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E.C. Henry
Bonney Lake, WA
Pre-pro Screenwriter -- who wants to get discovered!
Interests: Screenwrting, Jesus, Ancient History, Graphic Design, the Seattle Seahawks, Brycen my nephew
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Gone is the epic Seattle summer of 2015. BEAUTIFUL sunny days and hot. In is the clouds and rain that the local Seattle area is known for. But hey! We had a good run! Longest stretch of nice weather that I can ever remember having. Change is coming. No. Change... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
What happens to you when you die? Does your life end, or does it go on? And if it goes on what does it go on to become? Well, being a born-again Christian I hold to the belief, that, yes, our spirit goes on. Our mortal body decays, BUT when... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Ever noticed how after rewatching some movies you can think about the deeper issues in life? Stragely enought that's I found happening to me earlier last week when I got home late from work and found a cable station replaying "Jerry Maguire" (1996: Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger). Now it had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
I call it the constant search for better. It's a writers abiltiy to face the same prose day after day with the express goal of approaching the kind of writing that stands out and passes the test of being iconic. But repleated exposure to the same thing day after day... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Back in the early 90s, after I had given my heart to the Lord and started listening to Christian Contemporary Music, I ran across a budding new group called,Out of the Grey. They were just one of many groupd I discoved that replaced the likes of: Deff Leopard, Motley Crue,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
How has your 2015 summer gone so far? Been having as good a time as Amy Schumer has recently? A movie that she stared in and wrote, "Trainwreck" was a BIG HIT, ($81 milliion and growing), and then last week she's on vaccation and guess who's with her--Jennifer Lawrence!!! How... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Great art. What is it? And what does it mean to you? For me, the term "great art" refers to something that someone has made that is specical and stands out against the other things around it. Being a writer and avid movie lover I tend to be drawn into... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Thanks for the response, D. Sorry your comment didn't show up right away. A couple of years ago I was getting all kind of bizzare comments so I had to put up some walls to keep the weirdos out. You're not one of the wierdos I was trying to keep out. Hope you continue to come back and vistit the blog. And thanks again for the kind words. - E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA
My mother says it. ALL. THE. TIME. And without hesitation. My 7-year-old nephew says it to me all the time, and I NEVER feel like I deserve it. Three simple words. Yet with them such power to warm the soul. I Love You. Now in the rom-com world, what I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Just saw the most iconinc heronine in the history of the romantic comedy genre--and it was created by a FIRST TIME writer! I'm talking the character of "Amy Townsend" in Universal Pictures' latest gem which is entittled, "Trainwreck" (2015: written by Amy Schumer, directed by Judd Apatow). Laudy praise from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
I am very excited about what I'll be rewriting soon and very soon. The 3rd--and hopefully best romance in the epic fantasy novel that I'm currently in process of rewriting. My male in this romance is probably my favorite original character of all-time--and he's a good guy to boot! I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
I was really currious what my reaction to Steven King's "The Stand" would be some 30+ years after I originally read it as an impressionable, growing and still maturing teenager. YES, today I am a pre-pro screenwriter who has written something like 18 scripts that I still wanna sell, AND... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
That I am folks. Proved it to myself on Friday, July 3rd when I took Obo to "Wild Waves" in Federal Way, Washington, and I was waaayyy more outta control than my 7-year-old nephew. We're talkin' handstands in the wave pool. In the "Konga River" ride, jumping out of my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Every once in a while I like to mix it up. This time I reviewed my "Surf City" links and decided to add one entry and remove a bunch of others. I added a link to Amy Schumer's cable TV show, "Inside Amy Schumer". As for the past 5 days... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
#1 fan of Mernitman, yeah, I'll wear that distinction with pride! Cool. Hope the new house brings with it a whole host of great memories to be had. Wishing you God's best there. Can't wait for "Trainwreck" to come out. Looks like Amy Schumer is set to be the next star that Judd Apatow helps pop to superstardom. If you haven't seen it yet, Billy, you really should check out "Inside Amy Schumer", which is Amy's 1/2 hour comedy show on the COMEDY network. I LOVE they layout of that show, and Amy is a real pro at doing comedy skits. Side issue: have you ever seen either Amy or Judd doing stand-up comedy? Last Saturday both both Amy and Judd did a sesion of stand-up comedy at a club up here in Seattle. Unfortuntaely for me I learned about this too late to actually go it, and had to read about it in a Seattle Times Arts section review a couple of days after they were here. But I'd be curious to know if you ever get out there and watch stand-up acts perform in your local, Southern California area. Stand-up comedy seems like the place where so many of our current movie stars got their start.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2015 on A Million Views at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Okay, so yesterday I finally did something right. With me hungover as all fuck, little Obo came over, first at 10 a.m. to originally to wake me up, then at 11:30 again to re-wake me up. He was insistant that I "spend the day with him", so I shook off... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Yeah, it's amazing how many factors affect a movie overall. When I was first learning screenwriting I thought that was the end-all. Have a great movie, must be a great script. If the movie wasn't so great, must be a bad script. But the more I got in and really start re-watching the movies I like, the more I started to realized most of them excelled in many different areas: music, the scenery, the stack-up of shots, a character that stands out, memorable scenes. As always Billy, your knowledge of the rom-com genre is second to none. If they ever open a rom-com museum, you've GOT to be its curator,
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I didn't even know who Amy Schumer was untill I saw a trailer for her and new upcoming feature comedy movie, "Trainwreck" (2015: staring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader) playing before the pretty much forgetable movie, "Aloha" (2015: staring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, writen and directed by Cameron Crowe)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Great re-post, Billy. Really apros for where I'm at these days, albeit the editing variety as opposed to 1st draft creation. Even LeBron James, as great as he is, has to practice at some point. No matter how blessed an athlete or writer is, they have to put in the time to hone their skill to reach those levels that OTHER PEOPLE will consider as being great. For me, a real key right now is avoiding burnout. Something you didn't touch on in this post which is a real important issue for writers to grapple over and master is how to deal with constant exposure to the same thing. What do you do when you know the end result of what you want to have, but aren't there yet? Not all writing is creative in nature, some of it is a grind. After you have your story, you still hafta make it great. To get there you have to repeatedly go over the same material with the goal of which being after each pass it gets better, approaching LeBron James' level of excellence. Some of us may never reach that high level, but by pushing ourselves we are capable of creating a higher lever of art, at the root of which is, PRACTICE!
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2015 on The Practice at Living the Romantic Comedy
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As always, Billy, I love it when you talk shop. Here's some of my favorite rom-com and other great movie set peices: From the movie, "Dan in Real Life": the blind date set peice in the bar when Dan (Steve Carrell's character) manages to FINALLY get the upper hand on the girl he really likes, Marie (as played by Juliette Binoche). Great subtext on display as the audidence gets to see Marie's jealousy over the affect that Emily Blunt's wild card character has over Dan. From the movie, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin": the drunk driving set piece where Andy (Steve Carrell's character) worry mounts as Leslie Mann's character's drunken antics go through wild mood swings. From the movie, "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days": the obnoxious girlfirend crashing a boy's poker game scene. Best comedic acting by a woman in the history of EVER here. "Love Fern" and "Do you think I'm some kind of mental person!" But by the end of scene Ben's dogged devotion has gotten to Andie, but the audience also gets to see that now Ben is quite angry with Andie, a potential towart in thier potential, love relationship. From the movie, "Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" the set piece where supporting actor purposely crashes the lead actors own play when he feels him hogging the spotlight, or how the first preview of the play ends. A drunken Mike Shiner (Edward Norton's character) takes issue with Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton's character) replacing real gin with water in the middle of one of Riggan's monologs spoken the audience watching. This set-piece ends with Mike slamming a refridgerator door shut, which results in the crash of a cabinet full of dishes which shocks both Riggan and the other actresses on stage. From the movie, "Romancing the Stone" the wild waterpark style slide down the mountain set peice, which ends with Michael Douglas' character's face emerging from the broad leg split of Kathleen Turner's legs...
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on Set Piece at Living the Romantic Comedy
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When you set out to write something, it's not always going to go well. Sometimes you have to fight through the hard times. I'm going through one of those hard times now, though it's a much different in feel than other past, hard times I've felt. What I'm getting at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Billy, I LOVE it whenever you give us your insight into the dynamic of the players involved with movie-making. From the prespective of a guy who will always be on the outside looking in, whenever you do posts like this it's like I'm transported into a different reality: papa's home, and he's got my favoite book out and I just wanna sit on his lap and hear him read to me again, eventhough I've heard the story before.
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Ah yes, the instincts of a rom-com writer on display: noticing the detailed interaction between men and women while one is out and about. You're a courageous soul, Billy. Whenever I notice stuff like that when I'm out and about (useually at Starbucks) I tend to get very self conscious, and feel like some kind of perverted peeping Tom and almoast always look away and try to occupy myself with something else.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2015 on Two Scenes From a Cafe at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Chimpy could done a better job writing these past three day than I did. I tried really I did. Was jumping around in a couple different spot on the epic fantasy novel. But I never felt that rush of inspiration. Never got to that special place where what I was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Glad to read you're promoting the works of your former students, Billy. Always nice to see one of your protoges doing well. Now if Jared Stone would just do a book about salmon which is one of my prized opiates... All I know is baked salmon, would LOVE to know alternate ways of cooking it and maximizing its great flavor.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2015 on Man, Woman, Eat, Drink at Living the Romantic Comedy
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