@ Jac, I never entered a contest out of naive and misplaced arrogance. I am an active DEA agent about to retire and tried to bring gritty realism to the script and characters. A friend of mine co-wrote it with me and we brought it to his agent at ICM. I was lucky. I know the frustration of spending a year and getting no one to read your work.
Talking to myself, the conversations would go: My script isn't good enough for you? F-off and watch me get it made without your amateur hour experience.
I can laugh at myself, knowing how I use my character flaws to advantage.
Anyone interested in following this project, Tango Seven, or my other scripts, feel free to follow on Twitter @CarsonUlrich. Tell me you are a frustrated writer who thought AS could help you and I will be sure to respond.
Reread cu's post and I think you will see humility in the fact that he humanizes his emotions as his own reactions, not necessarily truth about AS.
AS is a big boy. It can take care of itself.
You helped me see this thread as a mistake. One parting remark before I go for good... Because that's what I do.
I was cut by by high school basketball team. It pissed me off to the point where the weight room and hard work earned me spot on my college team. Yeah, I was never Michael Jordan but my HS experience and disdain was a great self-motivator.
If you were incited by what I first wrote in this thread try this on: AS is not the high school version of where I plan to play, but recreational league.
In any case best of luck
If you compel me to be serious, then I have to admit there is nothing wrong with AS. It is a great process for writers. I really hope you find in AS what helps you.
Do I have any doubt my movie will be made? Absolutely none. But dim-witted, ignorant confidence has always been a recipe for success.
If you have any interest in what DEA FAST does, here is a video of a mission we executed a month before we lost the three friends, who were the agents that inspired my script.
Realize you are not watching a hollywood trailer here, but a $2 budget production from a bunch of meatheads.
saw the video though sometime last year when you posted it here I think...it is _very_ well produced (the only fault I noticed was at the beginning with a green night-vision scene?? that to me detracts from the rest of the quality video...its a well intentioned idea but threw me off like embossed bright colored font with fake shadows on a poster...a kind of amateur feel which the rest of the video does not...other than the intro the entire thing was the exact opposite of amateur: cool, quick cuts and engaging...just being honest with that one fault...the gritty feel comes across as totally different than what I can't help thinking is a cheesy game-look at the beginning with the green filter...the gritty feel though is really, really, really cool...you definitely catch that: fog, smoke, disoriented fast camera, perspective - all works...low level silhouettes especially)
What I'm wondering though...the Middle East is a complicated place, and, we've spent 4 trillion - not to mention normal everyday real folk, friends and family dead and injured...and those who have died from 4 trillion in opportunities lost: cancer research unfunded...a debilitated low-Earth orbit zero g pharmaceutical development/space research program...cancellation of head start, closing of libraries, chronic economic problems across a country with 19 trillion in debt owned by foreign interests...I can't help but think all across the board our foreign policy has been a disaster. Many people I've met and know who have served are very jaded, cynical - not walking into the sunset. They're pissed off and disillusioned...as you know the suicide rate is inexcusable, horrific. There's a possibility that a soundtrack of the type in that clip could glorify camaraderie and teamwork and adventure - without showing American kids being blown to pieces, disillusioned, used, not knowing who the enemy is - bored in a total nightmare. And for? Coming home to this on-going invisible war no one ever, ever talks about.
After watching that video I'm rethinking scenes from Apocalypse Now, with Ride of the Valkyries at the beach and Purple Rain on the river gunboat...just very, very seductive scenes to a young man: fun, adventure, cool, hip - not real. Not gritty. A dangerous fantasy. I don't know how to express that sentiment - it's a sensitive subject - but scenes of a bunch of kids with guns walking into the sunset of another country risks being dangerous hype - a tool for the arms industry and lobbyists and politicians who made fortunes squandering the blood of real, normal, everyday neighbors and friends.
Getting your art "shit on" does have an umbrella effect?
The video has an amateur feel because it is. Just a couple guys laughing over a beer in Kandahar splicing shots from our helmet cameras, longing to return home to close libraries and put a stop to cancer research.
But seriously, that video has nothing to do with my script other than a brief glimpse of me, the writer, during a single day of my life.
In TANGO SEVEN, I reject the formulaic and overused "reluctant hero", and show heroes how they really are. Seeing them enthusiastic and driven will be interpreted as baggage and character flaws and that makes me laugh. That was the hardest part for me to overcome as a writer. How can I comply with Hollywood's tried and true structure, used in every movie, yet bring something different and accurate?... all the while being entertaining and pleasing to the gatekeepers.
If I ever make a film, the entertainment industry and general public will draw comparisons from their only experiences, other films. I write to pass the smell test of realism. Realistic doesn't sell tickets, exciting does. So those are the two masters and serve and they don't like each other.