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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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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 yesterday at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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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 4 days ago 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 7 days ago 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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Great job honoring your father's memory, Billy. And btw you look a lot like him. His memory lives on through you.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2015 on The Love of Their Life at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Gotta have at least ONE friend to share your birthday with you, right? Well, I'm happy to say I do have one. His name's Chimpy and to prove I took a picture of him with my new Samsung Galaxy 5, figured out how to e-mail a couple pictures off my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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What frees you up creatively? A few days ago I had an amazing day of writing, I actually re-wrote a scene that was working (in my opinion) and I made it a little less sucky. YAY! I know, a little less suck. Sure could use that in my epic fantasy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
Mernitman, I'll take you over Bruce Jenner any. Day. Of the. Week!! Changing his sexual orientation so he can "save lives". That man/woman is a JOKE. You're no joke. Rather what you did is very "Tootsie-eque", which is admirable. 20 novels. Impressive. Awesome feat. Definately don't put yourself down for it--and you got paid too!! Yay! I'm having a hard enough time finishing one novel, but that one I am working on will hopefully be memorable... It's epic fantasy in the tradtion of Lord of the Rings only with 20X the character development on both the good guy side of the ledger and the bad guys. Anywho, if you're ever interested in reading any of it lemme know. In a couple of weeks I'm going to tap on guy on the shoulder I used to send my spec. scripts to and see if he'll be willing to read the first three chapters so I can get an unbiased opintion on how I did launching the story. O, and if you're curious later tonight I SHOULD have the page link of my on the story and a vague summary of what's going in each chapter available at my blog site (if you still remember where that is) Didn't ever remember you saying before that you were trying to do a theatrical musical. Knew you were a musician, but didn't know/remember the theatrical musical thing. Too cool. Now with all the connections you've made over the years MAYBE you can re-launch that dream and see it come true. Never give up on what you've done, a lot of things in life have 2nd and even 3rd lives: hit radio songs get repackaged in movies, movies gets remakes, exc. A great idea like "Forest Gump" took 10 years to make it to the theares. Can't vouch for the rest of the cyberspace, but I'll always be out there to hear what you have to say--even if it's a rebroadcast. - E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2015 on My Life as a Woman at Living the Romantic Comedy
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So what makes for a great movie? For me the reasons are varried. A movie can excell in many different ways that propels them to legenday status in my mind. When I go to see a movie I look for excellence. Not in any one, specific area, but just excellence... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
That's a cool story, and it's gotta be warm feeling for you, Billy, seeing the influence "Writing the Romantic Comedy" had on Tess Morris, and her later success. Will be looking to see "Man Up" when it's available up here in the theaters in the state of Washington where I reside. Did get to see Cameron Crowe's "Aloha" on Sunday night, and thought it was pretty good, despite a serious lag in its 2nd act, and overall plot which really lacked a compelling, good central conflict. But "Aloha" ended strong with three very good sequences. And I LOVED that final scene where the Bradley Cooper character watches his estranged daughter practice a native dance through the store window and his daughter breaks away and gives him a hug. To me that's a great scene worth wadding through this movie to see. Curious to see what your take of that scene is, Billy, IF you ever see this movie and so chose to comment on it. "Aloha" is not a perfect rom-com, BUT it's a step in the right direction. And now later in June we get "Ted 2". Not sure if that's a rom-com, OR if Seth McFarlene plays it more closely tied to the John Bennett and his pot-smoking teddy relationship that worked cinematic magic in the first movie, but irregaurdless, I gotta see that movie for curiousy's sake if nothing else. Just wish the whole New England Patriots/Tom Brady angle wasn't there. Growl! Still bitter over the outcome of the last Super Bowl... Still, there are some tangible reasons for optomism; rumors of the romantic comedy's demise greatly exaggerated indeed!
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2015 on British Edition at Living the Romantic Comedy
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I actually had a pretty good Memorial Day Weekend as compared to this sad recollection two years ago. O-kay, so I missed my normal Sunday post cycle, but at least I'm getting around to it now. Highlight of the Memorial Day 2015 for me? Probably watching the movie "Patton" (1970:... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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"I'll be back." The most iconic line of dialog that comes to my mind. For years Arnold Swartzeneggar's infomous line of dialog has been said by million of adoring fans. And why is this line of dialog famous. Is it because of Arnold's great delivery? Certainly not! It's because of... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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So what is your favorite ice cream of all-time? For me this is a bit of a trick answer. As my favorite ice cream right now isn't even technically an ice cream at all, it's a gelato: Sicilian Pistachio by Talenti. So what's the difference between what's consdidered a gelato... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Gotta believe that when George Miller's "Mad Max: The Fury Road" (2015) came out I would be one of the first to see it. Well, I did wait until the first Saturday of its wide release to see this good movie, but on my first day off on its release... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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Nina Sayers, Riggan Thompson, Daniel Plainview, Whip Whittkaker, and Mavis Gary; who are these people, and what do they have in common? Answer: they are the lead characters in hit movies in the drama genre. And what they all have in character is that they are what I would call:... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry
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For the past eight month or so I've been driven to make one of the 20+ chapters in my epic fantasy novel I'm in process of writing as good as I can make it. Chapter 2 is a critical chapter that I feel I must "nail" and make as good... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Inside the Brain of E.C. Henry