But Olson, in his rush to tell the world why everyone is a time-waster and a burden on his valuable time, only succeeds in telling us that he isn't professional enough to handle such situations in a dignified or constructive way. The article is entirely about his own feelings of inconvenience, with no more purpose than someone protesting the presence of autograph hunters. He offers no advice or insights whatsoever.

Read his article again, this time not as someone in awe of a "real writer", but from the point of view of Olson himself, sitting there typing his piece. What is the point he is trying to make? Only a simplistic, self-serving one that informs us his time is more precious than that of an amateur. There is nothing more than that. The whole article is merely a contrived complaint against aspiring writers invading his space.

He'd do better to identify with those who strive, and to write about his betters and how he hopes to emulate them. Instead, he trashes those who haven't made it at all. How anyone can find a word of his scribble helpful I will never know.

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2012 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Tester   (Member)

Just finished reading the script. The first half is quite interesting, but then things become predictable, character motivations have little explanation and it all leads to a somewhat rushed ending. Characters are also a little one-dimensional, that's ok if it's supposed to be a mindless comedy (like sky high or my super ex-girlfriend, horrible movies, btw), but it doesn't looks like one. Also, I found Andro, the loser superhero to be underused; except for the first one, all his apperances contribute rather little to the plot. A for the climax, it's a bit weak, nobody is really in danger nor has to make genuine sacrifices.

But, hey! having said that, I think that with some minor changes to make it appropiate and a reworked ending, it would be an excellent animated cgi movie (like The Incredibles). Most of the faults it has when you think in a real action movie, disappear: the plot is rather simple and understandable (for kids), there are some funny moments, the Jerry Mcguire parody and other details would please the mature audiences, and, here, the one-dimensionality of characters would be a good thing.

Please, don't hate me very much. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2012 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Good luck in your new endevours, Lukas! And be sure to keep us updated on your adventures in film land!

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2012 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Don't worry, no criticism can be worse than getting disc 3 out of the Ben-Hur case!

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2012 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

1) To the guy who slagged off Sky High, not cool.

2) Lukas, that you actually finished a script in between running a record label puts you way ahead of the game. In any event, certainly ahead of those writers who waste time on the internet and visit sites much like this one.

3) I liked it. Once you get past the Jerry Maguire resemblance (it's pretty blatant), this is a neat read. Richard makes for a good underdog and Darby is cute as a button. Can't imagine who I'd cast in the roles, though.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2012 - 12:28 AM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Were you inspired at all by other behind-the-scenes "real life" superhero movies, like "The Specials"?

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2012 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

1) To the guy who slagged off Sky High, not cool.

Heh, why not? It's not a particularly good movie.

2) Lukas, that you actually finished a script in between running a record label puts you way ahead of the game. In any event, certainly ahead of those writers who waste time on the internet and visit sites much like this one.

An odd comment, was this directed at Tester's criticism left above? Because, not for anything, Lukas put this out there for feedback - which usually means criticism as well as praise. If presented constructively, negative feedback is extremely helpful.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2012 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

Michael Bay's Rejected Script for 'The Dark Knight'

WELL MAYBE



http://imgur.com/a/rJTnf

LUKAS THERE IS HOPE

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2012 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

1) To the guy who slagged off Sky High, not cool.

Heh, why not? It's not a particularly good movie.

2) Lukas, that you actually finished a script in between running a record label puts you way ahead of the game. In any event, certainly ahead of those writers who waste time on the internet and visit sites much like this one.

An odd comment, was this directed at Tester's criticism left above? Because, not for anything, Lukas put this out there for feedback - which usually means criticism as well as praise. If presented constructively, negative feedback is extremely helpful.


Actually, this was directed at myself. I'm also a writer (of sorts) and I'd get my stuff done faster if I wasn't so drawn to wasting time on the internet.

And how is SKY HIGH 'not a particularly good movie'?

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2012 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

And how is SKY HIGH 'not a particularly good movie'?

Yes, I recall SKY HIGH as being a funny, entertaining movie. I would like to see it again.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2012 - 12:13 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

And how is SKY HIGH 'not a particularly good movie'?

Yes, I recall SKY HIGH as being a funny, entertaining movie. I would like to see it again.


While it was certainly not on the level of The Incredibles, I though Sky High was fun. It was sure a heck of a lot better than "Zoom."

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2012 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Actually, this was directed at myself. I'm also a writer (of sorts) and I'd get my stuff done faster if I wasn't so drawn to wasting time on the internet.

smile Fair enough.

And how is SKY HIGH 'not a particularly good movie'?

I found it pretty dull, stale and obvious. The one time I saw it was one time too many. But my nephew liked it, so I gave him the DVD my wife brought home.

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2012 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

May the films that get made from your scripts be scored by the composers you admire.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2012 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

I hope you get something made Lukas. I think the movies need someone like you. Just write from what is meaningful to you, and just come up with passion and massive walls of energy and don't take no for an answer!

 
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