Brev

Location:

Richardson, TX

Member since:

May 2, 2012

Have you ever written a script before? If so, for what medium?

I've always worked on screenplays. I tried writing a teleplay and a play, but it just never panned out. Of the roughly 10+ screenplays just sitting on my harddrive, most are terrible, but some are decent. But through hours of writing and reading, I have learned many a lesson that's for sure! As of yet, never anything published.

Have you ever sold or self-produced a script? Have you ever had one of your scripts produced by someone else?

No.

Why do you write? For personal pleasure/satifaction? To sell? To self-produce?

I write because I love to tell stories. I write screenplays because I love movies. But I also believe in Gandhi was correct when he said "Be the change you want to see in the world." If I despise most of the schlock that Hollywood produces year-after-year (I'm looking at you Transformers...) then why don't I write something I want to see? I can't be the only person who wants better quality films? Can I? So, to answer your questions, my goal is write for a living. I want to sell these scripts and I want to not leave my house to "go to work".

Do you have a problem giving or receiving honest, constructive criticism?

It's never easy to receive notes on your work, and years ago the answer would have been a resounding "No!", but after years of working in a collaberative profession and having "my baby" ripped apart only to be re-born as something better taught me to remove my ego from the equation. This isn't a personal attack, it's a method to make your writing better. I prefer an honest critique to blind praise. Blind Praise is what your mom gives you and we can all get that already. I want something with which I can work. Although praises feels nicer, it doesn't do anything for you or your work. On the otherhand, I expect that same level of understanding from others regarding my notes. I have been called "brutally honest", even telling a person they needed to consider a "Page one re-write" before, but I always say I want their script to make it therefore I can "...remember when..." with pride and excitement.

What do you hope to get out of joining a local writer's group?

I want an outsider's opinion on my screenplays. I need someone who isn't a "friend" (although I'm not opposed to making some) to read my work and say what works and what doesn't. I believe I have some talent, but it's difficult to be objective about your own stuff. And I want to surround myself with people who are as passionate about screenwriting as I am. We fuel each other at that point. It makes it exciting and you can't wait to see what happens next in the script of their careers. Also, networking rarely hurts a person or their career.

Introduction

My name is Brev Tanner. I work in IT and have a passionate love affair with film and writing. I've been "working" on being a screenwriter for over 10 years, but life has always gotten in the way. Now is the time to quit making excuses.

What Brev is saying about this Meetup Group

Very glad I joined.


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